Category Archives: Children and Weims
Colby Finds Comfort
I don’t really send much on Colby these days. But I wanted to take a moment to share a couple photos I snapped of our youngest with him the other day.
It’s been a little rough for Colby with the passing of our older dog, Sable. It hit him worse than anyone, since the rest of us were prepared for this to happen. We’ve been giving him lots of loving and he is milking it pretty well. Case in point: letting him on the bed with the baby.He doesn’t know of to be cognicent when she is laying around and stepping on her is a possibility I’d rather avoid. When he came up to attempt a nap, I charged him a few photos. He grumped off shortly after he realized no nap would be happening here.The weim grieves loss just like we do. But a little love can help to mend a broken heart.
I think Weimaraners, just as humans, process loss in different ways. Some seem to go on with life and adjust quickly. Others suffer intensely.
It never ceases to amaze me how most Weims adapt to life changes. I truly believe much of this is due to their inclusion in the family. When some add a baby, they forget that the Weimaraner was the center of the universe before the baby arrived. Others include the fur-family members without expecting them to be relegated to the background.
Many times a pup who comes into a family with children will be fueled by the energy of the toddler and younguns running around. Unwanted puppy nipping and also jumping up are typically the issue. It can be challenging. In the same family, if there is a baby, it may well never be a problem. The Weimaraner often are more careful and found to cuddle in with the baby. I used to have a photo of a baby sleeping on the Weimaraner. The family said it calmed the baby. Our relationships are complicated and amazingly unique.
Our Family Has Grown
It’s been a while, so we thought we’d give you an update. Breezy is doing well! She’ll be 7 in December and she is still going strong. A couple years ago, Sara and I adopted 3 little girls (sisters) bringing our pack to 5 (6 with Breezy). We were concerned that there might be issues with Breezy when bringing the girls (ages 2,3,5 at the time) into our home, but those were short-lived. The girls LOVE Breezy and they all get along great. Setting a few boundaries (no touching Breezy when she’s on her bed) and helping the girls understand Breezy’s body language and style of play has helped keep the pack happy. Breezy is gentle and patient with the girls. Lots of fetching, playing chase, and the occasional attempt to dress-up has kept Breezy entertained these past 2 years.
I read on your blog that Storm passed. Sorry to hear. 13 years?! She was no doubt and impressive girl! I wonder all the ways Breezy may be similar.
All the best to you and Cliff as the holidays approach. We’re grateful for all the careful attention and hard work you put into your profession.
We are thrilled to hear news of Breezy. Thank you, for thinking of us. Yes, we said goodbye to Storm. We had many adventures. She had her fair share of quirks, but she brought us a lot of joy. She made a lot of dreams possible.
We have offspring that will carry her DNA into the future. Of course, none will replace her. Each time I think of her it is a bitter-sweet thought. You cannot love the Weimaraner without eventually suffering the loss.
We purchased Sterling from you in 2004. I believe he was born in early 2004. He’s been an absolutely amazing companion and family member. Our two girls who are 8 & 10 grew up with him as their big brother, and what a good big brother he has always been.
Still Going Strong
He’s in good health, and still very energetic. We recently had to put our dog Gracie to sleep, and have been thinking about bringing another Weim into our family.
We are delighted to receive news of Sterling–and thank you, for including a photo. Of course, we would love to work with you again. For everyone considering this same thing, here are a few considerations.
- Even repeat clients must fill out the application. This fresh information is needed to provide us with a clear understanding of your current lifestyle.
- There is a small fee to lock in a place on the Wait List.
- Yes, we typically have a waiting list.
- Predicting the time we will get the puppy for you can be difficult, if not impossible. Although we realize everyone wants to plan and speculate, there are too many factors out of our control.
- There is always the unknown; a mating may not produce a litter.
- How many pups will be born?
- The sex of the pups.
- In some cases, we cannot know the coat color or the coat length.
- The Wait List folks also have priority in the order they are on the list but keep in mind people change their mind along the way about a lot of things–timing, color, sex, etc.
- We do not do picks. Our matches are based on the information you provide, and the finding gleaned from our Discovery and Placement Test process.
- The Discovery and Placement findings effect the availability.
- We always consider the pup’s best interest first. Nevertheless, this is in everyone’s best interest.
- The importance of locking in a place on the Wait List cannot be understated.
- We use this list to plan future litters.
- Priority is based on your place on the list.
- We adhere to the order even when no one is looking.
- Plan to wait for an average of six-months. On occasion, there is no wait at all. Other times, depending on your preferences the wait might even be longer.
Rylee is growing so fast it is unbelievable. She is so much fun and is getting busier by the day with her endless energy. We just love her being a part of our family!!
It was a Great Family Outing
The photos are from Rylee’s first vacation with us. We didn’t take her out for walks for the first 8 weeks to ensure she was safe from the Parvo concerns. We limited most of her activity to the backyard and immediate front yard. When we got her in the car for our trip she just fell asleep like a little baby for the 5-hour car ride. When she got to the beach it was fun to get her some running room, digging areas, exposure to some water, bird chasing and just other people/activity. She seemed like a well-trained show dog at times but then we all just laugh since we know her energy spurts are just around the corner.
We thank you for taking the best possible care to raise Rylee in a safe environment. We appreciate you, and your daughter, for flying into Boise and carrying her home on the plane too! We were happy to meet you at the airport. As you have discovered, the adjustment period is important.
The experience got you off to a great start. It was also a very memorable moment for you and your daughter (as well as for us). We hope things continue to go well, and we look forward to hearing from you in the years to come.
This would be a good time to mention that Rylee’s Mama is a Silver Gray Longhair. All of her pups were tradition smooth coats. This is because the sire of the litter (Blue) didn’t carry the Longhair DNA Marker (aka the fluffy coat marker). Had he of carried the marker 50% or more could have been affected –been Longhairs. For some folks, this is a troubling issue. Others understand the depth of the gene pool this brings as well as some other varied benefits. The photo below is of the younger Dixie–at about one year old.
Tango Gets It Done!
I thought that I would send you a note. Tango is just the best dog we could have ever hoped for. Great family dog, great with kids, our cats, other dogs….
I have not spent as much time training him for hunting as I had hoped. We were just out last weekend for the guys “Cast & Blast” weekend hunting Chucker and Bass fishing down on the Snake River. This weekend is challenging for him. We hunt with other people, multiple people shooting, multiple birds down….Plus it is on the steep rocky slopes of the Snake River Canyon. Two long days hunting, and he was the only dog with us…. We got about 40 birds for the weekend, ~30 Tango found and retrieved, probably 15 would not have been found without him… He has gotten better every year. 🙂 (He doesn’t understand why we fish when there are more birds to get.) Here is a picture of the boys with Tango and some of the birds… He is a little camera shy. 🙂 (Really he doesn’t want to stand near the birds that are put on the ground, he isn’t allowed to pick them up a second time.) I do follow your website from time to time, and always love to hear your advice and comments. Sorry for not keeping in touch more often.
Thanks again for all you do.
Andy & Tango
Progress and Improvement
We have both Luke and Cador in training these days. Luke is back to a healthy weight and his coat and ears have totally cleared up. He’s no longer in his crate and has been great with Lilly and Cador. He barks a lot, but we have been working on that and have seen some improvement.
The Young Longhair
Cador is getting big! His coat is beautiful and he’s been a pretty good boy (other than annoying Luke whenever he can). He will reliably sit, lie down, and come. His retrieve is great. Working on his leash skills now.
We took both to the Applegate River last month and are taking them to the coast next week.
These angels not only recently brought home Cador (a Blue Longhair) but they adopted Luke. He has been here for quite some time. His family got into a situation that left them no choice but to return him to us. Thankfully that doesn’t happen often. This return scenario was not an ordinary case–this senior couple was saddened beyond words not to be able to get him back. So, he has found a family and home. Everyone is happy for Luke.
Yikes! 5th Grade
Emma & Ella started 5th grade today, and Lulu Jo is not impressed. I did not cry as they flew out of the house so excited to start their new year, oh how they love school 🙂
I thought you might enjoy seeing Lulu Jo! She loves taking her sisters to school but she really likes it when we pick them up! She is such a wonderful addition to our family. We are so thankful to you and Cliff for bringing Lulu Jo into our lives 🙂
We appreciate you sharing the photos that included LuLu. We still remember when you contacted us and the only pup we had available was the Blue Longhair. I said, “I don’t believe you will ever be sorry.” Here we are down the road quite a few years. Thank you so much for making her an integral part of your family. BTW–cuteness runs in the family!
We have started taking Darcy to the dog parks and she loves it! She loves meeting new dogs and new people, including kids, and she gets along really well with all of them. We have taken her to lakes and rivers on several occasions, and she seems to like the water. However, she does NOT like the cold, so we have to ease her into the water sometimes. She is great at swimming.
Crate training has been great for us, and we couldn’t survive without the crate. She sleeps in it, and goes in it whenever we have to leave her at home. She is comfortable and happy in there, and knows it’s a safe place. House training has gone well, too, and we know both of these things are thanks to you guys setting her up for success at an early age. Thanks for that!! 🙂
She has the potential to be a great hunting dog! She loves birds, (including our chickens…uh-oh!) and goes on point all the time. She loves to be out in the fields, jumping birds and smelling everything. One thing she is currently struggling with is walking on the leash. She pulls and pulls and chokes herself the whole time we are walking her. She seems to be doing a little better, but we’re looking into some other collars that are supposed to help her along, so we’ll let you know how that goes. I am anxious for her to get the loose lead so she can go running with me when she’s old enough. I’ve taken her a few times (just for a few minutes) and she bites at my legs, or runs in front of me and trips me.
We love our sweet Darcy and are very grateful for her in our family. Thank you guys for everything you have done, and continue to do to help make this puppy-raising time easier and happier. We’d be lost without all the great info on your website and blog.
-Braydon, Julie, and kids (and Darcy)
Part One was published yesterday. Click Here to read it!
We just wanted to update you on our sweet Miss Darcy. Sorry it’s taken a while! She is now 4 months old. We love that she bonded to us so quickly. She loves us, and we love her, too! She is a huge snuggler, which we love. She also loves to run and play chase games with the kids, and to retrieve….sometimes. Darcy has so much attitude and personality, and she is very independent. She definitely has the attitude of “what’s in it for me?” when it comes to training, or obeying simple commands (like “come”). She is definitely not an easy dog to train, but we love her anyway. In fact, that personality of hers is actually one of the things that we love most about her. 🙂
For a while there, we were getting a little worried about the biting. She was constantly biting everyone! Some of her biting was playing, some was because of the need to chew (puppy teething), and some of it was her trying to play dominant, especially to the kids (ages 2, 6, and 7). Our poor kids’ arms, legs, and clothes constantly looked like they had been mauled by wild animals. We read and researched everything we could find about puppy biting, and tried a lot of things. In the end, the only thing that worked for us, was saying “no” every time she bit and redirecting her biting to an appropriate toy (we told the kids to carry something in their hands every time they played with her, so when she went to bite them, they could shove the toy in her mouth instead). If she was getting especially bitey, we would remove her from us for a few minutes so she could settle down. As weeks went by, it didn’t seem to be getting any better, though, and we got a little worried that she would never outgrow it. Then one day, it just seemed to click for her. She realized that she liked to play with us, so she was willing to stop biting so we would play with her. She still needs reminders once in a while not to bite, but it is so much better. The kids now love playing with her, and they have learned what things she likes doing. It’s fun to see them getting along so well. Their favorite thing to play with her is chasing (they chase her, or she chases them), and the “stay” game. They get a piece of her kibble, and tell her to sit and stay, then they back away, all the way across our backyard, and finally say, “Ok, come and get it!” and she runs to them.
Watch for Part Two!
It has been said that a biting Weimaraner puppy is one that rarely becomes an adult biter. Of course, that implies that the shark-biting ways were handled well as a pup–curbed. What this means is the fear-biting Weimaraner is hard to teach not to bite whereas the natural snapping by the puppy can be managed–taught it is unacceptable. In the end, they learn not to do that.
Success just often requires endurance and follow through to achieve. You want the pup to want to please you–this is key to reaching a lot of your Weimaraner goals anyhow. Everyone’s household, skill level, and style are a bit different. Each pup is unique. There are basics. The things that should work across the board, but you have to find your way with each Weimaraner pup you raise. This truth applies even to the most dog savvy person. You just cannot repeat the process in a step for step manner. Just as each child is different, so are every Weimaraner. Then too, you are never at the same place in your life either.