I just want to thank you both again for bringing this little boy (“Bear”) into my life. He had a rough time in his first few weeks of life, and it was questionable if he would pull through. But he is a survivor and is definitely making up for lost time.We are having a great time bonding and getting to know each other. He is super smart and has already learned to retrieve to my hand (amazing!). He is such a fast learner. I’m impressed. We have many more things to learn together.You both do a great job and I am thankful for your gift.
This pup is the little boy who gave us so much concern. A round of antibiotics and he bounced back with no sign of an issue. He has such a great personality. Not every pup gets off to the perfect start. No Breeder wants to talk about mortality rates. Places like AKC publish those statistics. We secretly are thankful our numbers are below average. Nonetheless, no one can avoid every problem. It is impossible.
We are happy that you folks wanted ‘Bear’ even knowing full well about his early challenges. We are blessed indeed to meet some of the planet’s best humans. Thank you, for loving this boy so much.
~ February 28, 2018
Just had to send you a quick update on how our girl is doing. She is so wonderful! Of course, the puppy stage is extra busy but she is doing so well with house training (only one accident!) and getting used to her crate. Last night she actually slept all night in her crate next to our bed without any whining and woke up so happy.She certainly has a big personality and she has bonded very well with us so far. She follows me around all day and I just love it (velcro dog :)). It was really cute on the long drive home because she just wanted to be in the back of the car with the kids. They absolutely adore her! I think I told you that my oldest son cried tears of joy for about an hour after we picked her up. He said he just loves her so much already and it is a dream come true. I remember getting our Weimaraner as a kid when I was six and the instant love that I felt for her.Anyway, thank you again for a fabulous experience and all your work in getting her prepared for the transition. It’s clear that she had an introduction to house training and being in the crate and you’ve made our job easier!Thanks, Haley
And It Begins
The drive was as smooth as can be and he’s adjusted fantastically.
He is simply the best addition to our family. Oh….and we’ve found it he loves socks😆
Hope you enjoy this video and the pictures of his drive and first day here!
Dear Brooke, it was great to meet you face-to-face once again. It was a long time ago when you took home ‘Sterling.’ Now, you begin a new journey with ‘Blue”. How exciting. We can only hope he brings you the same type of joy you experienced with your first OwyheeStar. Of course, no one can guess how many years we will get. I think we all can agree each moment (while some can test us beyond our limit) is precious.
It looks like he settled into the little bed you created. It worked well with you making the trip alone. I am sure everyone at home waited breath-abated for your safe arrival. It is great that he has adjusted so quickly. We look forward to hearing about Blue’s life on occasion. Thank you, Brooke, for the update!
Hello from Bremerton, Washington!
Freyja here just checking in. My big brother Odin has a toy I want that he won’t share so I’m up on the couch with mom pouting…lol.Human speaking now: Freyja is such a joy! She’s adjusted to our little family rather quickly, she has great energy and is very smart & sweet-natured.
Odin gets along very well with Freyja, he’s happy he has a friend! He is her playmate and protector always wants to be near her. He is almost kind of taken a parent roll, making sure we are doing our job!. He goes outside with her and shows her where to go potty, even though she is on a long leash if he feels she is going in the wrong direction he just gently guides her with his paw where he thinks she needs to go…lol.Freyja has really bonded to both Odin and me. Our little family feels complete with her here. Of course, we are running on fumes sometimes as Freyja is quite busy doing her puppy things. She is teething so she bites everything. I keep a toy with me always for a distraction as well as protection…lol. Feeding time is a challenge as she wants to eat out of her brother’s food bowl instead of her own..lol. Today she gets to go see the puppy doctor to get her next round of shots. Big brother gets to go too, he’s just gonna love that!…lol. killing two birds with one stone works for us though. Anyway, I could go on and on…thank you, Shela & Cliff, for all of your help and support and of course for our Freyja!! You guys have helped make this such a positive experience and we sincerely appreciate all that you do! Have a wonderful day! Jeremy, Jessica, Odin & Freyja💗💗PS: Just got back from the vets, she now weighs 18.2 pounds. The doctor and staff are in agreement with the shot protocol. She fell asleep during the exam she was so calm!!
Last week we shared about Libbie’s (Liberty Belle) trip home on the airplane, as well as her extraordinary initial adjustment. It was nothing short of phenomenal, but a lot had to do with how she began her journey. She learned to settle in the carryon bag–yes, I did work with her before she left OwyheeStar. Regardless, there is something to be said about the pup that settles–they can learn nearly anything. The carryon bag is like an extreme crate-training session–only you must succeed to be able to fly with them in the bag. Here are some photos of Libbie on her day of travel.
Finally, a calm follow through makes a lot of difference. So, there were two huge factors contributing to the excellent start. 1. There is the settling in the carryon bag. 2. There is the human factor where they stayed calm and followed through. Honestly, it is not all that easy, but it is effective. All the human emotion and excitement can be the unraveling the transition. (OMG)
Day One with Libbie
We got up this morning and started the daily routine. I took off work to help her transition to her work days with Scott, and get familiar with how it’s all going to work. As I’m typing this, she is sleeping and figuring it out.She has really done phenomenally so far with everything, I, we are truly amazed at her learning things and remembering them. It’s almost scary as to how smart she is, are we going to be able to keep up with her staying interested and busy learning more 🙂 ?!What an incredible gift you have given us! We are more grateful than you can possibly know! As I mentioned earlier, our family is complete again, and we owe it all to you. Thank you!!!!
Thank you for all of the suggestions! I’m definitely going to check out the AKC Good Citizen Title program, sounds fun and will help me keep Libbie learning and interested and obedient :)! Also, I’m going to start the standing process as well, what a great idea, makes total sense!
~ Boise to Las Vegas Flight
Julia Speaks of Boise, etc.
Libbie did perfect the whole day! Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how well she did!! I took her potty right after you guys left then we hung out in an empty area for a while to play, bond and work off some energy. I put her in the carrier, and that’s where she stayed until we got home. She didn’t put up a fuss, she was relaxed and slept most of the day and flight home, even thru rough turbulence.
Las Vegas Arrival
Scott picked us up at the airport, and she was continued napping for the 15-minute ride home. Once we got home, we went straight to the backyard to potty, ringing the potty bells as we went out the door. She instantly went potty as soon as she got off the patio, both pee and poop. She was praised and given treats, and then we went in for some food, water and family bonding time. Scott is in love with her too! There was no doubt that, our family is complete again :)!
Busy Day; Fun Evening!
We had lots of playtime and several potty breaks, each time she rang the bell to go out! I can’t believe it! At first, we thought it was coincidental because it could be a great play toy, but she went potty every time, except once, when I think she just wanted to go outside to play. Did you by chance train her with the potty bells? If not, we have one super intelligent puppy :)! I seriously cannot believe how fast she took to that!!
Our First Night
We did our usual bedtime routine and put her in the crate in our bedroom. She pitched a little fit for about 5 minutes and then went to sleep. She woke up around 2:30 and again around 3, whined a couple of minutes then she went back to sleep. I had made my decision before bed that if she woke up after 3:30 I would take her our potty. She woke up at 4, I went to the bathroom and then took her out of the crate, rang the potty bells and as soon as her feet touched the ground, she went potty. We went back to bed, she whined for less than a minute and went back to sleep. It couldn’t have been a better 1st night!!!
Breeder Comment (part two)
Julia, you and Scott, did everything right. Libbie is a lucky girl. No, she was not trained to the potty bells nor even to the door. It would not matter if she were because it was all new territory. We have countless stories (from past experiences) where we had pups housebroken and crate-trained only to hear that their new family was disappointed. Well, there is a trick to doing things, and while it involves follow through, it also takes a bit of knack. It requires the humans to go about business unfazed and matter-of-fact. The moment we humans hesitate the pup reads our hesitation and follows suit.
Libbie is a super smart girl–like her Mama. Ringing the bells upon arrival set the stage. For those that wonder–, you don’t want to ring them like a wild person and make it a scary thing. You want to entice them to want to use them. It is a fun thing. Shortly, it might be abandoned because the pup learns to ring them all too well. (ha!) Who can say? It facilitates the housebreaking process –that is the goal.
Libbie can hold potty for a while. As you saw on your trip home, she didn’t potty the travel bag. When she woke up, she needed to relieve herself. All too many folks are too quick to take their pup out in the middle of the night. Soon, the puppy wants to go every hour or two all night long. For some folks, this pattern continues for months. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner who gets the idea that they go out at night can make life tough for the exhausted puppy family. Habits form readily–good ones and unfortunately, bad ones too!
Getting off to a good start and avoiding the unwanted behaviors is the best approach. We talk a lot about getting the basics done. It cannot be overstated. We hope all of Libbie’s littermates are excelling.
Beginning with Bella
~some time ago
Before Bella got here, I got a mattress. I laid it on the floor in the living room just because I know puppies like to chew things. (I had no clue about the Weimaraner (joined Weim Crime on Facebook learned a lot LOL) and how they love to chew things up don’t worry I wouldn’t change a thing I am so grateful to have her).
(I think I own stock in Bitter Apple Co. now, but I’m not sure, (LOL) The stuff works). I wanted to protect my antique wooden furniture in the bedroom, and I know dogs love to chew wood. Therefore, I figured I’d play it on the safe side. Well, the mattress on the floor thing has worked out awesome. We all sleep on the floor in the living room–Me, the old Levi and the younger Bella.
Gulping Her Food
The chewing was not the only challenge. Bella also likes to scarf down her food. I got one of those balls that you put food in she loves it. She rolls it all over the house– it’s good exercise, too! Every once in awhile she gets a treat. The other day Levi was laying on the bed which is up against the couch. Levi’s back was laying against the couch with her feet out the other direction. The food ball was around Levi’s tummy area. You get the picture. Something was about to happen. Well, Bella was right there trying to get little chunks of food out of the ball. Every time she would get a piece of food out, Levi would eat it. (ha) Bella would have this look on her face like what the geez did you just do? I worked so hard to get that food out and you (Levi) ate it. It was too funny!
The difference between these two dogs is amazing. Levi is a lab mix. I am not sure what the mix is but the two dogs are so different. I got Levi at 6 weeks old, and she has been amazing. I don’t know if I ever told you this or not, but I had an elderly couple that had lived next door to me for nine years. They were living there when Levi came home. The older gentleman fence proofed the whole side so that Levi couldn’t get through the fence. I mean he was awesome with her–like they shared custody.
A few years back they moved away. Levi missed him so much, so she went and lived with them for approximately a year. After he passed away, I got Levi back. This happened just before I picked up Bella. I was not prepared to have two dogs let alone two big dogs, but I am adjusting. Actually, I love it! (LOL) I just had to share this story with you.
We all appreciate you letting us share this story. Everyone loves to read about other folks and their Weim’s antics and solutions that make a difference. The Bitter Apple –well, some Weims love it. They think it is ketchup on a hotdog. I was once told the best way to avoid this situation is to soak a cotton ball in the apple solution and pop it in their cheek for a moment. Then, the aversion to it happens quick. Yes, we tried the stuff on our outdoor wood posts, and they loved it. It was then I spoke to our Vet, and she is the one who told us how to prevent this scenario. Sometimes you need to give them the taste so they won’t go near it. This might help someone else.
It is so great that you were flexible and able to bring Levi back into the fold. Bella has never known life without her sister. I do believe, Bella enhances Levi’s golden years too. What a great job you are doing with the both of them. Thanks again for the share.
Apollo joined our family September 30th. What an adventure it has been! Apollo comes to our family after many, many, many years of research, discussion, and patience. Our 12-year-old son, Simione has been the most patient and has had dreams and big plans for our Mr. Apollo. And now, the adventure begins. Apollo’s arrival comes just three days before Simione’s birthday, so there has been much to celebrate!Anthony (dad) went to Pendleton to pick up our beloved boy Apollo (Blue Weim) while mom was helping with a lab fair event for our local community and Simione was getting ready for another football game on a bright, sunny Saturday. Simione was anticipating Apollo’s arrival but knew that more than likely he would not be home until well after his football game was over. To his surprise, Apollo showed up at halftime and only moments later did Apollo catch the watchful eye of Simione after he came running off the football field and to the sidelines with the rest of his team. I am not sure I have ever seen a boy have that big of a smile on his face! Once the game finished, it was time for an eager boy to finally meet his dog Apollo. The moment is one our family will never forget.
The TransitionApollo has done an amazing with the transition to our home and becoming such an important part of our family. He lets us know when he needs to go potty and is keeping our kids very active. Simione spends every second of his time playing and even snuggling Apollo and often begs to bring him to school pick-ups and drop-offs just to get those extra few minutes with him each day. Apollo will start being introduced to some fresh sheds we found earlier this spring in hopes to get him started early on shed hunt training. We have a pretty busy lifestyle between community events, sports, school activities, hunting, etc. but Apollo is a champ and has been with us participating and getting lots of attention in the process from friends and strangers. Apollo is one loved puppy!
The Vet VisitApollo had his first veterinary appointment on Wednesday, Oct. 4th – he was confident and content and rocked his vaccination! More love and affection must have contributed to this because our local vet staff already adore him. Apparently, we only have a couple of other weims in our area, so they did mention that it is very rare they get to see such a beautiful boy!
Overall, it’s safe to say that we are head over heels for Apollo and so grateful that he is a part of our family.
This pup is one of the Bernie X Boone 2017 Litter–a littermate to Cypress. We are excited to hear he is doing well. We hope everyone will stay in touch as the process unfolds. I think all the readers will agree that it is fun to join in the fun–and sometimes the not so lovely antics.
At One Week
Griffey is doing absolutely fantastic and fitting into our family perfectly.
Commands: He is very good with the “sit”, “fetch”, and the “here” commands. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to him. A couple 10-15 minutes sessions the first week did the trick. We are still working on “drop it” and “stay” but I am sure he will get it as we are more consistent with him. He loves his bird toys and tennis ball.Eating: He eats like a champ. We make him sit before we allow him to his bowl and he is now used to that and eating in one sitting (generally 2-5 minutes).Potty training: He is a dream when it comes to potty training. Because I work from home I am able to keep him consistent and he has only had 3 accidents in the house (all of them being my fault). We never punish him for this as it’s not his fault at all. When we do take him out he immediately eliminates. I generally kennel him a few hours a day while working and we always use the backyard afterwards.His brother Nordy (the cat): They still are warming up to each other but Nordy has made huge progress. Nordy will lay in the middle of the living room while we love on Griffey. He sits up on top of the couch and watches Griffey. Nordy is patient with Griffey when he paws at and nips at Nordy. I am optimistic they will be great friends very soon.Crate training: The first few nights were rough, but that is to be expected. The last couple nights have been great where he sleeps from 9:30ish – 5:00 or 6:00 when we normally get up. We have slowly moved his crate back to the far corner of our room (where he will remain).Leash: He is getting more comfortable on the leash. We leave his lead on a couple times a day to get him use to the tension and we walk him around the house and yard when he eliminates so he is used to that as well.Quirks: A couple of the funnier things that he does are…
- He loves to put bark in his mouth (our backyard has bark in it), which we obviously disallow and don’t want him swallowing.
- When he sleeps hard he rolls over on his back with all four paws extended out and sometimes snores which we think is adorable.
- He likes to play hide and seek under the bed (which we tried to keep him from but the cat goes under there and I think he wants to play).Griffey truly has stolen our hearts and we cannot wait to give more time and love to him to make him the best dog we can. Thank you very much for breeding amazing family members and all the hard work that goes into delivering amazing dogs to your clients.
Alex & Morgan
P.S. I will be going down to Roseburg next week for work and plan on bringing a couple of my sheds home so he can start smelling and touching them in hopes we can get him out (after shots) to find more for us.