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What Is the Most Frequent Inquiry?
You know the answer to that question. It is about the current availability for our puppies. I pasted in the information I shared not that long ago about how things work. It is not as people imagine. Regardless, I wanted to drop a universal message that we have a couple of males that are not yet promised.
I am not frantic–this type of thing always shakes out as it is meant to be and I have not said much for several reasons. One—we have been insanely busy with the pups, the garden, the farm, and life in general. You understand I am confident your life is similar. Secondly, we only want the right type of inquiry. On the car lot, you have tire kickers–those who spend a lot of time but never are going to buy a car from you. Here, we have puppy-crazed folks who are either looking for the perfect pup and maybe their ideas are off the chart or those who are in love with the idea but they know they are not getting a pup. They can fill out the application and write me somewhere between 50-100 times. They are not willing to invest a small amount to get on our Wait List–that is a clue.
We have a Wait List that leans toward the female. That will color the future availability. Of course, as you read on you will discover we don’t have a clue how things will shake out. What if we get an entire litter of females? It has happened. Then too, what if we get mostly males–we won’t have a pup for these folks. We do have quite a few families who might favor the female, but they are willing to accept a male if that is what they can get. That kind of situations is more natural (and tends to work best of all) because we have so little control over the situation.
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The inexplicable craziness associated with raising the Weimaraner cannot be precisely defined. Nonetheless, we would like to shed some light on things from our side of the fence. We understand that many folks who come to us in search of the Weimaraner have waited until the eleventh hour and now they are in the hope of finding a pup sooner rather than later. On a rare occasion, we might see ourselves with an available pup upon your inquiry. This scenario could happen if the folks on the wait list are not ready (have a different timeline). There are the other factors too–the sex, the coat color, and the coat length to mention the three biggies. Also, for example, some folks want to hunt upland game, truffles, or sheds. We are looking for the Weims with the most hunt-potential for those engaged in hunting. During our Discovery and Placement Test process, we ascertain whether the pup is more inclined towards scent, and other cues. That doesn’t mean the less hunt-potential pup could not be a suitable hunting companion; however, we hope to place those pups with the Companion Weim folks. Other than the Weim-seeker’s preferences, availability and litters are affected by factors we often have little to no control over.
The female’s heat cycle might not be entirely consistent. Certain age-appropriate females will come into season every six months–others not so much. We figure on average any female might cycle about every seven months; however, there are times when our best guess is off. Last winter, for example, all the girls came into heat way behind schedule despite the chagrin of many. The lateness caused the arrival we got to be later and for some people, this time change was not going to work.
The complexity of mating cannot be understated. There is a reason we have more than one sire–we don’t keep breeding back to the same lineage. The right sire choice is essential. In some situations, we have had the luxury to use multiple sires; however, many times we have but one option. Or, where we have mixed in the Longhairs, we might have one option if we don’t want any Longhair pups in a litter. For example, Boone doesn’t carry the Longhair DNA marker–whereas, Stackhouse is a Longhair. Any female that carries the Longhair marker and is mated to Stackhouse would produce some Longhair pups. All this planning doesn’t always end up producing a litter.
When You Get Nothing
There are times when a mating happens, and it doesn’t produce pups. We suspect this happens a lot more than anyone talks about because we get inquiries from folks who have waited elsewhere and after two matings they never got a puppy. We also know, as we talked about with the four (from the Callie X Zee litter), not every female is a good producer. Vidalia never produced a single pup despite many efforts. Ginger and Cindee inconsistently produced small litters. Only Mousse produced the average-sized litter consistently. Who would have guessed? The lack of litters from a mating thing is not the end of the challenges.
To list a few other things–some females do not carry the litter to term. You watch their tummy grow, and they miscarry. Yes, it happens to the Weimaraner just as it does to some women. Or the litter might only produce one or two pups. All that time spent hoping, and you have not much to show for it. Those folks waiting for a puppy can become disillusioned. We can experience these feelings too! We have to shake off anything negative quickly. After waiting, and the pups arrive new information is available. Sometimes it is not as we hoped.
We have the pups–but possibly not what some wanted. You know, the silver-gray female is the most popular choice at this point in time. Many times in the past, we have had a lot of silver-gray females born and everyone seemed to want a blue or a male. We cannot just mate endlessly. We have to have homes for pups–so there is a limit to what we can do. This applies to the workload as well as the placement process. We (Cliff and I) wanted to make you aware that if you are thinking of getting a male, we might have one available very shortly. If you are serious, we would love to hear from you.
~The Birthday Boy
We had planned to try to do a Blog Featuring Boone this week. He celebrated a milestone–his second birthday. He was born May 1, 2016. Can we just say we could not be happier with him? His temperament, health, and overall all performance is everything for which we hoped.
Here are a few of the photos we took a few weeks back. You might remember Boone appearing on the Blog (March 14th), then. If not, or you wish to review that information — click here!
Training for Avalanche Rescue
Loki and I have spent much of the last few months frolicking in the snow. We’re training for avalanche rescue which means at this point that we’re spending as much time as we can on the mountain. Loki loves schmoozing the skiers and boarders around the main lodge, and yesterday he had his first ride on my shoulders while I skied.
This weekend we’ll be riding the chairlift. It’s hard to say what Loki’s favorite thing is about the ski hill, but riding down in a gondola filled with ski patrollers has got to be near the top of the list. As we say on the hill, he’s a real little powderhound.
When we’re not on the mountain, I’m working on developing his toy drive with short little breaks of fun, fun play throughout the day. We’ve also started some simple tracking drills and hide-and-go-seek games.All the best, ~Erica
~ Loki Speaks–Somebunny loves you!
Woof! And Hello Peeps! My Mama has written to Cliff and Shela with an update that I am confident you will see on the blog in the next day or two. I thought I might drop in and show you what I have been up to on the mountain. First, I was the Easter bunny as you can see. I make a cute one they say.
Then There is This
Woof, Again! Well, I am impressed with what we do. I never imagined this happening when I was back with Mom and the littermates. Here we are flying above the ground (on what they call a chairlift). I guess my ears are handy. Did you see how far down it is?
Thanks, Loki for sharing your exciting news with us. It seems you are busy training with Mom every day. We are excited to hear the news of your achievements as they unfold.
We wish you a special blessing on this celebrated Sunday!
Note: The photos were taken of Greta (OwyheeStar’s No Regrets) the week of Easter Sunday 2012.
I have a little clip of Berkley on the bike attachment. She loves it. It’s funny, when we are on more remote trails we will let her off leash and she still prefers to run next to Stephan.
You might remember Berley last September. She looked like this. Her family is very invested, and they stay in touch. We love it! She does a lot of things very well. Like a lot of Weim; however, there are challenges. She still wants to be mouthy, but this family is smart. They won’t settle for that behavior.
Maybe you didn’t know that dogs gain power with their feet and their mouth. They like to show their acceptance and gain control by putting their mouth on you. They choose to gain control by using their mouth–snipping and snapping are only a part of it. That is often a form of play you want to eradicate. It is typical for a dog to play with other dogs in this manner and their engagement with them involves this kind of thing.
Jumping up is another behavior a lot of Weim folks struggle to control. All these things are challenging even with the best of Weims. Some are more high energy types that push the envelope. Nonetheless, you never know what will come with the package. Most true Weimlovers are entertained and love the challenges. Other folks not so enamored with the breed don’t get it.
And It Begins
The drive was as smooth as can be and he’s adjusted fantastically.
He is simply the best addition to our family. Oh….and we’ve found it he loves socks😆
Hope you enjoy this video and the pictures of his drive and first day here!
Dear Brooke, it was great to meet you face-to-face once again. It was a long time ago when you took home ‘Sterling.’ Now, you begin a new journey with ‘Blue”. How exciting. We can only hope he brings you the same type of joy you experienced with your first OwyheeStar. Of course, no one can guess how many years we will get. I think we all can agree each moment (while some can test us beyond our limit) is precious.
It looks like he settled into the little bed you created. It worked well with you making the trip alone. I am sure everyone at home waited breath-abated for your safe arrival. It is great that he has adjusted so quickly. We look forward to hearing about Blue’s life on occasion. Thank you, Brooke, for the update!
The Blue’s Sisters
~ Part One
Skye & Haze will be 5 years old this year! Time has flown by with them,.. it seems like yesterday we were doing the puppy thing. They are spending most of their winter days lounging around the house… on the furniture of course! We take them out for a good run every day, even if they have to plow through the snow…. they look forward to their outdoor play time, and can’t wait for spring!
Competing and Winning Ribbons
Skye loves to compete in AKC Rally competitions and also AKC Nosework competitions. Haze competes in Rally as well and also is working on completing her Excellent title (like Skye) by this summer. Watch for more on Skye and Haze–coming soon to the blog.
We keep the girls in weekly classes at our dog training club to keep them socialized, and to give them something for their minds to work on. We are delighted with our pups and can’t imagine life without them! Blessings to you! ~ Jean & Nancy
Cliff and I are so very proud of all you two (or maybe we should say four) have achieved. It is no small thing. We know what a huge challenge this breed can bring. As you once explained to me Jean–AKC Rally is like Agility on Steriods. What more do we need to say?
Please watch for the two segments — one featuring Skye and the other Haze. Although they are rarely out of each other’s shadow, for a brief moment they will be a star on our blog. We think you will be interested to learn more about them.
Two Weim Family Status
~The Dream Come True
Someone loves his baby sister…lol. Have a great evening! Jessica
Freyja is accepted and much loved. It makes us so happy. Thank you, for sharing your joy.
Your Weim’s Age
~ in human years
We’ve all see the charts that convert the canine companion’s age to the equivalent in human years. Recently, the last couple of days, I received one in my Email from the Farmer’s Almanac. You would think they would have it right; however, I knew it could not be accurate because they lump all dogs into the same chart. The AKC has a chart that breaks out the age according to the breed size–anything over 50 Lbs is considered Large Breed. Without a doubt, the Farmer’s Almanac is based on a small-sized dog. Here is the chart showing how to convert your dog’s age to human years compliments of the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Time flies by so quickly. It is hard to realize they will only be with us for a decade or more if things go well. (OMG) A few Weimaraner live to see sixteen years. I believe this is due to the luck of the draw and extraordinary care. Nonetheless, sometimes things don’t go as planned. We just learned that Dusty’s brother (Cesar) passed on in 2013 due to an issue with his spleen. I have heard of this happening in other breeds (mostly with the German Shorthair Pointer), but it could happen to any dog. I am going, to be honest, I am glad I didn’t know about this before now, for I might have worried way too much. That is a silly thing to do because all the pups in a litter are unique.
We all hope for sixteen years. It is not realistic. A few will get the extraordinary gift of sharing their lives for more than 14 years. What can we say? It is hard to talk about this topic and to realize that to love eventually means to let them go when the time comes. It is beyond painful for the reasons you understand. I am hoping Dusty will be around for a while longer.
I also learned that Cesar’s Mom was able to get a female (that they call Daisy) from Dusty’s lineage from a Midwest breeder that we have worked with over the last decade. Sometimes life is kind even when things don’t go as expected.