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Well, we finally made it back safe and sound to Minneapolis. Indi was such a trooper on the 25+ hour drive home. Admittedly, she did not want to be in her kennel at all when we got home – we figure that is the same as us not wanting to get into a car again! Nevertheless, we have committed to getting her crate trained and while she has been protesting she eventually calms down and goes to sleep. We are also abiding by the “freedom is earned” motto! Having gone through this 3 years ago with Olli, we know that this is a marathon and not a sprint and there will be setbacks.
Olli and Indi had a good initial meeting. Olli was not that thrilled but at the same time he was curious and wanted to play. Today, they were chasing each other around the yard and playing. Olli loves to be chased and he finally has a sister that will do that!!! We were so happy to get a sneak preview of what this brother/sister duo can be together and we think that it is filled with great promise.Thanks for all of the information, support, and check-ins! As we have never had a female before, we appreciate your insights and advice. From our perspective, we came back to you for a second dog because we trust your program and yours and Cliff‘s commitment to rewarding relationships.All the best and we will be sure to keep you informed of their escapades!Mary and Ralf
Joined her family
~ a few days ago
Thank you guys for the followup emails as we get going with the new pup.This is all great. I got her chip registered this AM and she’s on the DN puppy food you recommend — the online Chewy.com shipping option looks nice for future reference. So thank you.
We also have a Vet appt next week and we’re so thankful for the clearly outlined vaccination protocol you recommend. We’ll work with the vet to get this completed without the unnecessary workups.She’s been a blast so far and kennel training has been a breeze. What a joy to have around!Thank again and we’ll be in touch. -Michael and Michelle
In Perfect Harmony
Today is THE day that we have worked toward and practiced for since we became a team almost 3 years ago!!
Today Shiny and I melded together in perfect harmony to run 7 miles…on leash. No pulling, swerving or stopping to sniff.
In perfect step with each other – even though we were on the well traveled (and breath taking) Glenwood Canyon trail.
It was if he was owning his “job” regardless of bicycles, tourists, and other dogs.
“I am running with my Mom. Don’t bother me.”
And it was Beautiful!!!! ~Julia and Shiny
There are no adequate words to describe our admiration and appreciation. You and Shiny are doing amazing things together. This running with purpose (and in unison) is one more area where we see the fruit of all your consistent labor. We look forward to hearing more about Shiny–maybe next time it will be another bit of Nosework news. Thanks ever so much for this update.
~Dharma and Simian
Dharma loves me so much she gave me a dead bird for my birthday
This photo was taken in our back yard. If you look close, Simian has a rock in his mouth, that is a not so fun game he likes to play. “Mom… DON’T try to take my rocks”. Dharma however will try to take anything she can from him. Another note about this photo, look close at Dharma’s thigh muscles, she is about 25 pounds lighter than Simian, but eats the same amount of food as him. She brings the energy of the Weim to a whole new level she is so fast, muscular, and svelte. We are so happy to have them. Simian is quite mellow, so we have hope that as Dharma gets a little older she will mellow a little. If not, I guess it is good for me, because our walks get longer as the days get longer( good for me to have an exercise partner who is always ready to go)
Simian is an excellent frisbee player, I will try to get you a video. Dharma is getting better, but she often tries to catch the frisbee with her front paws
Well, rocks bring shivers. Mr. Dusty has swallowed a rock two times. The first was nearly the undoing of him–major surgery. I was out of town–in Colorado. I will never forget what I found upon my return home. It took a long time to get him back to his friendly demeanor. He didn’t trust people he didn’t know. The experience left him forever reactive to Veterinary scents. We changed Vets not too long after this incident. Rocks are hard on the teeth also. (OMG) The Weimar antics are fraught with danger it seems.
Dharma is a pocket-rocket type of Weimar. Simian is more mellow than Dharma. We think this scenario makes for a good balance. I am sure she will mellow some; however, there is a good chance she will always have two speeds–on (full speed ahead), and off (momentarily plopped down to regain the zest to go again). I guess you could say she is full of life. The Weimar antics are entertaining if nothing else.
Happy Mother’s Day!!This is our daughter, Bridgit, who is playing with Olli on her college graduation day.
We wanted to share this really cute video of Olli that has made us all laugh. He is such a personality and integral part of our lives. It’s hard to believe that he is almost 3! He has become a bit more cautious with anything “new” but is otherwise the same, happy young guy that won’t ever say no to a hand to pet him :). He brings unending joy, along with quite a stick collection :), and we would not want it any other way.Hope all is well with you and Cliff!Mary
Dear Mary, Thanks for remembering us. It means the world. Oh, Olli looks so happy and settled. His face and this video made us smile and laugh as well. People like you make all worth doing. We are indeed blessed!
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?