Category Archives: Bernie X Boone
~When You See Your First Elk
I am sure Bisbee is wondering what is that huge scary thing is doing in the yard–it doesn’t belong here. Seriously, a butterfly can tag the Weimaraner, but this critter is far more unnerving.
Here is an update on Clover and Frida and send along some pictures of them. Clover is doing wonderfully in most ways – she LOVES Frida and they are basically inseparable (which is great for us since it gets out lots of their energy. We all know a tired Weimy is a happy Weimy!) She is still adjusting the the noise of our kids and my husband, but she is sweet with all of them. She spends her days either laying next to me as I teach or outside with Frida and then on a long walk in the evening when it’s cooled down enough.
Frida is just over a year old and still very much a puppy in many ways, but she has somehow convinced Clover that she is in charge! Anyways, thank you for both of these amazing dogs. We are so happy to have them in our lives 🙂
In case you didn’t know, Clover recently retired and joined this beautiful household in Southern Oregon. Adding a second Weimaraner is tricky–puppy or otherwise. There are always things to work through, and we are so happy to hear things are going well–especially the fact that both Weims love each other.
I haven’t sent an update for a few weeks so thought I would send you these photos from today’s excursion. He was somewhat scared of the sound of the Razor so sat on my lap the whole way out and back. We had a great time in the mountains. The last photo shows you just how tired out he got. He put himself in the crate when we got home!
The one photo of him smiling reminds me of Bernie–who wags her tail and smiles a lot. She is a sweet girl–the only problem we have with her is she likes to take off to go hunting in the neighborhood. We have to stay vigilant.
Bisbee looks to be growing and possibly will need a larger kennel before too long. Thanks for the lovely update.
Tango’s growing pains continue, but he’s making good progress, as are we at learning how he works. When he’s been properly exercised, he’s very sweet; and when he’s bitey, it’s his signal that he needs to burn off some energy. I’m figuring out how to exhaust and entertain him without exhausting myself, and weeks of hard conditioning are paying off. For example, in some cases, he now defaults to sitting outside the kitchen and waiting for a treat, rather than going in. Counter surfing continues, but there’s progress.
Last weekend, I took him to some relatives’ farm, and he got to run around in a hazelnut orchard for about an hour. The quarantine is quite a deviation from our plan of doggy daycare, and he sometimes makes telework challenging, but we’re even settling into a routine in that regard. It’s strange to think that this fifty pound dog arrived to us as a twelve pound puppy just three short months ago. They say “the thing about puppies is that they turn into dogs”; I’d add “best” between “the” and “thing”.
Here are some recent photos. The last two are for comparison of how much he’s grown!
Best wishes,Tom (and Judy)
Tom, you shared insights about this breed–good information for anyone Tom, you shared insights about this breed–useful information for anyone thinking about the Weimaraner–it is a lot of work to get them raised. There are challenges, and the puppy-stage can last three years, and the adult can be puppy-like. They grow quickly, take over your life, and saying they are life-changing is no understatement. We are happy you are doing so well with Tango–keep up the excellent work.
~Can’t Believe She is Two Years Old
Milly (Bernie and Boone 18) turned 2 on April 6. Hard to believe it’s already been two years. She is such a delight! She is intelligent, loving, an amazing hunter, so playful and oh so sassy. Her demeanor is definitely more mature these days, though you will still see her youthful mischievousness come out when she is bored.
She loves to play ball and this her greatest energy expenditure each day. She is loving the stay at home order and gets to chase the kids around with what they are doing all day long. She has been involved in their constant activities. We love her and are so thankful for the wonderful dog you have provided for us! Hope all is well with you! Enjoy the pictures.
We are thrilled to receive your update and the news about Milly. The photos thrill us, too. She is a lovely all-around Gray Ghost Weimaraner that hunts. What could be more excellent?
I wanted to send you an update on Bisbee.
With the serious concerns about the coronavirus we are spending more time at home. It’s all very difficult. The comic relief in our life right now is our adorable 4-month-old Bisbee. His name should really be Busy-bee. He is a real source of joy.
Some things he is loving right now are:
- Joining anyone in the shower – he seems to love water
- Teasing the cat
- Eating any type of shoe he can find (this morning he added eating my glasses to the list ☹)
- Playing with another dog
- Gnawing on antlers
- His crate
- Snuggling when he is tired
Some things he is not loving:
- The sound of the trash can being pulled up the driveway
- Other dogs that come at him quickly
- Rain (Go figure since he loves the shower)
- His puppy food (we are trying some new options)
- Following commands
He is a real joy! Carol
We could not be happier to learn that Bisbee is doing well, and much loved. Thank you for thinking of us. I love that he enjoys getting into the shower.
Good morning! Just a little update on our beautiful Blue Sky!
Today was her 12 week booster shots and she did great. She weighed in at 18.3 lbs. On her 9 week visit she was 12.4. Shes growing leaps and bounds.
Nutz (Bernie x Boone) is taking a bit longer than we were hoping to adjust to her younger sister, but she is. But she is coming around. Our grand-dog took to her pretty quickly. She has the same obsession with “balls” as her big sister, but is easily distracted, as most puppies are.
She loves being outside, no matter what time of day, and follows Nutz around. When she get cold or tired she curls up on my lap for a little snuggle time. She is loved by all and everyone thinks she is beautiful … who can deny that?😁
Hope all is well with your family!
Mark, Robin, Nutz, Sky and Rhea (grand-pup)
Sounds like your Grand-pup was excited about having the new upstart, but as expected Nutz was slower to adjust. (Haha) They will be the best of buds–snuggle time works, too.
~The Self-appointed Cave
I just had to share this photo with you. When we leave for an hour or two we put Bisbee in our laundry room with his crate door open so he can roam in and out of the crate and have a little more space to stretch. In his exploration of the laundry room he discovered a space he finds preferable to his crate for a little nap! He’s such a quirky little character!! It won’t be long before he no longer fits in his self-appointed cave.
~Things Are Going Pretty Well
I’m working from home today. (Tango is sacked out right next to me, which is pretty great.) He is often near my feet or on someone’s lap.
We are head over heels in love with Tango. There’s really no other way to say it. We’re working through the standard struggles. We had at least one potty accident (I’m blaming the rest on Blue #1 before she left! For those that don’t know, she piggybacked a ride with us), but for the most part, I’ve been pretty good about getting him out regularly, so we’re developing sort of a routine. (Fortunately, my sleep apnea has gotten me used to being awake three or four times a night – now, it’s just timed to coincide with his schedule.)
He’s very tentative – I think Cliff referenced that when we picked him up, that he seems to be skeptical of just about everything. We’re also struggling through various versions of crate training. I’ve looked at a few videos on YouTube, so I think we’ll adjust our methods this evening. Obviously, we’ll keep working at it. Beth told me that their first three nights were murder, but the fourth night was fine, so we’re hopeful that we’re almost there with regard to the overnight.
We were able to arrange with one of Judy’s former students, who’s doing online school, for her to come to the house for the bulk of the day during the four days per week when I’m at Oregon State. Judy’s also angling for him to spend some time with her at school. We took Tango for his first walk yesterday on a remote driveway in the hills south of Eugene, and then for his first (careful) walk around the block last night, trying to tucker him out before bed. One of Judy’s co-workers was over on Sunday afternoon, and taught her how to roll Tango on his back and rub his tummy until he falls asleep. That’s their (Judy and Tango’s) bonding time. I hate to brag, because I’m so happy that Tango and Judy are bonding, but his favorite thing of all seems to be getting up on my belly/chest, and falling asleep. I love it, too, and I’m curious how we’ll maintain it once he’s sixty or seventy pounds (or more!). He’s already such a tank!
We had a great night last night. Tango got tuckered out at Judy’s school during an afternoon visit, and was pretty rummy by late evening. We switched him back into the big wire crate last night after having tried a couple of nights in a smaller plastic crate that Judy’s borrowed from a co-worker. He seemed to be more comfortable there, and barely whined at all. Some soft singing to put him to sleep also seemed to help. Judy literally woke up worried at one point because she hadn’t heard any yelping and wasn’t sure he was even in our room. That was with three wake-ups to pee. That’s a win!
~ After Luna’s Vaccine Reaction
We got and read your E-mail last night, and Judy went through the paperwork in the puppy packet that we received from you. Our Vet agreed with the titer recommendation.
Tom and Judy (1/22/2020)
We are ever so happy to hear you have been doing well–it is excellent news that Tango is getting you adjusted and trained. (Haha) We included several of your photos. Thanks ever so much.
Thank you for looking at the paperwork. I think all too often people fail to read it–because they find themselves engaged in everything puppy. And, as we all know, this can take over your life in so many ways.
~Carol Shares about the beginning
We wanted to let you know that Bisbee is doing great. We attached a few photos for you. He is definitely a little pistol and we love him dearly. He plays hard and sleeps hard, even in the snow!
Thank you Carol, for this update–and for being so fabulous to work with over the last few weeks. We meet the best people–wishing you all the best.