~With Lu–ears flapping
In the video below our grand-daughter is tubing on July 4 and Lu is playing “spotter” – wondering why in the world she’s not in there too!
Lu loves to ride and alternates between going to the front of the boat and sitting on the cushioned bench (gets major scents up there) and sitting or standing right by dad, the pilot.
First couple of times she was uncertain about the noise and vibration, but quickly became accustomed to riding on water and loves watching the scenery, birds, and just getting to “be with” (you know how that is!).
Fireworks — No Problem
BTW, she has never reacted at all one way or another to the loud firecrackers on the 4th, or thunder, or anything else that we as humans might consider as disturbing. Not sure if you pre-conditioned them to loud noises, but we also have a gun range that we walk by regularly on our way to running on the dunes. same thing, no reaction. But let someone walk or ride a bike past the front gate she’s on full protection mode!
This video not only entertained us–it was so much fun to watch Lu with her ears flapping. Thank you, Sharyl, for thinking of us. I am sure all our readers will enjoy this, too.
We do condition the pups to sound–all bets are off when they leave here. (Haha) They have to adjust to a new family, the new environment, and their humans may unwittingly do things that ingrain a fear. It happens. Kudos to you for keeping Lu well-balanced.
Greetings From OwyheeStar
To say it was a hot way to end June, and to say hello July wold be a vast understatement. The triple-digit temperatures are difficult for many of us. Probably no one is more affected than the farmers who were already short on irrigation water. The evaporation factor, as well as limit water available, will affect the outcome. There is no way around these problems.
Local corn crops seem to grow while we watch. The grain ripened overnight, and harvest is in full swing for those fields. Our hay looks near to be ready for another cutting. The Weims are not interested in romping out through the field. It is too hot for them. They will stop and cool off in the farm pond. Like us, they want to be inside where the temperature is a bit cooler.
The hot temperature is not the only thing gaining our attention. Every year the shelters are flooded with pets that went berserk during the celebration fireworks. They become disoriented and frightened. It is ideal to prepare your pet for the ensuing noise; however, many pets have already been ingrained with the fear of loud noises. If your beloved pet is one of the fearful ones, please ensure their safety. Take them out of the city to a more remote location. Keep them tethered to you, and possibly in your lap. Invest in a thunder jacket. More than anything escape the areas where the extreme noise is going to be the agenda. We honestly hope you have a desensitized your Weimaraner to the loud sounds. Nevertheless, if you have not succeeded, it is your responsibility to make sure they are safe. No pet should spend forty-eight hours shaking or end up separated from their family. Finally, be sure their ID is intact and your records of their microchip, etc. is handy. A photo with your pet’s information might prove vital to getting them back.
The Week on the Blog
We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible! We are a bit thin the on material to work with, but there was enough.
Sunday June 28— We love Smiles
Monday June 29— Hailey wears Purple
Tuesday June 30 – Bentley Travels with his Sister
Wednesday July 1— Bella the Beautiful
Thursday July 2—Trigger Lives In Idaho
Friday July 3— Celebrating our Independence
On a very personal note……
Health has become a focus. It should have gotten more attention before I was diagnosed with cancer in late August 2014; however, it was never far from our mind and heart. We were careful about our diet, but the changes we have made are more extreme. We are both gluten free. We try to meat, cheese, and milk products that are hormone free. In addition, we like to keep things organic. This takes a bit more planning. The ingredients cost more. Nevertheless, paying for medical services and wondering if you will live puts things in perspective.
I have said this repeatedly. I mean it wholeheartedly. Thank you for you concern, care, prayers, and support. It means the world to us. As you can see in this photo, my health is returning. I have a host of people to thank who are invested in my wellbeing. The person who has sacrificed the most is my dear husband. There is no way to repay him for all he has done for me, and for his countless selfless gestures during my time of extreme need. It has been said that going through something like this is the toughest on the spouse. That is the undoctored truth. Thank you to my husband of almost 45 years–We will celebrate on August 9th.
To our fans, facebook friends, and blog subsribers. we appreciate the countless ways you have shown us you care. To those who are a part of the OwyheeStar community (because you live with one of our Weimaraners) you warm our hearts with your updates and photos. We love your emails and facebook posts. As you might know, you can also comment on any of these blog posts. Please keep the puppy updates coming. I need them for inspiration, they insure we have fresh material to keep the blog going. Yes, and they brighten our day. That is no small thing.