Category Archives: Storm X Dusty
Can You Believe It?
~Last Saturday, she celebrated 11 Candles
Yesterday was Siena’s 11th birthday. Hard to believe. She shows little sign of slowing down except for a bit of arthritis at the base of her tail. We take great hope that we’ll have her around for a few more years because both of her parents, Storm, and Dusty, lived past their 13th birthday and Dusty is still around.Siena’s life changed three years ago when we left Whidbey and moved back to Seattle to be closer to our kids and health care providers. We were concerned about the change on Siena but she adjusted with hardly the blink of an eye. We still manage to walk at least 5 miles a day, around the neighborhood or at Green Lake or Woodland Park. As a result, Siena has become more social, well-known by many of the people along our walking treks.Siena’s adult weight, 55 pounds, has varied little and she is still getting yogurt and a probiotic as part of her morning meal. Her favorite treat is the pumpkin cookies that Connie bakes for her.Thanks for letting our beautiful girl become a part of our life. We wish we could have her for 11 more years but will cherish every single day that we have with her.
Share the Same Papa
Winston and Bennett are both from litters sired by Dusty. Winston is eight years old; he is always a little gentleman. We always joke that if they were humans, Winston would have a monocle and a top hat, and Bennett would be a frat boy, lol!
You’ll notice most of the photos are of Bennett with the kids because wherever the kids are is where that is where he is as well 🙂 He is a very relaxed, laid back family dog. Like all Weims, Bennett loves to be with us. He is also a workhorse. This boy will retrieve until we force him to stop. We noticed he was also very birdy by nature. He is a great dog! I have
We are making a good adjustment…
Duck has been adjusting well. Everyone who works in my apt building say he has the best personality of all the dogs that live here. He is very mellow when he meets new people, and pretty good when it comes to meeting other dogs — but sometimes that gets him a little hyper.
I have a dog park on the water about a mile away and he didn’t hesitate to take a swim, that’s not something that he liked doing before. I got him playing fetch a little bit too, just down the hallway of my building, but again not something he ever really showed interest in at all before.
He really doesn’t like being in the crate during the day, so I’ve started just letting him roam in the apartment. Other than making a pile of my stuff on his bed, he seems to do fine with that.
What did you give him for treats? I’ve tired giving him rawhide bones and he eats them too fast and throws them up. But I’ll like to leave him with something to work on while he is home alone…
I’m going to be at sea for the month of April, but I have several people who want to watch Duck, so I think things will be fine.
Breeder’s Note: You might remember the blog that featured Duck and Abe not so long ago-–Click here to read that blog.
First, we don’t recommend anyone use rawhide bones, or chews. Bits can break off, and once ingested a number of things could go badly. The bits could embed in the lining of the intestine, and cause inflammation. Pieces could cause an intestinal blockage–this can be life-threatening. We know some folks do use them, but we do not have peace about them. Secondly, we hate to see you must deploy again. As we mentioned, it will be so important to prepare Duck for your departure. He needs a second home; someone who understands his needs. Keeping Duck and you both safe during this time of departure will be important. Nonetheless, we are happy that you are back together, and that Duck is doing so well. Thank you for taking time to get these wonderful photos for us to share. Everyone loves Duck. For those that don’t know, Storm and Dusty are Duck’s parent. Here are some recent photos of them below–these were taken by Larry Cleveland (Portland Wildlife Photographer).
We woke up this morning (11/29/2014) with our first snowfall of the year. Siena isn’t sure that she likes it!
~ Phil and Connie
Breeder’s Comment: Phil and Connie live on Whidbey Island with their beloved Siena. Please take time to learn more about Phil’s recent book by visiting his blog — Click Here!
Kari and Gob Compete in Agility
This marked the first agility trial for Gob. We have been training for a while now and I finally had the courage to enter him in one. This was a NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) trial and a much smaller trial than AKC. We were entered in seven courses and Qualified in two!
Gob had a blast running each course…we got side tracked on one or two occasions. Kurt (the Doberman brother) came out to cheer him on and even tried to keep the qualified ribbons for himself.
After three days of being at the trial, Gob is a tired boy and was open to just curling up on the couch and snoozing.
I will keep you posted on his future events and training. ~ Kari
Breeder’s Note: We want to send a note of Congratulation to the both of you. This is so awesome achievement. Gob is nearly 8 years old, and to achieve what he has at his age is impressive. You have done great with him Kari.
For those reading this, you might not remember that Gob started agility training late in life. Click here to see a previous post featuring Gob agility training. Click here to see them training in February of 2013. We are glad Kari took the risk and enrolled in the competition, and we thank her for sending along the photos (with the update). We look forward to hearing more about Gob’s future successes.
When Siena was discovered to be a longhair, it was too late. We had docked her tail. Storm and Dusty had produced two previous litters–neither contained any longhair pups. There was no known history of longhairs in their lineages. It was then we learned that they were longhair carriers, who had gone undetected for generations. This DNA marker can be passed along by the smooth=coats unknowingly. Anyhow, that was many years ago. Since then we have gotten hooked on the longhair; we love them as much as the smooth coats. We are going to be talking about them a lot in the next few weeks.
We were afraid that Phil and Connie would not want a longhair, but they didn’t even hesitate. It seems they believe things happen for a reason. Over the years, we have stayed in touch. Last week when Siena was watching her favorite football team, Phil snapped this photo.
Note: Although Siena’s tail was docked, we do not dock the longhair’s tail. You will have to trust us when we tell you that it is not as you imagine.
Gob at 7….still a pup in so many ways!
Well I thought I would give you a little write up. Gob will be 7 this summer and it still feels like he is a pup! His mannerisms haven’t seemed to change, he still has his moments that I like to think of as “blonde moments”!
Gob in Agility
Last year we started taking agility classes in Eagle, ID, just to play around and get him out of the house. (Click here to see two videos and to read more about Gob’s agility success.) Gob took to it so fast! We are learning a whole lot and our dynamic has never been stronger. I love that he is more prone to ask me for direction rather than just do what he wants ( there are still those times though too). We will probably be competing in July over in Caldwell just to see what happens. Our trainer is amazed at how “old” Gob is and how quick he is learning and moves. I have had to take notes from a top level border collie trainer to figure out how to stay ahead!
Note: Kari and Gob agility train (with Mary Hunter) at Dogs A’ Flying in Eagle. For more information, call Mary @ 208-938-2300.
Just recently Gob got cut on some barbwire when we were hiking. He didn’t yelp or slow down one bit! He had to be stapled up (I love Snake River Vet), he kept a great attitude the whole time he was to be quite.
Kurt the Doberman Brother
This winter Gob got a “little doberman brother”, Kurt. However Kurt is now much bigger than Gob, but is really great at taking chain of command. Gob is super patient and has really shown Kurt the ropes.
Gob — All around good-guy
Again, I can’t say how much I appreciate this dog! He is a great pace setter for my running, guard dog, nanny and all around good guy. Weimar are a special treat to anyone who gets one and I can’t imagine not having my big beautiful blue boy.