Category Archives: Undocked Tails
Adding the New Baby to the Mix
We have finally achieved detente in the last few weeks between Rudi and Olli! It would have been unheard of them to be within a few feet of each other without Rudi either growling or just getting up and leaving. After all, he has been an only child for 12-1/2 years so was hoping, I’m sure, that Olli was just a pesky visitor!
Engaging and Complex Personality
Olli has really matured in the last month, too, and has such an engaging and complex personality. He is a complete snuggler but is also Mr. Mischievous! We get a kick out of watching him fetch the ball in the snow. He is bouncy like Tigger and full of energy!
On the training side, he spent a month at obedience school, and he knows when he is working and needs to pay attention. He still gets distracted as a puppy does, but he heels extremely well and returns when called. So, all is just fine as long as he gets his exercise every day!!
Becoming a two or three Weim Family
Incorporating the new family member is something that requires patience. Some folks get so uptight when the new family member is not accepted they are distraught. On more than one occasion, people let the objection spiral out of control. Either the resident dog or the new addition becoming aggressive to the other. Honestly, this should never be allowed to happen. Who is in control of your household? Don’t let it ever happen. Be kind, be patient; however, you must win the respect of all in the household. Otherwise, it is a free for all atmosphere that can end in more than growling.
Rudi and Olli
Meeting on neutral ground is ideal. We don’t know what happened upon Olli’s arrival. Sometimes folks just show up after being gone with the pup. They are all excited. The unexpected interloper’s arrival might send the wrong message to the long time resident. We do not believe for a moment that this family allowed Rudi to feel displaced. Hurrah for Rudi. Clearly, they did not let Rudi dominate the pup. We don’t think that was in Rudi’s nature anyhow, but it can happen.
Celebrating the new arrival is expected; however, never for a moment should the resident get the feeling they are being upstaged. The new pup requires an immense amount of attention and work. Somehow a person must manage to give the resident of many years the respect they are due. In the end, it will all sort itself out if you stay the course. There are allowable perimeters. Don’t force the issue. Don’t get frustrated, angry, or despair. This less than cohesive atmosphere will resolve itself –if you relax and allow the small differences. And as we mentioned, you must require both to be respectful to you and while not best friends, grumbly tolerant of each other. Rudi and Olli make for the perfect example.
It took some time. It required training and follow through. Building a right relationship and setting the right household atmosphere are essential factors in their success. Exercise, training and a bit of knack made for a solid foundation. Olli arrived home in late August 2015. It has taken six months to get the so-called detente. Isn’t is just sweet?
Not so Pleased
Getting the look can mean many things; however, there is no getting around the fact that the Weimaraner-owned human knows full well it means.
“I am sitting here waiting.”
“Did you happen to see the time?”
“How long do I have to wait?”
“Clearly, I am the only one that can tell time.”
“This better be good for the extra snack cake.”
“I am trying not to be indignant here.”
Charlie Mae’s family has its own dynamic. She has a less fluffy Blue Weimaraner brother (Murphy) and one of the coolest humanoid sisters–Elle. They go on awesome vacations–when possible the Weims come with; if not they have a sitter. The only questionable issue you might hear from Charlie Mae is the Christmas Light tradition. She just figures it is a Longhair thing–at least for her humans.
Pondering the Future
Yesterday, we left off with Goldee wondering about the new arrival and the baby preparations. The Queen Bee Diva of Western Oregon may not be quite as thrilled to see the new baby upstaging her. In truth, it is an excellent idea not to let that happen. Lavish your resident Weimaraner with additional attention and at the same time, the new pup should get what they need. Every effort should be made not to displace Goldee. Of course, we know that will never happen.
Goldee loves Grandma’s camera. Terri has blessed us with an abundance of photographic captures. They are a delight. No doubt Maverick will learn to play along. Are you wondering which one is Maverick? He is the smallest Blue Male born to the Sadie X Stackhouse 2015 litter. The one on top. Hello, Maverick!
Maverick the world is awaiting your face captured by Terri’s Weimloving camera.
The photos of our Weims taking advantage of the warmth–fireplace cuddling, heat vent camping, and under cover Weims are a commonplace occurrence. Maize has moved her bed often called her figure-eight bed to take advantage of the crackling fire.
Like their human counterpart, they enjoy the warm spots inside the house. They still need exercise, and welcome the opportunity to cozy up in a favorite location whenever possible. Of course, there are always the warm clothing options–coats, jammies, etc.
Momma, I really love wearing your jammie short, do you think I look cute in it?!?! I know you love how I more than tolerate your silly antics. We won’t post them here for all to see Momma.
Facebook posts were plentiful describing the muddy-paw madness. Most of you who were in the thick of the situation live in the country, and have more than one set of paws. Terra took her crew to the dog-park where they played their heart out, and thoroughly enjoyed the mud.
Shotgun; Glad to see you, but in the back Dad!
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Popularity, Polarity, and Placements
The interest in the Longhair Weimaraner continues to grow. Statically speaking, we see double the interest in the Longhair compared to the Blue. When we speak of interest, we mean people looking at them, asking about them, and accessing information. There are simply put, not as many ideal placements for the longhair; sometimes called the other Weimaraner. Indeed, they are all Weimaraners. There are those that are wild about the longhair. There are others polarized by the different look, the idea of an undocked tail, and the wisps of hair.
We find the varied responses interesting. In America, the concept of the Longhair is new; sometimes it is shocking. A few American breeders have this variety, but in Germany (and worldwide), they are well known. They compete in the show ring, field trials, and are well accepted. They are part of the gene pool.
Shocking, Unsettling, and other than Traditional
The reasons for slower placement are multifaceted. Overall, the average American thinking about the Weimaraner, is thinking smooth-coat. To mention the longhair variety is often unsettling to an applicant. That being said, there are not as many readily available good placements for the American Longhair. The Blues continue to find homes in quick order. They seem as in demand as the traditional gray ghost variety.
The importance of campaigning the longhair cannot be overstated. They are important to the breed as a whole. We know some traditional American Weimlovers cannot stomach the idea of a Weimaraner other than the one they know (and love). It is OK if they choose not to embrace them; however, we cannot ignore this varied component. For this, and many other reasons, incorporating the longhairs into the process is important. Interest is on the rise.
Cliff and the Longhair Pups
We have a few (awesome ready-go) Longhair pups. As it sometimes will happen, people waited months for us to produce a few longhair pups, only to not be ready. It is much too complicated to explain the complex juggling act involved on our part. It includes a list of folks that have their own agenda. We face many unknown factors. The number of longhair pups within a certain litter is a mystery until they arrive. This, indeed, creates more drama than usual. The juggling act becomes more flamboyant. Sometimes, as a breeder, you end up with a bigger show than you thought possible. Despite the challenge, we believe our efforts are warranted. Those who added a longhair to their family affirm our conviction. Some things in life require participation to (fully) comprehend. This is probably one of those areas.
Targa is fitting in well!
Jan 4, 2013 — Life has been crazy since we got Targa – holidays, stomach flu running through the house, colds too, the snow – BUT Targa is doing well, everyone adjusted quickly, he loves the kids and they love him, hubby too. Training is going well. I love Don Sullivan’s information – very similar to Scotch Pines, but even better.
We are getting positive results for the most part!
Targa’s a bit stubborn, but terribly smart. He pointed at our bunnie a couple of days after we got him. And while he really wants to chase the chickens, I can call him off. I can keep him within the front yard borders with a firm ‘NO’ as he approaches the boundary. He potty trained super fast. He sits for his meals (w/ a high-five) and sits at the door before I’ll open it to go out or in. I can clean his ears and trim his nails with no issues. The puppy biting is our only complaint.
I’ll get a picture off soon – he’s really beautiful.
March 30, 2013 — I finally, a sort of decent picture of the 6 month old, and I have a few minutes to send it to you. A beautiful specimen in my opinion. Crazy smart and very full of energy. Loves to be outside.
Breeder’s Note: Puppy Biting is the bane of most Weim owners. They want to engage everyone, and everything with their mouth. This is never more true than those they love. It seems unending, but with time and patience it will subside. We and others have written extensively on this topic.
Our trip home went so well!
I’ve named him Atticus. Squiggle isn’t super interested in him so far. We stopped a couple of times for a bathroom break. He stays really close and sits on my feet if I stand still. He ate some food, drank some water and spent most of the time asleep on my lap or next to me.
Atticus and my cats
He has met the cats and isn’t afraid of them. They are the same size as he is right now, and they are trying to figure out what this new creature is. Atticus doesn’t have the ‘normal’ dog reaction to their hissing at him, he thinks its a game.
He stayed in the crate from 10pm-3am. He had an accident, but I think it was because I wasn’t fast enough to get to him. He does cry like he is being tortured though. And he’s very loud. Doing well today eating and playing. I brought him to work with me today to work on the crate training and being alone, but the other couple of students working the weekend shift are spoiling him rotten. Tomorrow he will have to stay home and I can go let him out at lunch. So we shall see how it goes.
He does like to retrieve.
He did it with a stick and some toys. He’s very sweet, just wants to snuggle all of the time. He is quite whiny, but I know that will change soon, when is he used to things and more comfortable. He cares more about where I am, than where the other animals are, trying to follow me everywhere. The leash is on him, but I never have to use it as he never goes farther than a couple of steps away. He likes to come and sit in between my feet and put his head against my leg.
Thanks for the gorgeous pup!! I’ll send a new update soon. ~Marika
Breeder’s Note: Marika is a veterinary student in Pullman, WA. Her new puppy is a longhair blue.