The Unthinkable

Prevention is Vital

DSC00572People who contact us are sometimes offended because we probe, and ask questions they don’t understand. Some (of what we ask) might seem odd, but every query serves a purpose. We understand that everyone who contacts us believes they are an excellent candidate for the Weimaraner. Approximately 50% of the inquiries are wannabe first-time Weim persons. They are like any convert; enthusiastic, and equipped with all the right answers. Cliff with Red_4382They have done their research, and deemed the Weimaraner to be a perfect fit. That being said, there is no amount of research that is going to be equal to the firsthand experience. Even those having had a Weim, might find themselves suddenly challenged in a new way. Think of it like having multiple children with the same two parents. Are the children identical? No, they are each unique, and require a slightly different approach. You can count on your second, or third Weimaraner to find a new button to push. They are a weak-link detector expect; and they make quick work of exploiting any waver, or weakness.

 Pitfalls, Potholes, and Paranoia

This is a process. It is a journey on which you embark together. There are always things that can go awry. You are sure to face challenges, and to find yourself frustrated. More often than not, taking a moment to look at the mirror will help you find the real problem. Expectations, and preconceived ideas are fertile ground for disappointment. We all have meant people who think they know more than they do. The Weimaraner is good at making humble pie for those folks who are too cocky. The best way to avoid problems is a simple solution. Take care of the basics, and at the same time make sure you have fun together. The smaller things are meant to cover things such as building the right kind of relationship– the type that leads to respectful compliance. Rather than write about this topic here, you find some previous blog links covering this topic at the end of this blog. The Weimaraner breeder must be able to read between the lines (on the completed application), and (while doing so) identify potential pitfalls. It is nothing personal towards the applicant. Of course, they are looking from their side of the fence. They think they have the most to worry about; and this silly dog-breeder person is acting strange. OK–let’s clear up the notion that dog breeders can be nothing short of odd. They are often guilty as charged; many times this is for a valid reason. Ultimately, they should not be worrying about your feelings; it is more important to keep the focus on getting each pup placed in a good forever home. There is should no doubt about the breeder’s intent to place the puppy in the best possible scenario. That being said, we have found that often the first-time Weim-person can be as good as the Weim-experienced-person. The savvy evaluator knows how to determine the truth from fact, and to see past what is being said to the heart of the matter. The person who is willing to learn, and is open to their suggestion, is more apt to succeed.

It is Gut-wrenching on so many Levels

No one goes into this with the idea that they won’t succeed with the puppy. Despite that fact, every year there are too many Weimaraners who see a shelter, or who are turned into a rescue organization. Chances are these folks tried to pawn-off there no longer tiny pup on friends, family, or listed them on Craig’s List. Our clients have to agree to return them to us. That is enough said about our policy. The plight of the Weimaraner is well known. Recent headlines about Pollo who was found beaten and abused in Florida are nothing short of gut-wrenching. It leaves a person speechless. Who can say for sure why this kind of thing happened. We can paint any number of scenarios that would lead to such a despicable act; a family member who was frustrated because the Weimaraner kept destroying things. Someone who is merely mentally crazy–who harms animals. A person who got tired of the work involved in raising the Weimaraner. A group of kids that found the dog, and thought it funny to do harm. The list of possibilities are many. Regardless, it happened. This is yet another reason that people who raise this breed, and sell them to anyone who waves money their direction are not doing the Weimaraner any favor. Therefore, when a dog breeder asks questions you don’t understand, they have a different agenda. Their responsibility, and moral obligation is to the puppy they have raised.

Responsible Breeders; Responsible Ownership

No one goes into this with the idea that they won’t succeed with the puppy. Despite that fact, every year there are too many Weimaraners who see a shelter, or who are turned into a rescue organization. Chances are these folks tried to pawn-off their no longer tiny pup on friends, family, or listed them for sale on Craig’s List. Our clients have to agree to return them to us. That is enough said about our policy. The plight of the Weimaraner is well known. Recent headlines about Pollo who was found, beaten and abused in Florida, are nothing short of gut-wrenching. It leaves a person speechless. Who can say for sure why this kind of thing happened? We can paint any number of scenarios that would lead to such a despicable act; a family member that was frustrated because the Weimaraner kept destroying things. Someone who is merely mentally crazy–who likes to harm animals. A person who got tired with the work involved in raising the Weimaraner. A group of kids who found the dog, and thought it funny to do harm–a prank gone bad. The possibilities are many. Regardless, it happened. This is yet another reason that people who raise this breed, and sell them to anyone who waves money in their direction are not doing the Weimaraner any favor. Therefore, when a dog breeder asks questions–the type you don’t understand, they have a different agenda. Their responsibility, and moral obligation is first to the puppy they have raised. Can we say God Bless those who tireless clean up messes made by those who are without conscience? They save the Weims that have fallen through the cracks too!

A Second Chance

When the unthinkable happens, and the Weimaraner finds itself in need of a new home, their new placement cannot afford failure. Rescue organizations, breed fanciers, and responsible breeders do their part. Tripp fell on hard-times; his family lost their jobs, their home, and the dream of being a family dissolved. Along came Rachel, who had twice lost her beloved Weimaraner; she fell in love with this guy. The photos tell something of their lives together.

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Not everyone is suited to do rescue. Some people seek it out thinking they can avoid the stuff-of-puppy training. Taking home the older Weimaraner requires some effort, planning, and that you do a lot of puppy-stuff with them. They must earn their freedom, and you must allow the relationship to form. This takes time, patience, and a little knack. For those that can help, we send you kudos. For those that want the puppy-experience, please realize that you are making a commitment. Raising the Weimaraner puppy is going to take a lot of work; you are not taking them home to be done with the basics within 3-4 months. This is a journey on which you embark together. It remains to see what the two of you can become.

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About OwyheeStar

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Posted on November 21, 2014, in Information and Education and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. If Weims could read you would see a gazillion paws up in the air for this post. Many thanks ! I wish all breeders would be like you.

    • Oh that just makes me cry. I am been working towards this post all week. I like to keep our focus OwyheeStar, and our Weims. Regardless, we cannot turn a blind-eye to the implications of doing less than we should. The cost is too great. If we can make even the slightest difference, it is more than worth the effort. Thank you…….tears in my eyes, and heart for your words of encouragement.

  2. Hi!! When Kimber was a pup we always got the questions or comments like “is she super hyper, I just love these dogs but their soooo hyper”. We always responded no 🙂 Kimber was & still is the most calm weim inside the house. We literally have to pry her off the couch sometimes! I didn’t realize how lucky we were to get her from such an amazing breeder that truly cares about their pups and their future homes. About 6 months ago we saw a weim pup in Portland, of course I was immediately drawn in, but this pup was nothing like Kimber was. SUPER hyper, no attention span and didn’t even care I wanted to pet her. I asked where they got her from and it was a same breeder I had heard about from other sources. They all said their puppies were hyper and they just hoped they grew out of it. Those are families and pups that probably won’t last and it makes me feel sorry for both. Thank you for being so AWESOME & caring. I can’t wait tell we decide to get another, but for now Kimber is (& definitely thinks she is) our #1

    • Thank you Rachel – I thought I wrote a reply yesterday. I guess I forgot to finish posting it. This is a great note. I would make an awesome blog. Let me know what you think when you find the time.

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