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~Our Newest Family Member
We have been so blessed to call Bruno a family member since February 2019. In these 5 months, he has pushed EVERY boundary and tested as much patience as possible. Just when one thinks there is nothing left, he climbs up next to us and snuggles as only a Weimaraner can do. All is forgiven and we move on to the next day.
This puppy is the most dominant we have had to date of the 4 we’ve trained in the past. He is a natural hunter and loves to pick up the scents on our property, searching for the abundance of bunnies, raccoons and skunks we have available to the point of waking us up at 1:30 AM to go out so he can pick up the scent. He also follows Ollie around the house, copying his household 3 year old Weimaraner brother, but he seems to feel he can do things better and only Bruno should be pet and loved!
He has the sweetest personality and is great with the kids but seems to be weary of strangers although we have friends and family over regularly. That is a new thing for us as we’ve never had a Weim that wasn’t excited to meet new people. We wouldn’t trade him for the world and thank you so much for doing such an amazing job with this pup! You are our “go to” from now on!
Thank you! The Gervings
We are ever so happy to hear the news–and see Bruno is doing well.
We just returned from a marathon camping trip that included many fun activities but we were able to get the new puppy swimming!!! Here are a few highlights of the puppy!!
We are so happy to read that Ace swims–that is three OwyheeStar swimmers in your household. Seems to me, that I remember you have had difficulty in the past getting the Weimaraner to swim. But recently–you score. That is so awesome.
~Our Charlie Mae Shines
Well, that is interesting. You might remember Charlie Mae as the girl who wears the Christmas lights every December. Here she is in all her glory–, isn’t this spectacular? Oh–what more can we say?
noun lime·light | \ ˈlīm-ˌlīt \
Definition of limelight
(Entry 1 of 2)1a: a stage lighting instrument producing illumination by means of an oxyhydrogen flame directed on a cylinder of lime and usually equipped with a lens to concentrate the light in a beamb: the white light produced by such an instrumentcBritish: SPOTLIGHT2: the center of public attention
I thought to give you an update about our Luna. It has been nearly a month and a half since we brought her home. She has fit into our family perfectly and changed our lives in many ways. She is so expressive, smart, goofy and sweet. She became fast friends with our alpha male resident cat — they play together constantly and sometimes cuddle together in a rare moment when they are both sleepy at the same time.
Luna is adored by many and attracts a lot of attention everywhere we bring her. She is a blue beauty. We have been socializing her as much as possible and she is doing great around other dogs and people. She has an endless amount of energy that keeps us on our toes. She loves to chew, and we’re trying our best to keep her from chewing on the wrong things. Potty training and crate training have been an interesting process — she has made improvements slowly but surely.
The crate is not her friend, and I think it’s because she doesn’t like being left alone (she is truly a velcro dog). But she has improved, and now only barks for about five minutes after going in the crate, instead of the thirty minutes she started out with. Since she is crated during the day with a break from our dog walker, we let her sleep with us at night, and she loves to cuddle. We are looking forward to starting training classes with her in a couple of weeks which will hopefully curb some of her bad habits such as jumping up on things/people, biting, and barking excessively when she doesn’t get what she wants (such a “terrible twos” thing to do)! She weighed in at 25 lbs yesterday at the vet, a 10 lb gain from three weeks ago! We are looking forward to taking her camping and hiking this summer.
This gem has completely changed our lives! We spend every moment with her and can’t imagine life without her. You can follow her Instagram at @luna.and.monty
-Amanda and Cameron
Keep working with her–you’ve got this. Her life sounds pretty darned nice to us.
~ Western Oregon Suits Her
Lexi made it home! Bella is giving her a tour of the backyard.
It was love at first site! Doug said she did great. He thought she slept most of the trip. He offered her water but she didn’t want any. She has already had some water since being home.
You might remember we had shared that we had two Longhairs available for placement–both were a little older (about 12 weeks). We had given them each a name (you have to have a name at some point)–Lexi was known as Tilly. Her sister went to Florence, Oregon–she was initially called Harriet but now is known as Fiona.
We were happy to learn that both did well in their new placement. Bella (Livee X Blue) is teaching Lexi the ropes–giving her the grand tour.
~ Grandpa Will Reports–Part Two
At Ace’s first checkup he was 13 lbs. and I am anxious to hear his new weight at his next exam. Ace seems to be very spunky and very smart. He quickly figured out the bells were to go outside and although we have had a few pee accidents, we’ve been happy with his progress, I think we have only had 1 accident in the past 3 weeks and he was a little out of his element for that one, so I don’t count him fully negligent for it. He’s starting to get a small monocle of freedom in the living room where we aren’t watching him at every moment. He’s successfully figured out how to push down the baby gate that we had been using whenever he wants, so we’ve recently put that back in the closet!
The older brother and sister (Murphy and Charlie Mae) still aren’t fans of the puppy, we’ve tried to be patient, but we keep a close eye when the teeth are being bared and have had to let them know our disappointment on a couple occasions for their distaste of Ace. I would have hoped by now (almost 6 weeks at our house) they would be ok with him, but they stil barely tolerate his existence and refuse any interaction with him they can avoid.
Ace has changed so much in the past 6 weeks, he’s fully embraced the dog doors )going both directions) as of this week. He figured out last week he could go out into the garage and lick the floor (YUCK!), so we’ve been discouraging that as best we can! Ace wants nothing more than to love on his big brother and sister and doesn’t seem at all discouraged by their less than welcome reception to his affections.
All in all, things are going well, it’s a good thing puppies are so darn cute, they are sure a bunch of work! We do LOVE him and we are over the TOP proud of our 13 year old and her embrace of her “Dog Mom” duties. Enclosed are a bunch of pictures from the past 6 weeks! Thanks for all the you do for us Shela and Cliff! We love our “Pack”.
What can we say? Elle is not a typical teen–she gets the job done. What a fabulous life-lesson. We are so proud of you! Of course, her parents are in the mix too!
It is great to read how ‘Ace’ is working his way into the heart and soul of his family. Keep watching–I am positive there is another segment to follow soon.
~ Grandpa Will Reports–Part One
Since we got Ace on Feb. 8, 2019, the Spight household has been a whirlwind of activity! I’m happy to report my first stint as a “Grandpa” has gone well. Elle (Ace’s Mom) has been doing an outstanding job and continues to show amazing patience for her first very own puppy!
Since day 1, Ace has slept in Elle’s room and she’s the one who’s been getting up at night and taking him outside. Every now and then she asks for an assist from Grandpa or Nana when she’s had a tough night with Ace or if she has Volleyball tournaments the next day. So we swap rooms for the night and let her get some much needed rest.
Ace has done wonderful, we are following the Owyheestar protocol to the letter and have gotten him to the vet for his first round of shots (for us), and has his 2nd appointment soon for his 2nd set of shots. After that we plan to do the tieter test and am excited to explore the lower cost option you mentioned in a blog awhile back. We appreciated the BLOG article a week or two ago, concerning one of Ace’s litter mates who was getting more food and got soft stool. We observed the exact same thing, Ace was asking for MORE food, and when we increased it, his stool got MUCH softer, so we reduced it a little and it’s a little better. Still softer than we would like, but we continue to monitor.
We are so proud of Elle–it is a lot of work to raise the Weimaraner puppy. Of course, she has the best ever parents to help out when things become difficult. Nonetheless, Ace is turning out fantastic because of her expert care and attention to detail.
I know everyone loves seeing the photos–and they look forward to reading more about Ace and his adventures. Thank you, Grandpa, Will for the update.
~ Here’s Our Update
She’s doing great and getting bigger every day. She’s really smart too. She was ringing a bell to go outside and go potty after 3 days of getting her home which was a big surprise. We aren’t accident free by any means but being proactive we’ve stayed pretty close to it. She is definitely a lot more energetic than her testing video let on. She loves to run around the back yard and sit in the sunshine. Much more energetic than our last weimy and a bit of a spaz lol. We’re always trying to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself as she gallops everywhere while still clumsy. She’s been nervous when we try and take her for walks so we don’t usually get far, which makes draining her energy a bit of a challenge. We also had that large snow storm come through which also didn’t help. However we’ve been focusing on small bouts of obedience training everyday to help challenge her mentally and she is doing relatively well at picking things up. I feel like we are just starting to see signs of her relaxing slightly as she’s adjusted to her new life, routines and her new boundaries.
The latest things she’s learned are to sit, go up and now down our staircase. She will come most times when we call for her, she’s about 50/50 on fetching. I can tell she is very smart, and will definitely need to be challenged.
I don’t think we ever mentioned it but we have been using your recommended Nuvet supplements since bringing her home and she seems to really like them. We’ve also been following your recommended vaccination schedule etc. As you mentioned may happen, our vet had slightly different ideas on it but was happy to follow the recommendations you set forth as we requested.
Our vet believes she does a hernia not one that will be closing on it’s on. We’ll be addressing it when we get her spayed, but I know you mentioned not having them before in your litters so wanted to keep you up to date for your records. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes of course.
I think that’s it at this point. Oh, we’ve registered her microchip as well as her w the AKC. We really appreciate all the time and effort you put in to caring for Luna, it definitely shows.
All the best,
Aaron (& Teresa)
Thanks ever so much for the update. In our experience these smaller hernias typically will close–but if not then repairing during a spay is the best approach. Thanks too–for taking care of all the business like completing the registration as well as registering the microchip. The latter is essential. Without registering that microchip, it is of little use. Completing the registration online moves the ownership (in the eyes of AKC) from us to you. It helps with the official record-keeping. We truly appreciate you finishing the process.
The NuVet is a fabulous product–yes, they love it. I use the powdered form. A lot of times they will lick their chops when they watch me measuring it to sprinkle on top of their food. I never overuse it–meaning I stick to the recommended amount for the adults and I do use half the amount for young Weims. That is a lengthy discussion–but the human-grade supplements are excellent.
~For the new puppy (Ace!)
For the past couple of years, we have been talking as a family about getting a 3rd Owyheestar puppy for our family (primarily for Elle our Daughter). The thought of a 3rd dog is a little daunting, but early this last summer, Elle started to try and sell this hard to Jill and I. Her final proposal went something like this… “So, I’m likely going to college in about 5 years, so if we are thinking of getting me my own dog, if we wait too long, I won’t have as much time with him. Also, I will pay for as much of him as I can working small jobs and babysitting over this summer.”
With that. we were sold and we told her the target amount we wanted her to provide (20%) and she agreed. We sent our deposit with our puppy desires to our friends at Owyheestar and got onto the waiting list!
On Dec 9th, 2018 we saw that Winnie had delivered and we saw that there were a couple pups that met our hopes and sure enough Sheila gave us the news that one of those would go to us. The excitement for the arrival of “Ace” began.
Every Sunday it was a family event to look at the updates (pictures) from Shela on the TV and ohhhhh and ahhhh on how cute Ace (and the rest of the pups) were.
Well –the 3rd Owyheestar furry baby is home —already Facebook famous!
This photo was taken early Sunday morning. Jill is a good sport and has a great morning looking–her and the puppy. It seems all that preparation paid off–good job Elle. We look forward to receiving your forthcoming updates.