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Reporting on Duke
Duke is 9 weeks, 3 days now and adjusting well with us. We are working on the puppy biting, potty training, fetching and walking on a leash. He loves running with the other dogs in the backyard and learning which cats he can and can’t mess with! 😉 He especially loves our cat Tiger who tolerates being tackled by Duke daily! He also loves our walks down to the bus stop to pick up his human siblings. We are really enjoying him, he’s got so much personality and sass already!
Thanks for staying in touch and giving us this update on Duke. We know how much it is to manage the household, a small business, and everything else associated with the family. You are doing great!
If you are reading this and live in the Treasure Valley Sandy has a cake business. You can connect with her on Facebook–Cake Creations by Sandy! You’ll be glad you looked her up.
Hello from the snowy Rockies!!
Shiny had his first nosework competition last weekend, and was Amazing!!!He placed 1st in exterior search, 2nd in interiors, and qualified in both vehicles and container searches to earn his NW1 title; placing 5th overall out of about 50 dogs!!
- Placing at a competition is based on time. For example, Shiny went into the exterior search area and alerted that he found the odor in 10 seconds. (We were allowed 3 minutes to search.) He alerted the interior search in 14 seconds. Very fast!!
- Nosework is based on 3 odors (birch, anise & clove). At the first level, the dogs only need to know birch. Luey & Shiny have already passed the tests for all 3 odors and are ready to sail through the competition levels!!Luey has qualified to compete as well (there’s an “Odor Recognition Test” to pass before competition). The noses on these dogs are downright incredible!!! And we are all having so much fun with the sport!!
We have done some Shed Hunting Too!
My boyfriend, Mark, has started Shiny on sheds & he found his first shed a couple months ago. It was an old one too! Once the dog has some basics on odor recognition, I think it would be really easy to introduce additional odors….hmmm, I wonder if we have truffles around here….
Congratulations on this huge achievement. We look forward to hearing more about their nosework.
~ He has never known life without Rudi
Yesterday we made the difficult decision to put Rudi down. He was 14 and his back arthritis was worsening. It was the right thing to do and one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. It was our turn to love unconditionally and he is now stalking rabbits with his buddies.Olli has not yet figured out the permanence of the change. He knew something was going on and that Rudi was not doing well. He wanted to snuggle with him on Rudi’s bed but Rudi was not having any of it. Re picture below is one we took several months ago in the distillery. Two very different temperaments and we love both of them dearly for their personalities and joy that they bring.Hope you and Cliff are doing well. ~Mary
PS – when we got Olli we started both dogs on Nuvet. Rudi had horrible allergies but they steadily improved over the last 2 years to the point of not needing any medication. Coincidence? I think not. We are sold on the benefits.
Eventually, something is going require us to let them go. This gut-wrenching experience is a personal one. A loss is never easy–it affects each of us differently. We process it in our way–honor them in a way significant to us. Some folks grieve for a long time and cannot entertain the thought of getting another. Others feel free to move forward. They are almost driven to find another and begin a new journey. Their take is the departing Weim would want nothing less for them.
Most of us want to extend the journey together as long as it is feasibly possible. With insurance knee replacements, hip replacements, and other major surgical procedures are within reach.
How Long Do We Have?
That is a good question. No one can guess. There simply is no guarantee you will get 14 years, or even 11. The only way to approach this risky relationship is to count every day as a special blessing.
From Our Side
If you sat where I sit you would feel what I feel. I read notes from people all the time; ………not always OwyheeStar people. In fact, these are usually not from our clients but people who are seeking and searching for other than what happened to them. They look to avoid whatever health issue took their fur baby away. I am quick to tell them that anything could happen. It scares me when we place a puppy with someone who writes me that they lost their last Weimaraner to a rare form of cancer. I secretly fear that rare cancer could strike again—even many years ago when it had never happened. Honestly, I only remember once it happened –cancer of larynx took a client’s six-year old Weimaraner. She got another from us, but it didn’t replace the first OwyheeStar in her heart.
This concern of someone having an untimely loss is only one of the many stressors in my life—I do care. I think when you adopt a rescue anything can happen. Also, when you bring home a puppy things can happen as well. The risk of loving our beloved Weimaraner is huge but worth it.
From Jamie & Shawn
Rebel just turned two years old. He acts older, in that he’s more laid back and shy around strangers. Some of our guests described him as ‘aloof.’ He is still very much a puppy though. He loves to play and antagonize Rogue who turned three back in February. The pair of them get along so well and are very good for each other.Shawn takes them out for a morning walk of 3-6 miles a day. In the heat of the day, they are happy to stay out of the sun and will laze around underfoot in the shade or cool temps of the house.Rogue loves to swing on the hammock. With me, or with guests, it makes no difference. He can almost manage to get up into the hammock on his own, but for now, he needs a little boost. Both enjoy being around the pool but both hate to get in. We imagine they call the pool “The Big Wet” secretly to themselves and are curious about why the people seem to want to be in it.Rebel has finally grown out of his ‘chew-on-everything’ phase. We’ve been working on a bit of home improvement to correct some of the marking and chewing he did as a puppy. We’re just about finished with new flooring and are looking forward to moving back in. We’ve been feeling a little cramped all piled into one room.We see a lot of Don and Maria who are former customers of yours too.Have a great summer!! Jamie & Shawn
It has been a while since we sent you an update….and it’s not because we haven’t had anything new to share! Life has been extremely busy with travel and starting up a new business. Olli has grown into his role as the #2 distillery dog. The Fed Ex and UPS drivers all know him and always have a treat for him. Unfortunately, now, every time he sees a truck he thinks that it’s one of his friends!!
Focused and Fun Loving
He is an incredibly intense and fun loving dog. Whether it be focused on the rabbits under the deck or paying attention when we are out running, he is 100% committed to what he is doing. He also has an incredibly sweet side to him as well and can be extremely affectionate. But, then, we need to get back to business :). He loves our older dog, Rudi, (much to Rudi’s chagrin) but he is also much more respectful of Rudi and recognizes when he just needs to take a little more time. While Olli needs a firm hand and continuous training, he is still a fun loving Weimaraner. We adore him!!Take care–Mary, and Ralf
In case you are new to the blog or you don’t remember Olli, here are some previous blog posts.
A lot of folks like to revisit the links and to get a feel for a particular pup and their unfolding story. This interest might be even truer when it comes to the Longhairs. We cannot say enough how much we appreciate hearing about Olli’s life and how he fits into their family structure. Clearly, they have a busy life with all that is going on, but at the same time, they are dedicated to their fur children. Isn’t that grand?
I Just wanted to let you know, we are doing great. Dharma is so sweet, and Simian is getting used to the idea that she is staying.
Makes A Two-Weim Family
He is a perfect addition to our home and is fitting in quite well. He’s fetching and going potty outside with almost no accidents in the house 🙂 10/23/2016
We went Christmas tree cutting yesterday and Willie had a blast playing in the snow for his first time. He loves the outdoors, riding in the backhoe with Tony and messing up my newly folded clothes. We are so happy to have him apart of our family and excited for future adventures! 12/05/2016
Happy holidays! ~Brandi
We enjoyed working with you folks. Thank you, for the update on Willie. We are glad he was the perfect fit for your family. We sincerely hope you enjoy your OwyheeStar Blue Baby–Willie.
When your fingers are on a keyboard, and you get the Weimaraner’s help, it might be more of a pause. Maybe they are going to search for a broader topic. Rebel places his paw and reflects on where to go from here.
Some Help Isn’t Really Help
The other evening Stackhouse was next to me, and the iPad was being used. His paw kept typing new things, and we went places I never intended. Isn’t life exciting with the Weimaraner?
Olli Paws Up
I just read your Thanksgiving message and thought I would send a quick note and some pics as your message really resonated with me!!! Olli has such a fun personality and is just the sweetest guy. That is not to say that he isn’t naughty and mischievous….because he is….but he has such a great demeanor that everyone just loves him. Case in point….first put your paws up for some massaging and petting opportunities….
You Need a Hug
And then why not just go in for some snuggling time??? He knows that he is not allowed on the sofa or furniture so he very wisely keeps his hind legs on the ground. We have all sorts of colorful names for him 🙂
We took him to the vet yesterday as he needed some shots and he weighs a solid 68 lbs. He is all muscle and all young boy. Completely healthy and we are looking forward to many fulfilling years ahead with him.
All the best to you, Cliff, and your family this holiday!
There is a growing contingency in America–those who adore the Longhair. At first, we were skeptical as well. We love all things Weimaraner.
As a breeder, adding the Longhairs increases our DNA pool significantly. That is a good thing. Both of the parents must carry the Longhair Marker (or you could say more accurately are affected) to get any Longhair pups in a litter.
This pup is from a mating with Hattee (picture to the right) and Stackhouse. She is a smooth coat carrier, and he is the extraordinary Longhair Stud. The fluffy coat is not as you might expect–it is hard to explain. Those who experience for the first time are often amazed.
A lot of dog breeders will specialize in two breeds. We are all about the Weimaraner; however, we have a couple of opportunities every year to get a Longhair.
Are Your Inner Most Feelings Important?
~What do you say to yourself; how do you address what is happening?
The spoken and unspoken– they are both crucial. Do words, emotions, and feelings affect the outcome of your Weimaraner’s training? Absolutely!
There are different training methods. Each of us has a different skill level and a unique environment. Regardless of any of these facts, nothing will affect your success with the Weimaraner more than your attitude and outlook. Expectations can get us in trouble. When it doesn’t go as planned, it is easy to become disillusioned and frustrated.
Just like speaking ill of yourself, it is not healthy for your relationship–it works the same for you and the pup. If you are excited and do your part, the Weimaraner will respond. It might not be as you pictured it. That is where our expectations get us in trouble. There are a uniqueness and unique quality to each Weimaraner relationship. You have never been down this path before. Comparisons are also a pot hole experience.
What you are feeling inside affects the Weim’s interpretation. To use a couple of idioms — they can read you like a well-plotted novel and play you like a fine-tuned instrument. This concept is hard to grasp. It is hard to control that natural reflex inside us that tightens when things go sideways. We look calm and remain calm on the outside, but that isn’t the whole of it. When they pick up that we are frustrated, disappointed, etc. it colors the big picture. Sometimes we cannot help our self. We might have to use the crate and take a time out. Other times we need to breathe and speak to the situation. The truth is this is a journey. It takes as long as it takes. What you can become together remains to be seen. The unfolding and discovery is a complicated process.