Greetings from the Northeast
We are in the gradual process of making a move from 2 acres in a fairly busy “rural” area to 54 acres on a dirt road in a very rural area surrounded by woods with our nearest neighbor a half mile or so away. The Boys are loving the move. When we arrive at the really rural home, we open the car doors and out they hop, not to be leashed again until we leave. Romps in the woods and hikes on a myriad of class 6 roads with a very responsive recall to our side whenever we request.Taun has played a (sometimes unwilling) role in mentoring Bacchus with the recall.This morning was another chapter in young Bacchus’ life-long course of learning: He was taken out at 0500 this AM only to dash off toward the garden oblivious to the recall. Two aggressive barks and then silence. He returned shortly, foaming at the mouth like a long rabid dog. The scent in the air reached us at the same time as the pup did … crap !! he got hit by a skunk and it appears that he was making a grab for it when it must have spun and sprayed him in the mouth. Oh my word … the smell is too much to describe. Best I could, it would be like dumping a 5 gallon bucket of mushy rotten onions on to your living room floor. Clean it up you might but that smell isn’t fading soon.Off to the deep sink but there was really nothing to wash off … it was all in his mouth.Ah well; that is what we sign up for.Taun has been a bit slow to accept Bacchus as a sibling but now makes a fuss when he is absent and they have become a reluctant pair. We prepare for another northeast winter (snow today); the dogs eagerly watching the making of any fire in the fireplace or getting the cookstove fired up.Bacchus is now 6+ months old. He is brave and very protective of Laura and Grace if they are out alone with him. His mouthiness has been gradually improving although he has been markedly less mouthy since the skunk encounter this morning … He is always willing to get involved and lend a helping “hand.”These guys are stereotypical Weims in every way and we couldn’t be happier. They make it abundantly clear that they are sad when we leave and they welcome each of us home every day as though we were gone for a year.No (really) destructive behavior ever (Bacchus does have a fondness for glasses and pens and Taun is an underwear and sock thief) … and they are happy, loving members of our family … we couldn’t ask for more … except maybe another one.We wish you guys the very best and we keep you in our hearts.Jon, Laura, and Grace in New Hampshire
~What We Don’t Want
The emergency Vet Vist probably tops our list. It is the quickest way to spoil our celebration. Nonetheless, is there a time when our attention is more divided? The snatch and grab Weimaraner could abscond with some spectacular finds. They are everywhere–the counter, the dining table, the plates, and possibly on the floor. One thing you might overlook–the rising bread dough or rolls. Bread Dough Toxicosis can prove life-threatening. Maybe a toddler is waving a turkey leg. Is that an invite? The opportunist Weimaraner will make the most of this food-driven holiday gathering.
The humans at your table–they are a significant threat to the Weimaraner. Who doesn’t want to sneak the pup a treat? But too many sneaks and the gut can become overloaded even with acceptable food. The sensitive Weim might have a bout of pancreatitis from too much fatty food. Then there are the cooked poultry bones–be sure if you throw them out it is where the Weimaraner cannot steal them.
You Might Consider
What if you made a plate for the Weimaraner that everyone could help share? This plating idea might work. Here are some excellent choices.
- Turkey — no bones
- Green beans (plain)
- Squash or Pumpkin (plain)
- Apple slices (without the seeds)
~ to mention a few
- Mashed Potatoes
- Corn on the Cob
- Nuts (pecans and Macadamia)
- Grapes and Raisins
You can bake a Weim cookie or a Weim pie that forgoes the seasonings. Eggs and pumpkin and a tiny bit of milk will bake up nicely. You could make the crust using treats. Possibly make them in a silicone cupcake pan or cupcake papers. We are not saying it cannot be a lot of fun for the Weimar too. However, no one wants the unthinkable to spoil all the fun.
Remember, it is all good and fun until the unthinkable happens!
Here’s to an excellent Thanksgiving Day Celebration for all our Weim-loving Friends!!
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~NOVEMBER 17, 2018
The Treasure Valley is experiencing colder than usual November temperatures. Except for this morning. It didn’t freeze last night. Tractors still work here or there. Harvest is nearly complete–sugar beets and a little corn are left. Other than watching the harvest, we watch the train traffic. We saw this unique little train go by a couple of times. Yesterday Cliff caught a snapshot of it–he wanted another (something better), but he got caught in an important phone conversation. Honestly, we don’t know how this short train is being utilized–maybe it is a diner car?
Families are preparing for Thanksgiving–ours included. I planned to do a little shopping yesterday, but at the sight of the parking lot, I rethought the plan. I will go back another day–soon, but when fewer folks are packing the store.
Once the turkey is put away, and things are cleaned up, then all things Christmas begin in earnest. We all know that stores are full of merchandise specific to the December holiday. Black Friday looms large on the horizon. Traffic yesterday spoke of holiday preparation, and there will be no end of the shopping mania from here on out.
Well, who knew we would have puppies to keep us busy during the entire holiday season? We didn’t. We hoped, but we could not be sure. So, there is that–today we drive to Pendleton. It seems the roads promise an excellent trip–we can always hope. No crazy drivers allowed. (Haha) Meanwhile, we have a babysitter tending things at the farmhouse.
This Week on the Blog
Once again, I find myself ever so thankful for folks who took the time and effort to update us. Kudos to Julia and Shiny for their Nosework Title.
I have used up all but one of the updates. Each time this happens, I receive another one just in time. I hope it remains true during the holiday season. Haha
Sunday— November 11 — Arrivals (Dixie X Boone 2018)
Monday–- November 12 — The Time Change
Tuesday — November 13 — Titles Earned (Shiny—Nosework)
Wednesday —November 14 — Ducky
Thursday –-November 15 — What Can We Say? (Freyja is 1 Year Old)
Friday — November 16 — Spokane Area News (Sage and Roxie)
On a very personal note
Cliff has been working on the gray water system–our pipeline needed a little revamping. I am not sure of the status, but the little problem seems to be less of an issue. We can hope, right?!? I won’t add a photo of the big hole that is right in front of the dining area view.
Of course, you realize we follow Boise State Football. You might be weary of us mentioning the team, but alas it is a thing at our home. But we are equally crazy for any basketball game that features a grandchild. You can understand the obsession–right? Well, today we have to miss Nick’s first two games. (Boohoo) We schemed to try to find a way to get back in time to view the game. Well, it is not a reasonable expectation. We have the Weimaraners that need our attention upon our return.
Soon, we will be running to and fro to take in as many games as possible–because apparently, our Sophomore Grandson will be playing on the high school varsity. Nick attends middle school, but he is getting the coaches nod as well–playing at a high level.
I am pretty much done with the TVCC Art Department Ceramics until next term. I will drop by on Tuesday to check and see if there is an opportunity to glaze some of the recently bisque-fired pieces. If so, I will take care of it so when Vicki does a high-fire, they get in the mix.
Getting back in the mud has been fun. (Haha) My partner in grime (sorry about the play on words), Lynda, says she will not be back–at least next term. She doesn’t know if or when she might join us again. Charlotte does a lot of hand-building. I want to work with her to improve my skills. She makes a lot of fun things–hearts, buttons, mosaic tiles, etc. I have to say a special thanks to the instructor as well as the two beautiful ladies that have helped me. I am blessed.
Next Christmas I hope to have a tray like this to share with my friends and family. I think they would also be cute gift tags.
Roxy and Sage
~and their Non-Weim fur brother-Cooper
We got my flowerbed and the entire front and other side of the house weed blocked and river rocked. The only thing that grows well in the dry heat here seems to be petunias.
Roxy likes to stand on top of the septic cover where it is a bit warm during these cold days while she smells the air. A lady whose dog died gave us her round Costco dog bed. Sage is even venturing out of her crate to lay on it. One day she and Roxy left a bit of room and Copper joined them. Roxy and Copper play and play, loudly at times, and wear each other out. Copper still tries to jump up on me. He thinks I am his play buddy. Not the brightest bulb. He will be 2 in March. Roxy still is cheeky as ever. She will ring the potty bells then run into her crate when you open the door. Sage has proven herself to be the biggest bone hog. Roxy’s favorite hobby is to lay in the sunshine near the sliding door and watch for critters. I had to move my parsley plant which I brought in for the winter because she was munching on it.
One more thing. It was so funny. The other day, Sage sat with a bone on the dog bed. Then she barked at Copper every time he looked at her as if to warn him not to even try to take her bone. She is so funny at times. She has her bossy moments too!
We are glad to know that Sage and Roxy are still doing pretty well for you. I do always worry about River Rock. Recently I got a message about a young Weimaraner who ate several rocks. (OMG) We have known of several persons who had an issue with their Weims ingesting rocks which can lead to a life-threatening intestinal blockage. I am sure Roxy and Sage will not start eating the rocks, but it is always a concern. Your flower bed looks lovely.
Celebrating One Year
Our girl is 1 year old today. Freyja is the best!
We use all kind of positive adjectives –maybe we just say she is awesome. We celebrated her birthday–she is definitely much loved.
We are happy to celebrate right along with you. In light of the new Dixie X Boone litter, it is beyond excellent to have this update. Everyone will appreciate it. Thanks and Happy Birthday to Freyja.
Ducky came into my life on his 8 week birthday. My first Weimaraner, Ted, was a silver grey so I decided to go with a blue this time around. People often ask me how I came up with the name Ducky. I have a litany of answers: he was born in Oregon, he was #7 of 9 in his litter – so a lucky duck, he waddled a bit like a duck as a puppy, I’m Mindy Brown and there’s a famous fashion designer in NYC named Duckie Brown – but most important, I just liked the name, I found it unique and it fit him to a tee! He has nicknames like Duskster, Duck Duck, Ducky Brown, The Baby, King of the Hill, my Angel, etc. but mostly he’s just plain ole Ducky. He’s also my Hunter. That hunting lineage is definitely at the forefront of his personality. He’s always looking for something to hunt down – whether it be a fly in my kitchen or a squirrel running across my back wall. He also thinks he’s a cat as he can leap and scale a 10’ wall. He’s not so ball crazy as my last Weim, but he definitely likes to play – only problem is – he destroys all of his toys. He’s definitely an elite athlete. He loves to go to the park and play frisbee – loves to run on the beach and loves to go for rides in the car. He likes to bask in the sun and lounge after his off leash hikes in an unincorporated area of Palos Verdes. He loves to play with other dogs and is as fast as lightning – always the leader of the pack. He prefers to have a part of his body touching me and usually has a shoe, slipper or piece of my clothing tucked under his snout. He likes to sit wherever I am and often times stretches a body part on me. He’s also very loquacious – as he’s always talking to me – especially when I’m cooking in the kitchen or working on the computer. But above everything – he loves loves loves to eat! This dog has one mighty appetite and loves his fruits and vegetables.I honestly didn’t think I could ever find an equal replacement to Ted, but after 3 years and several trips to Sun Valley – I put all my faith in Shela and Cliff – and my prayers were answered. I had only two requirements: a large blue male – and sure enough, I got that and much more. Above and beyond all of his other great traits, he’s the SWEETEST and SMARTEST dog and an amazing companion!
Hello there from the snowy Rocky Mountains!
~ Julia and Shiny–Nosework
A couple weeks ago, Shiny earned his second title in nosework from the NACSW (National Association of Canine Nosework). He was tested on 2 different odors – birch and anise, as well as his ability to distinguish between converging odors in interior spaces, exterior spaces, on vehicles and in containers. To attain the level 2 title, he had to search perfectly in all 4 of those challenges. He performed beautifully!! And was given all the most delicious treats his heart desired!! He was very tired at the end of the day.Thank you for such a wonderful dog and best friend!!
~ Don’t You Agree
Berkley here, “I can’t keep my eyes open, can you?”
The time change is tough on human and the Weimar. There have been a lot of cute posts about us Weims not cooperating with the change in schedule, but seriously, what do you expect? We manage a lot of details within the household. Being on time is essential–when it comes to eating, going certain places, the arrival of the humans, and never more than at our bedtime. So, what’s up with this time thing?
Me and Some of My Fav’s
Thanks to Berkley and her family. They always send us great videos and photos. We truly appreciate them. There were other family photos, but this one–don’t you agree? She lives the life that means she is a part of the family–whatever they are doing you see Berkley is involved. We love that!
~Something to Make You Smile
I am working down the Wait List as Dixie delivered last Tuesday. It is probably the reason we are dragging a bit. She opted to have one of those all-night whelp situations. Sadly, we lost one of the ten pups–OwyheeStar mortality rates are generally low, but it is unrealistic to think you can save every puppy born. We were saddened. We quickly focused on the nine gorgeous, healthy pups. They continue to thrive. Click Here to view the photos we took of the pups on Day One.
Typically, all our pups are promised before they arrive. It is not the case this time for a multitude of reasons–primarily, people want what we didn’t get, or it doesn’t fit into their timeframe. There you have it! We know how little control we have. We rejoice in each arrival despite it not being what we might need for our waiters. What can I say?
At this point we have not promised any pups–but no doubt the two Silver Gray Females will go to someone on the Wait List. We have several families waiting for either a Gray or a Silver Gray Female. Some are hoping for a Gray or Silver Male. It is a process to work through the Wait List and discuss with each person along the way. I will probably be putting out the word that we have Blue pups available, and that we are accepting applications.
I know we will get a lot of requests for a Christmas puppy. Those that know me best, know I rarely think that is a good idea. We won’t go into the reasons, but if you know the breed, then you understand. These pups would be ready to leave on January 1st. I am not sure exactly how the departure will shake out–but probably on that weekend or the weekend after depending upon road conditions and what we can get scheduled. Honestly, I think that is the perfect time to get the Christmas puppy–after the holiday hoopla is over.
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~NOVEMBER 10, 2018
I am not sure what the official low temperature for Ontario and the surrounding area registered at yesterday, but our thermometer read 15 degrees. We are ever so thankful to find our low temp much higher than the Burns reading–which last I heard was hovering around zero. This type of coldness is what I expect for January. I think if someone had their tomatoes covered it was not enough. (OMG) Thankfully it is warming up again. We are in no hurry to find ourselves in single-digit cold winter-like weather.
Despite the colder temperature, farming continues. Our back hayfield is in the process of being plowed for the spring plant. We hoped to get it planted this fall. It was not possible. Anyhow, they pulled in yesterday. We were glad to see them. We are positive the local farmers want to finish up the field work and to put away their equipment. They are ready for a well-deserved break.
We are busy with the stuff of puppies. Nevertheless, we have found ourselves scrambling a bit to prepare for these colder temperatures. Winterization is always a thing. Cliff has made some changes at the shop where he stores paint and chemicals that must be kept above freezing. There is that kind of thing, plus the adjustment to watering the Weims, etc.
This Week on the Blog
Once again, I find myself ever so thankful for folks who took the time and effort to update us–especially with a story as well as a photo. Did you notice Jeanne’s creations? If not, check out the Zeus and More link below. She can make any breed or put words, names, or whatever sentiment you are looking to get on a sign for you. Her price is very reasonable. Check it out! We want to support our Weimaraner folks, right?
Cliff and Stackhouse got out to hunt and collect a couple of birds along with all too many cockleburrs. (OMG) It had been a while since I had the joy of picking them out of a Weim. Bella made her first trip to Brookings–I am so envious. I love the Oregon Coast–the beach experience. Loki and Moxie delighted us with their fun news. It was all such a blessing to share. Thanks again!
Sunday— November 4 — Pheasant Finally (Stackhouse reporting)
Monday–- November 5 — More From (Bella and Levi)
Tuesday — November 6 — Training Update (Loki)
Wednesday —November 7 — Zeus and More
Thursday –-November 8 — Finds and Whatnot (Bella at Brookings)
Friday — November 9 — Sealed with a Kiss (Moxie)
On a very personal note
Cliff has been busy keeping the Weims tended as well as making a few small repairs. I suppose the big news of the week was that we both had had our annual wellness with our Primary Physician. We have received a phone call about the blood work results. Overall they were good–Cliff’s white cell count is up, but it has been. Nonetheless, it is nowhere near where treatment would be required. We are very thankful for that news. I anxiously await the full results so I can compare numbers. I am like that. (Haha)
You might have read the Facebook comments on the Boise State -Fresno game that took place late last night. If not, I will make a quick comment here. It was a spectacular win for the Broncos–despite being down their long-distance threat and three excellent defenders. If this game is any indication, I see some of these current players will be making it to the NFL. It was an outstanding effort for the younger players to step up and bring home the win. Stackhouse did his usual Boise State Mojo-thing. It was a late night, but a lot of fun.