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Best Dog Ever~
Typical pose with legs crossed
Zula Blue came to us in 2011 as the sweet, little docile pup. Shela chose her well, as we live in Seattle with two young girls, so hoped for a mild and easy going, sweet heart. Zula has become an integral part of our family, often find right in the middle of the girls, snuggling daily with all. We joke that she thinks she is a cat, as she climbs up on your lap.
Zula is also our marine girl. She prefers all things fish and loves walks on the beach. She loves to be up in the San Juan Island where she has all the amazing scents of fox, deer and racoons to nose and her mind occupied. Zula does not like the rain and will protest going out for long walks if raining. She is very bright and understands over 15 commands (below). At the end of each walk she knows to sit at the final corner until we coil the leash and tell her to ‘go home’, then she races to the house, sitting the porch waiting for us. She is the best dog ever!
Words Zula has knows: Walk, Sit, Come, Quiet, Cuddle, Pee Pee, Poop, Go around, Fix it (for leash), Stay, Down, Up, Shake, Cookie, Kisses, Go Home, Squirrel, Leave it
We named a girl Zula Blue right about the same time–and she is living in her Golden Year Placement. I love the name–and even more, love all that you have done for and with your girl.
~ Road Trip–when are we leaving?
This last winter we took both girls to Diamond Lake, we were concerned because Nicki gets car sick every time she goes in the car. Bob and I placed bets of when Nicki would get sick on the way. She made it a little over an hour before she vomited which is longer than either of us expected. She did very well the rest of the way and all the way home. We took them twice and Nicki does not get sick anymore. She did not get motion sickness it was nerves.
As soon as she would get in the car she would start shaking. We are both very happy that she does not get sick anymore so we can take her everywhere with us.
Annie went Antelope and Deer hunting with Bob, she was so happy that she had dad to herself. Nicki is such a cuddle bug; she snuggles with me every night. She is mom’s girl. Annie is dad’s girl. We love the girls so much and enjoy them. Thank you for the best dogs ever!
Well, it is extraordinary that you each have one of your own. Many folks struggle–wanting to each have their own, and the Weims are not cooperating. So, you have that. And two females, each wanting to be in charge, can prove challenging. They have worked out co-existence, and probably each Weimaraner has their realm where they rule.
~the Dixie Cup Sisters
Waiting For a Treat Here
Both girls love ice cream, peanut butter and laying out in the sun. When we brought Nicki home Annie was not thrilled, she laid on our bed every day and would only come out to potty and eat. Nicki could not jump up there because she was too little. Of course, Annie put on weight and the vet wanted the extra pounds off. Happy to report that Annie got the extra weight off.
Annie was pretty spoiled and her nose was out of joint. It took a long time for Annie to come around, Nicki liked her right from the start. They will lay on the couch or bed together but never touching. I am so jealous of other Weims we see posted on your blog that accept each other right away.
They are so much fun though and they will play together now. Nicki likes to zoom as fast as she can and she knows Annie does not like it. Nicki likes to tease her, Annie will jump up and lay Nicki down. Annie growls and barks, she sounds pretty vicious but her tail is wagging the whole time. Nicki will chew on Annie’s ears when she has her pinned but does not bite hard.
Thank you for this fabulous update. We know everyone will enjoy reading about Annie and Nicki–your two OwyheeStar Weims. We appreciate you remembering us.
I made Annie’s snowsuit and used Pattern Maker. I adjusted the pattern to fit her measurements and doubled two layers of material. One was a soft fleece and the other was a quilted rainproof material and sewed reflective strips on the outside. I attached the pattern I used in case they would like to make one for their dog.
Nicki is growing like a weed and both her and Annie are doing well.
Happy Holiday Season Shela and Cliff!
This snowsuit is old news. Someone was looking on our blog and noticed it and wrote us saying it is (exactly) what they were trying to find. I wrote Annie’s Mom to ask about the jacket. She was kind enough to share this information. If you are wondering–Annie is the Silver Gray Girl and Nicki the Blue.
Annie Needs A Sister
~ Stepping up to a Two-Weimaraner Status
Sister For Annie
Bob and I are thinking of getting another Weim, a Blue female. Do you have any pups?
Shela Says—Availability is typically going to require a wait. We recommend everyone complete the application process at least six-months in advance and follow up by locking in a place on the Wait List (by giving us a deposit). Until we have the Wait List deposit, you are not in line to get a puppy. Of course Patricia, I have answered you privately about our current availability and the timeline.
Shipping A Pup
Also, it is an 8-hour drive for us, do you ever ship the pups?
Shela Says —We can ship a puppy, and it is only a one-hop flight from Boise to Portland or Seattle. That being said Patricia, Cliff and I try to make the exit process as safe, stress-free and easy for the pup and their new family. Most Pacific Northwest families meet him near Pendleton. This exit scenario requires planning as we can only make one trip per litter, but this is in the best interest of the pup and their families.
There is less risk of exposure to the deadly Parvo Virus–which undoubtedly has infected every pet area or frequent stop along the highways. Secondly, when the pups travel a distance together, it seems to ease the stress. It is like one of our many adventures–they load up and go for a drive a way from their former home, and then depart with their new forever family.
My suggestion is that we explore the options and see how we can best accommodate the exit process. I should also mention that folks have taken a flight from Seattle or other airports, and flown into Boise. We met them at the airport, and then they carried the new baby home as a carry-on. It is another way to get off to a great start with a lower risk factor. The time spent settling in the Sherpa Bag often proves beneficial on so many levels.
~She a Whiner Weimaraner (oops)
Previous Annie Updates to Explore
Annie is doing well, such a sweetheart and very spoiled. She really is a good girl most of the time, very busy! Took her to the beach for 5 days. Every time we slowed down in all the coastal towns she would start whining. Finally, after listening to her for a few hours we parked in the shade, rolled down the windows a bit and went into some shops. Gone for about 20 minutes, got back and boy was she a good girl for the rest of the trip. She finally got her ice cream cone. (photo above)
We are glad the much-loved Annie got her ice cream. We sincerely look forward to working with you again–getting Annie, a sister. We are positive she can lead the way and teach ‘Whining 101’ to the new upstart.
We haven’t sent you any news on our Topper X Boomer pup (General Grievious) we got from you a couple years ago. We are happy to tell you he has been a great addition to our family. He has really bonded with our 9 year son (Christian). The two are inseparable and enjoy walking, playing in and out of the house. We go to the beach often and there favorite thing to do is running and playing on the beach.
Breeder’s Comment: We realize how much effort it requires to raise one of these wonderful creatures. (Even when we have raised a Weimaraner before), we often forget the struggles until we are embroiled in the process once again. Then too, no two Weims are identical. Preconceived ideas can get a person into trouble. Nonetheless, it warms our heart to hear of Christian and his best friend. What is more encouraging to the soul, than a boy and his Weimaraner?
We liken the chess match to the raising of the Weimaraner. You need to figure out a strategy to keep you ahead of the manipulative, cunning, and clever Weimaraner. More than one dog-savvy person has been duped by a Weim. Jokingly we would say it is probably not a good idea to teach Grievous the game; however, then who would join Christian. It is nice to have an ever-present, and an available friend who wants to join you.
Just a note from our busy lives to say thank you!
Zula Blue is a gem. Not only is she strikingly beau-ti-ful, she is so well behaved, mellow and loving. She has been such a wonderful addition to our family. We just adore her (and her undocked tail).
This note was over due, but as we approach Zula’s 3rd birthday, we wanted to loop back and say she has flourished, is well loved and just an all around lovely family dog. I hope you all are wonderful and making more families happy with these wonderful dogs. We adore everything about her. She keeps an watchful eye over the kids (at beach, in bath room), just being a pillow/cuddle bum, her love of being in the middle of things (not to mention her adaptability), checking out the garden from an upper vantage point and going to work with Emre.
Much thanks to you and Cliff. Kriste, Emre, Ezra, Zeyda and Zula Blue
Breeder’s Note: Getting the undocked tail requires planning ahead. Tail docking must be done very early in the pup’s life; therefore, if you are set on the tail not being docked, it will require advance notice.
Breeder’s Note: The Weimaraner is first a versatile hunting dog. That means they make great hunting companions for those who like to hunt upland game, and waterfowl. By nature, they are not a far-ranging hunter. Their connection to the hunter makes them more of a team-hunter that checks back often. For some hunters this trait is annoying. Other hunters find it refreshing, and fun. With the aging hunting popular many former GSP fans are converting to the Weimaraner.
People choose the Weimaraner over other breeds for many reasons. This is also true for hunters. Many hunters are casual hunters, who consider the family aspect (and livability) of the Weimaraner a plus. One thing is for sure. People either seem to be addicted to this breed, or not. It is a kind of love-hate view point. Those who don’t get the Weimaraner are frustrated by its concrete-thinking, Velcro nature. Others enjoy the depth of relationship and the human-like actions.
I’ve been meaning to email you some updated ace pictures forever!! We just celebrated his 1st birthday (I’ve included a picture of him eating a “pup-pop”. Plain yogurt frozen with a cookie inside of it. They love them on hot summer days and special birthday occasions!)
We love Ace so much and he’s such a special addition to our family! His temperament is so lovely and we get people telling us ALLLL the time how beautiful he is. In fact our dog trainer (and where he goes to doggie day care one day a week) says he’s one of the most beautiful dogs she’s ever seen! He plays so well, listens so well and is such a lover.
Thank you OwyheeStar for providing us with such a lovely pup! looking forward to celebrating many more years with him.
Allison, Danny, Emmett and Ace