Breeder’s Note: Not too long ago there was a bad incident at the Dog Park and Wolfie came out on the bottom with an injury to his foot. (Click here to read the follow up that posted on Wolfie’s recovery). One toe in particular was at risk. He is recovered although he may always show signs of the injury. Wolfie and his family live in Nebraska. Marcy makes an appoint to stay in touch with us and keep us posted on Wolfie and dog trends. We so appreciate her notes. Her daughter lives in Texas and also has an OwyheeStar Weimaraner–click here to see Milo). Please read on to catch up on the latest regarding Wolfie and the things she sees at the dog park.
He has his routine so that when we miss an evening walk for one reason or another, he wakes me up at around 3 AM to go to the bathroom. So, those evening walks are essential and so are his time at the dog park. One morning it was -10 degrees and it was cold but he still ran in the dog park with his coat on. On weekends we go early (around 7AM) to avoid the crazies and Wolfie is usually not even fully awake when he gets in the car. He yawns on our way there but as soon as we arrive, nobody could contain him. He is rearing to go and run, and run he does! But guess what? A lot of people have told me that Wolfie is unusually calm for a Weim, comparing him to the ones they see.
I read your blog about those wanting breeding rights. (Click Here to read that blog.)That’s is quite upsetting. Actually when Wolfie and I were at the dog park, a woman came in with her kids and her male weim. Her purpose: to find a female weim for her male to mate. How sick is that? She actually came a few more times but I don’t think she was successful. Another bothersome experience was about another woman with her kids and her dog at the park. After Wolfie and I came in I started talking to her and found out that she was waiting for a family that was going to look her dog over at the park and see if they would want to adopt it. This woman does not know this family. She put an ad and this family responded and this was supposed to be their first meeting. At the end, I saw the dog get into the supposed adoptive family’s van. How sad!
Comments on what Marcy saw at the dog park: It is our conviction that breeder’s must take responsibility for placing their pups in great forever homes. We understand that at times things happen that would in truth prevent keeping a pup, however, almost without exception the bulk of Weimaraner rescues happen because the person finds the breed too much. Too much can be grouped into various categories—too much work, too much exercise, too much trouble, too many problems. Most of these discarded or re-homed Weimaraner pups get into trouble because people or persons don’t understand the breed. Some think they are getting a Lab or other pointer because it is just another hunting dog. Understanding the breed and working with the nature of the fur family member is key to success with this breed.
On another note, regarding the person looking to Stud their Weimaraner, this is truly just sad. It is sad on so many counts and it is such things as this that account for even more problems. Breeding the Weimaraner is nothing you do in a casual and flippant manner. Raising a litter to get your money back is old school. Raising a litter so your children can experience it is also old school. At times old school might be preferable but when you look deeper you realize that raising quality pups is expensive, time consuming, and requires an on-going commitment to the breed.