We’re writing to update you on River who joined our Family last Spring. We love her so much and she gets along swimmingly with her sister Lagoona (our five-year-old Blue Weimaraner). We thought of sending an update to you both since it’s been seven months now since we picked her up from Cliff in Oregon. Also, I ran into one of your other clients at the pet store the other day who I believe has two short hairs from you both. One is an award winner. Anyway, we can’t express how much joy River has brought to our family and so we wanted to say thank you again to you both and your family for helping to bring so much happiness to our lives.
Here are photos of our fun times at the beach this past September. You can see how happy River is with her sister Lagoona.
All Our Best,
Conor and Erin
We are thrilled you love your new OwyheeStar Longhair Girl (River).
Jan dropped us a note saying–“Hi- I was at PetSmart today (I did not take my dogs in), and I saw a woman with two Weimars, one LH and I knew it had to be one of yours because I know the look. She was Erin with River, we chatted for a few minutes, and I told her about Willow and Cypress. It was nice to meet her.”
We agree that it is special to have two Weims who love you and each other. Many hope to arrive at such a place as you find yourself. We are extremely thankful to receive the update. Thank you, too–for reading the blog and following us.
Patos is Thriving; I am exhausted!
Weimar Disdain turned to Snuggles and Kisses
The 9-Week Puppy Shot
Big hugs to you and Cliff! ~Meg
We are happy that Sucia has turned the corner and realized that Patos is not only staying, but it is an excellent thing to have a sister.
I am glad you are sticking to the vaccine protocol. It has proven time and again to produce high vaccine titer results–in turn, keeping the additional vaccine at bay with the risk of a severe vaccine reaction.
We do encourage folks to worm their puppy on a regular basis. There are certain things we cannot speak to for a broad-based audience. Each person must decide what the real risk is when it comes to Heartworm–is it vital to start the new puppy on this medication. Well, maybe. If so, should you use the Plus version that covers the worming as well as guarding against the dreaded heartworm scenario? The one caution we do have is to not overload your Weimaraner’s system with a lot of chemicals. Be as Holistic as possible–this is even more important with the young Weimaraner; however, some adult Weims can react to various medications. Proceed with caution and do a bit of research–if there are reports from dog owners who have used a product and it caused seizures, we recommend choosing another option–different pain medication, etc. Weigh the risks and just because one person didn’t have an issue, keep in mind a percentage of Weims do have severe (even life-threatening) vaccine reactions–as well as a low tolerance for certain medications. One that comes to mind is the Rimadyl.
Thought you might enjoy to see how my girl Alli is doing! She is a love bug, but boy is she afraid of everything! As a pup I exposed her to everything and she is still afraid of every loud sound, the lawn mower, and gun shots (which we have a lot of) just to name a couple. She is terrified of getting her nails clipped even though that is also something I worked on with her as a pup. She is just a dog with her very own ways. She loves me to no end and her whole butt wages when I am near. She shares my pillow with me and we cuddle when she is scared. She loves my kids and gives them lots of kisses.She has been a huge part of our family and I am so blessed you’ve allowed us to have this sweet girl!
There are many ways to end up with issues–especially loud noise sensitivity. We humans and I am not saying Ashley did or didn’t do this, tend to do the very thing that ingrains the fear rather than alleviates it. It is the most natural response in most cases. Well, nuff said. (Yes, I know it is more correctly enough said). Maybe it will be a topic of discussion one day soon. We have spoken about it before.
Thank you, Ashley, for loving this sweet girl and sharing with us.
At 16 Weeks
Elio continues to be an absolute joy and an incredible addition to my little fur family! He’s a calm, well-mannered puppy who picks up on things incredibly fast! We’re going into week 3 of puppy classes and he’s doing great! 🙂
A Reminder to Proceed with Caution
The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter will celebrate their sixteen-week birthday on this coming Sunday (June 25th). That brings everyone to a crossroad. By now a lot has happened, and everyone will have found themselves insanely busy raising their Weimaraner. The Weimaraner’s (and the OwyheeStar) Vaccine Protocol can have been forgotten.
Your Veterinary office will have a different (broad-based) vaccine protocol. Even if they agree to follow the recommendations, it will fall on the pup’s owner to remember these details. We suggest putting the dates on your calendar and ignoring the Veterinary office alerts. Otherwise, it gets very confusing. If you have forgotten the protocol read on1
- 6-Week NEOPAR® Puppy Shot(given at OwyheeStar)
- 9-Week *Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv
- 12- Week *Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv
- Other vaccines such as Lepto and Kennel Cough (Bordatella) should be given as needed–and avoided when possible. We recommend not combining these shots with any other vaccine–, especially rabies. Vaccine challenges the immune system to build antibodies; therefore, we strongly encourage you to space Lepto, Bordetella, and Rabies vaccination at least two weeks apart. We realize that many veterinary practices give multiple vaccinations at a single visit; however, this approach is easier on the immune system. If a reaction does occur, then you know what caused it and plan to avoid it in the future. Yes, we understand this is a more costly approach–avoiding the risk is worth it!
- 16-Week Crossroad <== Opt for the Vaccine Titer Test instead of automatically getting another puppy shot. Your Vet is going to recommend just doing the shot because that is typical for the all-breed approach; however, a percentage of Weims are vaccine sensitive. Although your pup probably never had a reaction before, please do not ignore this warning. Even a mild vaccine reaction can trigger immune system issues–some of these lead to on-going health problems and in certain instances death. It is not worth the risk! The vaccine titer test runs more than double the cost of the typical puppy shot, but it might save you thousands over time as well as the potential heartache. Almost without exception, our protocol has been producing immunity by week sixteen, which means your puppy doesn’t need any more essential vaccine. If you need the optional vaccines (Bordetella or Lepto) these can be done; however, please space them at least two weeks apart from the Rabies.
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PUPPY VACCINE CLARIFICATION (Lepto)
There is a significant push by the Veterinary community (due to the recent rise of Lepto) to include Lepto in the puppy shot. The Weimaraner Club of America (as well as others who study this breed) recommend you wait to give the Lepto, etc. until the puppy shots are completed. The puppy shot should not include Lepto or Corona. No other vaccine should be combined with the puppy shot. Waiting for the Lepto, Bordetella, and another vaccine until the pup is a little older is less risky. It takes more effort and costs a bit more to space the vaccine, but is worth it.
What is the DAPPv?
Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 1 (Hepatitis), Adenovirus Type 2 (Respiratory Disease), Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus (Click Here to read more about the vaccine we use. Remember the Puppy Shot should not contain the Lepto or Corona.
We are neither Licensed Veterinarians nor Licensed Veterinary Techs. Our recommendations are based on twenty-plus years breeding the Weimaraner (exclusively) as well as the breed recommendation (from the Weimaraner Club of America). Ultimately, you have to decide what is the best approach. This protocol is considered a more Holistic and safer approach. That being said, our advice cannot replace that of your Veterinary of choice.
At Nearly 8 Years
It has been ages since we have checked in with you, but our Hank continues to do well. He will be 8 this summer and is finally starting to slow down.
He has been remarkably gentle with our two boys, who joined the family after he did (ages 4 and 3 months). I’ve attached a pic of him inspecting our new addition, as well as one where he is doing what he does best (taking up room on the couch) 🙂
We had a question we wanted to run by you since you’ve surely run into almost everything with this breed. Hank was just diagnosed with a cranial cruciate ligament tear in his hind leg and we are headed down the surgical road. $$$ Is this something you have seen in the past? Just wondering if you had any insight.Thanks again for laying the groundwork for our fabulous pup!Regards, Will and Suzanna
With the rising Veterinary costs, surgery can be costly. We suggest investing in Major Medical for the unforeseen situation such as the ligament tear. There are many other situations that could also require extreme care such as bloat. The aging Weimaraner, like the senior human, will most likely face some medical challenges. Who doesn’t want to be able to give them the best Holistic care possible?
Mystic’s Mom updated us and let us know they were going to become a Two-Weim Family? Click here to read that blog.
January 4, 2017
Here are a few pictures of our two pups. Mystic is still not convinced that a second dog in the house is a good idea. It turns out she prefers them if they do not live with us. Sage loves everything and everyone. Mystic was easier in every way. Sage is loving and excited and endearing. This has definitely earned him a spot in all of our hearts.
Mystic Runs The Show
Mystic actually does a great job, she brings him toys and raw hides except if it is the one she wants. She sometimes knows when he needs to go to the bathroom or needs to eat. She is also teaching him boundaries and personal space. So it goes…
We are finally settling into life after second Weimaraner addition. Thank you. We love them. (*The humans in the pictures are some of the human children.)
I can guarantee you are the best. You take care your pups like your own children. You give advice, newsletter etc. We all love you. We always said Shela (and Cliff’s) puppies are the cutest and the softest. Bella’s skin is like a suede blanket. We adore her. She is a total sweetheart. ~Sri Love you xoxo
We are glad you love Bella so much. It means a lot to us that you took the time to say these nice things about us. We hope that Bella lives long and brings you much joy for many years to come. She makes our heart happy too!
~First a Question!
Just wondering if you know of any websites that would be posting stuff about local Kennel Cough outbreaks?? Roy has had all his pup shots and is scheduled to get his kennel cough nasal drips at 16 weeks and will be getting his rabies around 22 weeks.
Hello, Megan! No, I don’t know of any online resource that posts pet viral outbreaks. I think mostly, dog professionals stay up on this — Vet offices, Dog Trainers, Boarding Facilities, and those associated with the task of Dog Park Management. Maybe if there is such a thing in and around the Pacific NW someone will leave a comment.
We feel you are doing the shots the way they should be done for the Weimaraner. If you are going to be out and about, getting the kennel cough protection is wise. Since it is not a long-lived protection and the problem seems to rise in the late fall to winter time frame, getting one later in the year seems to be a wise choice. We are happy to see Roy is doing well. Thank you so much for taking good care of him.
He’s doing great, we learned to “shake” this week. He is eager to please 😉 (more like get a biscuit!)
The Social Butterfly
We went on a road trip through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. We’re actually just heading home. Roy is a social butterfly, in fact, he actually seems really offended if someone walks by and doesn’t acknowledge him. So funny the compliments we get one lady said he was “… Kinda of an iridescent color if you will”
He is my little shadow, I never go anywhere and don’t feel his eyes on me. Nick is jealous!
Ready for adventure!
~Wyoming mornings are cold!
Here he is in Idaho at Anderson ranch reservoir. I didn’t get a picture with him wearing his yellow life jacket. Turns out he loves swimming, just not in the pool at home!
He loves the Water!
We have taken him on another adventure since the three state roundabout. Above Roy is pictured with me. It was a lot warmer on the Pontoon Boat in Portland.
At Three Years
I am writing to request an application for a second Weimaraner. We got Mystic from you three years ago. She is lovely, gentle, sweet and smart. I can trust her everywhere we go. She both protects and relaxes when she knows it is safe.
Last December, we moved out of the city into the “country”. We now have 5 acres out near the Skykomish River. Between Mystic being 3 and well established with us and having more space we have been thinking the time is right for a second dog. When I saw your email saying that you have a surplus of blues, Juan and I both agreed that this would be a good time to let you know.
We would love a second blue. I am mostly looking for compatibility for Mystic. She is neither the “alpha” nor the submissive type. She will stand up for herself and let her boundaries be known, but quite diplomatically. She is a peace maker. She does know how to communicate what she wants and how, but does it so sweetly we all just give her what she wants, unless it is not safe or healthy. Mostly, she makes us laugh and often just by being herself.
Superficially, she is gorgeous! We get endless comments about how beautiful she is every time we go out.
I have been sorry to hear about your health. I am quiet on this end but watching and sending prayers for good health. I hope that things are getting easier.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jennifer and Juan
Thank you for your continued interest. We have followed up with you as you know by now. We are so happy to hear about Mystic and her life with you. Thank you for all you do for and with her. We appreciate your personal comments and prayers as well. They mean the world to us.