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Griffey

At One Week
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Griffey is doing absolutely fantastic and fitting into our family perfectly.

Commands: He is very good with the “sit”, “fetch”, and the “here” commands. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to him. A couple 10-15 minutes sessions the first week did the trick. We are still working on “drop it” and “stay” but I am sure he will get it as we are more consistent with him. He loves his bird toys and tennis ball.

Eating: He eats like a champ. We make him sit before we allow him to his bowl and he is now used to that and eating in one sitting (generally 2-5 minutes).
Potty training: He is a dream when it comes to potty training. Because I work from home I am able to keep him consistent and he has only had 3 accidents in the house (all of them being my fault). We never punish him for this as it’s not his fault at all. When we do take him out he immediately eliminates. I generally kennel him a few hours a day while working and we always use the backyard afterwards.
His brother Nordy (the cat): They still are warming up to each other but Nordy has made huge progress. Nordy will lay in the middle of the living room while we love on Griffey. He sits up on top of the couch and watches Griffey. Nordy is patient with Griffey when he paws at and nips at Nordy. I am optimistic they will be great friends very soon.
Crate training: The first few nights were rough, but that is to be expected. The last couple nights have been great where he sleeps from 9:30ish – 5:00 or 6:00 when we normally get up. We have slowly moved his crate back to the far corner of our room (where he will remain).
Leash: He is getting more comfortable on the leash. We leave his lead on a couple times a day to get him use to the tension and we walk him around the house and yard when he eliminates so he is used to that as well.
 
Quirks: A couple of the funnier things that he does are…
  • He loves to put bark in his mouth (our backyard has bark in it), which we obviously disallow and don’t want him swallowing.
  • When he sleeps hard he rolls over on his back with all four paws extended out and sometimes snores which we think is adorable.
  • He likes to play hide and seek under the bed (which we tried to keep him from but the cat goes under there and I think he wants to play).
Griffey truly has stolen our hearts and we cannot wait to give more time and love to him to make him the best dog we can. Thank you very much for breeding amazing family members and all the hard work that goes into delivering amazing dogs to your clients.

                                                                        Alex & Morgan

P.S. I will be going down to Roseburg next week for work and plan on bringing a couple of my sheds home so he can start smelling and touching them in hopes we can get him out (after shots) to find more for us.

Breeder Comment

We couldn’t be more thrilled to hear of your quick success. Getting off to the right start is vital. Thanks for the additional follow up. Everyone will love to ready about your Griffey.

Weim Crimes

Is A Thing

haffeys-goldee-prima-donnaThe Modeling Mogul Prima Donna (Goldee) has her moments. She loves the camera for the most part. Unless it were to interrupt a search for vermin that might gross out some who adore her. She has been known to nab a mouse or gopher. Recently, the turkey leg search was captured on video. Seriously, poultry is dangerous once it is cooked. They can eat the entire live bird with no ill effect. Cooked bones are another matter. Thank goodness this was more a search than a find.

 

We are honestly not sure what this says about the humans who love their Weimaraner. haffeys-goldee

Best Dog Ever

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…. tango-boys

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.

Best regards,

Andy & Tango

Houston, we have a problem

Not A Party Problem

The Weimie party was fabulous as always. We had a wonderful time and we got to meet Francie and Maddie. That little Francee is adorable.

haffeys-goldee-prima-donnaGoldee was in rockstar-form when we arrived. Poised and beautiful.

Halo Issue

However, I’m afraid Goldee’s halo has fallen and is now severely tarnished.

Haffey's Goldee Gopher.jpegYes, the little girlfriend dug a 10 ft trail chasing a gopher down.

Holly was somewhere on the other side of mortified and terrified. It probably didn’t help that many of the weim moms stood there holding our sides from laughter and in between the howls of laughter I was taking photos the whole time.

That is quite the little huntress you built.

Buck’s mom Beth was the hero as she tried to pry the little bugger out of Goldee’s mouth. Apparently “drop it” only applies to tennis balls and not true treasures like gophers.

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George

My Newest Hunting Partner

          ~ Developing Field Skills

Hi guys, I just wanted to check in and give an update on George from Stackhouse and Mesquite. He’s doing great, he’s a sweet well-behaved dog. He’s growing fast. This past few days I took him out on his first hunts, for sooty and dusky grouse. Day one he followed the older dog studiously and by the day he located my last downed bird (didn’t retrieve it yet, just found t and growled at it, but a good start).  By the second day, he was pointing tweety birds and to my amazement located this enormous dusky in his own in a beautiful, low, Weimaraner point. He held steady until the beagle came in and flushed it, and the beagle took it out of the air and I didn’t even need to shoot. Needless to say, I’m proud of my dogs. ~ Richard

Breeder Comment

 

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George’s Early Beginning

We make no apology for the reference to hunting. The Weimaraner is a Versatile Hunting Dog–used to assist with the upland game, waterfowl, and small game. To some, this is unthinkable. Nevertheless, we best not forget that this is first and foremost a hunting dog. Secondly, these folks are not hunting for the joy of the kill–our hunters eat their take. Responsible hunters and fishermen are those that consider the environment. This harvesting in moderation is a long tradition that benefits all –many folks away from this lifestyle do not understand it. That being said, we live in America and freedom has come at a high cost. Live and let live is our way. Your pet city Weimaraner may retrieve a small critter one day. They will believe they have brought you a great treasure.

 

Toes and Nose

Happy Independence Weekend

Haffey's Maverick

 

Be Like Maverick

Navigate the day with grace, skill, and style. Keep your nose in the game and stay on the tips of your toes. Have a beautiful Sunday!

Beginnings

George is Adjusting

June 11, 2016

Everything is going well.

George seems totally housebroken, the older dog is starting to tolerate him a little more and he’s adjusting happily to the house. He’s eating 3-5 cups a day ravenously and I can see him getting bigger by the day.

The Desire to Please

Looking forward to a couple weeks when he had enough stamina for some outings besides short walks. He’s also showing intense interest in leftover quail and ring-neck deaths I had in the freezer. He’s a sweet mellow dog and you were right- he shows real interest in trying to understand what I want him to do. I think he’s probably smart anyway but this motivation is really what’s making him so easy to train so far.

Breeder Comments

Cliff and I are happy to hear that George is adjusting and settling into your family–as well as the household routine. It is good that you have some birds to use between now and hunting season. He has an excellent nose and keeping the interest forefront is a good idea.

Gulping of Food

Gobble StopperWe believe it is in the best interest of the Weimaraner to encourage them to eat slower. Gulping their food can soon be a habit, and many believe this can lead to an episode of bloat.
Fun Feeder

The puppy stage is the time to implement measures that thwart gulping food. Many people have found the special bowls that require a pup to eat slower beneficial. Check out the bowl choices–click here! There are several styles (these are often called the slo-bowl), and people have written to us about having success using several variations. We feel it is worth checking out and considering.

Lifesaver

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Molly and Jim

Jim and Molly at 6 Months

jim-molly-at-6-months_1262We would not have guessed the role Molly would have played in Jim’s life. From the beginning, it was a different one than was planned. Honestly, we had our concerns about Jim’s request for a high-spirited Weimaraner. Who can rain on a man’s dream? A retired senior training their first Weimaraner is something that is more than a bit concerning. Old skin tends to be thin and a scratch can lead to problems. These folks can look like they are in an abusive relationship–getting hooked on the shark baby’s teeth as we call them or catching a toenail is never a good thing.

Despite our concerns for Jim and whether he could keep up with the Weimaraner, they soon proved to us they could do it. Not long after Jim took Molly home he had a stroke. It was then that Molly began her career as Jim’s personal therapy dog. Many years later she is still keeping him alive. We received this note yesterday. Here in Jim’s words, he describes a recent life-saving act by the amazing Molly.

Hi Shela n Cliff,
It has been a long time since I last wrote to you. Molly has evolved into a loving companion and my best friend. But sometimes she is a bundle of energy. On Sunday February  21, 2116,  she was bounding at her normal speed of “hell bent for leather”. When she got to the bed n jumped up to receive her morning kisses n hugs from me. She freaked out, I was not responding to her usual wake up. By licking my face, or by her pushing me around on the bed. She then started to HOWL N CRY. Tim came into the bedroom to find out, what all the commotion was about. According to Tim, he could not rouse me either. He said that he tried to call my name n shake me to get me up. But he had no luck either. So he called the paramedics. They arrived at the house about 5-10 minutes later, or so Tim tells me. They also  tried to rouse me, but no luck either. They then tested my blood sugars and found them at a very dangerous level. My blood sugar level was at a LOW of 20. Which meant that I was very close to death, as anyone with diabetes could be. Maybe, I was dead n they brought me back to life. I don’t really know.  When I came awake with 5 five paramedics around me, with a flask of glucose going into my arm. They were preparing me to go to the hospital. They then started to ask me questions about where I was. What city did I live in. And where I was. When I got to the hospital the Drs. n nurses all said I was very lucky to be alive. They have only seen a few people that were alive, with the level of sugars like mine. I spent the next two days in the hospital, trying to get the sugars to remain at a normal level. They would go up n crash down until they reached a safe level.
I OWE MY LIFE TO MOLLY. I thank Molly and God for saving my life. She gets more kisses n hugs from me then before.
Since then I test my sugar level when I go to bed and if I wake up around 3 AM, I retest my sugars. I am so afraid that I will experience
that event again. When Molly is around me when I test. I have to tell her that I am alright. If I fail to tell her she starts to bark at me. As if she
was telling me to test again and to tell her.
I know that I have told you before how great Molly is n that I thank you again.
Jim (Central Oregon)

Thank You, Molly

The amazing Molly continues her work on a daily basis. She is a self-taught therapy dog.

Got Nose?

Ribbons Earned

~ Can We Get A Hurrah for Skye?

UKC Nosework NoviceJean and Skye

     ~report results from Sunday, April 3, 2016

We did it-Received our first leg in UKC Novice Nosework, passed all 4 elements in one day!! Proud of you Skye-your the best!!

 

History Of The UKC Nosework Program


The Nosework program is modeled after working detection dogs. While working as a team with their handler, the Nosework program allows any breed and type of dog to respond to specific target odors by using their natural olfactory abilities. The specific target odors are placed in a variety of environments from containers on the floor to vehicles and much more! 

UKC sends a heartfelt “thank you” to Karen Shivers and Andrew Ramsey for their dedication to the sport of dogs and promotion of Nosework. Mr. Ramsey was the originator of this style of Nosework. Together, with their insights and contributions regarding the concept of Nosework, the recognition of this program by the United Kennel Club became a reality!

Breeder’s Comment

The UKC (United Kennel Club) is the choice of many owner-handlers. There are many options for competing. There are all levels of competition–Skye earned the Novice level in her Nosework; however, she was able to achieve this in one day. The first day of her competition was a wash when she was disqualified. The second day netted her the desired results. We all have good and bad days.

Click Here to see events happening in April; click here to see what is planned for May. You might consider visiting an event and learning more of what to expect. There are many more events and options, and they appear to be almost everywhere — some places more often than others.

About Skye

Helping with ChoresSkye didn’t just come to this event and win these ribbons. Jean has put a lot of work into her; at times, Miss Skye was referred to a Psycho or Skyco, etc. You get the picture. She has her quirks and along the path to here (during one of those transition periods) she got spooked. Jean got her beyond that, and she has netted these ribbons as well as earned a Rally Novice Title. If only for the fun of it, you might want to get involved. You never know what might come of your adventure.

The more you do together the better. A Weim adjusted Weimaraner requires you to dig deep and grow along with them.