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!
We made it through the first 24 hours. I’ve decided that getting a weim is like finding out your pregnant/just bought the first house/bought a car…total euphoria and then exhaustion and a questioning of sanity and capabilities. Hahahaha! It’s all good, the world is far more manageable for everyone after sleep.
Our foster Gus.
And There are Three
Winchester has tried playing but mostly barks–and grumbles. Opus chimes in and the puppy gets a little concerned-whines a bit and just watches them talk. Kenneling is fine, he gets vocal for a few min but goes back down. I took him out twice in the night with success. Actually (eek!) no accidents yet! He hates the bell at the door, sorry bud, that’s how we learn to go potty.
The one shocking thing is I haven’t let him on our bed. I want the two big boyz to know they still have their place so I’m waiting for a while on that.
Love you guys–talk to you soon~M
Thank you, Melinda. Now, everyone else, click here to check out what Mom did to Opus’s eyebrows.
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
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.
Piper is doing great!
Training classes have really helped both of us. She is impossible to wear out- this pup has endless energy and endurance- I love it! To help tucker her out she has doggy friends to play with from time to time. I love the action shots of her because that is when you really see her personality and she has a LOT of personality. To the right her best friend, Adelle, looks like she is telling Piper a secret, winking at us, and Piper is reacting to whatever she said. I can only imagine what they would say to each other! Trouble makers 😉 I love her with all my heart.
~First a Question!
Just wondering if you know of any websites that would be posting stuff about local Kennel Cough outbreaks?? Roy has had all his pup shots and is scheduled to get his kennel cough nasal drips at 16 weeks and will be getting his rabies around 22 weeks.
Hello, Megan! No, I don’t know of any online resource that posts pet viral outbreaks. I think mostly, dog professionals stay up on this — Vet offices, Dog Trainers, Boarding Facilities, and those associated with the task of Dog Park Management. Maybe if there is such a thing in and around the Pacific NW someone will leave a comment.
We feel you are doing the shots the way they should be done for the Weimaraner. If you are going to be out and about, getting the kennel cough protection is wise. Since it is not a long-lived protection and the problem seems to rise in the late fall to winter time frame, getting one later in the year seems to be a wise choice. We are happy to see Roy is doing well. Thank you so much for taking good care of him.
He’s doing great, we learned to “shake” this week. He is eager to please 😉 (more like get a biscuit!)
The Social Butterfly
We went on a road trip through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. We’re actually just heading home. Roy is a social butterfly, in fact, he actually seems really offended if someone walks by and doesn’t acknowledge him. So funny the compliments we get one lady said he was “… Kinda of an iridescent color if you will”
He is my little shadow, I never go anywhere and don’t feel his eyes on me. Nick is jealous!
Ready for adventure!
~Wyoming mornings are cold!
Here he is in Idaho at Anderson ranch reservoir. I didn’t get a picture with him wearing his yellow life jacket. Turns out he loves swimming, just not in the pool at home!
He loves the Water!
We have taken him on another adventure since the three state roundabout. Above Roy is pictured with me. It was a lot warmer on the Pontoon Boat in Portland.
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.