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Willow

Jan at the UKC Dog Show

                ~ Tigard, OR

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Beautiful Willow won two Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards at the UKC dog shows in Tigard, OR this weekend, Yay Willow! Thank You to NW Silken Windhound Society for putting on the wonderful shows, and a special big Thanks to Julie Lechuga who is the hardest working dog club member anywhere! 🙂

Lexi’s Photo’s

Here are a few pics of Willow and me in the ring last weekend, Thanks to photographer Lexi Darienzo !

Breeder Comment

Many thanks to Jan Magnuson for all she does including the competitions. Anyone who has competed realizes the cost on every level. Anyone living within driving distance of Des Moines, WA would be well-served to use her Sunstar All Breed Training Services.

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.

Princess

Bella Celebrates Three!

St Denis's Bella 3YRS-AThis princess is 3. Whoa …how time flies.

Seems like just yesterday we brought her home. This girl stole everyone’s heart from day 1.

She is so adorable and cute.

She barks and chases everything, birds, squirrel, dragon flies ,,, in the water at the dog park 😉 We love watching her and her facial expression is priceless.

We thank you, Cliff and Shela, for giving her to us. She completes our lives.  

Love, Sri, and Kevin

 

Breeder Comment

We love how you celebrate Princess Bella –her birthday, her daily activities, and whatnot. The fact that she is cherished is all we can hope for any OwyheeStar offspring. Thank you, both for the photos and the videos. We know everyone will enjoy seeing Bella celebrate her birthday. You have a way of bringing an elegant flare to everything you touch Sri. You bless us with your generosity and kindness. We count ourselves fortunate to be connected. Our wish is that Bella lives on and does well for many years to come. Thanks again for staying in touch too!

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! 🙂

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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.
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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.

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.

Don’t Eat the Tulips

Not A Salad!

18119379_10154241739531612_8739486530847479049_nWe all know all too well our beloved Weims can eat almost anything. These photos tell a story. Can we all see the wheels turning? Why would I want my chew stick when there are the beautiful tulips waiting to be picked? 17990739_10154241739566612_1832225702496365279_n

Not every lovely plant is safe for the Weimaraner. Tulips are #6 on the list and follow the daffodil–click here for Web MD’s List. Their list is short if you search you find the number of dangerous plants to your dog is lengthy.

A New Chapter

Brandi–not forgotten!

When we lost our beloved Weimaraner Brandi at the age of 14 1/2, we were filled with so much grief and sadness in our hearts.  Brandi was an awesome dog.  She was very much attached to us and tended to herself.  She did not go out of her way to really socialize with anyone else or other animals.  Don’t get us wrong, she was great with other dogs in her house, at the dog park, and on overnights at the free-range kennels.  But she had that Weimaraner “aloofness” that some people may know what we are talking about.

Then, Baili

Hughes_9231And then this happened… we got Baili last year from Owyheestar.  She is the sweetest, funniest, goofiest Weimaraner ever.  She has been so good with any and all other dogs, cats, goats, people, and whatever else comes her way.  She simply just loves every person and animal she meets.  She has no “aloofness” at all.  We had a cat for a while named Whiski and Baili was so sad when he started living at the neighbors house.  We couldn’t even say his name out loud or she would start to look for him and cry.  That’s when I knew she needed a baby sister Weim.  So I got a hold of Shela and Cliff to get our second Weimaraner from them! I knew we were on to something amazing with the way they breed and love these dogs.  Is it something with the long-haired genetics that gives them their causal demeanor and friendliness?

And Along Came Stella Blue

Hughes_9225We now have our new baby girl, Stella Blue!

Baili is so good with her and we couldn’t be more pleased with baby Stella.

Breeder Comment

A tragic loss as yours is all too often the reason we meet. Your previous experience will always be cherished; however, this is a new journey. Many things will be Weim-like. Some will be unique to these new relationships. Each day is a precious gift. Thank you for celebrating and sharing your joy with us and our audience.

Walking Through the Fire

Arleen Needs Our Support

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Many of you know Arleen (who lives in Vancouver, WA). She gave me permission to post a few details. The last few months have been nothing short of trying–first, she required back surgery, and before she could turn around they found cancer. The treatment has not been kind, and there is the potential for additional bad news. Can we keep our fellow Weimlover in our thoughts and prayers? Thank you!

Arleen Writes

Attached are some photos of the boys and some of there friends. We haven’t made it to too many events because of the Cancer issue that has been over my head.  Auto and Arliss always find a way to make me laugh through all of this. Auto loves to run around with TP hanging from his mouth. Arliss likes being the calming big brother, and Auto is never too little for anything.

Was hospitalized this pass week, fluid on my Lungs; Chemo went good, but they sent me for an x ray afterwards and then ended up admitting me overnight. Fluid building up around my lungs, which is something that can happen with this cancer. They drained it, and kept me for observation, then had a CT scan and kept me overnight to make sure all that went smoothly. CT scan showed modules on left lung that could be cancer. Trying to say strong.
Note–Arleen is Jorga’s Aunt. You might remember she has made several appearances on the blog. Jorga resides in Belgium with Arleen’s sister Eileen. Eileen is a cancer survivor. We cannot put into words what bringing Jorga into her life meant but let us say it is closely related to celebrating life after cancer treatment.

Arliss and Company have also been featured many times on the blog. Thank You, Arleen! Here are a few of those appearances.

 

Cliff and I are confident you want to send healing thoughts and prayers to Arleen who has done so much for others–including the local dog park. She is a part of the Northwest Weimaraner Gathering, and we know all who have met her quickly learned about her big heart. Arleen, we are all wishing you fewer hiccups on the road to recovery. We need you smiling face out and about to make the world a better place. Thank you, for all you do.

Hank

Another Blue Longhair

hank_0538Here is an updated pic of Hank. He is such a sweet puppy and a good running partner. He still does not like his cage.  He’s a good boy about asking to go outside, recalling, and not running off.

Willow and Jan

How Willow Spent her Weekend
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Jan Reports–Willow with her two Altered Reserve Best-In-Show ribbons from the UKC dog shows at Argus Ranch today (October 10, 2015)– Thanks to NWSWS and PSK9’s for the great job on the shows (as always), so much fun!

Willow is a regular on the OwyheeStar Blog. She is very accomplished and busy about the business of life. What doesn’t she do? Regardless, we love to share the OwyheeStar news–big and seemingly insignificant. The everyday routine of a Weimaraner is anything but the canine norm. If your pup’s antics would seem pale in comparison, don’t hesitate to send us something we can share. We need two or three good length sentences to have enough to share. Otherwise, we are grasping to find content. A photo is lovely; however, we need more than a picture to make the blog. Yes, we need at least one snapshot for any blog. If you love reading about everyone else’s Weimaraner, imagine how much they would enjoy hearing of yours and seeing a picture.

Speaking of Willow

She and Jan have brought home three Best-In-Show Ribbons over her short career. The United Kennel Club (UKC) now allows her to continue winning even though she has been altered. Jan Magnuson has thirty-five plus years experience with the Weimaraner. She is an accomplished all breed dog trainer. You can follow Jan as SunStar All-Breed Dog Training on Facebook. We highly recommend (if you live near Jan) you take advantage of her classes. This training opportunity is unprecedented chance to train with an accomplished Weimaraner advocate. We sincerely hope you would capitalize on this opportunity. Finally, we thank Jan and Willow for all they do to promote the breed in a positive manner.