Dear OwyheeStar Faithful,
The Information Age has changed everything. Getting published and putting your story out there for the public has never been easier. The truth of it is startling when you think about how it has changed our world.
Every day we post a blog. That is 365 blogs a year. (Whew) Without our OwyheeStar Weimaraner clients sending us photos and their stories to post we would be lost. In this day, when everyone has their Facebook Page and possibly a blog, many of you share their story without us being in the loop. This self-publishing thing is a reality for us.
We have out OwyheeStar Weimaraner Group–a community where those who have a puppy from us can share their photos and news. They can exchange ideas. People seem to like that–and again, we appreciate your posts. Nevertheless, we depend upon the kindness of others for our blog fodder. It is a lifeline–that makes publishing everyday doable.
A lot of folks are posting their stories — I find some of them on Facebook. Thank you–it means the world to see your OwyheeStar is cherished, celebrated, and an integral part of the family activities. Honestly, I am saddened when I look at a profile that doesn’t contain the Weimaraner. It makes me wonder what has become of the beloved Weimaraner puppy.
If you happened to have a cute story you would be willing to let me share please Email it to me. I will also need a photo. Frequently people send only a few words and some photos. I love them, but filling in the storyline is difficult–essentially impossible. So, let me thank those of you who update us annually or several times a year. I cannot thank you enough. If you have promised an update and not yet sent it, now would be a good time.
~ We Do What we are able
Cliff and I get a lot of Email inquiries–most are from folks hoping we have a puppy that can make their dream come true. Others are from folks like Dale–seeking advice and making commentary on our blog. We cannot always offer the level of advice some need or expect. Recommendations are hard to give when we are not in the loop and time is limited; however, we do what we are able to do. In this situation, we shared the food we have used and some information about the Weimaraner and heart issues. We have not seen many cases –so relax. Nevertheless, there are plenty of things that can go wrong when it comes to health. We always recommend being as Holistic in your approach as possible. I have posted Dale’s note (with his permission)–maybe some of you can identify with Dale. We all can agree that the loss of our beloved Weimaraner is something inexplicable. There are no words to adequately describe our relationship and the hole they leave behind. It is best to focus on what they brought to our life–to count every day allotted a blessing.
Hello Shela, Your Owyheestar blog is the first email I open EVERY day. And re-read. And forward to friends and family. I know it’s a lot of work keeping up with the blog, but know that you do a great job, and all these Weimaraner pix and stories warm a lot of hearts. Although we adopted Duke, our Weim, at 1, we did not get him from you. Though we will next time. But this question is important to you and all your Weim lovers. I stumbled upon your website a few months after we lost our beloved Weimaraner, Duke (below) at age 10. He was a bullet running, swimming, hiking, playing until two weeks before he died of asymptomatic congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. It’s been almost 8 months and I still can’t believe he’s gone. Such a personality. I’d like to discuss your food recommendations. I purchased what I researched as the best foods, mixing up flavors every month. The brands were Origen, Acana and Zignature. Mainly Acana. They all had high protein levels (28%), and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. No grain. He received 5 cups of food a day, mostly chicken, beef and fish, until shortly before he died. One month after Duke died, research came out from Joshua Stern, UC Davis, that certain foods that were high in legumes, were linked to heart disease in several breeds that lack a genetic history of the ailment. (Canine diluted cardiomyopathy CDM) Apparently these expensive boutique foods had a taurine deficiency. Meats have plenty of taurine, but legumes do not. So the red flag is legumes listed in the first six ingredients of the food. Also, chicken and beef are high in taurine, while many exotic meats such as lamb, rabbit and others, and legumes have little or none. Research is ongoing, and I know that CDM happens in these big-hearted dogs like Weims, pointers, etc. I don’t know if the food caused or contributed to Duke’s premature death, but given his excellent health, it is a possibility. But have you heard anything? And what foods do you recommend? Also, we’re wondering about getting another Weim at our age. I’m 66, my husband is 68, and we’re not sure we can keep up and do justice to another Weim. Any thoughts on this? Thank you for all you do, Dale
Dear Shela (and Cliff)
I read your blog every day. I have noticed the recent changes. I like them.
I think your blog provides a place where you and all of your customers (or the faithful OwyheeStar Weimlovers as you like to call us) can inter-react with each other. We can stay abreast of all things Weim. Every time I see of Weimaraner photo on the blog, I smile, want to pet and hug each one. They all pull at my heartstrings.
We can share our adventures of our beloved weims. We do not have a blog, but you do, and you share it with your customers. We get to tell our stories and show off our pictures of our beloved Weims. So if the main goal to your blog is “Where beautiful friendships begin,” then, I would say that you have met your goal.
To have a successful blog, I believe emotional content is vital. Without such content, you cannot hope to keep your audience coming back day after day. Your blog is a testament to what it means to be a proud owner of an Owyheestar Weimaraner. I get to share the adventures of all the Weims. I know Topper, Dusty, Stackhouse, Lacee, Benton, Blue, Zee; I also get to know other OwyheeStar client’s Weims. I’m very proud to be part of this very special family. So I guess I get to own all the Owyheestar weims in some small way, and I thank you for your effort to maintain your blog. Your hard work on the blog makes this possible.
I have just one story to share about Reno. Normally, Reno wants to lead all the time, but the path through the wheat field is now very tall and grown over. So Reno lets me break trail, and he follows right behind me. Reno is very good at adapting to any situation at hand.
Breeder’s Comment: Thank you Larry for this very encouraging note. Over the years, you have been faithful to keep us updated with photos and news about Reno. That is priceless!
Reno’s adaptability is a tribute to you doing a lot of right things. Almost without exception, the worst Weimaraner problems are a result of good intentions. Doing what comes natural more often than not produces problems. Behavioral issues can manifest as a neurotic, needy, and narcissistic Weimaraner. Babying them at the wrong moment (and in the wrong way) can lead to ingraining a fear. To some degree, every Weim has quirks and issues, but these can quickly spin out of control. On occasion, this happens to a Weim-savvy person who makes a wrong turn. Each Weim is unique, and presents their own challenges. When you bring them home, the journey begins. You must find your way together. Keep in mind this is not a sprint, but a long trip you make together. Who can say where it will take you?