Last week we shared about Libbie’s (Liberty Belle) trip home on the airplane, as well as her extraordinary initial adjustment. It was nothing short of phenomenal, but a lot had to do with how she began her journey. She learned to settle in the carryon bag–yes, I did work with her before she left OwyheeStar. Regardless, there is something to be said about the pup that settles–they can learn nearly anything. The carryon bag is like an extreme crate-training session–only you must succeed to be able to fly with them in the bag. Here are some photos of Libbie on her day of travel.
Finally, a calm follow through makes a lot of difference. So, there were two huge factors contributing to the excellent start. 1. There is the settling in the carryon bag. 2. There is the human factor where they stayed calm and followed through. Honestly, it is not all that easy, but it is effective. All the human emotion and excitement can be the unraveling the transition. (OMG)
Day One with Libbie
We got up this morning and started the daily routine. I took off work to help her transition to her work days with Scott, and get familiar with how it’s all going to work. As I’m typing this, she is sleeping and figuring it out.She has really done phenomenally so far with everything, I, we are truly amazed at her learning things and remembering them. It’s almost scary as to how smart she is, are we going to be able to keep up with her staying interested and busy learning more 🙂 ?!What an incredible gift you have given us! We are more grateful than you can possibly know! As I mentioned earlier, our family is complete again, and we owe it all to you. Thank you!!!!
Thank you for all of the suggestions! I’m definitely going to check out the AKC Good Citizen Title program, sounds fun and will help me keep Libbie learning and interested and obedient :)! Also, I’m going to start the standing process as well, what a great idea, makes total sense!
~Now he’s a California Boy
Our perfect shy little puppy is anything but shy any longer! Alder will approach almost anyone or anything for some play time. After living in Oregon for the first few months, we moved to Southern California! Alder quickly adjusted. Let’s just say we can’t keep him out of the ocean, and if he is out, then he is rolling in the sand which is wonderful for our home and cars.
Being a household dog means he never ceases to entertain us. He has two chihuahua siblings and frankly, our 85 lb monster thinks he’s the same size as his little buddies. He makes this clear while trying to sit on our laps in the car, or by sleeping on their tiny beds. All in all, we wouldn’t trade our perfect pup for anything!
I just thought we should email you to let you how happy my family and I are to have found you guys. It was our good fortune because we got our beautiful and the most perfect dog from you–Alder. I included some pictures in case you guys wanted to see how much he’s grown! He loves to cuddle, play at the beach, and fetch pretty much anything. We could not be happier.
We are ever so happy to receive news of Alder. We are also especially delighted to hear your lap Weim experience. It sounds like Alder enjoying his essential role within the family. How excellent that he is a perfect fit for your family. Thanks for remembering us.
With Bella and Company
There are times when I long to escape life and one of the best places to accomplish that for me in the Oregon Coast. We have made many trips over the years–but it is never enough. The only thing that is possibly better is to be at the beach with the Weimaraner. I think you might agree. Debbie has Bella and her Levi, too. You might remember them for a while back, but they also sent a couple of fun videos, don’t you agree?
Click Here to read the previous blog post, if you missed it or wish to remind yourself of their most recent news.
Thank you, Debbie, for the great videos and sharing your experience. We truly appreciate. We hope you are doing something equally fun on the fine January Sunday.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~JANUARY 13, 2018
It is hard to believe that we are moving forward into January 2018. Yes, I knew when we turned the corner it would not take long to use up a chunk of January. Nonetheless, it is shocking how quickly time flies by. Well, that is unless you are fighting country mud and then you might inadvertently wish away time. A person hopes for a day filled Mr. Sunshine and even a bit of wind to dry up the muck. Seriously though, the moisture is good. We have the winter wheat in the backfield, and this warm wet weather cannot hurt its prognosis. Cliff says this type of grain needs to come up and experience a frost. I don’t understand why but this is what the man tells me and he would know.
I would like to make a little journey outback to look at that field to see if there is any sign of green. I find joy in seeing the green bits poking through the Weimar gray soil. I am sure we could make a trip out there in the Gator but probably not today. Who can guess what we will be doing?!?
Cliff says the deer tracks are prevalent near the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary on the southeast unfarmed corner of the property. We keep a salt lick there for critters. There is no deer hunting in our sanctuary. I am sure they chew on our trees and find refuge there on occasion. We spot them from time to time, but mostly they come unseen through our property.
Last week I proudly proclaimed that we are in the process of going through our current Wait List, and eventually, everyone on the list will hear from us. The only folks I have contacted are those in line for a puppy born to the Hollee X Benton 2017 litter.
We are waiting breath abated for evidence of our first 2018 arrival. All too many are standing with us and that includes those wanting a Longhair. We are making every effort to get a Longhair litter or a couple of partial Longhair litters. What do I mean by partial? Well, unless both parents are Longhairs, all the pups in the litter will not be Longhairs. Expectations vary between 30% and 25%; however, we have had litters with a higher percentage of Longhairs. So, it is an average over time and predictions are always the same–not accurate in detail.
We are busy with Hollee’s babies. They receive daily handling and care. We have our current assistant (Christina) who is our granddaughter. What a blessing to be able to have her work with us for a season. She is doing a fabulous bit of work with the pups. Oh, and I should mention she typically is the photographer for these photo updates.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Several of these updates were for the Dixie X Boone Litter who recently exited OwyheeStar. It is common that we receive an initial update from nearly everyone who gets an OwyheeStar. As to further updates, it depends on the person. Some folks have extremely demanding work schedules, and their Weim is part of the escape plan–doctors, lawyers, and such. Others, seem to find the time and the desire to keep us apprised throughout their pup’s life. We appreciate everyone’s effort, as we know you do too!
Sunday— January 7 — And there are Two (Winnie meets Colt)
Monday — January 8 — Oakley
Tuesday — January 9 — Dejah Thoris
Wednesday — January 10 — Pushkin
Thursday — January 11 — Sweet Zoe
Friday — January 12 — Liberty Belle
On a very personal note
Cliff is still working on the carport enclosure. It is coming along nicely, but even though it looks like a simple project, there is more to it than it appears. I cannot say precisely how many years ago Cliff’s father build that carport, but Cliff was a boy. That gives you some idea. Grandad had a lot of skill, but carpentry wasn’t among his lot. Nonetheless, this structure held steady through last winter when so many structures were damaged or came down due to the heavy snow.
Cliff straightened and made the necessary upgrades to see it through another goodly number of years–way beyond our time.
He plans to move the pile of rocks gathered over the years to a storage location. Later we plan to use them for landscaping. We have not decided yet exactly where or how, but they a part of our heritage. Cliff’s parents were rockhounds. One of my first family memories was going out to the Owyhees to dig for Thundereggs. We didn’t take a jeep. We had a 63 Chevy two-wheel drive pickup. That means it might require us to rock-up to get up the hill. To rock up, you would pick up as large rocks as were needed and put them in the bed of the truck for extra traction. What a fantastic memory it is indeed. People still search for Thundereggs, but it is not like days past. Nyssa, just a few miles south of where we live, proclaims itself the Thunderegg Capital of the World.
We are enjoying watching our one grandson (Brad, a Freshman) playing high school basketball. He is doing quite well which makes it even more delightful. I have mentioned he is a big boy for his age–about as tall as Cliff. He wears size 18 Nikes and is formidable on the court against opponents. As he develops he improves his shot-blocking and rebounding skills; he is not a bad shot either. As you probably know, the taller kids typically are not great ball handlers, but we see evidence he has some talent. In his last game, he got his second Triple-Double. That means he got double-digit counts in all three categories–scoring (14 points), rebounds (13 ) and shot-blocks ( 15). It is so fun to watch him improve–he netted two fouls; he played the entire game. Shortly, basketball season will end, and we will very much miss the opportunity to see him play.
~ Boise to Las Vegas Flight
Julia Speaks of Boise, etc.
Libbie did perfect the whole day! Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how well she did!! I took her potty right after you guys left then we hung out in an empty area for a while to play, bond and work off some energy. I put her in the carrier, and that’s where she stayed until we got home. She didn’t put up a fuss, she was relaxed and slept most of the day and flight home, even thru rough turbulence.
Las Vegas Arrival
Scott picked us up at the airport, and she was continued napping for the 15-minute ride home. Once we got home, we went straight to the backyard to potty, ringing the potty bells as we went out the door. She instantly went potty as soon as she got off the patio, both pee and poop. She was praised and given treats, and then we went in for some food, water and family bonding time. Scott is in love with her too! There was no doubt that, our family is complete again :)!
Busy Day; Fun Evening!
We had lots of playtime and several potty breaks, each time she rang the bell to go out! I can’t believe it! At first, we thought it was coincidental because it could be a great play toy, but she went potty every time, except once, when I think she just wanted to go outside to play. Did you by chance train her with the potty bells? If not, we have one super intelligent puppy :)! I seriously cannot believe how fast she took to that!!
Our First Night
We did our usual bedtime routine and put her in the crate in our bedroom. She pitched a little fit for about 5 minutes and then went to sleep. She woke up around 2:30 and again around 3, whined a couple of minutes then she went back to sleep. I had made my decision before bed that if she woke up after 3:30 I would take her our potty. She woke up at 4, I went to the bathroom and then took her out of the crate, rang the potty bells and as soon as her feet touched the ground, she went potty. We went back to bed, she whined for less than a minute and went back to sleep. It couldn’t have been a better 1st night!!!
Breeder Comment (part two)
Julia, you and Scott, did everything right. Libbie is a lucky girl. No, she was not trained to the potty bells nor even to the door. It would not matter if she were because it was all new territory. We have countless stories (from past experiences) where we had pups housebroken and crate-trained only to hear that their new family was disappointed. Well, there is a trick to doing things, and while it involves follow through, it also takes a bit of knack. It requires the humans to go about business unfazed and matter-of-fact. The moment we humans hesitate the pup reads our hesitation and follows suit.
Libbie is a super smart girl–like her Mama. Ringing the bells upon arrival set the stage. For those that wonder–, you don’t want to ring them like a wild person and make it a scary thing. You want to entice them to want to use them. It is a fun thing. Shortly, it might be abandoned because the pup learns to ring them all too well. (ha!) Who can say? It facilitates the housebreaking process –that is the goal.
Libbie can hold potty for a while. As you saw on your trip home, she didn’t potty the travel bag. When she woke up, she needed to relieve herself. All too many folks are too quick to take their pup out in the middle of the night. Soon, the puppy wants to go every hour or two all night long. For some folks, this pattern continues for months. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner who gets the idea that they go out at night can make life tough for the exhausted puppy family. Habits form readily–good ones and unfortunately, bad ones too!
Getting off to a good start and avoiding the unwanted behaviors is the best approach. We talk a lot about getting the basics done. It cannot be overstated. We hope all of Libbie’s littermates are excelling.
In our Arms, and in our Hearts!
All is going well with sweet Zoe! She wanted to be held the whole ride home and has ever since been attached. The first night in the crate was rough, but last night showed a lot of improvement. She’s quickly learning where to do her business and has only had a couple of accidents in the house. She’s eating well & showing good signs of playful activity! We played fetch for about 15 min last night (retrieved every time!) and then she passed out! She’s so intelligent! She’s at home today with the grandparents who are as equally in love as I am. She is happy and adjusting very nicely!
I think the hardest thing is they bond with you and feel they will forever be in your arms from that moment—unless they bound out to do their own thing. Ha ha, Then we darned humans leave them in the crate. Ha
Thank you for all the communication and very easy process! Yes, she is a smart cookie……thank you, Courtney
Dear Courtney–you are correct. It is the most difficult thing to juggle the bonding and the crate-training. Both are necessary components. If the Weimaraner could choose, they would crawl under your skin next to your heart and make it home. They kind of do that, but it absolutely must be balanced with learning how to be away from you. If not, then bad things happen. These various negative occurrences frequently involve destructive behaviors due to the feeling of being abandoned. The Weimaraner is prone to separation anxiety, and it is so darned easy for us to make it worse. Our good intentions often take us from likely to suffer separation anxiety to a severe case. You are doing the right thing. Ultimately, this will help her learn to adapt and become a better-balanced Weimaraner adult. Of course, that is always our goal.
It is so difficult to remember that our good intentions often lead to behavior issues. Before you go with what seems right, it is always a good idea to ask yourself if this is what is best for the Weimaraner. Friends, family, and even some trainers are quick to offer ideas that might not prove beneficial for the long haul. Keep on the path Courtney. You and Zoe are off to a great start. We could not be happier!
Our Friend Jan
If you live near Jan Magnuson, I hope you can take advantage of her All-Breed Training. She has had the Weimaraner 45+ years, and therefore, she knows a thing or two about the breed. Here are a couple of ways you can learn more about Jan and get in touch with her.
Overall we are doing Well
I set up the crate – left the door open and Pushkin went right in – kennel arrives on Tuesday. So far only one accident in the house.
Oh, and outdoors we have a little challenge. It is pouring rain here, and the ground is saturated and muddy. Yes, we have grass, but it is that wet. Do you have a recommendation as to something that can be put down as a ground cover?Wishing you well.Marie
Kudos to you for keeping accidents to a minimum. Getting the housebreaking done right early on is vital. You know that! So, that is fabulous.
It doesn’t matter when you get your puppy; there is always some challenge. Wow! That is a lot of rain, but then we are talking Oregon–and not our side of the state either. I suggest you try some sand. It should be OK except for tracking it into the house. Nevertheless, it will help with that mud situation. I wish we could buy two truckloads here, but the rain and mud will soon be history. Afterall, it is far Eastern Oregon–the high desert that is typically arid.
Sand should not be a problem. Removal should be relatively easy once you no longer need it. Scoop up the excess and put it wherever. Wash the remainder into the ground. The cool, wet weather is also ideal for one-celled organisms such as Giardia and Coccidia. Birds and other critters can bring this into your yard, and it can thrive in a wet environment. Therefore, getting a fecal check at the 9-week puppy visit and possibly again at the 12-week visit would be a wise investment. A garden sprayer loaded with 10% bleach solution used in between visits –or even once a day might help eradicate this issue. (No, the bleach will not hurt your lawn.) Sure picking up after the Weimaraner will make a difference; however, there are plenty of ways they can ingest a cyst. Everything goes in the mouth–including their paws.
When a pup leaves OwyheeStar they are parasite free; however, this can change in a blink of an eye. These opportunistic one-celled parasites are in our environment. We talk a lot about avoiding Paravirus infected locations, but most of those high-traffic areas are infected with the one-celled organisms too. The reality seems to be that some Weimaraners are more prone to picking up this type of infection. It is a nasty affair, and it can set back the housebreaking progress. Here’s to hoping everyone escapes this mishap.
The Wire Crate
Marie has purchased the Life Stages Wire Kennel or Crate for Indoor Use. This crate features a divider that allows you to adjust the size. We just wanted to point out the divider and how it works. Excellent job Marie.
Happy New Year!
~No More tiny Girl!
Well our little girl, Dejah Thoris, has grown BIG. Are you sure she isn’t a Great Dane? She started out as the smallest dog in the litter! She now outweighs her big sister! We think she stays inside and eats all the food while Ayla goes out hunting and running around in the backyard. They love to snuggle by the fire!I think I remember Kaiser being the big boy of the litter! I joke about the Great Dane because I have had three in my past life…wanted another one but my husband said absolutely not. My daughter joked that Dejah is disguising as a Great Dane!
We absolutely love her! She rules the house! She is still learning the difference between her toys and other good things to chew up (like my husband’s wallet and credit cards!) we can never be mad at her too long because she is so cute!!!!
Thank you, for remembering us. The two make a striking couple of co-conspirators looking innocent fireside.
We are often asked to predict the adult size of the Weimaraner. We can make an educated guess, but as you well see, things don’t always go the way they seem. :O)
Adding the Second
Dudley–the resident Weimar
Winnie Meets Colt
Here are a couple of pictures of Colt’s first interaction with Winnie.
We are not sure what her first impressions were.
“What is this?” “We drove all this way to meet this little blue upstart?” “I don’t think so.”
Despite what she is feeling at the moment, they will become inseparable.
- Meet up in a neutral location. Don’t just show up home with the new Weimaraner.
- Don’t let your emotions run amuck. If you are concerned, then the Weimaraner will be equally worried.
- Monitor things and give it time. The adjustment is tough.
- Make sure the resident Weimaraner gets as much if not more attention than the new baby. Bringing home the new puppy and displacing the original will not go well. They have been at the center of the universe for a while. Why should it change now?