Category Archives: Quirks and Quandaries
While the folks picked huckleberries and filled their buckets, I filled my tummy!
Maizie, the Huckleberry picking queen! We didn’t do bad either.
I have been picking huckleberries at Lost Lake since the 70’s–and this is the best I have ever seen it! We came home with 3 gallons!
Maize is an amazing girl. She goes on many adventures other than berry picking. Here are a few of those adventures; however, life is a daily run. Those feet keep her going. Maybe she needs some Musher’s Secret–a year-round foot conditioner that protects the paws. Give it a try!
Porsche is too smart. Attached, I hope, are sprinkler pictures. Iturned down the water while retrieving the camera, and Porsche didn’tapprove. She went to the spigot and turned up the water so she couldplay in the sprinkler. Now we do have a quarter turn ball valve with afive-inch handle for the spigot. Still, that was pretty clever.Enjoy. Porsche did.
Molly and Jim
We would not have guessed the role Molly would have played in Jim’s life. From the beginning, it was a different one than was planned. Honestly, we had our concerns about Jim’s request for a high-spirited Weimaraner. Who can rain on a man’s dream? A retired senior training their first Weimaraner is something that is more than a bit concerning. Old skin tends to be thin and a scratch can lead to problems. These folks can look like they are in an abusive relationship–getting hooked on the shark baby’s teeth as we call them or catching a toenail is never a good thing.
Despite our concerns for Jim and whether he could keep up with the Weimaraner, they soon proved to us they could do it. Not long after Jim took Molly home he had a stroke. It was then that Molly began her career as Jim’s personal therapy dog. Many years later she is still keeping him alive. We received this note yesterday. Here in Jim’s words, he describes a recent life-saving act by the amazing Molly.
Hi Shela n Cliff,It has been a long time since I last wrote to you. Molly has evolved into a loving companion and my best friend. But sometimes she is a bundle of energy. On Sunday February 21, 2116, she was bounding at her normal speed of “hell bent for leather”. When she got to the bed n jumped up to receive her morning kisses n hugs from me. She freaked out, I was not responding to her usual wake up. By licking my face, or by her pushing me around on the bed. She then started to HOWL N CRY. Tim came into the bedroom to find out, what all the commotion was about. According to Tim, he could not rouse me either. He said that he tried to call my name n shake me to get me up. But he had no luck either. So he called the paramedics. They arrived at the house about 5-10 minutes later, or so Tim tells me. They also tried to rouse me, but no luck either. They then tested my blood sugars and found them at a very dangerous level. My blood sugar level was at a LOW of 20. Which meant that I was very close to death, as anyone with diabetes could be. Maybe, I was dead n they brought me back to life. I don’t really know. When I came awake with 5 five paramedics around me, with a flask of glucose going into my arm. They were preparing me to go to the hospital. They then started to ask me questions about where I was. What city did I live in. And where I was. When I got to the hospital the Drs. n nurses all said I was very lucky to be alive. They have only seen a few people that were alive, with the level of sugars like mine. I spent the next two days in the hospital, trying to get the sugars to remain at a normal level. They would go up n crash down until they reached a safe level.I OWE MY LIFE TO MOLLY. I thank Molly and God for saving my life. She gets more kisses n hugs from me then before.Since then I test my sugar level when I go to bed and if I wake up around 3 AM, I retest my sugars. I am so afraid that I will experiencethat event again. When Molly is around me when I test. I have to tell her that I am alright. If I fail to tell her she starts to bark at me. As if shewas telling me to test again and to tell her.I know that I have told you before how great Molly is n that I thank you again.Jim (Central Oregon)
Thank You, Molly
The amazing Molly continues her work on a daily basis. She is a self-taught therapy dog.
Quirks and Quandaries
Many years of working with the Weimaraner and people associated with the breed have taught us a few things. One to keep in mind is that even though you have had the breed before it doesn’t ensure smooth sailing. The twists and turns of getting them raised can take a sudden spin and normally this in direct response to human error. Very often, this associated issue develops when it appears you are doing everything right. It has always worked before; however, those with multiple children will tell you that even with the same parents (and DNA pool) no two are identical. Each must be considered for the person they are and what works for them. A stressor for one is of no concern to another. With that in mind, we saw this comment from an OwyheeStar Client. Here is their response to a blog posted last week.
Hi we received a puppy from you, Bella from the litter on May 5, 2015. We are experiencing something I’m not sure how to deal with. When Jon and I go to work or at night when we are asleep, she is chewing holes in our drywall. She is exercised two a day off leash. She has plenty of toys and chew things. We know it is separation anxiety (except that we are home at night). We’re not sure how to address this. We’ve never had a dog do this before and we previously owned two Weimies.
A few of Bella’s Littermates
Please note this is not the Bella featured in Sunday’s Blog. Nevertheless, this Bella is a littermate to two recently featured Weims–Bentley and Molly. Trigger is also a littermate. You may well remember Trigger because he was lost and found and his story of recovery was featured on this blog too!
This hole-in-the-wall-chewing is not an uncommon occurrence with this breed. Nevertheless, we have written about this on several occasions, and it is a behavior best avoided akin to digging, incessant barking, and chewing on the house siding. These behaviors can begin during a stressful situation or a transition period–some call them ‘fear periods’ during the developmental first three years. Yes, I said three years. The Weimaraner can demonstrate a teenage-type of flakiness that rivals the human counterpart.
The only response we know is to reel in the Weimaraner and to rely on the crate. Freedom must be earned. Continued freedom and allowance of this or any unwanted activity will ingrain it, and it can become nearly impossible to break the cycle. With the smallest stress, they may sneak around and find a place to chew for comfort or to let off the stress. No doubt the incurring response creates further anxiety and fuels the issue in many cases.
Unwanted Behaviors Thwarted
This (and other) undesirable behaviors can be overcome; however, the key is finding an approach that works. Being calm and proactive will serve you well. We recommend using the crate and supervising all activities until the behavior no longer becomes an issue. Positive reinforcement and getting them to realize you do not want this behavior is a plus. Stay calm and this means inside. If you are upset by the hole in the drywall (and who wouldn’t be?) then, this can add to the problem. Maybe some of you readers can speak to this situation. Please feel free to share your experience if you have overcome a quirky behavior situation. We appreciate your positive and appropriate suggestions. Cliff and I thank you in advance.
Please Note: A rehomed Weimaraner would also experience this type of stressor and can quickly become unmanageable. Change in a schedule, location, your attention, etc. are all potential catalysts.
Insight From OwyheeStar Clients & Fans
Yesterday, we spoke about the problem of relocating a separation anxiety prone Weimaraner. There are many considerations, and you can read the Dodging a Potential Issue blog and our suggestions if you missed yesterday’s post. Nevertheless, here are some of the comments and advice given.
Easy is a velcro-dog too… but he fortunately makes other places like hotels or houses of relatives to “his home” very quickly… my aunt was surprised to find him in her bed, but she has a sense for humor :o)
Hi, this is Ron Weatherman to tell you about OUR Sadie and her recent move. We sold our winter home in Mesquite, Nv. to return to our main home in Chewelah Wa. Sadie, who had a bed in most every room loves to travel and has gotten much better about being left for short periods of time. I have used a bark collar on occasion with great success. Returning to Washington was made more easy for her as she has many great memories here but her special toys, chew rags, bedding as well as sleeping on our bed for a few days made the transition more easy for her. She is very clingy with me and must be with me or under foot all the time. She has now returned to her nighttime bed and is doing fine. She is also 7 years old in one more month. Sadie is a big girl, now at 95 pounds of solid muscle. She gets a couple of miles walking every morning and play time in the afternoon. Instead of her life revolving around us, our lives revolve around her and all her needs. Worse or better than having children. Things we dislike the most are the facts that she is a Democrat or must be. She gets everything done for her and provided for her. Try as we do to convert her to being more conservative, she demands on being depended on us for everything and contributes nothing. Is that not a Democrat?
These shares were comments made to our Blog. There were other comments made on Facebook. Please feel free to comment, like, or share your thoughts. It doesn’t matter if we are not all of the same exact persuasion. Each of us has a different experience and something tidbit of information that might be helpful.
For those starting out with a puppy, we suggest you consider this situation in the mix. The concrete thinking Weimaraner can be trained very quickly; however, there are twists and turns. Your process needs to include a plan to help them become adaptable to change. Otherwise, an unforeseen situation may catch you and the Weimaraner off guard, and it can pose issues best avoided. Adding this factor in the mix also can help prevent severe separation anxiety.
Many thanks again for all the comments and your invaluable insight.
Ok Dad, time to watch TV now right?!?! I’m sitting like you and everything!!!
Charlie Mae and Elle
Does anyone at your house tell time? Our Weims know when it is bedtime, mealtime and the general routine we keep. They are not happy about us not keeping on schedule. Evidently there is television time and place too. Murphy and Charlie Mae know their routine. They might know how to work things to their advantage too.
Not What You Think
The Weimar might bring an occasion rodent, bird, or the found object to the door. Nevertheless, for most of us, there is a limit to our excitement for these gifts.
I am reminded of an adventure Leon, and I had when I about four years old. We came back from the woodsy neighborhood trek with a stick wrapped with a rattlesnake. We thought it was great. We didn’t understand the dangers. We had found this great snake, and it was dead. We just wanted to share our delight which was met with shrieks and a stern warning never to touch another snake. Today, I have no love for snakes even though I am acutely aware of the benefits they provide.
This story ended better than it began. Jessica writes:
Timber brought this snake out of the trees today while we were on our walk. Freaked me out until I realized it was a rubber snake.
It is the truth that this turned out well; however, for most of it, there would have been a certain amount of alarm. We say, rightly so. How on earth would you get then to leave a dangerous snake without getting hurt? There is a scary thought.
~Do you see those birds outside????
We’re chasing them with our mind RIGHT NOW!!!!
Charlie Mae (Gray Longhair Female) and her Blue Ghost brother (Murphy) have more than their eyes on these interloping birds. They come; we chase. They have excellent manners. The blinds are intact. They are so focused they stayed with their tracking project while Will snapped these photos. The Weimaraner–either they are so entertaining that we spend a great deal of time watching them or we are easily entertained. Then too–there is the fact you need to know what is going on with them. The silence of the Weims is rarely a good thing.