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The Depth of it All
~ 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.
Speak For Yourself!
Rebel sports a large set of antlers. Soon after this indignant pose, he got over it. Maybe you have felt the same sometime this holiday. We hope not. Exhaustion is one thing. Bah Humbug! Well, that is quite another thing. One to be avoided in our way of thinking. No Weimaraner wants to be where Christmas is not a thing. In fact, they like to think there will be a bit of Christmas spirit every day of their life.
Sometimes we comply with things we don’t wish to do to make it special for someone else. The Weimaraner does this too! Do you wonder if they have an ulterior motive? Of course, they do! Not only do they love us unconditionally, but they also comply with some pretty absurd requests. How how they delight us. The bring laughter. Joy surrounds us more often than not. Mischief and shenanigans of every sort envelope us from time to time. Some we could not have imagined. Did we ever mention this breed is not for everyone? Truthfully, there is a big of puppy in the adult Weim.
Thank You To Our Weimaraners!
Merry Christmas Too!
Here is one more look at Charlie Mae’s Annual hairdo. Who won’t smile seeing this sweet Christmas Tree Look? Maybe Miss Charlie Mae, who appears to be saying, “Are we done yet?”
Who Doesn’t Love Peanut Butter?
It would be complex to answer to the above-posed question in detail; however, here are a couple of significant comments. People who are violently allergic to peanut butter would need to avoid the use of peanut butter. Such a person cannot keep the product in the household. To interact with Simian after his peanut butter eating feast, would not be a good thing for them. Nevertheless, countless Weimlovers share the peanut butter with the fur family member. There are some Weims who do not like peanut butter. I know–that is a shocking bit of information. Cream cheese is another option if peanut butter is out of the question.