Category Archives: Cats and the Weimaraner
Some Friends You Choose
~Others Select You
Dear Ellie, I see your kitty is still stalking you—or more aptly getting in your space in your previous report ( click here to see Ellie and her kitty in an earlier OwyheeStar Blog).
It is hard to imagine how life could be more to your liking even though you share your space. The furniture looks comfortable, the blankets cozy. We know the stove will soon be lite to keep you toasty warm. What more could a girl want?
Happy New Year
Hope all is well in your neck of the OwyheeStar world! Just wanted to touch base as I try to do every year around Maggie’s birthday. Love the fall photo of her playing in the leaves (at the top here).
Things got a bit hectic during that time, so now I will take some time to send some of our “Best of Maggie” photos from 2016. Maggie and our cat Smokie are now the best of buds. They even cuddle up together to sleep-and Smokie even crawls into Maggie’s crate with her.
She loves playing catch with anything you toss her way-including snowballs. Finally, Maggie loves her Christmas sweater. She even goes so far as to bring it to you when she wants to wear it! She continues to fill our lives with so much love and laughter.
Love, From The Family of Maggie
Thank you, for making it a priority to get us news regarding Maggie. It would be impossible to say what made us smile more. We love all the photos; however, possibly the one of her and Smokie is our favorite. You captured her smiling–that is adorable.
A Boy and his Weim
Foster is so smitten with Diesel! Foster wants to be Diesel’ s world!
I am just so excited for Foster and so pleased with Duke’s reaction-he is a good boy 🐾❤🐾
Duke is the original OwyheeStar (a Blue Weimaraner) that has been a part of the family since Foster was young. He has done everything –hunted, slept with, and hung out with Foster for a goodly number of years. It was a concern bringing home a new baby; however, Sheila reports that Duke is doing well. Last night they both slept with Foster.
Is The Weimaraner Right for You?
~ Part Two
Finding the right breed is primary to adding a dog to your home. People often seek us out to try to discover an answer. As with any topic, the Internet is flooded with bits of information (and varied opinions). There is a Weim Quiz by this title. Numerous writers, owners, and bloggers have written about the Weimaraner. They have expounded on its attributes and cautioned about diving head-long into Weim ownership. There is no doubt this breed is not for everyone.
While determining if the Weimaraner is the correct breed and choice for your lifestyle, please consider the following information copied directly from the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA)
Is The Weimaraner Right For You?
The Weimaraner Standard describes the breed temperament as friendly, fearless, alert, and obedient, but this is but the half of its personality. Assertive, bold, loyal, and headstrong also fit, giving the dog a loving attitude with a willingness to take the upper paw in the family if the opportunity presents itself. Housebreaking can be a problem, as can destructive chewing.
Like most large hunting breeds, the Weimaraner needs lots of exercise and must be kept in a fenced yard to prevent him from ranging in search of game. Because he was developed as a hunting dog and still maintains those instincts, he may be dangerous to birds and small mammals. Unlike many hunting breeds, however, the Weimaraner is a house dog and does poorly when confined to a kennel.
This is a breed that needs obedience training to control his rambunctious nature. Owners should have a crate for the new puppy for help in house-training and to protect furniture and woodwork from puppy teeth when the little rascal cannot be watched. Puppy classes or control exercises at home are essential for the Weimaraner the moment he enters the family. He must be taught all members of the family are to be obeyed. Training methods must be gentle and firm, for harsh treatment will sour his attitude.
1. Weimaraners are very energetic animals…they are bred to hunt all day with their master. Changing this behavior changes the essential Weim. If you can not deal with this behavior, you should look at other breeds less rambunctious!
2. Weims are not soft mouthed like a Golden Retriever or Irish Setter. They are still the game hunter and some Weims have a low tolerance for small fur bearing animals including cats and small dogs. Changing this behavior again changes the basic temperament of the dog.
3. Weims can bark and if you are away from them too much and they are left to themselves, Weimaraners are like any other lonely dog, they will bark incessantly and develop bad habits or try escaping their surroundings.
4. Although Weimaraners are hunting dogs, they do not like living outdoors. They require your attention. They are the true, loyal, hunting companions in every respect, needing your friendship. Chaining a Weim outside will not work!
5. Inspite of the folklore and myth surrounding the breed, the Weimaraner is not a wonder dog. Given the opportunity, he will still steal the pot roast off the dining room table when no one is looking!
This may seem like a lot of work, but a good owner/dog relationship could last around fifteen years. Longer than some marriages! The time and effort put into finding a dog that suits your needs and personality, whether it a Weimaraner or some other breed, will provide a rewarding experience for both of you over the life of the dog.
The Weimaraner is all of what you just read and more. Caution is in order. If you feel you cannot embrace any part of the breed, and are entertaining thoughts of changing the breed’s tendency–please (for your sake and the pups) make a different choice. It is not fair to the Weimaraner, and the likelihood of failure dramatically increases.
*Achieving the photo with your Weimaraner sitting Christmas Tree poised with your kitty is not always going to happen. Getting to this point takes time, patience, and more than a little savvy.
Please watch for Part Three–coming soon!