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Our Luna

Personality Plus

    and my hunting partner

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As promised we wanted to keep in touch with our pup Luna from Lynnwood, WA. She just passed the 5 month mark and she is doing great. When she runs out her energy she’s so sweet but has lots of personality — which we just love. She’s been well socialized around other dogs and people and loves her daily walks and trips to the dog park.

But what I’m enjoying most of all is her as a bird hunting partner. I had taken it slow with her over the summer: introducing her to guns and quail and big open fields so I didn’t know what to expect when her and I did our first pheasant hunt (DNR planted birds in western WA). But wow was I impressed with her prey drive and stellar nose! And she’s not gun-shy! First, she gets super excited when she knows we’re going out, and for as young as she is, works the fields hard bounding all over the place in grass way over her head. Then when I’ve knocked down a bird in some heavy cover I was nervous we wouldn’t find it to reward her with. But wow was I surprised when she used her nose and tracked it down! – she wasn’t even 5 months yet. She doesn’t point or retrieve yet (obviously) but we’ll work on that next year. I hope to get her into the local NAVDHA club next year too.

So, all in all, we’re doing great and loving life. Hope you enjoy the photos.
All the best,
Mike and Michelle

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to hear from you. It is great to find out that Luna is doing well. Thanks for all the hard work — we realize that pups take work. We truly appreciate you sharing about the field work–she is coming along quite nicely.

We recommend joining the International NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) because to participate in the local chapter you have to join anyhow. There are some nice perks such as their magazine. It is always essential to keep in mind that pups can be no older than sixteen-months for the NAVHDA Natural Ability Hunt Test. It takes some planning and preparation. Typically, you want to enroll in the spring test early to get a slot. So, it is advisable to keep apprised of the scheduling, because slots fill quickly.

Zula Blue retired–she has been such an excellent addition to our breeding program. We kept her as a pup from two of our lineages. It turned out well. Since her retirement, she has joined Marie and Pushkin in Western Oregon. She is affectionately known as Zoo Boo. Maybe you noticed she had been featured on the blog a couple of times.

Say What?!?

Our Boy, Duke

     ~Who Did That?!?FB_IMG_1538060132357

**This turd turned 1 yesterday! We love him so much, but there is this!FB_IMG_1538060112180
He also loves chewing on ginormous logs, rocks, the siding of our house, our deck and our walls. Oh and every. single. dog bed. 🤷🤦 In the life of a Weim! ❤️**
As I knew it would be, it’s been difficult to train him with us and the kids not being consistent with commands, expectations etc. But, he has really changed (better) the last couple months.

At The End of the Day

~This How It Looks

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Breeder Comment

We love these folks–they are dedicated Weimlovers. Nevertheless, we would prefer everyone to avoid this kind of behavioral issue. I am so very glad they shared it though. And, they were kind enough to allow me to make a post that might help someone else avoid having this kind of situation.

I can only guess what lead to this–but the best way to avoid having this type of situation is to follow through with constant supervision at the early stages. If you are not watching them, all kinds of bad things can and do happen. Duke is not the first, nor will he be the last Weim to much on the sheetrock. The exterior siding, flower pots, carpeting, dog beds, wood posts, and just about anything they can get their lips on is a target.

The trick to avoiding it is not to let the behavior start. The crate-training is essential. It only takes a moment for the Weimaraner to get into trouble. My mantra is freedom is earned. Just remember that habits (good and bad) are quickly ingrained, and then nearly impossible to change in the concrete-thinking Weimaraner.

Also, you have to consider the separation anxiety factor. People often spend 24 X 7 with their Weimaraner puppy and think they are doing a fabulous thing. Then, they leave for an hour to run to the grocery and come home to something like this or worse. It is the same for the yard–you cannot just leave a Weimaraner home in the yard–that is unless they have become adapted to that situation. So, that brings me to the point, even once they have earned a measure of freedom, it is essential that they also learn to be somewhat flexible. It is a lot better when they learn how to adapt to schedule changes–or being left behind when necessary.

Finally, can I mentioned that Dusty, back in the day, ate a $2,000 rock. Another time it was an $ 800 rock. One required major surgery, the other not. Rocks are hard on the teeth, and if ingested, they pose a life-threatening issue. Yes, the Weimaraner is not for the weak of heart. Even people who have the best intentions can get into trouble.

One Year

Duke

  ~The Innocent or maybe not so much

FB_IMG_1538060106337This turd turned 1 September 26! He loves going for walks, camping, playing in the water, chasing the kids around the yard and sleeping on the couch.
FB_IMG_1538060118783It took quite a while for our other dogs to stop being grumpy with Duke, but for probably the last 6 months, they’ve stopped growling at him and they often play together.
Duke is a talker, he doesn’t bark excessively, but he definitely likes to voice his opinion! You can tell when he’s trying to get Laverne or Shirley to play with him, it’s a whiny bark.
We got him fixed at about 10 months and he did really well. I tried to keep him rested and not let him run around too much, but he really wasn’t having any of that! He loves to be outside!

He’s going to be doing some hunting this year. This weekend my husband is taking our son and Duke out, it’s open for duck, kids only weekend.

Breeder Comment

Happy Belated Birthday Duke. We are glad you have found your place in the family. It is so great to see these cute photos and to learn more about your life. Watch for the next part to this update soon.
If you live in the Treasure Valley can we recommend you consider Duke’s Mama for your next cake? Seriously, her treats are beyond delectable as well as stunning. She has a gift! A flare for making the icing into something spectacular. I am constantly amazed at her work. Please check her out on Facebook–click here.

Not Peas in a Pod

Our Yahoo Dogs

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We love animals–that includes dogs. Here is a little bit about our two yahoo dogs.

Bodhi and Murray are as different as night and day.

Bodhi is our gentle, quiet therapy dog.  I got him as a puppy for my husband who was having health issues at the time.  He spent every day keeping my husband company while he recuperated.  When Bodhi is in the house we sometimes forget he is there, he goes to a quiet corner and lays down and you never hear from him unless he needs to go out or you open the refrigerator.  In fact, we have gone looking for him outside only to come back in and find him still sleeping in his corner.
Murray, on the other hand, is a ball of fire and is always on the go.  Murray loves to hunt, dig gophers get muddy, filthy dirty, jump in the water and roll in the pasture.  He is always on guard for anything out of the norm around our place.  He is Mr. personality and is so stinking smart.  It is so funny to watch them together, they will be standing in the barnyard, turn to look at each other and it is as if they read each other’s mind saying “Gophers!!!!!” then they race off to dig up gophers.
They both enjoy working with us doing our daily chores, irrigating the pastures, feeding and watering the chickens, digging ditches, building a fence, cutting the lawn or standing guard in the pasture.    They are excellent guard dogs and wary of strangers coming onto our property.  I have no doubts that if someone tried to harm us these guys would make sure we were safe.
I have had Weimaraners for over 30 years and they all have different personalities and quirks.  Weimaraners are my choice of breed and I love them all.  Bodhi and Murray are my first long hairs, for me, they are quite different from the short hair weims I have had in the past, but they are still weims.  They love to be with their people and are hurt when they can’t be with you every second.

Rebecca

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to share our love of the breed with you. We truly appreciate your update, Rebecca. The photos of Jerry and the two are a treasure. Thank you to the both of you for giving them such an excellent life.

About the Second Longhair

Murray

    ~Our Mud Boy

Murray loves to hunt, dig gophers get muddy, filthy dirty, jump in the water and roll in the pasture.  He is always on guard for anything out of the norm around our place.  He is Mr. personality and is so stinking smart.

When digging up gophers he will rip chunks of soil up and end up with a mouthful of dirt.

Crazy dog, good thing he doesn’t live in LA

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for sharing about Murray and his affiliation with mud. He comes by it honestly, Stackhouse can be going along at a good pace; however, should he come upon a mud puddle flopping in it is essential.

For those who don’t remember Murray, he lives near Baker, Oregon. He has several fur family members who reside and work the ranch with him. The list includes another OwyheeStar Longhair Bodhi. Watch for the lengthy detailed report (coming soon) featuring the two Longhairs who live the excellent ranch life with Rebecca and Jerry.

It’s Me

Bella Blue

    ~Says, “Woof!”

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Can you see me? It’s me Bella Blue, but my mom mostly calls me Boo. I’m busy lizard hunting this morning! I have to wear a reflective collar at night so my mom can find me in the dark! IMG_0850Squirrel and lizard hunting is hard, so you’ll find me on the couch in the evening. I’m 3 yrs old now and loving life!

Take care,

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Breeder Comment

Thanks ever so much ‘Boo’! What a fabulous Call-Name. We used to have a kitty named ‘Boo-boo’–that is a bit silly, isn’t it?

I can see you have important work–entertaining the humans and keeping the yard safe. Everyone needs a job–whether it is traditional or made up–like mine. Haha, Cliff and I are happy to hear you are doing well, much-loved, and tending to business.

Home

With Indi

Loeffelholz Indi1Well, 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.

Meeting Olli

Loeffelholz Indi2Olli 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

Breeder Comment

Thanks for keeping us in the loop for the journey–a lengthy one for sure. Olli probably is not totally amused you were gone. Then, you came home with Indi. (OMG) Of course, by now things are probably vastly different. Soon, he will forget his less than thrilled response. They will be the best of friends.

Luna

Joined her family 

    ~ a few days ago

 

Dapp's Luna3Thank 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

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Michael and Michelle, for the lovely update. We appreciate the photos and your comments. We are glad this could work out for your summer schedule. Who knew? We didn’t until it just happened. (Haha). We cannot be more delighted that you love her and that you are enjoying the experience.

Together

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

Breeder Comment

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.

Life with Our

Two Weims

     ~Dharma and Simian

32787129_10216017789744619_2339904109915668480_nDharma 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

Breeder Comment

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.