~A Little New About our Trip
Life is good on the Oregon Coast. After helping Mom get down the bank and over the rocks, I was free to play with my Vizsla friend, Wiki. Of course, I didn’t forget my job to help Mom back across the rocks and up the bank. Then is was nap time on the ride home.
Porsche–thanks for writing to tell us about your trip to the Oregon Coast. We are so happy that you are an excellent and reliable Service Dog.
Porsche is doing fine and never ceases to amaze me. With help from the Lucky Dog TV program and its host, Brandon McMillan, She now picks up anything we drop. The first time it was my shoe that she had stolen while I was taking it off. So-o-o, the skill has the unfortunate
command of “gimme”. LOL
Well, the two of you continue to amaze us. We are so happy to see what you have achieved together.
~ His Voice and Tail make a Statement
Thank you for Bart, once more. Bart will be two tomorrow, Feb. 5th and it has been a wonderful journey. You made the perfect choice for us. Bart has lots of friends both canine and human.He barks a lot but is otherwise awesome! Cheers to you, Cliff, Christina and Atti X Stackhouse.Hope you are feeling better.
Dan, Polly & Bart
PS: Early AM Message
Bart & I shared an Old Fashioned doughnut with my mom, and dinner tonight is a bacon wrapped fillet.. An hour on the beach this morning and some play time with my friends…what a wonderful birthday.
Happy Birthday Bart!
Everyone wishes you many more excellent birthdays. You are an extraordinary Longhair OwyheeStar Ambassador. Thanks for everything –including the fabulous updates.
~Hello –it is me, Bart
Breeder Comment: We had a couple of blogs (about vaccine reactions) in the works when we received this lovely note from Bart, who lives on the Oregon Coast. It was a different kind of Halloween for many of us. Thank you, Bart for writing to us.
No costume just a pumpkins, bats & corn candy halloween scarf.
Trick or Treat! Bart 🎃
~ I Celebrated Five Candles
My fifth birthday was last Saturday, October 3rd. Sometimes, I worry when Mom oohs and aahs over the puppy pictures you post. Then, I remind her of all the things I do for her including: picking up things she has dropped; notifying her of the phone and alarms; helping her get up off the ground; being quiet and polite at book club, and snuggling. After that, she makes big over me, and we are both happy and content.
Dear Porsche, you have not a thing to worry about, my adorable, sweet girl. Your Mama has not contacted me about another Weimaraner. She is living vicariously through those photos–remembering the time she brought you home. You are a marvelous Longhair OwyheeStar Ambassador–thank you for that, and Happy Birthday.
~ Dog Park Chance Meeting
Tango arrived at our local dog park on Wednesday, and immediately spotted a long-haired Weimaraner. There are very few Weims in our area, so we took an immediate interest.
We soon learned not only that they were both Owyheestar pups, but that they were the same age as well. As her “parents” described getting her as an older puppy two months earlier, I realized that this was the famous Addie, who had been featured on the Owyheestar blog on a couple of occasions. Now that the smoke has cleared in the Valley, they were in town on a late camping trip, and had made a visit to our neighborhood haunt.
I tried my best to get a good photo, but Addie was very focused on her ball, and Tango was soon focused on one of his gal pals, Susan the Samoyed, who was featured in a prior Tango update. They were just visiting our turf, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them once camping season rolls back around.
Hello Tom–thank you for getting this newsy update that included Addie. I know everyone is going to enjoy it as much as we did. We love that Tango is such a friendly boy.
~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.