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River with her sister Lagoona

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.

Douglas's River_0295Here 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

Breeder Comment

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.

Settling In

Patos is Thriving; I am exhausted!

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Wanted to let you know that tiny Patos is thriving.  She may be small, but she is mighty!  She is rambunctious and fearless.  I think it will take constant vigilance and consistency to get her through the lovable, but exhausting early puppy stage, but I’m sure she will be worth it.

Weimar Disdain turned to Snuggles and Kisses

Big sister Sucia copped the attitude of total Weimaraner disdain when Patos first showed up here.  The looks that Sucia could throw at her, or the haughty lift of the head and purposeful turning away from the puppy were almost comical.  We just let it be and now, a little over a week later, Sucia seeks out Patos for kisses and play and last night for the first time, Patos crawled over for a nap next to Sucia on the big dog bed.  Sucia actually gave a little happy contented Weimaraner groan as Patos snuggled into her.  Yay!!!

The 9-Week Puppy Shot

Patos went to the vet for her 9wk visit last Saturday.  My regular beloved vet is temporarily out with knee surgery, so I went to a new vet for a one-time visit to get the shots done.  Per your education, I made sure she only got the dAPPV as you recommended and nothing else.  Patos weighed a mighty 7lb 5oz!  🙂  Her stool check was negative for worms.
 

Big hugs to you and Cliff!     ~Meg

Breeder Comment

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.

Alli

Spooky Spoiled

     ~Nonetheless, Much-Loved

Scartozzi's Alli-2Thought 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!
~Ashley

Breeder Comment

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.

Elio

At 16 Weeks

Lorenzen's Elio June 23 2017Elio 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! 🙂

Breeder Comment

Vaccine Crossroad

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.
  • Vaccine Blog Post   For the OwyheeStar Client Only click here! (requires password)

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.

OwyheeStar Disclaimer

The Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) Vaccine Protocol

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. 

Hank

At Nearly 8 Years

Shaub Hank 2017-2It 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.

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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) 🙂

Question

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

Breeder Comment

Sorry to hear that Hank has developed the ligament tear. Although a large percentage of our Weims avoid this type of situation, it is not all that unheard of for the athletic Weimaraner. Nursing such an injury (even with surgery which is costly) requires a lot of patience. They take a considerable amount of time to heal. It begs the question of how you will keep them from running?

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?

Finally, we sincerely thank you for the lovely update. We especially love the photos. We appreciate everything you have done for and with Hank. We are glad he made a good transition as your family expanded. It speaks volumes for the on-going socialization you provided.

Remember When?

Last Summer

Mystic’s Mom updated us and let us know they were going to become a Two-Weim Family? Click here to read that blog.

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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.)

~Jennifer

Our Bella

My Princess

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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 

Breeder Comment

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!

Traveling and Whatnot

With Roy

      ~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.

Breeder Reply

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.

Progress 

He’s doing great, we learned to “shake” this week. He is eager to please 😉 (more like get a biscuit!)

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Roy 7.21.2016-Portland-2We 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. Roy 7.21.2016-Portland-1

You Are Invited

Labor Day Weimie Play Date!!

This is LONG overdue!  I wanted to get a post out about our next Weimie play date, since it’s a holiday weekend Nancy and I are hoping for a big turn out =)  Let me set the scene for anyone on the fence about coming or newcomers.

Imagine this, a peaceful drive through the country with your weim panting in anticipation of what’s to come.  New smells, new sounds, and what’s that two acres of fenced space just waiting for a Weimie romp.  This is just the beginning of what you get when you join in on the monthly Weimie play date co-hosted by Nancy and Holly in Salem, Oregon.  As your Weimie makes their rounds, meeting their new best friends and their chauffeurs(that’s us humans), we get to kick back, grab a glass of fresh ice tea or maybe a brewski and chat with fellow weim lovers.  The conversations usually begin a quick run down of who belongs to who, stories of weim crimes(we can all relate), and mentions of your favorite weim quirks.     

Here’s a brief introduction of the regulars:

Luna, our Hostess with the Mostest

LunaParents: Nancy and Bill

Dog Parents: Blue x Elle, 12/22/14

Fave snack: Morning dollop of whipped cream and mom’s leftover egg yolk

Hidden talent: Stay, even when taunted by her BF Rudy

Jaeger, Disco Man Extraordinaire

JaegerParents: Shannon

Dog Parents: Boomer and Bubbles

Fave Snack: Turkey or Ice Cream

Hidden Talent: Take a Bow

Arliss, the Leader of the A Pack

ArlissParents: Arleen

Dog Parents: Dusty x Megan, 12/01/06

Siblings: Big brother to Auto, the Welsh Terrier

Goldee & Maverick, Fluff Masters

  

Parents: Holly and Joe

Dog Parents: Greta x Stackhouse, 04/19/14 & Sadie x Stackhouse, 12/16/15

Hidden Talent: Mind control over their mom

Weim Crime: “Helping” with the dishes in the sink

Buck, the Big Brother

BuckParents: Beth

Dog Parents: Sadie x Stackhouse, 12/16/15 

Hidden Talent:

Favorite Party Pass Time: Hanging in the sand pit

Kirby, The Snack Sneaker

KirbyParents: Rhonda and Jim

Dog Parents: Greta x Blue (Shela, will you double check these are the correct parents?)

Hidden Talent: Sitting on anyone’s lap

Favorite Treat: Nancy’s Strawberry Cake =)

For more information about the monthly weim play dates reach out to Holly at holly.haffey26@gmail.com or find Holly Haffey and/or Nancy Fortune Garin on Facebook!  

Come for the fun, stay for the exhausted weim!!

Mystic

At Three Years

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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.

Unknown-2We 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

Breeder Comment

5 Blue Males-Zula Blue X Blue Week Four-120.jpgThank 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.