~Reducing exposure to TSP (total suspended particulates)
Hello from the smoky Willamette Valley boasting the worst air quality in the world. To help reduce Porsche’s exposure to TSP (total suspended particulates), this simple fix should work. Take a six inch coffee filter cone (a vacuum cleaner HEPA filter would be even better); cut enough off folded edge to miss eyes; open large part; stuff it inside a well ventilated muzzle; voila, you have a doggie mask. Porsche is not thrilled with it, but it allows her a bit more outside time. We are blessed with the ability to let dogs out right into the kennel for business. If someone has to walk their dog, this might help. This is a home remedy, not a scientifically tested filter system.
I worked 15 years with the American Lung Association dealing with air quality issues, and feel this will help.
God Bless you all; stay safe.
Thank you, JuneAnn, for this information.
Adapting, Accommodating, and Moving Furniture
Somewhere in our decision making process, we landed on getting an older puppy. So instead of bringing home an 8 week old pup from Owyheestar, we brought home 8 month old Addie. What a ride! You can try to be ready for anything, and then there’s reality. We’re glad to be retired with the time for our wonderfully challenging new job.
Addie moving to town has meant big adjustments for her and us. She’s afraid of some people and situations and then thrives in many others. We’re all learning what works and what needs work. I think she’s finally figured out that it doesn’t pay to get into a stubborn contest with me.
She just sailed through two weeks of recuperation after being spayed and is back to hiking and bounding through the house. One of our adjustments was rearranging furniture to accommodate her preferred zoomie path.
Every day she makes us laugh, pull out our hair, and be so thankful we brought her home. All (well, most) is well…
We are happy to know you are surviving and that Addie is doing well. The ups and downs of the Weimaraner are a thing–you have done marvelously. I think my favorite part is the rearranging of the furniture–what a great picture that poses.
~Aka Patti and sometime Patti Cake
The trip couldn’t have gone any better. Now I am checking and rechecking every corner of the house and attempting to disembowel the toy you sent. (Oops) We’re happy campers–me and my family.
I wondered why you were fussing with me so much lately—all these changes and wanting me to do different things. I now see you planned to let me have my new Oregon family–so I am reporting we made it home. I am surveying the landscape and deciding where first to raise a little havoc. I know you would not want me to miss an opportunity.
~Porsche took to water like a Duck
This is a shout out to Cliff, and the wonderful job he does introducing puppies to water. Porsche took to water like a Duck (a little University of Oregon humor). She swims the McKenzie river, lakes, and at the local dog swim center. She plays in the sprinkler, and loves supervising the filling of her play pool.
On the other hand, she also loves to explore a local slough along our walks. When she emerges, grinning like the Cheshire Cat, tail wagging furiously, she is festooned with sticky weeds, burrs, blackberry brambles, and a few wild flowers. Now, that is a picture best left to the imagination.
Best to all, JuneAnn
We appreciate the humor–and so will many of our Weim-loving fans who look forward to the OwyheeStar Blog. Porsche is extraordinary in and out of the water. Sadly we can so readily imagine the slough experience. Thank you, JuneAnn–you are the best.
Miranda, ( Nov. 2019, Bettee×Manfred #10 pink) is doing great (ALL puppy energy) and is growing up soooo fast. She completed Basic Manners class and was just days away from starting Leash Walking Class but alas, has to shelter-in-place for now. She’s loving staying at home with her humans 24/7! She is such a social butterfly! Fortunately she has her core group of people and dogs that stop by for play dates.
~Training (Yachats River Road)
Bart in his 2nd session of training. He is off leash in an open field up Yachats River Rd. It was a big deal for us to have him off leash and he did really well–it gives us confidence. We had another first when Bart jumped into the SUV by himself, finally.
Bart was very compliant because he did not like having Dan out of reach or sight. I am glad we shared the moment with you expressing how grateful were are about you making it possible to have Bart in our lives. These guys get under your skin–well, sometimes the deep sentiments surprise me. But again thank you for everything –we adore him.
Bart, he is a pisser! Full of piss and vinegar….brimming with energy and the next moment is never known. We have compared him to having a chimpanzee. Smart, manipulative, out spoken, clownish, bossy, snuggly and absolutely delightful!
Nothing makes us happier than hearing about the OwyheeStar Weimaraner–especially in endearing terms. Polly–quite possibly Bart was a bit easier to get going than a lot of Weims. We had worked with him more because we didn’t have a placement for him. But, along came you folks–it seemed like a good fit. We knew he would be challenging–after all, we are talking the Weimaraner. And, this was your first. (Haha)
Thank you for always thinking of us and for doing great things with Bart. You rock!
~ Friday Marks Five Months
This Friday Bart will be 5 months old. Tuesday will be 6 weeks with us. I haven’t needed a band aid for 3 days and today Dan was able to put on his shoes and socks without any chewing or helping. Bart also napped next to me, curled up at my hip, 2 days in a row for 3 or 4 hours.
Today our farmers market was very busy 100+ people and lots of dogs. There was barking, kids playing and lots of people asking about Bart and petting him…sensory overload and Bart was awesome! A couple of motor cycle groups went roaring down the nearby highway and the loud noise didn’t phase him. It was a very good outing. Thank you for all of his training. I think he likes us and is comfortable in his new home.
He loves walking the 804 trail and he has favorite people and dogs he is happy to see.
Here is where Bart chose to lie in the sun for a little snooze, on the tiles for the outside shower.. I wouldn’t let him go on the front deck unsupervised because he eats the dirt and dead plants in the pots.
We knew Bart never looked back once he got into the car with Dan. Everything was new and different, but as Weims go, he made a swift and decisive transition. You did great–as I had suggested not overwhelming him. Maybe it would not have been a big deal; however, we will never know. You took it one step at a time–there was never a hiccup.
~Among the Daisies
Porsche enjoys her backyard, sitting among the Daisies or catching her flying disk.
JuneAnn–it is great that she has a lovely backyard. Thanks!
~A Few Days
Today (May 23rd) Bart is fully recovered from his travels and has come out of his shell. He has discovered every nook and cranny of his new home and has become quite confident. Everything he does is now at a hundred miles an hour. He can jump up on the bed, he kind of slides to get down. He can hop on and off of the couch. Anything with corners is a “target.” Bart needs a long play date with Charlie. We will take him for a walk in our immediate neighborhood this afternoon to burn off some of his energy. We’ll keep his nose out of everything and wash his feet when we get home. Bart is going for a walk on the beach tomorrow. Not off leash yet though.
Everyone thinks Bart is incredibly cute and very handsome. They didn’t know about Longhair Weims until our postings on FB.
Bart just started a new indoor game. Our house is shaped like a U. On one side there is a long hall. He walks down this hall to my bathroom then turns around and runs down the hall as fast as he can. Sometimes he makes a left turn and runs and jumps onto our bed. Funny stuff. He needs a walk. Dan will be home soon so we can take that walk.
He is so smart! Potty training has been easy because Bart knows which door he has to go through to get to the back yard, no messes into day 3. He is sweet and head strong at the same time. Very curious about everything! We love having him in our family & home. We’ve gone from an old senior to a very young toddler. We’re going to have to catch up. We’ll keep you posted. We all had a good nights sleep last night, no midnight play.
We could not be more delighted to hear that Bart is adjusting and getting you trained. Oh, I meant that he is getting trained. (Haha)
~ Western Oregon Suits Her
Lexi made it home! Bella is giving her a tour of the backyard.
It was love at first site! Doug said she did great. He thought she slept most of the trip. He offered her water but she didn’t want any. She has already had some water since being home.
You might remember we had shared that we had two Longhairs available for placement–both were a little older (about 12 weeks). We had given them each a name (you have to have a name at some point)–Lexi was known as Tilly. Her sister went to Florence, Oregon–she was initially called Harriet but now is known as Fiona.
We were happy to learn that both did well in their new placement. Bella (Livee X Blue) is teaching Lexi the ropes–giving her the grand tour.