~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
In Perfect Harmony
Today is THE day that we have worked toward and practiced for since we became a team almost 3 years ago!!
Today Shiny and I melded together in perfect harmony to run 7 miles…on leash. No pulling, swerving or stopping to sniff.
In perfect step with each other – even though we were on the well traveled (and breath taking) Glenwood Canyon trail.
It was if he was owning his “job” regardless of bicycles, tourists, and other dogs.
“I am running with my Mom. Don’t bother me.”
And it was Beautiful!!!! ~Julia and Shiny
There are no adequate words to describe our admiration and appreciation. You and Shiny are doing amazing things together. This running with purpose (and in unison) is one more area where we see the fruit of all your consistent labor. We look forward to hearing more about Shiny–maybe next time it will be another bit of Nosework news. Thanks ever so much for this update.
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!
~Now he’s a California Boy
Our perfect shy little puppy is anything but shy any longer! Alder will approach almost anyone or anything for some play time. After living in Oregon for the first few months, we moved to Southern California! Alder quickly adjusted. Let’s just say we can’t keep him out of the ocean, and if he is out, then he is rolling in the sand which is wonderful for our home and cars.
Being a household dog means he never ceases to entertain us. He has two chihuahua siblings and frankly, our 85 lb monster thinks he’s the same size as his little buddies. He makes this clear while trying to sit on our laps in the car, or by sleeping on their tiny beds. All in all, we wouldn’t trade our perfect pup for anything!
I just thought we should email you to let you how happy my family and I are to have found you guys. It was our good fortune because we got our beautiful and the most perfect dog from you–Alder. I included some pictures in case you guys wanted to see how much he’s grown! He loves to cuddle, play at the beach, and fetch pretty much anything. We could not be happier.
We are ever so happy to receive news of Alder. We are also especially delighted to hear your lap Weim experience. It sounds like Alder enjoying his essential role within the family. How excellent that he is a perfect fit for your family. Thanks for remembering us.
Hello from the snowy Rockies!!
Shiny had his first nosework competition last weekend, and was Amazing!!!He placed 1st in exterior search, 2nd in interiors, and qualified in both vehicles and container searches to earn his NW1 title; placing 5th overall out of about 50 dogs!!
- Placing at a competition is based on time. For example, Shiny went into the exterior search area and alerted that he found the odor in 10 seconds. (We were allowed 3 minutes to search.) He alerted the interior search in 14 seconds. Very fast!!
- Nosework is based on 3 odors (birch, anise & clove). At the first level, the dogs only need to know birch. Luey & Shiny have already passed the tests for all 3 odors and are ready to sail through the competition levels!!Luey has qualified to compete as well (there’s an “Odor Recognition Test” to pass before competition). The noses on these dogs are downright incredible!!! And we are all having so much fun with the sport!!
We have done some Shed Hunting Too!
My boyfriend, Mark, has started Shiny on sheds & he found his first shed a couple months ago. It was an old one too! Once the dog has some basics on odor recognition, I think it would be really easy to introduce additional odors….hmmm, I wonder if we have truffles around here….
Congratulations on this huge achievement. We look forward to hearing more about their nosework.
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.
~the importance of which cannot be overstated!
Stanley needs to touch me while he sleeps. 🐾🐶 ~ Melinda
Space Not Included
If you like to have your space–to not have people or your fur family member touching you, this is most likely the wrong breed for you. Weimaraners, typically are tightly connected to their humans. There are exceptions–some are a bit more independent. Nevertheless, the umbilical-type-tie with their human counterpart is prevalent. They are never happier than when they are touching you.
Distractions and Dilemmas
Of course, they love to be running free and playing. Generally–even during a romp, the Weimaraner (young and old) will give you some eye contact. I think it is to make sure you are doing what you should do. They need to manage the situation on both ends. You need to be where you belong. On occasion, they can get distracted when they find a gopher or vole. For a moment, you are out of mind and sight. Once the treasure is secure, the question is where to place it for safe keeping, or if it should be a special gift. You might not appreciate the occasional gopher on your pillow. It begs the question as to whether the Weimaraner owns the pillow or it is a treasured share. (hmm) Good question.
Note—this is the same trait which brings on severe separation anxiety. When left behind, the Weimar often feels abandoned. They must learn how to stay alone. This scenario is vastly misunderstood by many, and one reason so many Weimaraners end up in rescue. It is a tragedy.
Chance of a Lifetime
Note: This blog is the second in a series to update us about Atticus. If you missed the first update click here to catch up.
In August 2015, I had the chance of a lifetime to move from Texas to New Zealand. We (Atticus, the three cats, myself and the luggage) road tripped from Texas to Florida. Atticus and the cats stayed in Florida with my family, while I got situated in New Zealand and arranged to move them across the world!
Pierre and Atticus road tripping
There was a ton of planning, vet visits, tests, paperwork and nervous anticipation. Atticus and the three cats flew from Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand. Thankfully, they arrived without incident and only had to spend 10 days in quarantine.
At Home in New Zealand
They arrived in April 2016, and have been settling in nicely. Not sure it’s possible to make him more comfortable.
Backyard Intruder and our neighbors
Atticus has met the local hedgehogs (see the photo of him meeting our late night intruder) and some of the neighboring livestock (our neighbors).
We met Marika when she was studying Veterinary Medicine in the State of Washington. She, like several other students over the years, was searching for a Weimaraner. She was not new to the breed. Squiggle was already her precious beloved girl. Adding a second Weimaraner means different things to different people. There were many considerations but eventually, we moved forward. Anyhow, their adventure began not so far from where most of our readers live. Watch for part three of their story–coming soon to the OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog.
Atticus is a Blue Longhair. Squiggle was the traditional gray ghost.
At The Pearl with Mom
We knew Monday was around the corner. Yesterday, Mom and I went out and about.
She took me solo. She said it was to give me a break from the pack. She tells everyone I am very sweet. She loves to take me as a conversation piece if you ask me. One cannot be antisocial when there is a longhair weim at the end of the leash!