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
Yesterday marked our eighth anniversary for the OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog. It doesn’t seem possible. The first few months we had the idea not to have a schedule. We were going to post a few times a month. The idea was to have at least a weekly publication. We did that, and it shortly took off. It seems as if by the third month we were a daily affair. There have been very few misses despite having the (dreaded but) all too common life circumstances–major surgery, cancer treatment, etc.
The client relationship is vital for the blog content. Your updates (especially those containing photos) which include a myriad of topics are the substance of the blog. (Thank You!)
Likes and Comments
When you like our article it helps us in ways I cannot begin to explain. Therefore, if you read it (and thank you again for doing so), please take a second to like. Your comments are welcome. Other people like to read them. You would be surprised how many emails we get in regarding a comment.
I hope to expand and improve our blogging and the social media effort. Nevertheless, I must pace myself. One thing I think would be fun is to have an occasional survey. Maybe I could begin with the survey of the month. One thing holding me back is the lack of engagement. We don’t get too many ‘likes’ or ‘comments.’ A survey with only a handful of participants would not be as valuable as one with say a hundred opinions. I would want this to be simple–vote for your favorite or tell us your preference. Let me know in the comments if you would participate. (Thank you, in advance!)
Our focus will remain the same. We are all about the OwyheeStar connection and celebrating our lineages. We are not attempting to reach the world as a whole; however, we do have followers worldwide. This is about the OwyheeStar community.
If you find this breed frustrating or you are looking for the perfect dog, these accounts should help you discover the need to move on to a different breed. The Weimaraner is not for everyone. This blog is directed at those affected (and infected) with the breed–and yet, it is for the OwyheeStar segment. We cannot thank you enough for being a part of the family.
We alluded to the fact that we have followers worldwide. We get requests for help from a diverse cross section. It is impossible to answer or to help every person that contacts us in desperation. We fling a cursory answer as it is possible, but we are limited. Nonetheless, there are a lot of answers to be found on the OwyheeStar Weimaraner’s News Blog. You can search or check out the pages at the top.