Dash had his 12-Week Vet Visit and the Parvo Shot today. He is 24 pounds and has the best disposition. He is just a gorgeous boy!
Dave, we are happy to learn you and Dasher are off to a great start. It is also a blessing to know that you are delighted with your new family addition. We know how important that is and never more so when someone has had a less than ideal experience before coming to OwyheeStar.
The importance of looks–while often a top consideration, pales in comparison to temperament and health. A beautiful unhealthy Weimaraner is heartbreaking. We realize that living creatures have issues–some more than others. Regardless, getting off to a fantastic start with a thriving pup is something we wish for every OwyheeStar client. Of course, we give tips that can help maintain these goals–follow the OwyheeStar Weimaraner Vaccine protocol, keep guard against parasites (they are everywhere), and get the basics done. Each of these things is foundational. There may be hiccups and rabbit trails along the journey, but nothing is more imperative than getting off to a good start.
Parasites are something not discussed much on the blog. Nonetheless, a goodly percentage of pups become infected–OwyheeStar and other than OwyheeStar. Possibly the biggest culprits are Giardia and Coccidia–one-celled parasites that are found in the environment. To some degree cleaning practices can help avoid these issues; however, puddle-drinkers and paw-lickers can ingest these opportunistic predators. When they do, they can take off like a wildfire in the gut. This scenario is best avoided–it can undo housebreaking at its best. A simple fecal check can help prevent this unraveling adventure no one wants to visit. Of course, keeping the young pup wormed is essential too.
Loose stools can be caused by stress but should you see them it is best to keep an eye on things. The cost of the fecal exam can put your mind at ease. Many times these issues resolve without medication–that is optimal. Pumpkin or squash are helpful. Bloody or mucous filled stools (a bigger concern) should be checked. If you see them, don’t think the worst–so far, no OwyheeStar pup has been lost to the Parvovirus. (I hold my breath as I type that statement, but following our recommendations helps keep your new family member safe). There are a number of things that can bring on such an event (terrible diarrhea)–the parasite infestation, and irritated gut, etc. Some Weims have a very sensitive stomach. The same ones may not leave the woodpile alone or stay out of the trashcan. (oops) It is imperative that you are proactive and find a solution–not only can ingesting these garbage-can-finds be upsetting, but it can also be life-threatening.
In Southern Oregon
Ramsey is 23 lbs. He is house broke and cage broke. He’s already learned how to sit, stay and lay down. We just love him!
When the new Weim family does well it makes us extremely happy. It is a win for all concerned–the breeder, the pup as well as the family. Getting the first things mastered is of key importance. The underpinning is your relationship–skills without respect do not carry over to adulthood.
It’s Never Ever Long Enough
A sad day…. this loving brave boy is crossing over the Rainbow bridge… he was my sweet baby boy. Always there for me, forever my protector.. he never left his mama’s side and even in the end he was the bravest boy. I love you so much Luke, be well my sweet Poochie, go find your Daddy, he is waiting, so is Garth man. We were so lucky to have you with us the almost 13 years you were here… Mama loves you ❤
He brought me more joy than you can even imagine. My life has been better Because he was part of it. He was a mama’s boy.
I remember when you first contacted us. I remember when you took him home. It doesn’t seem all that long ago; it seems far away, though. Time flies by, and we try to grasp each moment and cherish it. Nonetheless, they are fleeting and escape our grasp.
Thank you, for being so great over the years. It is tough to post the losses. Lucy had been sitting there for awhile because it was the holiday season. It is hard enough to lose loved ones at other times, but at the holiday, it is an extra burden I think. Mama’s boy is running free and touching noses with people he loved and other Weims.
~ new playmate for our Izzy
Izzy has a new friend Hank. Our new neighbors have brought him over to play with Izzy.
I have included a poem written by Hanks 11-year-old co-owner, Avery. She has granted me permission to share it with you–and you can put it on the blog if you choose.
~an original continuation poem by Avery.
Silver dog with eyes of blue
I cannot start to describe
You, but for starters that I can’t start
Your eyes, they seem alive!
Yes, little sapphires, or copper
Or gold, your eyes have plenty to behold
In the dark your eyes shine bright
Though it seems like daytime, it is night
And your fur, this poem’s name,
Hides you when you’re hunting game
BUT GLEAMS when in open, like the moon
And across your body; is silkily strewn.
We appreciate you asking to share this poem. Thank you for as well for the photos of the two romping and playing. Of course, we love that Izzy has a new Gray Ghost neighbor playmate. She looks as spry as ever. What a girl!?! We are slightly biased.
12/10/2012 Ron Writes -Tobryn got his 8 week vaccine this morning…….no pain on injection (I’m really good at those)…..no reaction. At the moment he is playing with his toy and pigs ear and when I’m not looking, a puppy bite to my feet. Ouch. Doing very well with outside potty breaks, but he has had a couple misses….probably because I wasn’t watching him closely enough. I know he really won’t begin to understand everything for at least another month. But I have tons of patience and time so onward we go.
12/20/2012 Ron Writes -Almost 4000 miles under our belt. Tobryn is about one week away from fitting in the carrier. He still loves to crawl in there when we are on the road. His curiosity is exploding. Just about everyone wants to pet and hold him. I let them because of socialization. He is doing great with the slip leash. Only getting up once a night for potty break. He wakes me and out we go. He really is so exceptional on all levels. Will send you pics next week.
12/28/2012 Ron Writes -Could he be any more handsome? I think not! Toby is thriving. Potty training is doing very very well. He is the new light of my life.
Breeder’s Note: Ron is experienced with the Weimaraner. His critters are very important to him, (and he has a special relationship with each one that passes through his life). We first spoke in 2007. Ron has been wanting to begin a new journey with a pair of Weimaraners for a number of years. There have been some obstacles along the route. Now, he and Toby have begun a journey, that includes a plan to add another male Weimaraner sometime in the next twelve months. The timing depends upon a lot of factors.