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With Bella and Company
There are times when I long to escape life and one of the best places to accomplish that for me in the Oregon Coast. We have made many trips over the years–but it is never enough. The only thing that is possibly better is to be at the beach with the Weimaraner. I think you might agree. Debbie has Bella and her Levi, too. You might remember them for a while back, but they also sent a couple of fun videos, don’t you agree?
Click Here to read the previous blog post, if you missed it or wish to remind yourself of their most recent news.
Thank you, Debbie, for the great videos and sharing your experience. We truly appreciate. We hope you are doing something equally fun on the fine January Sunday.
Beginning with Bella
~some time ago
Before Bella got here, I got a mattress. I laid it on the floor in the living room just because I know puppies like to chew things. (I had no clue about the Weimaraner (joined Weim Crime on Facebook learned a lot LOL) and how they love to chew things up don’t worry I wouldn’t change a thing I am so grateful to have her).
(I think I own stock in Bitter Apple Co. now, but I’m not sure, (LOL) The stuff works). I wanted to protect my antique wooden furniture in the bedroom, and I know dogs love to chew wood. Therefore, I figured I’d play it on the safe side. Well, the mattress on the floor thing has worked out awesome. We all sleep on the floor in the living room–Me, the old Levi and the younger Bella.
Gulping Her Food
The chewing was not the only challenge. Bella also likes to scarf down her food. I got one of those balls that you put food in she loves it. She rolls it all over the house– it’s good exercise, too! Every once in awhile she gets a treat. The other day Levi was laying on the bed which is up against the couch. Levi’s back was laying against the couch with her feet out the other direction. The food ball was around Levi’s tummy area. You get the picture. Something was about to happen. Well, Bella was right there trying to get little chunks of food out of the ball. Every time she would get a piece of food out, Levi would eat it. (ha) Bella would have this look on her face like what the geez did you just do? I worked so hard to get that food out and you (Levi) ate it. It was too funny!
The difference between these two dogs is amazing. Levi is a lab mix. I am not sure what the mix is but the two dogs are so different. I got Levi at 6 weeks old, and she has been amazing. I don’t know if I ever told you this or not, but I had an elderly couple that had lived next door to me for nine years. They were living there when Levi came home. The older gentleman fence proofed the whole side so that Levi couldn’t get through the fence. I mean he was awesome with her–like they shared custody.
A few years back they moved away. Levi missed him so much, so she went and lived with them for approximately a year. After he passed away, I got Levi back. This happened just before I picked up Bella. I was not prepared to have two dogs let alone two big dogs, but I am adjusting. Actually, I love it! (LOL) I just had to share this story with you.
We all appreciate you letting us share this story. Everyone loves to read about other folks and their Weim’s antics and solutions that make a difference. The Bitter Apple –well, some Weims love it. They think it is ketchup on a hotdog. I was once told the best way to avoid this situation is to soak a cotton ball in the apple solution and pop it in their cheek for a moment. Then, the aversion to it happens quick. Yes, we tried the stuff on our outdoor wood posts, and they loved it. It was then I spoke to our Vet, and she is the one who told us how to prevent this scenario. Sometimes you need to give them the taste so they won’t go near it. This might help someone else.
It is so great that you were flexible and able to bring Levi back into the fold. Bella has never known life without her sister. I do believe, Bella enhances Levi’s golden years too. What a great job you are doing with the both of them. Thanks again for the share.
The Incredible Goof Ball
I just wanted to drop you a note to let you and Cliff know how much I love River. As you know she is almost 8 months old. She is such an incredible goof ball, I’ve never had a dog as silly as her. She is crazy smart too, she opens doors now, even the doors that swing towards her, she opens those too.
My Name Is River
Hello there, my name is River! This is my favorite place to be in the truck.
She is 100% devoted to me and the family, she is so sweet and affectionate. I truly have never had another dog like her. We are working on her being social still, (with her being sick she didn’t get as much as she needed as a pup) but once she knows a person she is a lovable goof ball with them too. She likes to hop up onto the back of the couch and wave her paw at people so they will come over.
Room For Two
Leaving the dog park, River beat Red into the front seat. Red decided there was still room for a second dog.
Thank you, both for breeding such an amazing animal for me and my family.
Robert, we are thrilled that you love her so much. When you introduced yourself it was clear you were an extreme dog lover. That goes two ways almost always. It looks as if she is loving life with you. We truly appreciate you being such a great first-time Weim family.
I can relate to these three that are so ready for bed. There are so many captions that could fit this snapshot–maybe you can comment what came to mind. That would be great.
- Let’s get this show on the road
- Find a place if you can Mama–don’t disturb us.
- Are you going to get this bed made so we can call it a day?
- We need our beauty sleep.
There is no doubt the snapshot speaks. It is a special one. Two Weims and a Kitty–both Weimaraners are Blue. One is a Longhair and the other the traditional smooth coat. Behind the obvious, there is a magical backdrop. If you don’t remember the story, or you missed it, less than two months ago Blue (the smooth coat Blue Weimaraner) joined the family. Click here to get the scoop. Things happen for a reason seems to be the appropriate mantra. What an amazing family (fur and human) to pull all this off during a busy baseball and golf season. Many thanks to Beth and all that made this fairy tale ending possible.
Just Like That
We went to Two!
Things Happen For A Reason! If you would’ve asked me one month ago if I wanted another puppy, I would’ve told you-you were crazy and on drugs, but then we met blue. He had been returned to the breeder for reasons that make no sense to me how could you ever give back a baby!!! ALL puppies are work–Weimers a lot of work. But at the end of the day, they have turned into my favorite dogs! Gunner is so happy to have his new friend!! We love Blue!!! I’m so grateful to have the chance to be in the Weimer family with amazing people and great dogs!! Thank you, Nancy, for bringing this loving baby to me!! ~ Beth
OwyheeStar received word that the puppy (known as Blue) was not working out. Nancy (Weimlover extraordinaire and NW Playdate host) has experience at doing Weimaraner foster care. We contacted her for assistance in picking up Blue, and she also agreed to keep him until we found a second-chance home. Well, as good fortune would have it there was more than one OwyheeStar vetted applicant. Thanks to Nancy’s intervention and transitional work, Blue has made an excellent adjustment to his new family. Thank you, Beth, for bringing him home too! We are happy that he is a fit.
Gunner loves his new brother. If you want to read about young Gunner–click here! Yes, Gunner is a Blue Longhair.
We are FINALLY all good !!!
She did this within a week of bringing her home I fixed it then last week I caught her doing it again so I figured to avoid injury to her or myself while sleeping LOL to remove the blanket and the cord for some reason it is the only cord she’s chewed on so far. There is an electrical light strip with a bunch of stuff plugged into it and she hasn’t touched it just my blankie.
A Quirk of Hers
Oh and I forgot she loves to sit on my head to look out the window. This is a picture (LOL) of her using me for her perch.
What Do You Make of This?
The other day after Bella was done peeing I noticed a mucousy string of discharge is this something I need to take her to the vet for or is there something I can do at home? Thank you for your advice.
Debbie, I think this is a yeast infection. Some people like to take them to the Vet and you may want to do that; however, you could try a couple of things to see if it clears up. Here is a list of ideas.
- Anytime you have a concern, it is a good idea to take their temperature. Some people are not up for this because you do it rectally; however using a flexible baby thermometer it is not difficult. It is important to have a modern one though with good batteries–fast is preferable for both you and the Weim. It is often a two-person job.
- Vetericyn–we use a lot of the Vetericyn Wound Spray. It is amazing stuff and we would never be without it. A little goes a long way. We would spray her private area with this a couple of times a day.
- Vinegar and Water–a 50% mixture of cider vinegar and water can be used to clean her privates too! This also fights yeast infections.
- Yogurt–a couple of tablespoons of yogurt (with the live cultures) for a snack or with her meal is another good idea.
- Probiotics–if you use antibiotics it is always a good idea to use some probiotics to restore healthy bacteria. It will also fight the yeast infection.
More From Debbie
~ Levi and Bella
Levi and Bella are enjoying their new bed at least it’s new for now. (LOL) Other than the mucus Bella has been perfect. She hasn’t chewed anything except for the electrical cord to my electric blanket. Yes, she did so while it was plugged in, but no worries though. Bella still has straight hair. ( haha ) It is unplugged and put away now.
I am happy to report that other than the couple things I mentioned she’s been doing great. She loves being outside. Well, she dug a couple of holes and she loves playing with Levi. All in all, though she’s doing excellent love her to pieces.
Enjoying the Moment
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart she’s beautiful. Here’s a pic of Bella and Levi. We continue to do well and my fur kids make me exceptionally happy. Thank you!
Not every update is a minor novel. Some are straightforward and heartfelt comments. I cannot fill in the blanks with a photo only, but for those that are challenged at finding the words—simple works. It is the same with the snapshots. Some of you have a knack. Your photos make you seem as if you are a hobby photographer. Nonetheless, I believe I speak for all of us. We appreciate your update and your efforts—regardless, of your talent as a writer or with the camera. You capture the essence of something we all celebrate. Thank you, Debbie, for letting us know that Bella is much-loved and doing well.