Category Archives: Storm X Zeke
Our Family Has Grown
It’s been a while, so we thought we’d give you an update. Breezy is doing well! She’ll be 7 in December and she is still going strong. A couple years ago, Sara and I adopted 3 little girls (sisters) bringing our pack to 5 (6 with Breezy). We were concerned that there might be issues with Breezy when bringing the girls (ages 2,3,5 at the time) into our home, but those were short-lived. The girls LOVE Breezy and they all get along great. Setting a few boundaries (no touching Breezy when she’s on her bed) and helping the girls understand Breezy’s body language and style of play has helped keep the pack happy. Breezy is gentle and patient with the girls. Lots of fetching, playing chase, and the occasional attempt to dress-up has kept Breezy entertained these past 2 years.
I read on your blog that Storm passed. Sorry to hear. 13 years?! She was no doubt and impressive girl! I wonder all the ways Breezy may be similar.
All the best to you and Cliff as the holidays approach. We’re grateful for all the careful attention and hard work you put into your profession.
We are thrilled to hear news of Breezy. Thank you, for thinking of us. Yes, we said goodbye to Storm. We had many adventures. She had her fair share of quirks, but she brought us a lot of joy. She made a lot of dreams possible.
We have offspring that will carry her DNA into the future. Of course, none will replace her. Each time I think of her it is a bitter-sweet thought. You cannot love the Weimaraner without eventually suffering the loss.
Healthy and Well
I took Breezy to the vet today (Friday, December 20, 2013) for her 4-year check-up. She is healthy and doing well! Reflecting on the past 4 years, I thought I’d pass along a “thank you” to you both for blessing us with this beauty.
More Room for Breezy
We moved in February to a house on a half acre in Tigard, OR. Breezy, obviously, has adjusted quite well to the 1/2 acre lot. She loves exploring the forest-like lot, full of giant Douglas Firs and fern underbrush. I’ll toss the ball into the brush and she’ll hunt it down in a matter of seconds. Speaking of hunting, I took her upland bird hunting for the first time back in November in Fossil, OR. Though the Chukar and Quail were few, she did immediately fetch and return the one chukar I did shoot. It was amazing! She’s had no training (except for previous exposure to gun fire to ensure she wouldn’t scare) yet she performed like a true bird dog. Honesty, I think I was more excited about her performance than me shooting my first wild bird!
Anyway, just wanted to let you know that Breezy is doing well and she continues to make us more and more grateful for your work in breeding quality weims! I’ve included photos; they were taken as a project for my students in a Photoshop class.
May the Lord pour out His blessings on you in the holiday season and into the new year, and may you know that you’ve blessed us! Merry Christmas! ~JP & Sara
Breeder’s Comment: Thank you for thinking of us. We love the photos, and the update. It is a great story about her late in life first hunt trip. We are thrilled Breezy continues to do well, and that she blesses your lives in so many ways. Merry Christmas and continued well-being for you and Breezy.
Hello from Portland Oregon!
It has been way to long since we’ve checked in to tell you guys how we are doing.
Oh, I’m Ms. Malory my Mom and Dad were Storm X Zeke and I came to live with my Smith family in February of 2010.
So I think that makes me 3 years old now. I am a super tiny girl. Everyone still thinks I’m a puppy. At last weight I was 40lbs. Now that’s pretty small for my age, :).
I’m perfectly healthy just a small girl, especially next to my brother “Tucker”. He’s 100lbs, wow!
Generally I would like to sleep like tucker does by the window but someone or something might walk by my house and I must say helllllloooooo, lol.
I’m not only small but quite the little princess as I prefer to sit on Tucker rather than the bear couch or floor. He doesn’t seem to mind much, 🙂
I do like mugging for the camera, sometimes but this is my, “please stop flashing me with that phone, I’m really just trying to relax”, jeez….
I absolutely love to snuggle. I would say I’m obsessed with it. If you decide to have a soft blanket then you have just invited me to snuggle, right?
Oh, I do more than snuggle though. I ABSOLUTELY love to run, the faster the better!!!!
I also love to hunt, even though my mom and dad do not hunt. I will pretty much track anything that moves around in the ivy in my yard. I’ve caught a few things because I’m super quiet and light on my feet.
Last year I caught a MOLE, everyone was super happy so I went after a rat half my size.. ha ha. I caught it but let it go pretty quick. (Yes I have my shots, whew)
I also continue to learn from my big brother Tucker as he is super smart and very much a gentleman. I basically look at him constantly so I know what I’m supposed to do, it works out pretty well. We love to play chase. I love to chase him but when he chases me it scares me because he huge!! I usually get him started and then I run away, ha ha ha, it’s too fun! I asked Mom to include a picture of Tucker so you could see what he looks like. His head is bigger than my belly, yikes!
Well, that’s all for now and I hope not to wait too long before I check in again. I’m curious about one of my sisters though. Her name is Sadie May and her mom is named, Kristal Kaye. She commented on a post of mine way back in 2009 and said Sadie and I looked exactly the same. I’m curious how Sadie May is and what she looks like? Is she as small as me? Maybe she could update me. We were born of the same litter. Storm x Zeke: 2009, brought her home in Feb. 2010.
Hope all is well
Take care everyone!!
Malory “The Dickens” Smith
Sadie and Rossi are much-loved OwyheeStar Weims…..here is a slideshow that doesn’t require words….
Are you absolutely sure it was me?
Bark Collars and Breezy
Note: If someone lives with a Weimaraner and they say their written homework or document was eaten by the Weim, give them a break!
We tried another way to stop her from barking. It’s a bark collar that sprays a lemon scent when activated by barking. The collar functions well (I was impressed), however, doesn’t pack enough punch to deter Breezy from barking. I know, you’re not surprised. Needless to say we returned the collar. Distracting her from whatever is making her bark definitely works best. And yes, I do remember you telling me specifically that weims are a vocal bread. Whatever, she’s worth it!
Fetch is her game of choice….
She LOVES fetching the ball. In our house, “ball trumps all” and there’s no way to distract her from a nearby ball… not even with treats! She’s slowly learning to bring the ball back to me if she wants to keep playing.
In a recent trip to Bend, my step-dad, brothers and I went shooting. We took the dogs to see how they’d do (my older brother has a 3-year-old black Lab named Aspen). After leaving them in the Tahoe for first bit, we let them out to see how they’d do. I was so proud of Breezy! The gun shots didn’t phase her one bit. She even wanted to chase after the clay targets! I don’t think I’ll ever take her hunting, but it’s nice to be reminded that she’s truly a hunting dog.
Breeder’s Note: When the Weimaraner is very young, you want to start the process of them learning to bring the ball, bumper, or specified toy back to you. One way to do this is to make a special time for a few throws each evening in the hallway (side doors closed). Then there is not a way to abscond with the coveted item. Later, you might need to employ a long line attached to the collar and reel them in, while lavishing them with praise. Keep-away is great fun for the Weimaraner.
It was a fun and busy summer…..
Our summer included trips to the lake and fun in the sun. I’m back teaching as the school year has started. As you can see from the pics, Breezy is doing well.
She will be two years old this December! Crazy! In the past 6-8 months we’ve noticed a calmer Breezy… ever so slightly. She’s learned to sit still and watch us while we’re working in the kitchen or sitting at the table. Of course, this change in behavior is quite welcome. And of course, she’s still very much a high-energy Weim. I’m continuing to exercise her 45-60 minutes a day. And, on occasion when I can’t, she visits a very nice daycare facility in Southwest Portland (Tigard) we’d highly recommend.
Above you will see a photo of Breezy with me on our ski boat. Her first boat ride was entertaining to watch. When we got up to speed, she went to put her head out the window and quickly discovered that there were windows everywhere! To say the least, the ears were flapping. We also went sailing together. She’s all about lounging in the sun, so on a sunny day you can image that went well.
Breeder’s Note: JP and Sara have done excellent with Breezy. They knew their living situation was not perfect in every sense of the word. However, they accommodated Breezy’s needs. We will not list the extraordinary measures they went to in order to make having Breezy a reality. Let it suffice to say, they have gone to extreme measures, by their own words it was worth the effort. It was their first dog. The Weimaraner can be challenging, but even so, they managed to excel. We thank JP and Sara for all they have done for Breezy, and for staying in touch. (Watch for part two on Breezy’s summer to be posted soon!)
Also Note: The daycare is called Club K-9. They have two locations: Tigard and N Portland. Excellent customer service, super nice employees, very clean. Click Here to check them out!
Kisses for momma!
Sadie loves to look outside for the kitties and squirrels. She’s my baby girl! 🙂 Even though the picture is cute, it just doesn’t give you the details as real life. She has a super cute little whimper she does when she sees a “K” or an “S” as we call them in our house. If we say the word then both kids automatically run to the window to see!
Rossi’s “I’m comfy mom” pose! 🙂
Woof whatcha looking at?
True confessions from a dyed-in-the-wool Weimloving Mom:
Sadie can tell time –No kidding. She tells us when it is bedtime and she is always right!
Sadie and Rossi are more human than some people and if you don’t think so, then you have not lived with a Weimaraner.
Even if I didn’t believe they are more real than most people. I would never ever tell them.
I sure will never tell them otherwise. 🙂
They make our life so much fun, ……….welllllllll there are those moments that are only funny in retrospect.
For example, when we leave the whole cake on the table (shame on us) and it magically disappears. Funny how things like that can happen. Whether you are painting, gardening, or cooking they want to be part of the action. 🙂 We love it!
And Shela and Cliff want photos of us on the Jet Ski with the Weim kids. They would like to drive them too! 🙂 Life is more fun with the Weims……
Note: We see Kristal and Jason fairly often. We just say them when they came to pick up some food from us. They have friends with OwyheeStar Weims too. Sometimes they get the food, and we don’t see Rossi and Sadie. We cannot thank Kristal and Jason enough for being such a great Weim family. People like you make our efforts more than worthwhile!
Note: Thank you all for writing to us about products that work for you! We are always happy to get these tips and look forward to passing them along.
Breezy at School
Breezy still comes to school with me on occasion. I have to be careful as she draws a lot of attention and can be a distraction.
When the students aren’t around, I’m more prone to bring her in with me.
She is crated for a portion of the day, but I’m intentional to give her at least an hour of real exercise EVERY day (rain or shine).
Living in a townhouse, this is a commitment I’ve made from day 1 to maintain sanity for all parties! We usually go to a field and play fetch. She recently learned to catch a frisbee, which has been fun.
My father-in-law, who is a professional photographer in Walla Walla, came across this article about photographing Weims.
Though it’s more on the professional side, I thought you’d appreciate a professional’s perspective on the challenges of photographing weims. I sure you’re plenty familiar with such challenges!
Click Here to read the Article!
Sara and I picked up one of these gloves (see link below) a few weeks ago and have been very happy with it’s performance. Breezy’s short hair makes it hard to find a grooming brush that can get the job done. I also have a soft bristle horse brush to take off the dirt (works well). Anyways, just thought you’d appreciate a recommendation to pass on if asked!
Note: JP & Sara are extra ordinary in ever sense of the word. No, their living situation is not ideal. Regardless, they went to extreme measures to raise Breezy. Their commitment is beyond question. Early on Breezy went to work. They maintained a sod box for quite some time to ensure she had a safe and convenient potty area. Maintaining a sod box is no easy task. Add the commitment level require to raise a Weimaraner puppy, and it is incredible what they have done. They are not alone. Although traditional wisdom says that the Weimaraner should never be placed without a securely fenced yard, there are exceptions to any rule of thumb. This is one of those exceptions when having the perfect situation, with the ideal yard doesn’t insure success. Breezy gets love, attention, and exercise. She is a vital part of the family. JP and Sara are a good example of how an unlikely situation can work with depth of commitment. The days of the sod box are gone, but the commitment goes on forever. Thank you both for being faithful! JP and Sara have improved on the sod box that you see here and maybe one day soon we can share that information with you!