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Most afternoons Dan & Bart nap. Today’s photos are of Bart waking up from his nap.
Stay well! Dan, Polly & Bart
Who wouldn’t love to be Bart?
Franny is living her best life. With work I have gotten creative with my hours and enlisted the help of a few friends with dogs, so that she can keep meeting friends, even if the humans have to remain separate. Starting Thursday, a couple hours after I leave for work, one of my friends will be picking her up from her kennel at my house and taking her to her hobby farm. Completely fenced, she will get to run, play with the other dog and meet some farm animals. She lives better than me!
We walk every day and other than flopping down when she loves a special spot of grass, she is doing great.
This dog could not be sweeter. She is confident but not aggressive, she already know several commands, and I don’t know if it is the NuVet, the food choice or both, but her waste is still firm. I have never had any dog with as consistent belly as hers. She is a bit bitey – but I am pretty sure she is teething her big girl teeth, so we are finding every possible thing for her to chew on that isn’t my arm, leg or the sneak attach to my butt!
I hope you and Cliff are well. I love reading your daily updates and I this pooch like crazy.
We could not be happier to hear the news that you are getting along so well. Most Weimaraners lead extraordinary lives–often better than their human counterparts. Puppy biting is the bane of getting them raised. Click here to read Anne Taguchi’s article on managing the biting Weimar puppy. Mouthing is also about ownership, and one way the Weimaraner controls their human–think on that a bit. It is charming, but you might want to rethink allowing that behavior if it becomes a thing as she grows out of the puppy biting–shark baby stage.
The food and supplements we suggest have worked well across the board for so many Weimaraners. It is the truth that no one food is perfect for every dog, but our pups have loved the food, and they consider the supplement yummy. I love the powdered supplement–just my preference. Together, this mix seems to help the immune system and keep the stools better. Weims can have such a finicky tummy–so glad to hear Franny is doing excellent.
~On the Oregon Coast
Bart practicing social distancing on the Oregon coast, he’s not a big fan of not seeing his friends. He spends his day on the couch, playing on the beach, lying the deck (he looks like Stackhouse) or getting wet/dirty. Everything is very slow here. We live in a tourist town and it’s deserted. Hope this finds You, Cliff and the Weims safe and sound.
Stay Healthy–Dan, Polly & Bart
It is excellent to see Bart in the fresh air and enjoy the coastal area. I should say, mountain tourist locations here find it very difficult–people have escaped the city and flooded those areas. So, it is a very different situation.
Oh babies! LOL They are the cutest thing in the world and a reminder that everything has to be explored and possibly tasted. I clearly had forgotten this stage: we are making 20 trips outside a day, praising every outside potty, and the only accidents have been me not getting her downstairs fast enough in the morning and twice in her kennel when i was at work. Can’t take my eyes off her in the house. Oops, move that cord. Oh, better put those books up higher. What’s in your mouth? She loves the bark chips that surround her new kingdom, it is loaded with baby size sticks.
She has met her first new friend, played chase, found toys to last a lifetime (some new, some hand-me-downs), gone on a couple short walks, and loves just surveying the yard. Her Whistle device that tracks her movements and also has full GPS tracking should she ever get loose (not likely by any stretch!) is now on a smaller collar and her little walking harness should last several months. She is about 17 lbs of almost pure love – i think a couple of those pounds are razor blade crocodile teeth!!
We are following Cliff’s suggestions to the tee and she is eating three times a day. She loves the puppy food. NuVet supplements, check. She is starting to respond to her name, but not consistently. She likes going upstairs, but I have yet to entice her to come down on her own. I have some friends nearby with an aging dog and a one year old that might take Franny one day a week while I am at work – one of the adults in the house is retired and home all day.
So – the updates from our first few days are great. I will probably be exhausted before we leave potty training stage, but it goes by fast enough, i will miss this little snuggle face as she gets bigger. 🙂
If you want to use for the blog – feel free – edit as you like. I mostly wanted to let you know all is well out here in Hillsboro!! I am thinking about the whole naming thing now. Not sure yet what I want her to be “officially”.
I hope you are well. K Marie and Franny
We are happy that you could bring her home–we had the Longhairs that were not yet promised. She is a lovely girl–but a baby as you say. Thanks for the update.
~Training (Yachats River Road)
Bart in his 2nd session of training. He is off leash in an open field up Yachats River Rd. It was a big deal for us to have him off leash and he did really well–it gives us confidence. We had another first when Bart jumped into the SUV by himself, finally.
Bart was very compliant because he did not like having Dan out of reach or sight. I am glad we shared the moment with you expressing how grateful were are about you making it possible to have Bart in our lives. These guys get under your skin–well, sometimes the deep sentiments surprise me. But again thank you for everything –we adore him.
Bart, he is a pisser! Full of piss and vinegar….brimming with energy and the next moment is never known. We have compared him to having a chimpanzee. Smart, manipulative, out spoken, clownish, bossy, snuggly and absolutely delightful!
Nothing makes us happier than hearing about the OwyheeStar Weimaraner–especially in endearing terms. Polly–quite possibly Bart was a bit easier to get going than a lot of Weims. We had worked with him more because we didn’t have a placement for him. But, along came you folks–it seemed like a good fit. We knew he would be challenging–after all, we are talking the Weimaraner. And, this was your first. (Haha)
Thank you for always thinking of us and for doing great things with Bart. You rock!
~ A pleasant Surprise
Dan took Bart to have his nails trimmed yesterday and we expected it to be traumatic for everyone because Bart can be hinky about his paws sometimes. 3 minutes later the technician emerged with Bart and Dan was shocked. Bart offered up his paws and was praised for how good he was. What a pleasant surprise! He weighs 58 pounds and he continues to grow like a weed. We had a beautiful sunny walk this morning.
Dan & Polly
We cannot believe you said Bart could be hinky–Haha. (Just kidding.) Well, it is excellent news that he rocked the nail trim–good for you keeping those nails in good shape. Timely nail trimming is always a smart approach–and can help avoid split nails as well as the need for a painful trim to shorten them.
~Unlike any other Dog
Bart is 8 months old today (Sept 7, 2019). He is unlike any dog we’ve ever had. He is loving, funny and a terror all in one pup. His happy greeting is a bite; I love you forever is voracious licking and I need/want something is endless bump bumping with his nose. Bart is selective about his friends The other night people came over and he wasn’t sure about them so he put himself on our bed. Last night friends came over and Bart was thrilled and played endlessly with a 6 year old English Cream retriever; by 8:30 he was exhausted.
Having Bart in our lives keeps us very engaged. My favorite time with Bart is bedtime. He is snuggly, loving and quiet…no biting, chewing or licking. That’s not really true because it is great fun to go for a walk with Bart.Thank you Cliff & Shela for such a wonderful pup! Dan & Polly
Thanks for adopting Bart–he got extremely lucky finding you.
~And I am Neglected
Mom says there is No shame. She was sick in bed for a few days which left, me, Emmy “neglected”. This pillow (from Target, so it’s no great loss) but it bore the wrath of my boredom. ~ Emmy
Cliff and Shela are speechless. We think it was excellent that you Mama recovered quickly enough to avoid more issues.
~Yachat’s Rock Star
Today (August 18, 2019) we went to the Yachats Farmers Market, again. There are many tourists and they went nuts over Bart., as did locals. What kind of dog is that, he is so beautiful, he is so soft, what kind of mix is he and Dan was like a tape recorder. He is a long haired Weimaraner; it is a recessive gene, more common in Europe than the US, we didn’t know about long hairs until we were introduced to Bart and on and on.
He was fussed on, photographed and petted by lots of people. Look at his tail, it is so long. And Bart preened to all of the attention. He loves being the only Weimar in our town. Bart is a rock star in Yachats! So much fun to watch people fall in love with Bart. This is your doing, thank you again Shela & Cliff. He did get his feet tangled with mine and we fell this a.m. He is finding his own voice regarding alert of passersby, intruder alert and I’m not getting my way. All three have different sounds He loves fruit, meat, cheese, cookies and almost anything we eat.
Love, Dan & Polly
Thank you for all you do with and for Bart–I know everyone loves reading your Facebook posts as well as what you send for the blog.
~ Friday Marks Five Months
This Friday Bart will be 5 months old. Tuesday will be 6 weeks with us. I haven’t needed a band aid for 3 days and today Dan was able to put on his shoes and socks without any chewing or helping. Bart also napped next to me, curled up at my hip, 2 days in a row for 3 or 4 hours.
Today our farmers market was very busy 100+ people and lots of dogs. There was barking, kids playing and lots of people asking about Bart and petting him…sensory overload and Bart was awesome! A couple of motor cycle groups went roaring down the nearby highway and the loud noise didn’t phase him. It was a very good outing. Thank you for all of his training. I think he likes us and is comfortable in his new home.
He loves walking the 804 trail and he has favorite people and dogs he is happy to see.
Here is where Bart chose to lie in the sun for a little snooze, on the tiles for the outside shower.. I wouldn’t let him go on the front deck unsupervised because he eats the dirt and dead plants in the pots.
We knew Bart never looked back once he got into the car with Dan. Everything was new and different, but as Weims go, he made a swift and decisive transition. You did great–as I had suggested not overwhelming him. Maybe it would not have been a big deal; however, we will never know. You took it one step at a time–there was never a hiccup.