Category Archives: Hattee X Stackhouse

In Missouri

Blue Supervises

     We hauled some sand in for our project. 

Blue really loves sand I hauled in several ton and he would not leave or let me spread the sand, he stayed there nearly all day.

We do A lot Together

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I got both eyes on you!

IMG_1341As you can see by the photos, Blue is getting big. My parents love him too! Oh yea, and loves the water. He is doing really well with shed, pheasant, and rabbit hunting. He spooks out the small game a retrieves them for me.

Breeder Comment

We remember you driving all the way from Southern California to pick up Blue after completing your special mechanic’s training as part of your military assignment there in Missouri. The weather was touch and go, but somehow it worked in your favor.

Safe 4th Of July

graphics-fireworks-399589Happy Birthday, America!

 

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As birthday celebrations go, American’s Independence Day is spectacular. It tends to begin early and drag on for days afterward. This scenario is to many a person and their pet’s chagrin. Even the rock-solid gun dog may well shake and quiver at the barrage of blasts coming from seemingly ever direction. It is no secret that every year shelters are filled to overflowing, and workers are scrambling to reunite pets with their families. We trust everyone has their pet’s microchip on file with AKC Reunite–this can get them back to you quickly should the unthinkable happen.

Separation is not the only untoward situation stemming from this holiday. Fireworks poisoning is a thing–click here to get the details. If it isn’t enough that so many pets are traumatized by the blasts, there are other ways to get into trouble. We don’t want to think about those things on a day like to today, but ingested fireworks can lead to an emergency situation. For the pet that isn’t afraid of anything, they might chase and capture the pod–they might swallow poison or get burned. Then too, while you have your eyes on the sparklers or whatever, who would see the Weimaraner’s stealthy action at the food table or in the garbage. Cooked bones (in particular poultry) can be deadly. Long after the plate is cleaned (or the trash raided) the reality can surface. It is hard to be vigilant 24 X 7 on a day such as today. The Weimaraner is paw-ty smart and manipulative by nature.

Thank you, for including your Weimaraner in the family activities. Only you know what is appropriate. We mention these potential dangers because it is impossible to think of everything in the midst of all we are doing to make the day special. We don’t want your holiday ruined due to one moment you let down your guard. Here’s to hoping everyone comes through without a hitch. Have a fabulous 4th of July!

PS: This photo at the top is of Lily–from her Daycare this week where they celebrated the holiday early.

Laughing Again

Thanks To Lily

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I had to share. Lily was extra precious today. The top picture is her watching me fold laundry. The bottom is from her day camp’s Instagram page. They always try to get pictures of her but she doesn’t usually stop long enough. Today they got three! One with two of her “dog buddies”. I can never thank you enough. My son said it best. “Now that we have Lily Mom, we finally laugh again. Really laugh. ❤️

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Breeder Comment

Please, Lily is infamous in her circle of friends and family. Most of her photos find her her wrapped in her human brother’s arms. She is a busy and happy girl. We see her often on Facebook. What can we love more than seeing a family activity and there is the Weimaraner? Nothing much! There is always the question when the family is camping or doing some fun activity, where is their Weim child? We don’t know. Not every activity is Weim friendly; however, some families go to great lengths to be inclusive. We love it.

We are glad Lily has brought healing to the family. You had been through a rough patch of unfortunate circumstances. I think when we walk through catastrophe, we either become bitter and resentful or frame everything in the future as a blessing. We are glad Lily is one of the many blessings. Thank you, for allowing us to be a part of your lives.

Not Expected

Longhair’s Tail Fluff

        ~ Weim Tales

 

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Skeeter Valentine and her Longhair brother Virgil

Virgil got a sticky fly trap thingy stuck on the last 1/5th of his beautiful, gorgeous, lovely tail!!!! What the Whaaaat. He was wagging the thing so much that it swung around where it had no business being and bam! Fly strip on the tail. First I have to say it’s not easy trying to get a weim to stay put. 

First I have to say it’s not easy trying to get a Weim to stay put when something like that happens, however, I did and was able to remove said fly strip. Washed tail to no avail. Had to trim some. The question is will it fill back in? I feel like I should know this but I do not.

Breeder Comment

Yes, Kaliece, the tail will grow back entirely. It might take months but the Weimaraner sheds hair (even the smooth coat), and new hair comes in from the follicle. During the first couple of years, the feathering fills in and for those that love the look–the tail becomes a beautiful flag.

We knew a person who used to shave their Longhair Weimaraners during the summer. Their coat came back full and lush, but they were cooler during the heat of the summer. We often clip the tail a bit (on the underside) before they whelp. This trimming process saves a lot of mess because there is a considerable amount of blood and ewe during the whelp. You don’t want this flipped all over the walls etc. It always grows back. So, for all you who are concerned about losing a little fluff–now you know. It will grow back. Some folks also groom the toe hair during the muddy season. They just have a groomer remove it. The toe tassels always come back. If you ever are worried, just clip a spot that is not noticeable and document it with a photo. Look at it over time.

As difficult as it might be to accomplish, rubbing peanut butter in something sticky like gum will dissolve it. This tip that might save needing to cut chunks of hair.

        ~ Swimming is Exhausting

We love him so much. Such a sweet boy. He is now LOVING to go swimming and he loves running with me. He is training up very well for that, he runs by my side nicely. He is fearless and very protective of me so I’ve really had to work on him relaxing on that aspect. I love knowing he’s watching out for me and he’s learning to watch my cues for leave it and quiet and learning to trust me and where I put him as much as I’m learning to trust his judgment as well. I don know if you know but he is my first male dog ever. So, Thank you for sending me such a nice boy. Just he needs to hush when asked and that is progressing very well. Thanks again for another great OwhyheeStar companion.

 Breeder Comment

This breed is different from other breeds in many ways. Many people who decide to get their first Weimaraner end up with a male. They might have wanted a female, but possibly there were none available. It is then they discover the truth–the boys are very sweet. Oh, they can be headstrong. The females can be tough to manage too! Regardless, they have a quality that catches a lot of folks off guard. It is not something you can put into words; however, in many cases, the way they bond to you wins you over. After being forced to get a first-time male dog, many end up having the male Weimaraner preference.

We have talked a lot about the difference between the male and female. Of course, there are exceptions. Regardless, in many cases, the female Weimaraner tends to be less engaged in their owner’s agenda and to value less the desire to please. (They can be such a prima donna). While all Weims can be manipulative, the female takes it to a new level. This trait can manifest in many different ways, and much of what happens depends upon their human and the relationship. Yes, it depends on the type of leadership role and your ability to evoke the desire to please you. How this expresses itself can vary. Each time it is a bit unique, and at the same time, it always sports a lot of the similar expression.

Just for Reference

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Some Weimaraner tails are fuller than others. Here is a photo of Max (at five) showing his beautiful plumage. Max Summer 2014-6

Chloe

Update

Summer weather in upon us and Chloe is enjoying the warmth, though also appreciates getting in the water or sitting in front of the air conditioning when outside temperatures reach the 90’s. Here are some pictures of Chloe with other furry friends and family members.Brtiches_1816

Our cat Britches lays where she wants, including Chloe’s bed, but she’s usually willing to share. They get along well enough, occasionally playing together but Chloe still needs to be reminded sometimes that the kitties are not for chasing. We got our two cats as kittens before bringing Chloe home so she has grown up knowing them as other household members.

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From a trip down to Central Oregon, Chloe has a great time running around with my brother’s dog.
Cooling off after a good game of chase.

Chloe playing with Wilma who lives up the road. A few days a week Chloe goes to Wilms or Wilma comes to our house and they spend the day wrestling and running. A tired dog is a good dog!

We find ourselves discussing more and more lately not IF we get another dog but WHEN we get another puppy. As I know the process can take many months I figured I should reach out to you now and get things started. We would love another longhaired female, blue would be great but gray is lovely as well. Please let me know what all we need to do, another application, deposit, etc.
Hope you are well,
Brittany, Don, and Chloe

Breeder Comment

Thank you, ever so much for the fantastic update on Chloe. She has quite the life. We are delighted you are interested in another Longhair.

Chloe

Sandbar Escapade

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Here are some photos from an outing to the sandbar in Hood River. The sand bar is technically a launching point for windsurfers and kiteboarders but in the colder winter/spring months, it goes to the dogs. Chloe loves romping around in the water, running back and forth between Don and me.
We haven’t had much opportunity to work on getting Chloe to swim yet but we’re hopeful that with the warmer weather we can go in the water as well and she’ll follow us in. Chloe has no reservations about trudging through creeks, ponds, and puddles, so we’re anticipating that once she’s more comfortable we can expand our retrieving exercises to the water.
Hope all is well, take care!
Brittany, Don, and Chloe

Breeder Comment

It is so much fun to see her having this much fun with you. As for getting her to swim. The key is the steady retrieve–if you ingrain the love of the retrieve you can get her to swim. It might take patience– work her in the shallows, and in time just a step beyond her reach should ease her into the water.

Chloe

At 7 Months

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Hello!

My how time flies! Our Chloe (from Hattee x Stackhouse) is now almost 7 months old and we can hardly believe that she’s been with us 5 months. You don’t quite realize as it’s happening but she has grown so much. We did her 12 week puppy shots then the 16 week titer check which showed positive antibodies so didn’t need the 16 week shots! She got her Rabies shot at 6 months and other than being a little lethargic the day after seems to have tolerated it well, she weighs 46.8lbs. Does that seem about on track for her age? I have hundreds of pictures but tried to narrow down for this update but will send more. The attached are of her sitting pretty for a photo at 9 weeks and 6 months.
She is so smart and has a very good recall-largely achieved in the early stages with the use of treats/praise for coming when called and now occasionally gets a treat reward but always praise. She walks calmly with loose leash about 60% of the time (our work is ongoing). We were prepared to put in a lot of effort for ongoing mental and physical exercise and I believe it’s been paying off. We have our pre-meal routine of 20 minutes playing fetch then 10-15 minutes obedience training before she gets breakfast/dinner.
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Nine Weeks

We are so thankful that we crate trained her from day one and she now voluntarily naps in her crate and sleeps in it 3-4 nights/week (yes she sleeps on the bed with us the other nights). Chloe also spends some alone time in her crate often; whether its for an hour while we run to the store, half hour while I clean floors or sometimes for several hours while I’m sleeping during the day between work shifts. Overall Chloe is so incredibly sweet and has been such an amazing addition to our home and I cannot imagine life without her. We are immensely grateful for this wonderful Weimaraner puppy and have even started talking about when to add a 2nd-we think maybe once Chloe is about a year old.

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Six Months

I have whole collections of photos/updates about our trips to the Sandy river delta dog park, to the coast, and hiking around that I’ll send in additional emails in the next week or so in better format if you would like to include them on the OwyheeStar website. Hope you and Cliff are well and enjoying some spring weather!

Take care,
Brittany, Don, and Chloe

Breeder Comment

Thank you for the great update. It was good to hear you followed the vaccine protocol. As you can see, the Rabies is a very powerful shot. The Weimaraner Vaccine protocol, which ended at the twelve-week puppy shot (no Lepto) was more than enough to provide protection. It is well known that a percentage of Weimaraners have a severe reaction to the sixteen-week puppy shot–even when they have no response to previous vaccinations. We always believe it is better to be safe than sorry. In addition, there are many unknowns. Who can say what the vaccine reaction (evident or not) causes behind the scenes. We wholeheartedly believe in vaccines but the right protocol is a must.

Your training accomplishments are admirable. We know it requires digging deep and staying the course. It is so worth it. Keep up the great work. It is paying huge dividends. We look forward to working with you again.

LilyBear

 

When We Travel

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We spend quite a lot of time in the car. My brother has things to do that takes him away quite often. I have quite a few toys–some I confiscate from the laundry, etc. “Woof!” You know what I mean. I was looking this VTech thing and thinking that those icons should be slightly larger to accommodate my nose bumps.

Chickens were tapping out music on the xylophone on Facebook. If they can do that surely, I could master this game. “Woof!”

Recycling Made Easy

Who Knew?

     ~ In the beginning

 

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Innocent until proven guilty; then forgiveness

 

Sometime Later

Zeus: (tries to steal catalogue)
Me: No, that’s Mommy’s.
Me: (looks through catalogue, orders a couple things from it online, puts it back on the table)
Zeus: (tries to steal catalogue)
Me: No, that’s Mommy’s.
Zeus: but but but…
Me: Okay, Mommy’s done looking at it.
Zeus: yay! (takes catalogue and proceeds to “recycle” it)

What It Looks Like!

Breeder Comment

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Make no mistake this destructiveness is not an exclusive Longhair trait. It is an equal opportunity situation. We get notes from people telling us that their Weimaraner chews on the woodwork, counter surfs, eats the house siding, tears up the miscellaneous paper, etc. Once a behavior begins, it ‘s hard (and sometimes nearly impossible) to stop.

A segment of Weimlovers celebrate this fact as well as endorse it. They buy things that the Weimaraner can tear up. Honestly, we don’t suggest you do that. The best approach is to get ahead of this (and other unwanted behaviors) from day one of their arrival. Our mantra is simple–freedom is earned. It doesn’t mean it is easy to avoid the unwanted behaviors; however, finding a way to limit the developing Weim’s freedom to get into trouble is important. Many Weim owners utilize the crate. Some tie them to their waist–using a light line or a leash. The latter approach is still hard to manage when you get on the phone or are engaged in an activity. Taking your eyes off them for a moment can end badly. Even the best of Weimlovers can get caught short. (oops)

You might be one that finds this behavior amusing. You might assume it will pass with the puppy stage. You might be totally frustrated. Ultimately, you are the gatekeeper. What can you do? You can limit their freedom until they can be trusted–which is very demanding. (This is even truer when we are talking about an older pup or adult.) Remove their bedding from the crate. Only give them things that they can chew on without supervision–in the crate. Otherwise, you can prepare to have nibbled bedding and bits of destruction. This infringement might only occur when they are stressed, or it might be habitual in nature. It can be spontaneous–for example, in response to feeling abandoned. More than likely, the puppy segment teething segment (which goes on for quite some time) is when the destructive incessant chewing behavior takes root. Keep in mind that the concrete-thinking Weimaraner may become a lifetime chewer. We wish you all the luck with avoiding this scenario, and at the same time, we also know it is hard (unless it was a prized possession) to not chuckle at their antics. The uncontrollable destructive behaviors are one of the primary reasons the Weimaraner ends up finding a new home. That is a sad fact, but the owner’s frustration fuels the problem. It is a pressure-filled cycle that grows until only relief will work. It is then we pray the Weimaraner finds itself returned to the breeder or the Weimaraner rescue and not on Craig’s List. That is an unthinkable situation that often ends in endless passing off (from home to home) or worse. Even with the best of situations, this can haunt a person.

Our Lily

Honoring Those Who Came First

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It has been awhile since I thanked you for this beauty. The sun has shown up a bit this week and she got to explore a lot. If it keeps up this Tuesday we will take her to the beach for the first time. It will be a year since the day we lost our 2 puppies. We thought a great way to honor them was to spend the day spoiling Lily. We can’t imagine life without her now. She is such a huge part of our world. Thank you again ~ Catherine.

Breeder Comment

In a blink of an eye, through no fault of your own, a loss can occur. The unthinkable is devastating. Eventually, something will come along and claim them before we can fathom letting them go, but a tragedy such as this family suffered hit deeper yet. We were glad to be able to send Lily. She has big paw prints to fill, but she is making a difference. She is not a replacement. Her duties are new and unique.