~She’s Getting Bigger
She is our little girl and we love her with all our hearts. She loves the back yard and caught her first frisbee midair she loves playing ball , jumping into the hammock with mom. Her favorite thing in the yard is the fountain it is three tier and she likes the bottom she will drink water out of it and let all the water run down her face we now call it the dog wash.
It sounds like Miss Astra is doing well. The fountain thing is a hoot. Thanks for the share–we all enjoyed it.
~Trying out Nosework
As summer approaches, it has become time to find a new activity to keep Push’s brain engaged. Due to an ongoing problem with a knee injury (mine) we are not able to do agility this summer so we are starting a class in scent work. When we are outside, his nose is always to the ground following the scent of some kritter or another. We have deer, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, quail, and have even spotted a juvenile cougar passing through the property.
Luckily he has left the skunks alone unlike Zula who had to learn the hard way that skunks are not black and white cats. Push did find some black bear scat in the oak grove but it was not fresh. Luckily he is not a Weim that has developed the trait of rolling in animal “exhaust”, again unlike Zula who finds rotting deer poo almost to hard to resist.
I also want to let you know that after following your blog, and reading about Dusty and the duralactin, I ordered some for Trixie. Trixie is my 12 year old pit mix that has arthritis in her shoulder. The duralactin seems to have helped her pain as she does not limp as badly as she did before starting it and she is more active. So, thank you for the information.
We are so happy to hear that you discovered the Duralactin (anti-inflammatory) for Trixie. Also that you are engaged with the Nosework, this discipline seems like a realistic activity for both of you.
~ Part Two
What a fun first week we’ve all had introducing Bluebell to all the wonders of a yard complete with a ball. Once we got bells on her collar (even though a bit BIG) and could hear her moves, it all went much easier, especially since I forgot the draw of them getting behind the sofa!
Bluebell spent time retrieving and did quite well at it while old girl Bell kept watch as she remembers that ball well but at close to 14 years old seems happy to watch. I get it! Our weather’s been rainy and it doesn’t faze Bluebell one bit, she’s becoming aware of more in her new environment each day and has had her nose to the ground seeking good things…all good Weime traits my husband who grew up with them looks for, his parents took all rescues locally for years, they had Weimaraner’s 3 and 4 at a time. Can’t imagine that many!
My worries about two dogs at once are gone, it’s all going well, Bluebell seems to of been handled more than I’d imagined or she’s simply very smart, which does happen, Bell is very smart, caring and now we know patient, she’s not got cranky about having a small leaping biting new kid wanting her attention.
The information packet you filled with great information was truly filled with solid reminders on things I’d forgotten, I touch her toes, stretch her legs, ears, working on command for ‘open’ for her mouth, touch her while she’s chewing her Pig’s Ear, thank you ever so much for including a Pig’s Ear, it was all very helpful. I did her AKC Paperwork and the Microchip activation as you suggested separately with each company, so that should be coming with her new ID tags. Making it easy for me I’ll never forget because I needed it all to be easy, thank’s to your and Cliff’s hard work it happened, thank you both. It shows that you both have been at this a few years. We wore her out this weekend happily frolicking to and fro, all good, thank’s again, Debbie
You might remember Bluebell from Monday’s Blog–click here! We are very fortunate to have another note from Bluebell’s Mama. I don’t know what else to say except, thank you–Debbie.
Thank’s for the info. We’ll get her paperwork taken care of soon.
Bluebell has had her shot, all is well so far, back on schedule, thank’s again for helping with that, I so needed it. She’s gone out on her own to potty twice today, she’s figured out our doggie screen door (long story but it works), slept all night, in her crate at 8pm and awakening at 7 this morning!
Of course she’s snoozing within sight of Bell and I go early when she does and watch movies, seems to be all working out. This morning both dogs had a lovely moment, Bell’s unwilling to warm quickly as Bluebell likes to jump up and outright bite her, but in less than a week, they already are much closer. Being 14 August 29, Bell is very sweet with all that’s going on and adjusting well.
There’s a first week update…our family is doing well with the new addition of Bluebell #8…Thank’s again for all your hard work. Debbie
Thank you, Debbie, for the beautiful update. So happy that things are going reasonably well–I mean a tiny pup and the aged girl, it is challenging. But you have this managed.
Here she is a few days before she left OwyheeStar. That face says a lot.
What Could Be Better?
I just wanted to reach out and let you know that my family and I may be looking for another Weimaraner. We are not looking for a puppy though. After purchasing our sweet Kobey from you about 3.5 years ago. We have added a human addition 🙂 Kobey is absolutely amazing with her 🙂
I have been wanting to find a grown friend for kobey because we have a little bit of land here and he loves other dogs so much. Not sure I want a puppy again though. So just wanted to let you know just Incase you here of a weimaraner in need of a new forever home. Not picky as long as the dog would do well with kids and of course another dog. A smaller female would be ideal but not necessary. Thanks in advance for keeping me in mind if you here of a friend for my doggy 🙂 Mandie in McMinnville Oregon
We might have something that would work for you. Of course, when you talk about incorporating an older Weimaraner into the family, it requires careful planning. We will be back to again, soon.
~ Her Birthday and Life
Maelee has brought much joy to our family. She loves to run, play, fetch and go on hiking adventures with the whole family. Not much time in the water, yet (still a little chilly on the coast).
Yes, she still tries to test us now and then (normal for puppy stage), mostly when it comes to leash walking. She prefers the running free with voice commands option like at the farm.
So many adventures already made and more to come, not much down time in this activity family and she loves it!
Thank you for all you do! ~ Keaty
We are excited to have this fabulous update. It is always good news to learn that one of the pups is bringing joy to someone. I am sure everyone else is delighted to see her adventures, too. Thank you–thank you, for remembering us, and for allowing us to share this news on the blog.
~Has Something to Share
This has been on my mind to share with you – other things have kinda gotten in the way this winter/spring (I THINK it’s Spring…!).
Anyway, our Lu has for some years had problems with rash on her belly, periodically licking and it’s red and scaly. Vet tried some diet things, creams, etc; she wasn’t showing any evidence of allergies, and while more evident in summer it wasn’t really a seasonal thing.
I finally thought of laundry soap – then I thought “DRYER SOFTENER SHEETS!”. So stopped using the dryer sheets on her bedding and towels about 3 months ago – NO ITCHING OR LICKING SINCE!!!
This has probably been posted somewhere on your blog – you are so thorough about sharing tips and cautions – but I guess I missed it.
Definitely a wake-up call for me…and her.
Happy Easter, blessed lady.
Sharyl in Sisters, Oregon
Allergies can take many forms–and sometimes determining what the root cause can be tricky. One family reported they were renting and the landlord had new sod installed. Ever since the grass was changed out, their Weimaraner had a rash on their tummy. We inquired as to what type of turf it was, but they had no way of knowing. Others have reported their Weimaraner running in wild grass and having a reaction–possibly a tummy saver vest might offer protection. We understand a person cannot avoid every possible trigger, but feet and tummy irritations are common.
Thanks, Sharyl, for bringing up this topic–you are not the first person to discover dryer sheets or fabric softening (or other laundry products) to be the culprit. We don’t use fabric softener on the Weim laundry, and our laundry detergent is a less toxic one. Being as Holistic and Green as possible is always ideal.
Columbia loves her new home on her very own 160 acre pear orchard! She’s already eaten, pooped and taken a nap. She definitely feels at home here and we all love her so much.
Not so long ago Columbia was here (at OwyheeStar). We used terms like ‘Happy-Camper’ and ‘Tail-wagger’ –we were glad to find her such an excellent forever family. Thank you–for letting us know she is adapting well.
Astra is doing great she knows sit come stay. She goes for walks with us. She loves playing squeaky ball. S he is so sweet, and she loves snuggling with mommy.
Thank you for our baby ~ Tanya
We are thrilled to hear that Astra has settled into a good routine–doing all the essential things. Of course, snuggling might be at the top of the list.
Not so long ago–she was loaded in the crate on her way to join her forever family. It is funny how in a very short time it seems like they have been with us forever.
Astra is doing great she knows sit come stay.she goes for walks with us. She loves playing squeaky ball she is so sweet and loves snuggling with mommy. Thank you for our baby
We appreciate you thinking to drop us a note about your Astra. Not all that long ago she was loaded up and traveling to join her forever family.
Her sweetness most certainly was a thing. The Great Granddaughters adored her–I suppose they hated to see her go. Well, it is a good lesson. We do this for other people. We cannot keep everyone–not even close. (haha)