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November 27, 2017 — Cypress and Willow



~Veterinary Visit News

(November 14, 2017) — I weighed Cypress at the vet today, she weighs 31 pounds!!!  OhMyGoodness!!!  And there is not a speck of fat on her…


(December 1, 2017) — Cypress had her sixteen-week titer and it came back fabulous so she won’t need another DAP right now.  We did her rabies vaccine, so she is set for a while.  I plan to do the two-vaccine Lepto in a bit, as we do have Lepto in this area, it is not a combo vaccine (I did that with Willow too).  Cypress is very healthy, no signs of parasites and she is gaining weight. Her condition and coat are beautiful.  She is very clumsy, she is like a foal or a fawn, she trips over her own feet and legs sometimes!  She is around 35 pounds now at four months.

~At Class With Jan

I took her to obedience class this week, she is just learning her basics and I was able to use her for demos.  I am happy now that Cypress’s immunity is in full swing, she can meet more (safe) dogs.  She is kinda shy and reserved at first with people and new situations, she is more that way than Willow was, but she is coming around.  With that type of temperament comes the very positive aspects where she stays close to me and doesn’t wander off, checks for my approval constantly, and is VERY bonded with me.  She is VERY biddable.

~Cypress and Willow (with Daisy)

24172987_10214230882749296_630886405484584027_oCypress and Willow and Daisy adore each other, they all play and play, and they all have similar gentle play styles.  I chuckle that at first Daisy was unimpressed with a new puppy in our family, but within a very short time, they became fast friends!  Willow is the best big sister ever, she is so gentle and patient with Cypress, I am so happy.  I always make sure to give each dog their separate, special time with me, while I leave the other two outside or whatever- I feel that is one of the reasons I have always had multiple dogs that get along.

Talk to you soon, Hugs, Jan  

PS: I am always happy to be a reference as you know!  

Jan Magnuson
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training

P.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908
-Home of “Willow”- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial
Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, TKN, URO1, UAG1, TDI


I love her so much ❤️    Jan

Breeder Comment

We are beyond blessed. Thank you, for all your help over the years–support, encouragement, referrals, endorsements, and what you do with your OwyheeStar Weims. It means more than words on a page can express. We wish you continued success in your journey. We are ecstatic about the titles and the joy you find in all you do with the girls.


Her Life Unfolds

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Sunstar with Jan Magnuson

Dan, Emma, and I completed a session of Jan’s obedience classes in July.  Emma was with a great group of dogs and Jan is so upbeat and knowledgeable–we are lucky to have her so close to us.  Emma met up with her brother Trigger in class.  It was great to see him again, and his nice family.  They are so similar it is uncanny–he’s just a bit more of a “he” and she’s just a bit more of a “she”.  My son, Dillon, Emma and I were able to visit Trigger’s family in August at their home.  Trigger and Emma did well together after the initial excitement and we were able to get some pictures.  Waqar measured Emma’s height and she was within 1/4 inch of Trigger’s height.  The next week at the vet, a bit over 5 months of age, she weighed 54 lbs.  I think Waqar said that Trigger was 51 lbs the week before.


We were at the vet for her Lepto booster.  At our first visit to the vet, I shared Cliff and your recommendations on the immunization schedule for weim puppies.  The vet did recommend the Lepto be given as it is prevalent where we live in the WET Northwest.  We did the titer test at 16 weeks which came back showing Emma had ample immunity, then did the Lepto and booster totally separately from rabies.  So far, so good!

Breeder’s Comment: We love the way you have approached the vaccine. It was great she had immunity at the 16-week titre-test. That meant you could follow the best possible path for protection using vaccine, but not combining them. It is a wise approach. You clearly, have an awesome vet. Lepto is being recommended more and more; even though the risk may not be as great as some predict you don’t want to be the one to have the Weim that contracts it. When it is a problem in your area, it is smart to get the Lepto shot separately. The longevity of protection is limited. Some say, the vaccine only lasts 6-8 months. This is another reason for foregoing the annual combination shot. In reality, recent studies have shown that the younger dog who is vaccinated in a timely manner many not require the annual distemper/parvo vaccination. If Lepto is a problem, the opposite would be true. They may need vaccinated every eight months to ensure protection. We do not know if anyone does the titre-test for the Lepto. It seems like it would be an excellent idea. 

More Training

I am signed up for Jan’s classes in September–it will keep both Emma and us on track toward the goal of “earned freedom”.  Not quite there–LOL!  Will we ever really be, with a wiemaraner?  Emma is meeting new dogs on our walks and continues to socialize with family and friends dogs and she is doing well with this.  I appreciate all of your “messages” about mouthing/nipping/biting/nibbling.  This is the part I (conveniently) forget about with our weim puppies and Emma loves to own us with her mouth.  Bitter Apple and correction over and over, and over again–patience is a virtue!  Jan emphasized remaining calm–good to have that reminder, too!  Emma is a sweetheart, a beauty, and a wonderful weimaraner!  Thank you so much for my girl!  She was my early birthday present and my birthday is finally here, this weekend.  Happy Birthday to me! And Happy 6 Month Birthday to Emma and all her siblings next week, especially Trigger and Alli!

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