Sucia and Patos
I often say that if you can get through the initial phase–the pouting, the acting out, the punishing looks, etc. it gets easier. It can be easier to have two instead of one. The best way to achieve your goal is not to react to the utter disdain. Keep things on an even keel and try to be unfazed by their reaction. You can do this because soon they will be the best of friends–inseparable. They don’t love you any less either.
I do believe that two females (in this breed) are trickier than a male and a female. Typically a male will let the female be the queen bee of the castle, whereas, the first female may not back down. It is essential to get a less dominant pup or possibly the first female will allow the new kid on the block the upper paw. Something has to give. Regardless, if the humans remain calm, consistent, and non-reactive; I believe this will almost always work out without exception with a puppy. Bringing in an adult might not work at all. Certain dynamics make this tricky–sometimes impossible. There are those situations where it has worked, but my suggestion is to proceed with caution. Make sure it is going to work. Good intentions do not always make for a positive outcome. No one wants a fur-flying scenario. (OMG)
I love this example of the two girls. They get along but have a healthy sisterly interaction. They share everything and entertain each other in a way that could never happen otherwise. Sucia went from disdain to love for her sister. You did a lot right, my friend.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~OCTOBER 13, 2018
October frost arrived. We got our first yesterday, but it was a light one. Cliff says the prediction is for temperatures close to freezing or even another frost between now and Monday. Then, it is supposed to warm up a bit.
The area farmers have been busy with the harvest. Onions and other crops have been stripped from the fields. There is a little corn here and there, but the after harvest bareness is setting in. Our hay awaits the raking and the baler.
This Week on the Blog
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We hope our readers enjoyed these fabulous and funny Weimaraner updates, as much as we did.
Sunday—October 8 — The First Sunday
Monday–-October 9 — 23 Days (Bella Lioness)
Tuesday —October 10 — Reznor
Wednesday —October 11 — The Nose Knows (Skye)
Thursday –-October 12— Our Life With (Azula)
Friday — October 13 — The Stackhouse Sisters (Sucia and Patos–Part I)
On a very personal note
Cliff and I went to the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) today. He has a blood draw, and so now we wait for the results. Of course, we hope for this whole thing mysteriously disappear, and if not to stay in a holding pattern.
I have been busy with the pottery project. It is not something I can do production style. I marvel at what I see Lynda and Charlotte make in one afternoon. I am much slower but is nothing short of a miracle that I can come up with anything at all. (Haha) Otherwise, we have been doing pretty much the same thing as usual–the sorting, organization, and clearing out of things we no longer need or want. I feel as if there is a sea of material goods–deciding what is essential to keep is tricky.
Every time Ashley arrives I have another box or something to give her. I have another pair of new-looking jeans from Grandpa. He has lost a few pounds and doesn’t plan to gain it back. I found a box of handbags–those are gone as well. They were all leather bags and again, in excellent condition. Christina took one that seemed to have her name written on it. That is a win-win situation.
Maybe next week I can give you a report on Cliff’s lab work. I hope. Other all, he is busy around the farm. There is quite a bit of non-farming tractor work such as moving dirt. He is trying to get rid of rocks–we don’t need a Weimar swallowing one of those rounds. It can happen all too quickly. We don’t care to revisit that scenario.
Our little farmhouse is still a work in progress. We love it nonetheless!
Sucia and Patos
Time has flown! Sucia (Cindee x Stackhouse 2013) and Patos (Livee x Stackhouse 2017) are the best. They are both the perfect size — at 4 years old, Sucia is hovering at 50 pounds, and Patos is just under 50 pounds. From paws on floor to shoulder height, Patos is about 22 inches high and gorgeous!I won’t lie….. it was a bit of a challenge adding baby Patos to our established routine, but well worth it.
Our First Blue
I must admit, I was hesitant to get a blue, after having 4 sequential silver weims in my life. Now, I am so thankful that Patos is blue so I can tell them apart! They are both so distinctive and beautiful. It also helps that I have a tiny bell on Patos’s collar so I can tell which dog is wandering through the kitchen or other potentially tempting places.
The Two–Each is Unique
After raising two separate single Weimaraners, however, I can say that it was a totally different experience introducing a second weim puppy into a house. They have very different personalities — Sucia was always sweet and loving and eager to please. Patos, on the other hand, is an energetic spitfire and took much more consistency and discipline and repetition than Sucia did.Patos has an exquisite nose, much more developed that Sucia’s. She loves the water and took to swimming after tennis balls much easier than Sucia did. In fact, if I am driving by the lake or ocean, and Patos catches a sniff of it, she starts moaning in her kennel in hopeful anticipation. She also has a funny-willful streak in her. For example, when we are walking in my gardens, she will look at you with her big innocent face, and then lightning-hop like Tigger and rip off a flower or leaf and prance ahead, and then look back at you with the big innocent face again, as if to say, “oh wow, who did that?”
Well, we are not surprised in the least. This compact style Weimaraner tends to be the pocket-rocket type. They also can be super friendly, loving, and whatnot. Nevertheless, managing them can be a challenge.
The idea of having two Weims if fantastic–if you can live through incorporating them into the family. It is an entirely different situation when you add a second Weim–there is no way to explain it, but a person has to stay in the process, as well as remember not to overreact. Eventually, things typically work out if you take a breath and keep after the training thing. We think you did a great job.
For all those wondering–there will be a couple more segments (featuring Sucia and Patos) over the next week or so. Thanks, Meg, we appreciate you taking time from your hectic schedule to drop us this fabulous update. We don’t take it lightly. Tell, Jim we appreciate his work during this process too.
We don’t know how many compact Weims are in OwyheeStar’s future. It is complicated. We have put a lot of planning into weaving the DNA to get the best possible outcome. It remains to be seen if we can keep producing a few smaller Weims, or not.
Azula is growing like a weed. She went from 10 lbs. last Monday to 13 lbs. today! She has been sleeping most of the night and has learned come, sit, and down. We are also working on “crate”, “kisses” and stop (especially when she starts getting too mouthy).
The cats are still wary of her, but our normally skittish cat is actually much more nonchalant about her than the other one.
She has been absolutely delightful unless she is in one of her frenzied teething fits, when she sees us as fair game for chewing on.
While she still doesn’t love her crate, she has occasionally retreated to it for naps.She did have a bout of diarrhea last week, so the vet held off on her parvo shots until today. I’m attaching a couple of photos for you…
And here is a link to a video from tonight, of our very opinionated baby girl: Azula Fetching
I hope all is well with you guys! Stay dry and warm, ~Christine
We are happy to hear about Azula and her adventures. We cannot emphasize what it means to be hearing from so many of you this fall. We truly appreciate it. In truth, I burn through the updates pretty quickly at a blog a day. (Haha) I am sure Azula’s littermates are thrilled to see her cute face again, too!
~On the Scent
Our girl Skye is doing great! Vet check and vaccination went really good. She is so social and loving. She makes me giggle when she gets “on the scent” while we are on a walk and she is nose to the ground, tail in the air and those little legs are just beebopping along as if she is dancing on some kind of imaginary line and only her nose knows where she is going. It is the absolute cutest thing. She loves to snuggle and play. And often is found in some strange sleeping positions.
Couldn’t imagine any other breed for our family. We are so in love.Stephanie
News From Washington State
Hi Guys, just wanted to give a quick update on Reznor. Everything is going great & we are about to head out on another road trip down to Oregon & California to visit our Family.
There is a Seahawks 12 man flag, a “cascadia”/Doug fir flag, the 3 state flags act as his passport stamps for all of the states he’s visited & of course there is an OwyheeStar patch & his birthday patch so he can show off where he came from:)We get plenty of compliments on it & I think he is proud to walk around in itAll of the backwards “И”’s are a nod to my favorite band nine inch nails (NIИ) & artist Trent Reznor whom he is named after.Hope all is well with you & Cliff. Thanks, AnthonyOh and my wife’s fave patch
Costume Or Not
~Halloween is Coming
What’s your take on the costume thing? Do you insist they put on the garb, trot around, and act silly? Two of the three is a given with this breed, don’t you agree? Do they trick or treat with you?
Are they spooked by the costume attired visitors–if you have them coming to your door. I seriously don’t know what people do in this day and age. There are community events. Some churches host the Trunk or Treat thing–filling the trunk of the cars with goodies to pass out. Some folks turn off the lights, lock the door, and pretend to be gone.
Typically, we only get Trick or Treat callers that we know–last year it was our two Great Granddaughters. We have neighbor kids living less than a mile from here. I suppose it is always a possibility that they might show up. We will be prepared. Maybe Stackhouse needs to dress for the evening. I will have to think about that. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts. Feel free to share photos from previous years. This one of Bella is from 2016. I still love it. I bet you do too!
~I saw reports
I saw reports of snow in certain locations. I am going to tell you that we (Cliff and Shela at OwyheeStar) are in no way ready for winter woes just yet. I ran across this photo in the archives, and it spoke volumes. A few weeks we will be talking Thanksgiving and then maybe snow along with expecting Christmas’s arrival.
It’s coming all too quickly. So, I think the only thing to do is to plan snowballs. That is a bit like laughing in Mr. Winter’s face, don’t you agree.
In the meantime, we can think pumpkin and the spooky nonsense of Halloween. Some of you may not celebrate the event. Others might say it is your favorite holiday. Then we will see your Weimar wearing their costume.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~October 6, 2018
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Our hay is cut laying in the field. It got a pretty good wetting with the recent storm. We are hoping it is soon dry enough to get baled. (OMG) We are not alone. Cashiers say it is a common theme as they check out the farmers.
I’ve wanted to get to the farm stand to pick up some corn for Cliff. I best be hurrying–the last is going to be available probably this week, or maybe next. I have not been to the farm stand but once or possibly twice this summer–we ate out of our garden. Nevertheless, Ted farms along the path we travel often. So, we can see his various fields.
Of course, there are the Corn Mazes and Farm events gearing up throughout the Treasure Valley. I have never been in a Corn Maze. It gives me a bit of anxiety thinking about it–but I know many of you have a blast doing those things. I am more of the person who enjoys the senior corn maze–the one stalk to walk around situation.
We have the three little fat Deja puppies that by all appearances are thriving. She is the ever happy doting mother. Maybe you read elsewhere–we are working on the outdoor puppy yards. These pups will be able to take advantage of those locations. I hope we get our sod replacement done by mid-week. Their feet are about to experience grass for the first. The Great Granddaughters were here to help us with early socialization. Isn’t that just the cutest thing ever? Oh, and Ashley’s forever friend, Maddie, was here as well.
We took Manfred on his first outing. I will be blogging on this experience soon. His debut was a big hit–we had a lot of fun. He is growing up so fast! Here are some photos of Manny (and part of them include the infamous Stackhouse). The one photo was taken on our outing—we dropped by our son’s shop. Manfred saw his first kitty.
This Week on the Blog
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Sunday—September 30 — Waiting (Mesquite)
Monday–-October 1 — Hummingbirds (Pushin and ZooBoo)
Tuesday —October 2 —Is Your Weim (Winston)
Wednesday —October 3 — Duke at One Year
Thursday –-October 4— Say What? (Duke)
Friday — October 5 — Jorga
On a very personal note
Cliff and I are doing well. We are busy preparing for winter’s arrival. There are quite a few things we need to button up before Mr. Winter decides to push in on us. October arrived and we are still gardening–mostly it is the harvest. We hope things continue to ripen and that we can protect our tomatoes from the frost. So, the temperature has not dropped all that low, but we know it is only any matter of days until we have to watch more closely.
Ashley and I are planning to replant the herbs and to bring them inside for the winter. We hope to have some to enjoy all winter long and then to plant them outside come spring. I planted an artichoke–actually three. I have managed to keep two of them alive. At the time, I thought we would have the greenhouse winter-worthy. It is not going to be possible this year, so Ashley is going to take that to her home and see if she can keep it going. They take eighteen-months to mature. I don’t know much about growing artichokes–this was an experiment. (Haha)
I am still doing the pottery–learning more thanks to Lynda who is a fabulous blessing. We have completed several pieces–some of which have been bisque-fired and are ready to be glazed. Others are set to dry to be bisque-ready. I am learning a bit about trimming–making the foot, etc. Lynda is amazing. She makes it look easy. (Haha) Anyhow, I am over the moon excited about the opportunity. I am still hoping that I can get bulb-forcing pots done in time to use them. I don’t know yet, it that can happen. I need to get after making some handmade pots this coming week. It is the only hope of getting enough in time. There is no guarantee but I will continue to work toward this goal.
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