~15 Candles –beyond special
I just wanted to send you a quick note and let you know that Greta (Deli x Zeke) turns 15 today! She is incredibly healthy besides some significant arthritis and weakness in her hind legs, and lots of lumps. She still climbs on the couch, eats food off the counter, and sprints after the UPS truck. She’s been a love of a dog, sweet and protective of the kids, and fiercely loyal.
Oh my gosh — we are thrilled that Greta is celebrating 15 candles. The last time she was featured on the blog was her 5th birthday (unless I am missing something). Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I remember vividly the first time we spoke so many years ago. You were preparing to graduate and to move across the country. I wondered how we would make it all work–but then this.
~Spunk and Snuggles
We just love Kenai more and more each day. He’s a little adventurer, and a great combination of spunk and snuggle. Casey has been working on his beginning hunting training – introducing him to birds and gunshots. He’s been doing fantastic!
His vet cleared him to start exploring more, and to go camping! So last week we headed up to Olympic National Park, and then down the coast, stopping in Astoria for a night before heading home. He wasn’t able to go everywhere in the national park, of course, but there were a few dog-friendly areas to explore, and meet new people. He loved it! Here’s a few shots taken on our trip.
Kaylen and Casey
Cliff and I are so delighted to receive your report. What a fun adventure. Thanks for the hard work–keep it up. You are off to a fabulous beginning.
Happy Autumn to you and all there at Owyheestar!
Remember he got Giardia
Beorn is thankfully giardia free! We recently got his six week check back all clean. We started giving him the fast track microbial powder daily and have noticed a significant difference. He has had no digestion issues since we started this regimen. I’m glad we tried this before switching his food. Beorn still likes to eat grass occasionally, but nothing like before.
Breeder’s Note: Giardia is common in the Pacific Northwest, and some Weimaraners seem to be more prone to getting it than others. It has other names, including Beaver Fever. Like all parasites, it is opportunistic. Even a bird can track this one-celled protozoa in a puddle of water, and under the right conditions it can multiply quickly. We all know that any self-respecting Weimaraner prefers puddle water to filtered or fresh water. A cyst can be picked up on a foot and ingested, and take off like a wildfire in the Weim’s gut. The havoc of this parasite’s visit is soon evident–loose stools are the first. Not every loose elimination is a cause for concern. Blood, mucous, and (or) extremely watery stools, are indicators that you should take a fecal sample to be checked.
Beorn Celebrated his first birthday!
We recently celebrated his first birthday in August. He is still growing, almost up to 75 lbs now! We noticed a lot reflecting on how he has changed our family over the last year. Our house is cleaner (mostly to avoid any incidents with Beorn ingesting /eating things he shouldn’t). We are all buying more socks and underwear and learning to pick them up and put them where he can’t reach them. They’re his favorite. We have learned to be better communicators and coordinators. As a family, we are healthier. We take more walks and do more active things than last year.
He is so many things to us…
He’s a great companion, nurse, friend, and co-pilot. He is quirky, goofy, and clumsy. Most of our friends think he’s a spaz because he is excitable in new situations or with new people, but he’s getting better at this with time. He would be a great hunter, if we did that. He is keen on squirrels, chipmunks, and neighborhood cats. He will tree a squirrel and wag his body, all proud 🙂
Anyway, we love our Beorn. Glad we found each other. We are hopeful for many years to come with great health.