~Things Are Going Pretty Well
I’m working from home today. (Tango is sacked out right next to me, which is pretty great.) He is often near my feet or on someone’s lap.
We are head over heels in love with Tango. There’s really no other way to say it. We’re working through the standard struggles. We had at least one potty accident (I’m blaming the rest on Blue #1 before she left! For those that don’t know, she piggybacked a ride with us), but for the most part, I’ve been pretty good about getting him out regularly, so we’re developing sort of a routine. (Fortunately, my sleep apnea has gotten me used to being awake three or four times a night – now, it’s just timed to coincide with his schedule.)
He’s very tentative – I think Cliff referenced that when we picked him up, that he seems to be skeptical of just about everything. We’re also struggling through various versions of crate training. I’ve looked at a few videos on YouTube, so I think we’ll adjust our methods this evening. Obviously, we’ll keep working at it. Beth told me that their first three nights were murder, but the fourth night was fine, so we’re hopeful that we’re almost there with regard to the overnight.
We were able to arrange with one of Judy’s former students, who’s doing online school, for her to come to the house for the bulk of the day during the four days per week when I’m at Oregon State. Judy’s also angling for him to spend some time with her at school. We took Tango for his first walk yesterday on a remote driveway in the hills south of Eugene, and then for his first (careful) walk around the block last night, trying to tucker him out before bed. One of Judy’s co-workers was over on Sunday afternoon, and taught her how to roll Tango on his back and rub his tummy until he falls asleep. That’s their (Judy and Tango’s) bonding time. I hate to brag, because I’m so happy that Tango and Judy are bonding, but his favorite thing of all seems to be getting up on my belly/chest, and falling asleep. I love it, too, and I’m curious how we’ll maintain it once he’s sixty or seventy pounds (or more!). He’s already such a tank!
We had a great night last night. Tango got tuckered out at Judy’s school during an afternoon visit, and was pretty rummy by late evening. We switched him back into the big wire crate last night after having tried a couple of nights in a smaller plastic crate that Judy’s borrowed from a co-worker. He seemed to be more comfortable there, and barely whined at all. Some soft singing to put him to sleep also seemed to help. Judy literally woke up worried at one point because she hadn’t heard any yelping and wasn’t sure he was even in our room. That was with three wake-ups to pee. That’s a win!
~ After Luna’s Vaccine Reaction
We got and read your E-mail last night, and Judy went through the paperwork in the puppy packet that we received from you. Our Vet agreed with the titer recommendation.
Tom and Judy (1/22/2020)
We are ever so happy to hear you have been doing well–it is excellent news that Tango is getting you adjusted and trained. (Haha) We included several of your photos. Thanks ever so much.
Thank you for looking at the paperwork. I think all too often people fail to read it–because they find themselves engaged in everything puppy. And, as we all know, this can take over your life in so many ways.
~Is Perfect for Us!
Thank you so much! We are so excited. I’ve wanted to get a puppy from you for about 10 years now. I’m glad you made it home safely. We’ll be home in about an hour and a half. I’m obsessed with Christmas so we are naming him Buddy (Buddy the Elf).
Cliff and I were delighted to place Buddy in your arms yesterday. It is our joy to carefully raise each pup and then to see them move on–and to begin a life with their forever families.
Deja Vu produced three tiny pups. Last time we mated her we ended up with one, so we are thrilled to get the three babies. These were taken the next morning after they arrived–day one. We just had to capture a few photos of the moment.
We all can attest to how quickly a pup grows. By four months, they are looking adult-like. They are powerful and fast as lightning. Yes, the young pup can look deceptively quiet, calm, and lazy. There are only two speeds–any Weimlover knows that is the truth. There is on–which is also known as full speed ahead. Then there is off–it might be a lazy stroll, a snuggle, or more than likely a flop. I’m done.
For now, they have one focus–nursing and staying warm. It is enough.
Smart and Opinionated
Azula is super smart, she was already bringing her toy back to me.
She is an opinionated and self-assured little girl – and has bonded to us quickly. She’s also been super good about going outside to do her business! We love her spunk and affectionate manner. Now if only her tiny raptor teeth were less sharp…
Azula was sleeping in her crate 😊. As you can see, she doesn’t always sleep in her crate. Right now she’s crashed out next to my 16-year-old.
Other Fur Family
Here she is checking out one of the cats….
Neither of our two cats is amused by her – but the one you saw will actually probably be fine soon – she loves to play and was out hunting voles while we were keeping Azula entertained…
We are happy that little Miss Azula is settling in quickly. Before long, she and the cats will have things worked out–probably a chess match situation. We appreciate the update–the photos and the video is fabulous. We look forward to hearing how things go as she matures. We expect great things. Thanks for your loyalty. We don’t take it lightly.
Adding the Second
Dudley–the resident Weimar
With the New Year and the idea of setting a New Year’s Resolution forefront, we might consider one. Another time we set these kinds of unrealistic and humorous goals is when we bring home the new Weimar. We say to ourselves that we are not making the same mistakes as last time. (oops) We pronounce things will be different. Maybe we say they are not on the furniture. (OMG) Well recently, we have heard many such a proclamation. Come on folks; we are all with Jeff and Marisa. Remember a couple of weeks ago when our blog featured the lovely Schatzi? If not click on her name to see that post.
Wind forward a couple of weeks and we hear from Papa Jeff how things are going. He writes “So much for not getting on the couch!!! She is great!!”
Have we not all been here? Well, consider this–it is typical that we go the way we went before or make new mistakes. Maybe you understand for what I speak.
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.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon!
The harvest moon closed out yesterday and left a welcome for this beautiful new day. The fall harvest continues as we drive to and from town we watch the field being cleaned to the ground. There is field corn left standing, beets remain, and onions are going to storage. The last cutting of hay will be added to the stack in the weeks ahead. We cannot predict exactly when this will happen. The colder temperatures speak to Autumns imminent arrival (September 22nd–next Thursday). We would love to see a warming trend and extended temperate weather known as Indian Summer. We can hope. Some years this extends almost to Thanksgiving. The late summer pups
The late summer pups (or the last of them) leave today. We will miss their sweet faces. Nevertheless, those that left yesterday have already sent us cute photos. People worry that the Mama will be depressed but by this time the pups are weaned and Mama is not having their shark-teeth biting her teats either. They become pretty sore, but a mother gives her all for her babies.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!
Sunday—September 4 — Surviving (the first 24 with Stanley)
Monday —September 5— Where Does Time Go? (Lulu Jo)
Tuesday —September 6 — On the Alsea River ( Camping with Leo)
Wednesday —September 7 — Houston, We have a Problem
Thursday — September 8 — Juniper
Friday —September 9 — Jazz (Asian Pear)
On a very personal note
It is no secret to those that follow us. We have had very little time for personal things or to work on the farmhouse. Cliff has the fence tacked up on the west side of the property. This fencing is different than the puppy fence. It is a boundary fencing–he has dug the post holes got them set. The wire is strung. He says there is some additional work to be done, but it is up. He is busy watering the hay for what is probably the last time this year. Other than that, he has some waterlines to dig and a few minor electrical changes to be made before winter arrives.
I feel as if I have spent every ounce of energy and bit of time with all that is associated with puppies. Nonetheless, I could put a dream come true maker on a resume should I start seeking employment. It sounds impressive. (Lol) There is (simply put) no way I could have made it through the last month without our granddaughter (Christina‘s) help. We are so very thankful. She is great with the pups and takes good care of us too!
Thanks to You
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are immensely grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. We can fill in a bit when necessary; however, we like to keep the integrity of your writing real. A couple of sentences can go a long way–sometimes it is enough. Those that have sent us updates know we are more than likely to post it word-for-word.
There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is greatly appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing!