From Brian, Chrissy,
~and Moxie Blu
Just a quick note to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both! And happy birthday Shela. 49 years married is a wonderful example! Brian and I are approaching 14 years at the end of the month. I do enjoy the daily blogs and especially the weekly synopsis with the personal notes. Thanks for all the efforts!Moxie Blu wishes you both a happy anniversary too.Much love to you both! Chrissy
~Sweet, smart, and playful
She is such a great dog; sweet, smart and playful. She’s really matured in her second year of life. Thank you so much for picking such a wonderful dog for our family, we are so happy to have her!
Well, we finally made it back safe and sound to Minneapolis. Indi was such a trooper on the 25+ hour drive home. Admittedly, she did not want to be in her kennel at all when we got home – we figure that is the same as us not wanting to get into a car again! Nevertheless, we have committed to getting her crate trained and while she has been protesting she eventually calms down and goes to sleep. We are also abiding by the “freedom is earned” motto! Having gone through this 3 years ago with Olli, we know that this is a marathon and not a sprint and there will be setbacks.
Olli and Indi had a good initial meeting. Olli was not that thrilled but at the same time he was curious and wanted to play. Today, they were chasing each other around the yard and playing. Olli loves to be chased and he finally has a sister that will do that!!! We were so happy to get a sneak preview of what this brother/sister duo can be together and we think that it is filled with great promise.Thanks for all of the information, support, and check-ins! As we have never had a female before, we appreciate your insights and advice. From our perspective, we came back to you for a second dog because we trust your program and yours and Cliff‘s commitment to rewarding relationships.All the best and we will be sure to keep you informed of their escapades!Mary and Ralf
About Moxie Blue
~ Chrissy Updates us
Greetings from California!Wanted to give you a quick update on Moxie Blue. She is a fantastic girl and I can’t tell you how much we adore her.
Upland GameCliff, I upland hunt and only started shortly before Moxie came home with us. We’ve learned so much together, it’s one of our favorite things to do together.
For Those WonderingAbout that long coat…she is the softest thing I’ve ever felt. If you don’t know the Weims, they cuddle hard! It’s just what they do. Her silver undercoat is very soft like down but she doesn’t shed like a lab. This breed is very people interactive. She wants to be with us, on us, tell us about it and is not shy showing it. I love her beautiful tail and her eyes. Those eyes!
A Little Blue Longhair Girl
Just wanted to drop a note to let you know Lily’s doing well. We had our initial vet visit this past Tuesday & she weighed 13.5 pounds. She plays and plays and plays & can’t figure out why Sis’s 14-year-old Daisy doesn’t want to play. Daisy is so patient with Lily’s nipping at her haunches and trying to grab the scruff of her neck…there’s only been a couple of big ‘woofs’…..and they have played, but Daisy’s arthritis makes it hard for her.
Lily finally sat still enough for Sis to get a decent picture, although the angle makes her looks HUGE…..she’s not the big (yet) Lol
Lily looks happy and like she is loving her new life. She is fortunate to have a very patient big sister in Daisy.
Lulu is a fan!
She loves the Cubbies and the Cowboys :).
What do You Mean? Another Fluffy!?!
~Rumor has it…or Mama Heidi reports!
Her problem is she has heard that a new puppy is coming in a few weeks so she is ticked off about everything right now, very hormonal.
The best approach is to keep Lulu as the center of the universe status. The new baby is adorable but doesn’t displace her at all. They will be friends — eventually.
We wanted to reach out and send you an update on our Moxie Blue. She will be 4 years old in December. I cannot tell you how much love and joy she has brought us. We adore the Weimars and she has such an amazing personality. Moxie brings in the newspaper for me every morning. She goes where we go. A big thank you to both you and Cliff for introducing us to the long haired, blue beast that has taken over our lives in the best way ever.
Our California Blue Longhair Girl
She is a California dog that gets to frequent the beaches, lakes, vineyards, mountains and snow this state has to offer. Both my husband, Brian, and I follow your blog. It’s packed full of helpful information and we enjoy the updates from other Weimar families. Thank you for your passion.
Have a wonderful day. ~Chrissy & Brian
~ Champion Willow is Moxie Blue’s Littermate
There have been quite a few folks in the last five years that have been offered a Longhair when they asked for the traditional smooth coat. No one has ever been sorry–or unhappy in the least that we mentioned the Longhair.
The More Technical Explanation
~ The Hattee X Stackhouse 2016 Litter
When we mate a Longhair (such our Stackhouse) to a traditional smooth coat (eyelash-length shorthair) Weimaraner there is potential to have some Longhair pups in the litter. We have learned over the years that statistically speaking the expectation might be to get 50% Longhair; however, you can see a wide variance. We have mated the same pair and gotten not a single Longhair and the next time we got a 50% result. In other cases, the percentage of Longhair pups in the litter was closer to 20% and the next year the same pair produced 75%. This unpredictable outcome makes guessing pretty darned difficult. Predictions are kept to a minimum–we expect some Longhairs. On occasion, like at present, we get mostly the Longhair. Hattee (Zula Blue X Blue) has produced her first litter. Her DNA test came back showing us she was a carrier–which was again hard to guess without testing. She was mated to Stackhouse, and seven of nine pups are the Longhair. All of them are gray of silver gray because neither parent was a Blue. Click Here to view the one-week litter update and click here for the two-week update.
We are accepting applications for the Longhair–there are more males than females. These pups will be ready to depart OwyheeStar (and to join their forever families) before Thanksgiving. They are the early winter litter for 2016. Once again, we will have immediate availability for the Longhair; however, a wait for the traditional Weimaraner.
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon!
~ Hello October 2016
The celebration of October begins. Football season is in full swing too! That means Weimar fans have dug out the team attire. The computer snafu means I lost my folder with all the great team attired Weimaraners. We still have this one of LuLu saying, “What do you mean Romo is out again?” She is engaged in whatever the family does and clearly they are fans of America’s Football Team (as it is called).
Hunting is in the air too! We already received some Idaho reports (such as Best Dog Ever) of successful hunts. Washington and Oregon seasons are opening soon too. I believe Cliff alerted me that next Saturday is the opening weekend for pheasant hunting. Not everyone wants to hear about the hunting of birds; however, the Weimaraner is a versatile hunting dog. Bird hunting done right is good for the bird population, and when the kill is used for food, it is a responsible hunting practice. Historically the fall hunting netted a lot of meat for the freezer. Over the years, we have enjoyed elk, venison, upland game birds, and waterfowl.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! Friday’s blog (Weim Talk) sparked some lively banter on Facebook and netted a couple of blog comments. Nevertheless, the heartrending loss of Sadie being reported on Thursday evoked compassion for her family and their loss. It was good to have the upbeat post directly the news of the very sad loss. Other posts celebrated our life with the Weimaraner and included some information on ‘nooking‘ as well as a special outing. Every week we get at least one note that talks about how much someone enjoys reading about other people’s Weims. Thank you again for making this possible!
Sunday—September 25 — Our Bella
Monday —September 26— Nooking
Tuesday —September 27 — Want To Get Away?
Wednesday —September 28 — Best Dog Ever
Thursday — September 29 — Irreplaceable
Friday —September 30 — Weim Talk
On a very personal note
This week I mentioned many times that I have to get some touch up painting done. This project includes the trim around our entry. The week is running out, and I am trying to get there. I promised Cliff it would happen this morning. The big rush is the weather is not going to cooperate much longer. I see Cliff has set out the paint for me. What a guy!?!
The exterior needs attention. Nonetheless, there are many areas inside the farmhouse which still need our attention. The degree of work needed varies from needing a little finish work to being a gutted room. Our kitchen is functioning but the lower cabinets are shells (or maybe more aptly boxes), and we have put in some shelving to make them work for now. I am not sure when I will get the real counter top. The material is sitting at RTP Construction awaiting our go ahead. I try not to get my hopes up as I think it will be at least spring by the time we can work on it, but who can say?
Cliff is still working on the puppy yard fencing, adjustments to the shop power and water, and numerous other must do before winter projects. Yesterday, he got the wheel lines out of the field. This Saturday morning; however, Cliff is off to Men’s breakfast. He doesn’t get to do that all that often. They have it the first Saturday of each month. Stackhouse is not amused that he left without him, but he is not a licensed Therapy Dog. (Lol) Sometimes it is beyond explaining why he cannot go with Cliff.
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!
Now that Moxie is older, I thought it would be a good time to update you on her progress.
She is a very smart dog.
She starts her puppy training classes this Saturday. She already knows how to sit, take treats from Mommy/Daddy and reject them from the mail man and dog catcher.
Less biting more fun!
Her nipping/biting has subsided. She is already 24 pounds. She is really good at playing ball and almost has learned to drop the ball in our hands when returning it. She points at everything, birds, cats, airplanes et cetera.
I love this of her passed out on our bed after playing with our other dog wiggle butt.
We are very thankful to have her in our life. Hope all is well with you, Cliff and Lacie