Category Archives: Dixie X Blue
At Two- Years Old
We have been so blessed by Rylee. Now at 2-years old it just keeps getting better. Thank you so much for Rylee!She is absolutely great. She hunts chucker, swims, enjoys the beach, enjoys other dogs keeps us in shape with walks and is the best playmate and loving dog for our kids. She is the best Lowe’s project companion.Just checking in and hope you are doing well!
Out of curiosity how would Rylee do with a brother or sister?My daughter Abby who came with me to get Rylee still talks about that Blu who went to Alaska. While she absolutely is Rylee’s big sister she keeps asking if Rylee could have a dog sibling.
We are thrilled to hear from you folks. We love that Rylee is versatile and much-loved.
I think many OwyheeStar clients could speak to how Rylee might do with a brother or a sister. While I don’t know exactly the percentage of clients who have two or more Weimaraners, I think you would find it surprising. I am guessing more than 50% of our clients have two or more Weims. They (the Weimaraner) are kind of addicting. Some of you readers could not manage more than one, and we are perfectly fine with that scenario. Nevertheless, some manage to live with and enjoy two-plus Weimaraners. It is not for everyone, though.
Here are a few links to explore. There are quite a few more available. One word though–if you are serious, you would want to get a place locked in on the Wait List sooner, rather than later. Most of our pups are sold long before their paws hit the ground. You probably know that, but many of our returning OwyheeStar’s become concerned about the wait. In the end, we have never known someone who was unhappy once they got their new family member, but waiting is tough. The average wait is 4-6 months; however, anything can happen. Sometimes the luck of the draw (your preferences, what is born, and what other folks above you on the list do produces a quicker result. We cannot predict these things despite what some people believe. (Haha) Anyhow, it is in your best interest to get the new application completed (yes, we need a fresh application even though you are a returning client) and a small deposit to lock in your position on the list.
In The Kitchen
~With Tobryn and Tallyn
(02/12/2018) Have thought about you and Cliff many times in the last few weeks so that means I need to either email, call, etc. The attached video is Tobryn and Tallyn having a moment in the kitchen. Tobryn turned 5 last October and Tallyn will be 2 this June. Yikes…….so true that time marches on. Hope you have your health back and all is well with Cliff.
(02/13/2018) Great hearing back from you. Winter has been frigid here, but my home is warm and with the boys in bed at night (under the covers) is sometimes too warm. LOL
Thank you, Ron, for the update. We are glad you are staying warm this winter. The boys look happy and well-adjusted. I was thinking as I received your note, how we spoke about the possibility of getting two ten years before it became a reality. Like you say–time flies by too quickly.
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.