Category Archives: Cindee X Stackhouse
Sucia and Patos
I often say that if you can get through the initial phase–the pouting, the acting out, the punishing looks, etc. it gets easier. It can be easier to have two instead of one. The best way to achieve your goal is not to react to the utter disdain. Keep things on an even keel and try to be unfazed by their reaction. You can do this because soon they will be the best of friends–inseparable. They don’t love you any less either.
I do believe that two females (in this breed) are trickier than a male and a female. Typically a male will let the female be the queen bee of the castle, whereas, the first female may not back down. It is essential to get a less dominant pup or possibly the first female will allow the new kid on the block the upper paw. Something has to give. Regardless, if the humans remain calm, consistent, and non-reactive; I believe this will almost always work out without exception with a puppy. Bringing in an adult might not work at all. Certain dynamics make this tricky–sometimes impossible. There are those situations where it has worked, but my suggestion is to proceed with caution. Make sure it is going to work. Good intentions do not always make for a positive outcome. No one wants a fur-flying scenario. (OMG)
I love this example of the two girls. They get along but have a healthy sisterly interaction. They share everything and entertain each other in a way that could never happen otherwise. Sucia went from disdain to love for her sister. You did a lot right, my friend.
Sucia and Patos
Time has flown! Sucia (Cindee x Stackhouse 2013) and Patos (Livee x Stackhouse 2017) are the best. They are both the perfect size — at 4 years old, Sucia is hovering at 50 pounds, and Patos is just under 50 pounds. From paws on floor to shoulder height, Patos is about 22 inches high and gorgeous!I won’t lie….. it was a bit of a challenge adding baby Patos to our established routine, but well worth it.
Our First Blue
I must admit, I was hesitant to get a blue, after having 4 sequential silver weims in my life. Now, I am so thankful that Patos is blue so I can tell them apart! They are both so distinctive and beautiful. It also helps that I have a tiny bell on Patos’s collar so I can tell which dog is wandering through the kitchen or other potentially tempting places.
The Two–Each is Unique
After raising two separate single Weimaraners, however, I can say that it was a totally different experience introducing a second weim puppy into a house. They have very different personalities — Sucia was always sweet and loving and eager to please. Patos, on the other hand, is an energetic spitfire and took much more consistency and discipline and repetition than Sucia did.Patos has an exquisite nose, much more developed that Sucia’s. She loves the water and took to swimming after tennis balls much easier than Sucia did. In fact, if I am driving by the lake or ocean, and Patos catches a sniff of it, she starts moaning in her kennel in hopeful anticipation. She also has a funny-willful streak in her. For example, when we are walking in my gardens, she will look at you with her big innocent face, and then lightning-hop like Tigger and rip off a flower or leaf and prance ahead, and then look back at you with the big innocent face again, as if to say, “oh wow, who did that?”
Well, we are not surprised in the least. This compact style Weimaraner tends to be the pocket-rocket type. They also can be super friendly, loving, and whatnot. Nevertheless, managing them can be a challenge.
The idea of having two Weims if fantastic–if you can live through incorporating them into the family. It is an entirely different situation when you add a second Weim–there is no way to explain it, but a person has to stay in the process, as well as remember not to overreact. Eventually, things typically work out if you take a breath and keep after the training thing. We think you did a great job.
For all those wondering–there will be a couple more segments (featuring Sucia and Patos) over the next week or so. Thanks, Meg, we appreciate you taking time from your hectic schedule to drop us this fabulous update. We don’t take it lightly. Tell, Jim we appreciate his work during this process too.
We don’t know how many compact Weims are in OwyheeStar’s future. It is complicated. We have put a lot of planning into weaving the DNA to get the best possible outcome. It remains to be seen if we can keep producing a few smaller Weims, or not.
Patos is Thriving; I am exhausted!
Weimar Disdain turned to Snuggles and Kisses
The 9-Week Puppy Shot
Big hugs to you and Cliff! ~Meg
We are happy that Sucia has turned the corner and realized that Patos is not only staying, but it is an excellent thing to have a sister.
I am glad you are sticking to the vaccine protocol. It has proven time and again to produce high vaccine titer results–in turn, keeping the additional vaccine at bay with the risk of a severe vaccine reaction.
We do encourage folks to worm their puppy on a regular basis. There are certain things we cannot speak to for a broad-based audience. Each person must decide what the real risk is when it comes to Heartworm–is it vital to start the new puppy on this medication. Well, maybe. If so, should you use the Plus version that covers the worming as well as guarding against the dreaded heartworm scenario? The one caution we do have is to not overload your Weimaraner’s system with a lot of chemicals. Be as Holistic as possible–this is even more important with the young Weimaraner; however, some adult Weims can react to various medications. Proceed with caution and do a bit of research–if there are reports from dog owners who have used a product and it caused seizures, we recommend choosing another option–different pain medication, etc. Weigh the risks and just because one person didn’t have an issue, keep in mind a percentage of Weims do have severe (even life-threatening) vaccine reactions–as well as a low tolerance for certain medications. One that comes to mind is the Rimadyl.
This is our Dutch dog. From the very beginning, you could tell he was going to be a great hunter. But to tell you the truth he’s always going to be my kid. When he was just a babe I started him out young training him with pheasant wings and of course ‘the ball.’ Dutch wouldn’t stop..and in his training he became great.
I decided about three years ago to teach him how to swim. ( Oh, he was 2 years old when he first swam. ) Mind you he always liked the water. Short hairs usually don’t like the water but he’s a mix* because his Dad is a Longhair. I’d thought I’d risk it. We live on some pretty big water in Boring, Oregon along the Sandy River. The day was hot and water just right. I started him off slow throwing him a stick a little farther each time. After a few trial by error and gulps of water Dutch learned to raise his head and use that long whipping tail as a rudder. By that rate I couldn’t stop him from taking the plunge, jumping in and swimming against the strong currents. Dutch is unstoppable. Thank you, soo much for the joy you’ve brought into our lives. He’s really such a great dog! 😘 ~ Bonney
From Bonney’s Mom–Jane
Dutch has been the best of all the Weimaraners that we have owned. Some of that may be due to our own growth in how to train a hunting dog, but most of it has to do with his personality.He plays alone with a stick ball or blanket…throwing it up into the air and pouncing on it, tossing it and chasing it on his own while he spins, jumps and prances.He plays well with other dogs, too and will lower himself to their level if they are small breeds.Of course, we treat him like a human member of our family, but he has his own dog bed and toys. Bonney has assisted greatly in his training to hold or stay. He will allow Sam to walk around the area while he is on point (hold) and Dutch loves to dive into the brush to retrieve. He does not like to come back empty handed. He has also been swimming in the Colorado River and loves the water.Mom’s dog, Molly, was born about 12 days after Dutch. Mom and Bonney keep me up to date!
At OwyheeStar Earlier This Year
The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter
Tobryn and Tallyn
I hope you enjoy this picture a of Tallyn at 8 weeks. Tobryn and Tallyn are working things out. When Tobryn doesn’t think I am looking, they play and dig and frolic. When Tobryn sees that I am watching, he gives Tallyn the cold shoulder…………LOL
Am canning tomatoes, beets, beans, cucs, and so on…….wondering who all is going to eat what I have canned. LOL
The Weims may help with some of what you can–or that which doesn’t make the jar is more likely. We are happy to see that Tobryn is accepting his new Blue brother (Tallyn). You are doing well with them Ron. Thanks for the share.
Happy New Year!
I hope the year has treated you all well. I thought I would send a few photos of Sgt. Blue Gunderson Walker (we got him from you in May of 2013–Cindee’s litter). He has shown to be a very strong hunting dog and wonderful family addition. He had amazing point control. Below are a few pictures of my oldest two children and Blue. The first picture is a picture of Blue and Olive (my cousin’s dog–short/wire hair pointer mix) during the fall of 2014.
Hello Cliff and Shela–I hope everything is going well for you both.
We are really enjoying Blue, as he has made a lovely fit in our family. He can’t get enough of the water and loves to go camping with us. He adores my youngest, Ella, who is three. He is so very sweet with her and seems to know just how to gently play with her.
NAVHDA Natural Ability Hunt Test
(North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association)
We are beginning his intermediate basic training class and getting ready for his natural ability test in April. Both, Aaron and my father are very much looking forward to this test. We are confident that he is going to perform well. He has shown to be very eager in the water and obeys Aaron’s commands quickly. When we were camping, Aaron shot my father’s shotgun into a canyon to see how Blue would react. Blue ran straight to Aaron’s side, at whoa wagging his tail. It was if he knew he was supposed to do something, just not exactly sure what to do next. Needless to say, he is not the least bit gun shy. 🙂
This is a picture of Blue from when we went camping up north. I have to say, he is a handsome dog. We all agreed the he is much better looking than the Weim we saw in a dog show on TV the other night. 🙂
Breeder’s Note: Thank you for sharing this update. We truly appreciate it. We will look forward to hearing about Blue’s success in the NAVHDA N/A Spring Hunt Test. It is good to hear that he is a great family Weim too!
The timing turned out perfect…
I wanted to update you on your tiny female #3 from the (2013) Cindee x Stackhouse. I can’t imagine my life without her! Which is funny, as Shela can recall, given how much I agonized over all the reasons it didn’t make sense to get a puppy yet.
I have had an incredible summer with Sucia.
I’ve split my time between working a week in Seattle and then spending a week on Orcas Island at my off-grid cabin. While I am at work in Seattle, Sucia has been at dog-socialization heaven with my dog sitter, Jan, where Sucia has learned to be a member of the pack of dogs there, playing herself into happy exhaustion. On Orcas, Sucia goes everywhere with me, except in my kayak. (Too big for that now!) She still doesn’t really have much interest in swimming, but I am letting her figure that out at her own pace.
Sucia is popular
We hardly go anywhere without people asking if they can pet her/say hi/have their kids pet her/have their dog say hi. Sucia is gentle and loving with everyone. I have met several folks who asked me where I got her, and I have strongly encouraged them to contact you.
Breeder’s Note: Thank you Meg. We truly appreciate referrals. Since we live in a more rural location, and making the connection with us takes extra effort, people find us mostly via referral. People are skeptical of breeders they find online–for good reason. It is only through endorsements like yours that we find our pups sought-after.
Sucia well-adjusted for a Weimaraner Puppy
Sush is just a happy, playful, healthy dog. She loves to carry her soccer ball around, which is pretty comical. It is amusing to see how well she can play with her toys all alone, intently stalking tennis balls or squeaky toys, but she is equally happy to retrieve with me. And she hasn’t outgrown her puppy need to cuddle once in a while, and make contented puppy groans when she is pressed against me for a nap on the couch.
In short, she is a joy. I am so thankful that she is in my life.
Will my Sucia stay small?
Also – I am just curious about how she now compared for breed size for a 5 1/2 month old. She weighs 30 lbs now. (I am secretly hoping that she stays on the petite size…..)
Breeder’s Response: As you remember, during the application process you shared your profile, which included your desires. One of your hopes was to have a smaller (possibly under-sized) female Weimaraner. (Deep sigh…..) We get a lot of size-related requests. Our goal is to stay within the breed standard, but in the mix of DNA we may get a larger-sized Weimaraner; on occasion we get an under-sized Weimaraner. Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether the smallest pup in the litter is just small, or going to remain smaller than normal. This was Cindee’s first litter. There were a lot of unknowns. Regardless, we do know that her lineage produces a few under-sized pups. Grandma Deli (now 12.5 years old) has produced some smaller pups, including one that worried us. In the end the midget-sized pup (Minnie) turned out to be fine–no problems other than the under-sized factor. Sucia reminded us of ‘Minnie’. Of course, that was only one factor in the selection process. Knowing the type of Weimaraner you needed, and the fact that this pup in all likelihood would be compact, lead us to believe it was a very good match for you. We probably could not have gotten a closer match to your needs and wants. That being said, if you would have opted to wait longer, we could have gotten you a nice pup. We highly doubt she would have been this small in stature.
We cannot say how much Sucia will grow in the next few months. Growth plates close around 12-15 months. Only time will tell, but our best guess is that your Sucia may never get to fifty pounds, and most likely will stay quite a bit smaller. I am positive that no matter how she turns out, she is a good match for you. As you well know, Willow (Jan’s OwyheeStar girl) is much larger than Sucia. Both are very nice looking, have good conformation (for their body size), and a nice disposition. Honestly, we shudder when asked to guarantee (or guess) future size. All we can do is to aim for what the person is asking, and balance that with the big picture. Often, size is less important than health, temperament, and livability.
Is this what they mean by a versatile dog? 😉
Blue is Great All-Around
Blue is becoming such a wonderful family dog as well. Tyler and Aaron are taking him to obedience classes. Blue is the eager to please, coming home after each class having mastered the desired skill. The instructor understands the different expectations of working dogs so everything has been easily transferable to working on developing his scent and skills that will be used in the field.
Breeder’s Note: This is the perfect example of a versatile Weimaraner’s life. They take part in every aspect of the family’s life. Versatile refers to the hunting dog who hunts upland game, as well as water fowl. They are both a dry-land companion, and a water dog.
Blue attracts a lot of attention..
It is also amazing how much attention Blue gets from around the neighborhood. Aaron and Tyler took him for his first big walk around the lake and to the park the other day. Blue’s senses were on overdrive as he was walking past quail, geese, and many other wildlife. They walked to the park where many kids were playing on the play structure, and a few volleyball games were ending. Aaron said that they were stopped multiple times by many different adults and kids asking about what type of dog he was and commenting how beautiful he is. Blue was a picture-perfect dog the entire time; sitting next to Aaron on-command when people would approach, letting then pet and admire him. On the way home (from the park) Tyler looks up to Aaron and says, “Oh I get it. You wanted to take Blue to the park to walk past the girls.” We just could not stop giggling. Already, Tyler sees how Blue can attract “cute” attention.
Blue impresses my father too!
As you remember, my father was the president of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America. It means a lot that he loves him too! He babysat Blue a few weeks ago and commented what a well behaved dog and highly intelligent he is. He said he has a very good temperament and is very birdie. It pleases me to hear such wonderful compliments from him. 🙂