Dear Shela & Cliff:
I thought I’d send you an update on our puppies (Ann’s Bennett & my Ruca), who are now a year old. We took them to the beach for a long weekend to celebrate, and the attached photos are from that weekend. We all had a really great time, and plan on doing a trip like this with just those two to celebrate their birthdays every year.
As you can see, they’re both show-stoppers in their own way. Ruca has kept her amazing blue-green eyes, and Bennett’s coat is the silkiest gun metal gray I’ve ever seen. They have such different personalities, yet get along great. Best of buddies for sure.
Ruca has turned out to be a very loving gal. She freely gives kisses and loves to snuggle, which I love, yet she’s also very independent. She’s extremely athletic with bottomless energy, and is one “tough” chick. (I call her “Brunehilda” sometimes.) One of the worst counter surfers ever, I’m sure. (Yes, I read about the pup that died from eating heart medications that were left on a counter…. We try to never leave ANYTHING on the counter that she could possibly get into, and are working very hard at stopping that behavior. Any ideas??) She is very smart and learns easily (when she wants to). And is definitely a chewer. (Have invested in massive amounts of bullysticks & bones.) When I’m working, she goes to a doggie daycare. Expensive, but well worth the money. It’s helped with both her social skills AND getting her exercised when I’m unable to. When I’m not working, we have a 2.5 mile walk we regularly go on. She is my best friend and constant companion. I rarely go anywhere without her.
We have a vacation coming up where we’re unable to take her, and it will be the first time I’ve ever left her overnight. Even though she will stay with her siblings (True & Silas) and my daughter (who she knows very well), I’m not looking forward to being without her for two whole weeks. I’m sure that with her independence she’ll do great, but I, on the other hand, will miss her greatly.
Hopefully these pictures will come through. I’m not very technically savvy, sorry.
Hope all is well,
Breeder’s Note: MaryAnn and Ann are best friends. They are both RN’s working in Central Oregon. We have been friends (of a special kind) for many years. MaryAnn’s Ruca is her 4th OwyheeStar Weimaraner. Ann’s Bennett is her 2nd OwyheeStar Weim.
MaryAnn–counter-surfing is very hard to stop. We won’t belabor the reasons here, but it is most certainly the Weimaraner Olympic Sport of choice. They love other games, but snatch and run from the counter is probably at the top of the list. There are few things you can do to stop this behavior. It is vitally important to keep food and other things off the counter. The Weimaraner is opportunistic. Having said that, there is a trick some old-time trainers use.
The idea is to deter them from digging in the trash or surfing the counters. Cliff and Shela have used this trick once. We do not use it anymore, because we hunt train. Bird-launchers make the same clicking noise as a mousetrap. Once the Weim is conditioned to fear that noise, it is impossible (or very difficult) to undo the conditioning. For those who will never hunt-train, this method may work well–emphasis on the word may. We all know how undaunted the determined Weimaraner can be when they want something. This method employs using new old-fashioned mousetraps, and baiting the Weimaraner so there is something they want. When they go to nab the item, the mousetrap snaps, and in theory they retreat in fear. While this is extreme, it might be life-saving. It also may not work for the Weim focused on nabbing something no matter the cost.
The recent post about the puppy who died from ingesting heart medication has gotten a lot of press. We published that article hoping it would help prevent a repeat occurrence. There are so many things that when ingested could make a Weimaraner sick, or worse. Some of these things are foods we eat–chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, etc. Sugar-free gum is lethal and something your beloved Weimaraner might pilfer from a purse, or other location. Click here to see a more detailed account.