Category Archives: Babe X Benton
~ International Travels and Life with their family
You and Cliff gave us the best two friends we ever could have had in Tiga and Lotte Shela – It’s amazing how different they are but how similiar they are at the same time. Cheers from Germany!
The kids made Snow angels–even the fur kids. Also, not sure if you noticed the battle scar on Lotte, but her overbearing personality didn’t match with a little dogs shy demeanor – Oops, 4 weeks and 2K later, she’s like lightning again.
Mike, you are the best to stay in touch–and to include your Weimaraners in your demanding life. We appreciate you, pray for you, and hope Tiga and Lotte give you many more years.
~Challenging times because her fur sister is 13
I know it’s been a while, but we’ve been busy trying to take care of Levi, the senior dog–she turned 13 in July. Bella is doing awesome other than the look you get when you awaken her from her beauty sleep.
~What is a Bella Bag?
I made her a new Bella bag which if any of you that has a dog that loves to be covered up, take a king-size( King size is perfect for these lovely large dogs, and you get two blankets out of it or cubbies whatever you wanna call it. I Call it a Bella bag.)
Bella loves her fuzzy blanket–(I don’t know why but a regular blanket just didn’t cut it for Bella. She has to have a fuzzy one. LOL) I the cut the blanket in half, fold each half, and knot the sides up Bella loves hers. Don’t mind the dirty sheet on top of my bed to keep my bed; oops, I mean Bella’s bed clean. It’s been raining, and Bella brings a lot of mud in on her big feet (LOL). It gets removed when we go to bed😉
I do read your OwyheeStar Weimaraner News blog every morning with my cuppa coffee. With everything going on in the world, it is the best part of the morning. I genuinely enjoy hearing about the farm, and the puppies make me want to get another one. (LOL) 😉 You guys have an awesome day.
Debbie–it is so good to hear from you. I can see you are quite challenged with Levi’s issues–you had her quite sometime before you acquired Miss Bella. We appreciate that you have stayed in touch over the years. This Bella Bag is a cute idea–innovative. Thanks for the update and the tip.
Can’t believe it’s almost 3 years since I brought Bella home and I have survived😁LOL Bella has been doing great she has not been crated for almost 2 years no more destruction (but I still do put things away just in case LOL😉)
Levi is still hanging in there she will be 13 years old in July. every once in a while Bella does pick on her, we still kind of have the food issue however Bella will sit patiently while Levi nibbles on Bellas food and then Levi goes in the kitchen and starts on her bowl and Bella will stay in the same spot staring at her bowl until Levi’s done in the kitchen and then Levi gets on the couch and Bella will growl at both of us because we are looking at her LOL
I’ve included pictures of what I call a Bella bag a year-and-a-half ago I was tired of her dragging around a king size fuzzy blanket that she fell in love with so I folded it top to bottom cut it straight up cut notches along the sides and tied it making a bag lot cheaper than those Cove beds and she loves it and we started going back on the beach again only when other vehicles are not around and I stop and put them in the car if anybody comes around or drives down the beach not taking any chances around here sadly but that’s the way things are anymore love my snuggle bugs
We are so happy to hear that you are still doing well–and about your creation. Thanks for the share. It means a lot to us.!
~Our Hot Summer Vacation
My grandma is so sweet she laid a pink towel for me to sit on the loveseat, she knows what a couch tater I am!
I also am enjoying her backyard when it’s cool in the morning, well as cool as it gets in the Coachella Valley this time of year! Yikes, why did I agree to this? -Toni
It is hard to imagine that not all that long ago the heat was pressing in–now, Mr. Winter already has his way with us. The cold temperatures, the snow, and the typical challenges–driving mishaps.
Bella and Levi
~ Our Life Experience
Bella here to report that Levi thinks he can just take my spot on the sofa. He ought to know by now who is running things–if he leaves food I finish it and sometimes I get it anyhow. (oops) Mom says we are nuts–I say things ought to be run the way I think the world turns.
Speaking of Food
I really find that Mom’s goodies are fair game–yum. She laughs and captures photos of my antics. Here you see me, Bella, and I am stalking Mama and her Banana Chips.
Okay, do I get a little excited when it comes to going someplace. Mom says though she cannot understand spending good money for those baby gates (LOL) She just uses cardboard. Then she is able to escape out the back door without being knocked over. (oops, again).
It is fun to hear about your life and how things work. Without a doubt, you are a true Weimlover. Thanks ever so much for the share.
Life with Bella
Let me set the backdrop (the scenario, or the stage) what I am going to share with you– before Bella, Levi the 11-yr-old lab was a grazer. I would fill the Bowl in the morning, and there would still be food the next morning.
Since Bella arrived, things have changed.
When she first came, I fed both of them separately because Bella ate different food. That lasted about a week because they both kept eating each other’s food. So I put Levi on the same food as Bella. That worked out perfect. Well, except for one thing. Bella would chow down her food and then go finish off Levi’s.
I started putting more in Bella’s Bowl and less in Levi’s. Then Levi started to eat Bella’s food right out of her bowl. Levi would eat a little move on to her own bowl. All the while, Bella hovers over Levi. There is no barking– no growling. It is just Bella silently hovering–watching and waiting. Once Levi’s finished she will go lay down now it’s Bella’s turn to eat. (It is kind of funny watching cuz it is like she’s waiting. ) Then Bella will growl and bark at Levi who is not even near her (she does this also with treats.) I point this fact out to her to no avail. She has never attacked Levi or anything like that. (She’s such a sweetheart I doubt anything like that would ever happen). I believe this is nothing–it seems to be because I’m able to take the bowl away without her doing anything. It’s just odd that she does this whole grumbling thing, and it is a lengthy process, or I would send a video.
Bella’s new favorite pastime is licking my food air (lol). I just thought it was kind of a funny story–maybe others will relate.Have an awesome dayDebbie
~ and So Much More
The neighbors, hogs, deer and especially the neighborhood foxes will be thankful the dogs are headed back to Seattle (me not so much). Thanking two dogs for their friendship over the last few months might sound odd to some, but until you learn the love of not only one, but two Weimaraners you just can’t comprehend their healing nature despite the high energy approach. Have fun with the kids Tiga and Lotte and GO HAWKS!
Dear Mike, we thank you for your service and the sacrifices made. We are glad that Tiga and Lotte are much loved. We understand what you mean about the healing nature of such a relationship–so happy that you can benefit from all they have to offer.
For those reading this update–Tiga and Lotte have been residing in Germany with Mike, but they will be returning to the Pacific NW again soon. He will sorely miss them, but the demands of life require them to go home to Mama and the kids.
This is All I Have To Say, says Bella… “zilch because my app won’t work here for you.”
She is getting so big and she’s so good she doesn’t bark all the time only when necessary which I like. She’s just wonderful.
I’m glad you have your process it shows as a breeder that you are concerned about the pet and where it is going not a lot of people do that they’re just in it for the buck Bella is the best thing that could have happened to me and Levi although sometimes Levi might not agree with that lol it was definitely worth the wait.
This, of Course.
Bella is a bad influence on the 10yr old Levi the lab who never used to do stuff like looking out the window like this LOL I’m glad she’s doing it though now I have two spies on the neighborhood
Ah–Debbie has created a series of talking Weim videos. You might find some on Bella on the Weim Crime Page. I don’t frequent there. Other things require my time and attention; however, I know many of our readers spend considerable time on that Page. I tried, without success, to repost them here. Cliff and I laughed so hard. Bella’s voice, describing her life is beyond funny. We love those of you who enjoy your OwyheeStar family, and then you take the time to share with us –and sometimes I can post it for our audience at large.
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.