|Hello! Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Beth Renstrom, and I am the owner and
caretaker of all the wonderful hounds. I am the "I" in the website, and I designed it myself using the
massive quantities of photographs I have of the dogs. Photographing the dogs is one of my favorite
things to do, especially while we are out on one of our many adventures. I am a Certified Veterinary
Technician, so my entire life is animals. I am an active member of the Irish Wolfhound Club of
America, and I am on the board and maintain the website of our local breed club, Northstar Irish
Wolfhound Club. I am also in charge of coordinating fun and educational events for the club.
|I purchased my first dog, Sasha, from the Humane Society in April of 2001. The Vet Tech school I went to took
dogs from the shelter for us to "learn" on, and that is how I met Sasha. A year later I purchased Apollo, a white
shepherd mix, from the Humane Society, another dog from school. Apollo's story is very sad. We do not think he
was ever in a house before we had him, and when we got him a crate, that was his sanctuary. He also was diagnosed
shortly after we got him with neural myolopathy. When I moved to another house, Apollo stayed with my parents
where he was most secure for the rest of his days. I adopted Kona, another school/shelter dog in the summer of
2002. Then Brody came along in February of 2003.
At about this time, I got a free calender of puppies from a pet store, and March featured the Irish Wolfhound. I could
not stop looking at that picture! The puppy was so cute, and the description was so fascinating, that I did some more
research. I was able to meet real Irish Wolfhounds in person at a few local locations such as the Irish Fair, and I was
hooked. This breed was for me! About 8 months later Rowen came home. Having Irish Wolfhounds opened me up
to a whole new world of dogs. I became interested in dog showing and then lure coursing with the wolfhounds.
After my first 2 wolfhounds, I decided to come up with a name for the dogs, like many people name their kennels.
After much thought and consideration, I decided upon Tresmorn, which is simply my last name, Renstrom,
rearranged. After many years of showing the wolfhounds and learning as much as I could from long-time breeders
and trusted mentors, I had my first litter in 2016.
After years of having dogs and exploring many different diets and philosophies regarding dog care, I have found the
best one for my beloved dog family.
I feed my dogs a raw diet consisting of chicken, tripe, beef/pork organ mix, turkey, salmon/sardines, a ground
vegetable/fruit mix I make myself (with spinach, green beans, peas, broccoli, tomatoes, beans, pumpkin and
various fruits), homemade yogurt, and rarely oatmeal. They are all supplemented with vitamins/minerals, kelp,
coenzyme Q10, fish oil, coconut oil, probiotics, herb blend, and various other ones as needed for each ones'
individual needs. Elk antler is another supplement I used to give to Kamille and Rowen, and it is amazing! I also
have had very good luck with Phycox for some older dogs with arthritis.
I walk my dogs daily except in extreme heat or cold, because being active is good for their bodies and minds. Daily
exercise is absolutely essential to keep giant breeds fit and active as they age. I feel that has contributed greatly to
the longevity of my hounds, and the fact that they can still be running or walking the fields right up until their
death. Even if it is quite hot, they need to just stretch their legs, and we choose a walking location that is a short
distance to some water to cool off (such as a local pond or stream). My dogs are so used to their daily exercise, it
is not easy to skip a day for them or me!
This is very important to me and not just because I work in the veterinary profession. All my dogs are screened
with basic blood chemistries every year to check internal organ function (sometimes more frequently if they are
older or not feeling well) and tested for heartworm/tick-borne diseases every other year. They are minimally
vaccinated with Rabies as it is required by law and initial Distemper. I utilize herbs and homeopathic medicines as
often as possible and Chinese medicine from a holistic veterinarian in extreme cases. I also believe in the benefits
of chiropractic care, massage, and acupuncture for any kind of growing, pain, injury, arthritis, or simply old age.
Since above all, my dogs are my companions, I prefer they all live in the house with me. I have several beds for
them including a queen, twin, and hospital mattress. I top these with orthopedic dog beds, mats, and comforters
for added cushion. There is also a chair with no arms on it and a chaise couch that the dogs really like to lay. I
have a dog door to a fenced back yard. The fence is essential for their safety to prevent hunting or visiting
neighbors or other people and dogs walking through town. The dog door allows them as much freedom to go in
and out of the house as much as possible. I feel this also contributes to their good health and prevents boredom. I
spend most of the spring through fall with the back door open, and the dogs will often just go out and lay in the sun
or shade depending on the weather.
Being a vet tech, I am very particular about my dogs' grooming. Ears are cleaned, nails are trimmed, dogs are
brushed and stripped out, and baths are given frequently. I do hand strip all my wolfhounds.
For short trips, we travel used to travel in a mini van but now have a Ford Flex with the seats removed in the
back. For longer trips, we travel in a conversion van again with the seats removed aside from the one that is folded
down into a bed.
|My first dogs: Kona, Brody, Sasha, & Rowen - 2003
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