Former Dog Atheist

Gibson Changed Me

20227140_10159237879455434_996088219_nGibson is my first dog. I grew up afraid of them and never thought I’d want one in a million years. Gibson has completely changed me.

I’m a Pile of Goo!

There’s a part of my heart I wasn’t using until we got him and I often say that I feel sorry for myself for the life before Gibson and what I was missing. I saw this written by someone else a while ago, and it’s definitely true for me!: “I used to be a dog atheist and now I’m just a pile of goo!”. ❤️

20289630_10159237879460434_1366154918_nWeims are definitely special. They are so intuitive and I’m pretty sure he can read my mind.

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to hear how Gibson changed your life. There is nothing we could add to what you have shared. Thank you, for loving him and sharing with us.

Cyclamen

It’s On The List

IMG_3128Yes, I own the Cyclamen that my friend Ellen gave me in June of 2012 when I had major surgery–one of two during the last few years. I love this plant, but I thought since I keep mentioning it I also should say it is toxic to dogs.

Cyclamen (Sowbread) | Scientific Names: Cyclamen spp | Family: Primulaceae

Before we moved into the Farmhouse, I kept the cyclamen in a big bay window not easily accessed by the Weimaraner. Sure if they jumped up on the counter and walked behind my kitchen sink they could have gotten to it. Here I have no such place, so it resides on our kitchen table. If I thought it was going to be a problem, I would need to make a hanger for it and get it up away from their reach. The Cyclamen is one of many plants toxic to the Weimaraner. We often forget the danger.

Click Here to check out the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List

Find out if your houseplants are toxic and if so, take the necessary precautions. Also remember that a lot of common flowers, shrubs, and garden plants are also toxic. I love the above link because it also lists the Non-toxic plants. For example, the African Violet is an excellent choice.

African Violet (Cape Marigold) | Scientific Names: Saintpaulia spp. | Family: Gesneriaceae

Possibly the best way to select a new houseplant is to choose from the Non-toxic plant list. No one wants to see their beloved Weimaraner sick from eating a toxic plant.

Willow

Jan at the UKC Dog Show

                ~ Tigard, OR

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Beautiful Willow won two Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards at the UKC dog shows in Tigard, OR this weekend, Yay Willow! Thank You to NW Silken Windhound Society for putting on the wonderful shows, and a special big Thanks to Julie Lechuga who is the hardest working dog club member anywhere! 🙂

Lexi’s Photo’s

Here are a few pics of Willow and me in the ring last weekend, Thanks to photographer Lexi Darienzo !

Breeder Comment

Many thanks to Jan Magnuson for all she does including the competitions. Anyone who has competed realizes the cost on every level. Anyone living within driving distance of Des Moines, WA would be well-served to use her Sunstar All Breed Training Services.

Shelli Reports

Cookies and Rosie

 

 

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What are you looking at Mom? I am not really in the kitchen…

20621844_10212893962519225_7186283693976040662_nI made cookies this evening. Rosie is not supposed to be in the kitchen. Note where she is. She is just WAITING for me to go back to binge-watching West Wing so she can sneak in and eat the entire batch. Pain in the butt.

 

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Breeder Comment

I always say if you are looking for a perfect dog–and you define perfect as one who would never manipulate or trick you, keep looking. The Weimaraner is not for you. People who have other breeds imagine that you could just get after them and the behavior will stop. They don’t understand at all.

Weimlovers are those who enjoy the antics for the most part. Some actually encourage them a bit too much. To us it is laughable that they divert their eyes and make certain faces–it is human-like. They hook our heart in ways we could never imagine happening, and there is no explanation. Even we can laugh at ourselves and mostly at the Weimar antics. Rosie is great! Many of us can identify with the missing pan of cookies; the pot roast went missing, etc. Despite the fact that the Weimar is middle age, this situation doesn’t change. Obedience is relegated to the leash, the recall, and other primary disciplines.

 

2017 30th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

         ~August 6, 2017

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This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business.

Sunday—July 30 Lily (Blue Longhair)

Monday —July 31At Lake Michigan (Ringo)

Tuesday — August 1 — Crazy For (Maverick and Goldee)

Wednesday —August 2 — Griffey (off to a good start)

Thursday  —August 3 — Work Can Wait (how a Weimaraner keeps us balanced)

Friday  —August 4 — One Year (Leo)

 

On a very personal note

 

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The Cyclamen watch continues. There are several buds raised and filling out in a promise of the grand event. I cannot wait. I wonder how long it takes. I never worried because it seemed to have unending blossoms.

The first week of August has not been kind to us in some ways. Two in particular–sickness and smoke. I have been ill for what seems like forever, and at the same time, I am striving to be well. Eleven months of coughing and hacking phlegm is a long time. It gives me empathy for all these folks walking around with their oxygen tanks. Anyhow, it is exhausting, and I am weary of discussing it. Nonetheless, this week I was overtaken by the very thing I feared. Cliff contracted the flu and then shared it with me. What could be worse I ask myself? Well having something else go sideways–like getting the cellulitis again. Yup–it all converged on me at once. The smoke affected the air quality and in turn, is troubling the cough. The flu was making so ill I could not talk, walk, or think. Arm_6510-2Finally, my arm started swelling near the elbow–it got quite large and very hot and red. I went to the Walk-in Clinic, and they concurred it was Cellulitis. I got antibiotics. Even though I took the medication, I had red blotches appear almost to my wrist and up to my shoulder the next day.

Today, the original area is better–the swelling is going down, and although it has red blotches, it is vastly improved. The other areas are improved as well, and I will be interested to hear what the massage therapist has to say about the tissue texture. It has taken quite some time to get it soft after the last episode. There were hard spots that persisted and seemed angry. We will see how quickly this let’s go. (I tried to take a photo but it is hard to get one. I could not photograph the dark red area at the elbow, but I did get the redness traveling down the forearm. It looks like a rash in the photo, but the surface is smooth, and infection is in the tissue).

There is good news–Cliff and I survived the flu, and we are both on the mend. We are feeling the after effects but happy to be getting back to our norm.

One Year

Miller's LeoWith Our Leo

Good morning! We have now had Leo a whole year! He is a wild boy, loving and thinks he’s one of our kids! I thought you’d enjoy this silly photo of him I took yesterday, he was loving rolling around in these morning glory vines in the heat. We sure love this goofy baby!

Breeder Comment

You may or may not remember Leo’s previous posts. Here is a couple if you wish to look back.

Work Can Wait

Koda, not so much

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I was trying to work late today but Koda wouldn’t leave me alone. He kept putting his paws up on my legs and giving me “the look”, “Come on dad, I want something”.  I took him to the bathroom but he didn’t do anything.  As we were walking back in he headed for the living room. I went back to my office and here he came.  This time I noticed that sleepy look and it came to me!  He wants me to sit on the couch so he can snuggle!!!  Who is training who?  LOL!  He’s such a lovable guy it’s hard to resist!  Work can wait!
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Breeder Comment
WordPress has been fickle the last couple of days. Today, it published when I was working on the page–I hit return to move the cursor down and viola, it notified me we had published. Yesterday, I noticed much later in the day that publishing didn’t happen. Maybe it was my fault. Regardless, there was a Wednesday blog that happened very late in the day.
Thanks to Chris for reminding us what is important in life.

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.

Crazy For

Garden Fresh Carrots

20247911_10100293471947178_6621653713752737520_oThe Weimaraner loves their veggies. The fresher the better. Grandma Terri captured this photo of Maverick (a young Blue Longhair Weimaraner) Crazy for her Garden Fresh Carrots. His big sister (Goldee) is a fan too!20273121_10100293477501048_1441024680_o

 

Holly Says

They can’t get enough of their carrots!! My moms have even planted each of them their own veggie half barrels. They can’t wait for things to start sprouting!

Breeder Comment

Many of you who live in Western Oregon know and love Terri Jacobson. She is Grandma extraordinaire and Holly’s Mama too! Beyond those two fabulous roles in her life, she is known to many for her pet and critter photography. She captured these photos last year during a visit to Grandma’s garden.

At Lake Michigan

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Abbey Comments on Ringo’s Tail

We love it, and it’s never been an issue or gotten in the way. He gives us great big wags every time we get home. Oakie has a short tail, and it startles us every time we visit.

Breeder Comment

 

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Oakie

Swimming is an excellent summer activity. It is cooling but also great exercise as well as being easy on the joints. You might notice that Ringo sports the undocked tail. Nick and Abbey requested the undocked tail. Oakley is Nick’s parent’s Weimaraner, and he has the traditional docked tail. They didn’t get him from us, so that is about all I know about him.

For those just took home a Mesquite X Stackhouse puppy, Ringo is from a previous litter born to the same parents. The undocked tail preference upsets a lot of people. Others feel you should be allowed to have a tail undocked by choice. In many countries, tail docking and ear-cropping are either illegal or discouraged. Personal preferences run deep.