Category Archives: Undocked Tails
On the North Island
~Atticus and I have been exploring the north island.
In case you missed part one and two
Hiking Mt. Te Aroha —- Enjoying the sun and sand at Raglan
Finished the Mt. Te Aroha hike —- Swimming at Lake Ngaroto
Visiting kiwi fruit vineyards —- Camping in Northland
He was great in the tent. There was a huge rain and wind storm that had the tent whipping back and forth all night. He just snuggled closer and slept the whole night.
Lounging in the sun —– Trying his paw at dog modeling
Some of the pictures don’t show it very well, but Atticus is quite furry on his sides and they are a light grey/silver color, compared to the darker blue on the rest of him. It’s not visible when he is wet, and the difference is more striking when he’s in the sun, like the above picture.
It’s getting close to a year since they’ve arrived. Atticus and I will continue exploring the surrounding areas and getting to know our new home. If anyone is going to be traveling this way, let us know. We have some pretty good tips so far.
This third blog concludes the three part update from New Zealand featuring the adventures of Atticus and Marika. We greatly appreciate the effort and the details Marika provided outlining their transition and the new lifestyle down under. We know so many of you enjoyed the share too!
Chance of a Lifetime
Note: This blog is the second in a series to update us about Atticus. If you missed the first update click here to catch up.
In August 2015, I had the chance of a lifetime to move from Texas to New Zealand. We (Atticus, the three cats, myself and the luggage) road tripped from Texas to Florida. Atticus and the cats stayed in Florida with my family, while I got situated in New Zealand and arranged to move them across the world!
Pierre and Atticus road tripping
There was a ton of planning, vet visits, tests, paperwork and nervous anticipation. Atticus and the three cats flew from Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand. Thankfully, they arrived without incident and only had to spend 10 days in quarantine.
At Home in New Zealand
They arrived in April 2016, and have been settling in nicely. Not sure it’s possible to make him more comfortable.
Backyard Intruder and our neighbors
Atticus has met the local hedgehogs (see the photo of him meeting our late night intruder) and some of the neighboring livestock (our neighbors).
We met Marika when she was studying Veterinary Medicine in the State of Washington. She, like several other students over the years, was searching for a Weimaraner. She was not new to the breed. Squiggle was already her precious beloved girl. Adding a second Weimaraner means different things to different people. There were many considerations but eventually, we moved forward. Anyhow, their adventure began not so far from where most of our readers live. Watch for part three of their story–coming soon to the OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog.
Atticus is a Blue Longhair. Squiggle was the traditional gray ghost.
Joins Skeeter Valentine
~ At the Pool
January 23, 2017–Kaliece wrote
Hi! Wow, time flies.
So Virgil is doing great and I just can’t be more pleased with my Skeeter girl. She has accepted him so well and for the most part is really helpful in his training…except when she’s not haha. They are going to be best friends forever. So I have been doing loose leash training with Virgil and it is soooo beneficial to start from the get-go. He totally gets it, now the human needs to continue to follow through haha.Skeeter is really helpful in this area as she stays by me for the most part. So, super excited about this…
I booked Virgil’s swim assessment at Paw’s aquatic on February 2nd. I’m trying to make it so Skeeter can swim at the same time.
We captured this you tube video so we could let you know how it went. We’re excited to see him swim–thought he did great for his first time.
It is great to hear from you and to see Virgil doing so well with training. We are glad you were able to have them swim in tandem. It is going to be great fun for all concerned. Thank you, for keeping us in the loop.
A lot has happened since the last update. Atticus just celebrated his 4th birthday, and overall, things are great. (First and second update https://owyheestarweimaranersnews.com/2013/02/11/featured-weimaraner-atticus/)
If you’ve seen the other two updates, you know that Atticus is the baby of the fur family. In February 2012, he joined Squiggle and 3 cats. Atticus and Squiggle quickly became constant companions. In June 2015, Atticus and I said a tearful goodbye to Squiggle. She was just shy of her 15th birthday.
Squiggle and Atticus in Washington 2013
Squiggle and Atticus in Texas 2015
Squiggle in field of Texas wildflowers 2015
It was a happy event to hear from Marika as well as to catch up with her and to learn more about their adventures. We keep up with some of it on Facebook. That is the greatest part of the social media–being able to connect with other folks. We know more about the OwyheeStar pups and their adventures.
This is part one of five that will bring us up to date with the New Zealand experience. We truly appreciate that Marika included the previous link in for us.
At The Pearl with Mom
We knew Monday was around the corner. Yesterday, Mom and I went out and about.
She took me solo. She said it was to give me a break from the pack. She tells everyone I am very sweet. She loves to take me as a conversation piece if you ask me. One cannot be antisocial when there is a longhair weim at the end of the leash!
I Guess it is Cabin Fever
Snow days kinda make me naughty… Even Lulu Jo looks disgusted at Lyla Ghee for helping herself to a seat at the table. Snow days seem to bring the worst out in little Lyla Ghee but man she sure is a cute rule breaker! She would sit at the table all day if we would let her.
As I write this Lyla has now fallen asleep on the chair. It is tough being a naughty little Weim it tends to wear one out so you just pass out wherever you are 😳
Thanks, Shela and Cliff, never a dull moment with these two in our home! We love them so so much 😘
~ Part Two
Ringo loves the snow we got in early December, unusual for us here in mid-Michigan (usually we don’t get big storms until January). he follows my walking path around the yard, tearing around at full speed, just for the fun of it. He eats ice off our patio and gets grumpy when he can’t find the snowballs we throw him. He does pull the classic “never mind” in the evening – scratching to go out then refusing when the cold air hits him. All our snow melted over Christmas and now he’s back to boring activities like picking up sticks and jumping into the garden.
At the end of the day, no matter what trouble he finds, Ringo curls up on the couch with me with a big sigh to tell me he’s done for the night. He is very sweet and affectionate. I sometimes half expect him to start purring when he flops down on my lap! Having a weim has seriously changed our lives, but the joy of full-butt wags at the door when we get home and nighttime snuggles when we both want the same pillow make the counter-surfing, door jumping, and general teen defiance worth enduring. Ringo is a big sweetie who loves his pack and we love having him in it.
One final note: Ringo learned a new trick this week – opening doors in the house! I came home and found the bedroom open and a warm spot on my pillow! Since discovering this superpower, he’s let himself into the bedroom, the bathroom, and my closet, which opens outward! We’re not sure how he managed that one. Fortunately, the outside doors all have knobs instead of handles, but now it’s just a matter of time until he realizes all the doors in the house are openable. I’m thinking a trip to the hardware store is in our future. Maybe he was just reminding us he’s a Weim.
Thank you for giving us such a sweet, adorable, ridiculous pup,
Abbey, Nick, and Ringo
~ Part One
Bounding over soybeans
It’s been a big year for Ringo – we moved from an apartment to an acre of land outside of town this summer. It took some time to get used to the new sounds and Nick’s much busier and ever changing schedule, but he loves frolicking in his yard and finding good smells to roll in. Still, his favorite place in the world is visiting his human grandparents on “the farm,” 300 acres of corn and soybeans not far from Lake Michigan.
Short and long tails – Ringo following Oakie around his fields
The farm includes family who adore him just like a human grandbaby, his favorite canine elders Oakie (11 years old, also a Weim) and Buddy (a 10-year-old cockapoo), and mowed paths around the fields closest to the house – perfect for running at breakneck speed. The only part of the farm he isn’t keen on is the horse. He snuck into her pasture once and barked up a storm right to her nose. Lucky for Ringo, Cindy is 37 and has seen his kind many times, and couldn’t care less.
(Oakie looms over his “nephew.” Not pictured: Ringo’s tail thumping on the floor in delight at the barking)
Ringo was requested as undocked. We do accommodate clients wanting the smooth coat undocked (European Style). There is a very specific protocol. It takes planning, and you have to jump through all the hoops to get one from us.
Part Two of Ringo’s post coming soon!
Zeus is adjusting well! He’s trying to figure out his place in the pack. As with any new baby sibling/big sibling relationship, he is following Artemis around and trying to copy her, and she’s getting a little annoyed, but they are figuring it out (as is Themis, our chihuahua who thinks she’s a weim!). He’ll be a big boy, seeing as he is already half the size of his sister.
He very much wants to please, and is already sitting and coming on command, and follows me around the house and the office without a leash. He is probably the most chill weim I’ve ever met!He has also already had his first bath with us. He tolerated it surprisingly well, and I just love how his long hair gets all crimped as it dries!He’s getting used to the kennel at night. He still whimpers a little bit, but once all the lights are out and he knows the humans are going to bed too, he settles down.Zeus has been a great addition to our pack! More adventures to come!