Category Archives: Juniper X Boone
~ With Chester
Recently Brandon, Chester and I went down to have some family pictures taken so we can make Christmas cards. We had so much fun and Chester was so well behaved. After anxiously waiting we got our pictures back and they turned out so great I thought I should share a couple.
Seasons greetings from Brandon, Whitney and Chester.
Dear Whitney and Brandon–thank you for your inclusion and the celebration of Chester. No matter what happens–children, life changes, etc. I hope he will always be included. He believes the universe surrounds him. (Haha) Thanks for everything–and for always for thinking of us too!
Greetings from the Northeast
We are in the gradual process of making a move from 2 acres in a fairly busy “rural” area to 54 acres on a dirt road in a very rural area surrounded by woods with our nearest neighbor a half mile or so away. The Boys are loving the move. When we arrive at the really rural home, we open the car doors and out they hop, not to be leashed again until we leave. Romps in the woods and hikes on a myriad of class 6 roads with a very responsive recall to our side whenever we request.Taun has played a (sometimes unwilling) role in mentoring Bacchus with the recall.This morning was another chapter in young Bacchus’ life-long course of learning: He was taken out at 0500 this AM only to dash off toward the garden oblivious to the recall. Two aggressive barks and then silence. He returned shortly, foaming at the mouth like a long rabid dog. The scent in the air reached us at the same time as the pup did … crap !! he got hit by a skunk and it appears that he was making a grab for it when it must have spun and sprayed him in the mouth. Oh my word … the smell is too much to describe. Best I could, it would be like dumping a 5 gallon bucket of mushy rotten onions on to your living room floor. Clean it up you might but that smell isn’t fading soon.Off to the deep sink but there was really nothing to wash off … it was all in his mouth.Ah well; that is what we sign up for.Taun has been a bit slow to accept Bacchus as a sibling but now makes a fuss when he is absent and they have become a reluctant pair. We prepare for another northeast winter (snow today); the dogs eagerly watching the making of any fire in the fireplace or getting the cookstove fired up.Bacchus is now 6+ months old. He is brave and very protective of Laura and Grace if they are out alone with him. His mouthiness has been gradually improving although he has been markedly less mouthy since the skunk encounter this morning … He is always willing to get involved and lend a helping “hand.”These guys are stereotypical Weims in every way and we couldn’t be happier. They make it abundantly clear that they are sad when we leave and they welcome each of us home every day as though we were gone for a year.No (really) destructive behavior ever (Bacchus does have a fondness for glasses and pens and Taun is an underwear and sock thief) … and they are happy, loving members of our family … we couldn’t ask for more … except maybe another one.We wish you guys the very best and we keep you in our hearts.Jon, Laura, and Grace in New Hampshire
Mommy and daddy took me to a new place with lots of fun stuff to do and new smells. We went to this place they kept calling the beach it was so much fun. We played in the water and I ran so fast. Daddy even brought my ball so I could chase it. I was so tired when we get back I had to take a few power naps.
Later mommy and daddy took me on a walk to this place with big rocks by the water. It was so cool there, mommy had a long stick with a string at the end and she kept shaking it above the water until finally she got super excited and pulled out what they called a fish. It was so interesting I kept wanting to put it in my mouth but they wouldn’t let me. We had so much fun I can’t wait to go again.
She loves playtime with the kids, fetching & retrieving every day. Introduced her to the sheds, though we’ll wait a little longer due to height and she can still be a bit clumsy at times.
She is very smart & likes to test us (repetition is key); we’ve used hand signals along with voice commands throughout her training (helpful for hunting later on, we prefer this method over whistle training). Overall she is very loved, happy, healthy and has made her place in our hearts. We look forward to every new adventure, and with our very active family, she has much to look forward, too!
Training is going great! 1st time playing in the sand this week, too!
We love the photo documentation. Thanks for that! We love seeing she is working at the Versatile lifestyle thing–all terrain Weimar.
From The East Coast
~Taun and BacchusJust wanted to give you an update on the two East Coast pups:Taun is doing very well; we spend a lot of time hiking in the woods (and removing ticks). The other day we were walking down a back road and Taus suddenly froze and pointed toward the woods. I figured he was letting me know that there were squirrels out in the woods and urged him on. He refused to break point and turned to me and gave me this look that said, “well … ? “ Then he turned back and gave a sudden short lunge towards the woods and up flew a grouse that had been sitting in the roadside leaf litter not more than 4 feet from me …. He seems a much more accomplished hunter than I am.
Bacchus is quite adapted to time in his crate. We have one in our bedroom for night time and downstairs for the daytime so he doesn’t feel isolated.Challenges at this time are really working on the Piranha syndrome; he always needs to be biting or mouthing something.Laura is working on fetch and recall and he is doing really well unless something in the compost pile catches his eye.He will still pee in the house at times despite us getting him outside very frequently but he’s pretty well got it.He excels at untying my shoes from double knots.All in all, Bacchus has been pretty easy. He is quite smart and has a very loving demeanor.
Laura and I hope you are all doing well and we are looking forward to submitting our next application and deposit in the near future.Best, Jon and Laura Kilroy
Happy, Healthy, and More
~a gift to our family
Winchester has been a gift to my family he is so loving and energetic and we are so happy to have him. We took him to his new vet’s office on Saturday for his 9-week booster and they said he is a very healthy pup and they all just loved him.
He has been doing much better with his kennel training. It is still not his favorite place but he is getting used to it. Brandon’s family members have been coming to let him out and play with him while we are at work. He loves his toys and stealing Brandon’s socks hee hee. He is still learning and growing but I know he is gonna be the best fur baby. Thank you so much!Whitney and Brandon
Our Two Weim Family
~in New Hamshire
We wanted to send you a quick update on Bacchus. He is doing great, and is a total Love! Crate training is going very well. He asks to go out by sitting at door and giving a little whimper to go potty. The recall is pretty excellent–, about 80% coming when called, maybe actually a little better than that. Taun went into a pretty severe depression first week of bringing Bacchus home. He is slowly coming around and beginning to play. He’s not thrilled but is realizing he’s here to stay.
I do have one question for you though, Bacchus is a total chow hound, frantic when being fed is pretty much inhaling his food. I got a slow feeder for him which has done just that, slowed him down. I feed him 3 times a day with little snackie servings in between. I guess My question is…..will he outgrow this, or just a wait and see? Assuming maybe because he was one of the smaller pups he had to try a little harder to get his share. Just wondering your thoughts…..
We couldn’t be happier with this little guy, thank you! ~ Laura and Jon
Laura made the trip out west to visit family and to pick up Bacchus. She flew into Boise and back to Seattle. Then she boarded a flight to take them home where Bacchus would meet his brother and Jon who anxiously awaited their arrival. By the way, she flew with him on Jet Blue–and gave an excellent recommendation for the airline’s pet-friendly nature.
Finally, we are happy the journey went well, and that Bacchus is settling into his new life. Too bad about Taun’s depression. Nonetheless, soon they will be the best of friends sharing everything–well maybe not dinner.
The Gulping of the food is an issue in this breed. Many cite it as a problem that could lead to bloat. Of course, you want to do everything possible to break Bacchus of eating fast–or inhaling the food. It is a hard thing to change. Who can guess why one does it, and another always picks at the food? The special bowl (designed to make them eat slower) is a great idea. I would stay vigilant and try to find ways to keep him from being determined to eat quickly. He may also be growing (and hungry). It is hard to know how much to feed a growing pup. Too much can cause gastric issues. Not enough leaves them famished and searching for anything to ingest–even rocks. (Eke) There is no simple solution. Let us know how it goes. We sincerely hope it gets better as he gets through the initial growth spurt. By the time he is four months old, he will look adult-like and yet still be very much a puppy. (Haha) Thank you for taking the time to write and to let us know all is well.
~ Learning the Ropes
Maelee has been learning a lot; how to go up/down 2-3 steps on the backyard deck, still retrieving, crate training (though she did not like) and potty training (only a couple of pee accidents). Her 1st vet app. is set for tomorrow and should go smoothly; very healthy & full of energy!! Here are a few pics from this evening!We are so thankful for what you do:)
We appreciate families like you. I noticed we started the process in February–so the wait was shorter than it might have been. Nevertheless, it is always seemingly a long time.
People ask the typical waiting time. I think somewhere close to six-months; however, it depends. As I always say, we cannot predict when and if we will get a litter. If the litter arrives, we cannot predict the sex of the pups–sometimes the coat color. Of course, we cannot guess what the people on the list above you will do either. (Haha)
So It Begins
~ Let the Spoiling Commence
Sana is doing great. She is settled and happy. She loves playing in her yard and snuggling. She is an amazing retriever. She is so kind and loving. Dad is thrilled. He said she is going to be his most spoiled dog ever! Lol. Thanks again.~Crystal