Category Archives: Dixie X Blue
With Our Leo
Good morning! We have now had Leo a whole year! He is a wild boy, loving and thinks he’s one of our kids! I thought you’d enjoy this silly photo of him I took yesterday, he was loving rolling around in these morning glory vines in the heat. We sure love this goofy baby!
You may or may not remember Leo’s previous posts. Here is a couple if you wish to look back.
At One Year
June 5th was Tallyn’s first birthday. It has been a year of learning for all…….Tobryn (Toby) has finally accepted Tallyn as a member of our pack. Even though Tallyn is considerably bigger, Toby has risen to the challenge and has solidified his dominant position. Tallyn has accepted his position in the pack and all is well in the Nelson pack. Both are amazing and I am mentally/emotionally/psychologically richer because of this past year. Thank you.
All for now. Ron
Dear Ron, it has been quite a journey we have traveled with you. It seems like it was at least fifteen years ago (or longer) when you first contacted us about getting two males. Life happened, and there were delays.
You were not new to the breed. Nonetheless, each adventure requires that a person adjusts, adapt, and dig deep. There are always unforeseen twists and turns. For those not acquainted with Ron and his two, here are some former updates.
Last we spoke you were talking about relocating to Texas. We are not sure if that has happened, but it sounded like it might have in your personal comments. You and Toby have been all over the map–LA and the Dakotas, but possibly now in Texas. Regardless, it seems your kids have adapted to your lifestyle. We wish you all the best. Thanks for all your hard work as well as the update.
Two Boys and Ron
~Here is Tallyn at 8 Months
The last 5 1/2 mo have been enlightening!!! Tobryn is the dominate male (thanks to your advice) and I may have to have all the entry ways made larger if Tallyn continues to grow! Which he will. LOL LOL . We are thriving and it has been a process.
Hope all is well at your end and email when you get a chance. ~ Ron
Rylee is growing so fast it is unbelievable. She is so much fun and is getting busier by the day with her endless energy. We just love her being a part of our family!!
It was a Great Family Outing
The photos are from Rylee’s first vacation with us. We didn’t take her out for walks for the first 8 weeks to ensure she was safe from the Parvo concerns. We limited most of her activity to the backyard and immediate front yard. When we got her in the car for our trip she just fell asleep like a little baby for the 5-hour car ride. When she got to the beach it was fun to get her some running room, digging areas, exposure to some water, bird chasing and just other people/activity. She seemed like a well-trained show dog at times but then we all just laugh since we know her energy spurts are just around the corner.
We thank you for taking the best possible care to raise Rylee in a safe environment. We appreciate you, and your daughter, for flying into Boise and carrying her home on the plane too! We were happy to meet you at the airport. As you have discovered, the adjustment period is important.
The experience got you off to a great start. It was also a very memorable moment for you and your daughter (as well as for us). We hope things continue to go well, and we look forward to hearing from you in the years to come.
This would be a good time to mention that Rylee’s Mama is a Silver Gray Longhair. All of her pups were tradition smooth coats. This is because the sire of the litter (Blue) didn’t carry the Longhair DNA Marker (aka the fluffy coat marker). Had he of carried the marker 50% or more could have been affected –been Longhairs. For some folks, this is a troubling issue. Others understand the depth of the gene pool this brings as well as some other varied benefits. The photo below is of the younger Dixie–at about one year old.
Twice the Fun
Ron had planned on getting two Weims at once. He had a dream. Over a period of years, one thing after another happened to prevent him from moving ahead. We stayed in touch on a casual basis for what seemed like a decade.
He spoke of getting Tallyn and Tobryn–two brothers. Ron had had two littermates–he was looking for a repeat experience. Cliff and I talked to him about considering the idea of getting one at a time. You know– with a bit of space between each one. Eventually, this is how things unfolded — with Tallyn (the second boy) joining the family earlier this year. He is now four-months-old, and Ron has kept us apprised of the process from the beginning. Click here to read more from a previous post.
I wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you. The entire experience we had with you was fantastic. The initial screening, web info, weekly pictures, agility testing, ease to talk with, meeting times, etc. could not have been any better or any easier. My daughter (Abby) was just blown away with the surprise and has been a great trainer for the dog. She spends so much time caring for the dog and loving on her it is just fun to watch. We named our dog Rylee after several days of discussions with the other two kids.
Crate Training Happened
We were vigilant sticking to the crating break-in period and she now loves her crate and gets lots of rest inside after she is worn out from all the play action with the kids. It took about 5 days of crating before she calmed down and stopped whimpering. Nights were just very hard on her during those first three days. She knows how to ring the bell we hung from the back door to get us to open the door so she can access the backyard. Abby is now working on other commands using her clicker and treats that the neighbor provided. She is a smart dog and very loving. She just wants to be around us and involved in the action.
~ Please reference our comments below
We went to the Vet as prescribed with our vaccine protocol which the Vet agreed with. The only change the Vet recommended was to increase Parvo treatment up to 20 weeks. The Vet explained they had a northern Nevada Vet meeting and the Parvo virus had exploded in our area (Reno) and all Vets wanted to extend the vaccine period and then do the titer at 20 weeks. The Vet was amazed by all your info and care plan for the dog that you developed. We have been limiting our contact with the dog to our house to control her risk to Parvo. Everyone that visits comments how nice of a dog she is and how beautiful she is.
We are so happy with Rylee and have been blessed to meet you. Thank you so much for bringing this dog into our lives. She is a perfect fit for our family!
People like you make all the effort worth it. Thank you, we appreciate hearing that you followed through, and all is going well.
We respectfully disagree with the Vet’s suggestion to give the sixteen-week puppy shot instead of the Weimaraner recommended vaccine titer test. The risk of triggering a health issue is not worth giving the additional (most likely unnecessary) vaccination.
The sixteen-week vaccine titer will show whether your pup is immune. If they are immune, the breed recommendation is to forego doing a sixteen-week shot. Almost without exception, a veterinary practice is going to recommend the sixteen-week shot. We are sticking with the Weimaraner Club of America’s breed recommendation. A vaccine reaction can be life-threatening. We know of a Weimaraner that died as a result of the sixteen-week puppy shot. There are other risks too–immune disorders which can be triggered in some Weimaraners. Who wants to find out after the immunization that your pup was in the 8% affected? No one! We believe it is better to be safe than sorry.
August 23, 2016
Did a “double take” when I walked into the living room!!!! Tobryn has been amazing! Shows his teeth multiple times during the day, but has never actually BIT Tallyn. I suspect that he is setting boundaries. We all are slowly evolving into the new norm. But after talking to others at the dog park, I know I am way ahead of the curve. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your advice about making sure that everyone knows their “pecking order.” When we go out, Tobryn gets into the front door of the car and Tallyn goes to the rear door.
August 31, 2016
First puppy class starts tomorrow (Thursday) at 630p. Tallyn has an IQ that probably rivals mine. Tobryn and Tallyn now sleep in the same bed……….sometimes cheek to cheek. The initial acceptance phase has progressed. As we continue this journey, I’m forever grateful for you, Cliff, as well as the Mother and Father of Tallyn.
We are thrilled to hear the transition is going well. It was the plan from the beginning to make it a duo (two males). Finding a second pup that fit well into the family was important. Nevertheless, it requires a bit of knack to incorporate a new pup with the resident Weimaraner. Many of our clients have two Weimaraners. It is doable, but having two alpha-acting types is never a good thing. Thank you, Ron, for keeping us in the loop.