Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon!
~ Hello Autumn 2016
Thursday we welcomed the official first day of Fall. We continue to hope for the warming trend and extended temperate weather known as Indian Summer. Our yards have been stomped by the summer/early fall pups. It is amazing how their little paws can stomp out the lawn. Warmer weather and a little water might bring it back. We can hope.
Our neighbor is spraying his hay field this morning. We try to stay natural with our land as much as it is possible. There is a battle for the minds and hearts over those who use the various chemical applications. Ultimately a person has to figure what is necessary and what is overkill. We want to be as holistic in our approach as it is possible. It is not realistic to avoid every chemical or vaccine. That is a discussion for another day.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! On Friday as well as Thursday, we featured a Blue Longhair. All the other Weimaraners were the more common (and traditional) short coat. The Longhairs have appeared in the breed since the beginning. The desire to systematically eliminate the Longhairs from the DNA pool was once a thing. Today, they are accepted and celebrated in the Show Ring everywhere but the USA. Nonetheless, they are catching on and probably will become a subcategory here too! That being said, we highly doubt the Blue Coats will be embraced by the Weimaraner Club of America anytime soon–probably never. Therefore, the Blue Longhair Weimaraner is outside the perimeter. It doesn’t stop people from wanting one.
Sunday—September 18 — Dunkin
Monday —September 19— The Gray Ghost
Tuesday —September 20 — Tallyn’s Adjustment
Wednesday —September 21 — Rylee
Thursday — September 22 — Luke and Cador
Friday —September 23 — Stanley
On a very personal note
This week was a week of finishing up the summer puppy things and trying to regroup. Sadly, I have not gotten the touch-up painting done yet. That is calling me soon. I have to get it done while the weather cooperates.
On Sunday we went to church early and then returned to town at noon for the Sunday Noon Matinee. We loved ‘Sully.’ We don’t often get to the movies. This one was worth the effort. If you have not seen it yet, we recommend it! Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood (Tom plays Sully, and it is directed by Clint Eastwood) team up to bring this miracle to life. A lesser man might have gone down himself; however, Captain Sully showed the courage and strength of character to overcome two overwhelming situations. See it!
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!
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.
Speaking of Nails
Hey guys, Geoff and Fallon here with Molly (Mouse x Blue). I have a real brief question for you regarding nail care.
Do you guys have any tips for keeping these weim nails from doing any kind of breaking/fracturing? Molly, being the One-year-old weim she is, has been playing fetch with as much energy as ever. Every couple weeks she will get a good size sliver of nail try to break off or split down toward her paw.
None of them have been too severe, and none of them have slowed her down in the slightest. However, despite trimming them down fairly often in an attempt to prevent it, think just the sheer amount of speed they run and redirect with makes it easy for them to catch their nails on a piece of root or rock and break it.
Are there any particular methods you’ve used to combat nails from getting damaged in the past?
Thank you for the news of Molly. Sorry to hear you have some splintering going on with her nails. Good nail care is complex and sometimes hard to manage. Here are some general thoughts—not just for you. We hope something here helps.
- Nail and Skin are areas you might notice if something is lacking in the diet. We recommend a grain-free diet combined with the NuVet Supplement.
- There are products meant to protect the pads and nourish the nails. One of these is called Musher’s Secret.
- You might consider adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to the food once a day. It is excellent for the skin and nails. You could rub some into their paws as well.
- Make sure the nail clipper is high quality and sharp. A nail grinder is an option; however, there is a learning curve. A well-groomed nail is a must. You can take the Weimaraner to a groomer or your vet office to have a professional trim the nails.
At Three Years
I am writing to request an application for a second Weimaraner. We got Mystic from you three years ago. She is lovely, gentle, sweet and smart. I can trust her everywhere we go. She both protects and relaxes when she knows it is safe.
Last December, we moved out of the city into the “country”. We now have 5 acres out near the Skykomish River. Between Mystic being 3 and well established with us and having more space we have been thinking the time is right for a second dog. When I saw your email saying that you have a surplus of blues, Juan and I both agreed that this would be a good time to let you know.
We would love a second blue. I am mostly looking for compatibility for Mystic. She is neither the “alpha” nor the submissive type. She will stand up for herself and let her boundaries be known, but quite diplomatically. She is a peace maker. She does know how to communicate what she wants and how, but does it so sweetly we all just give her what she wants, unless it is not safe or healthy. Mostly, she makes us laugh and often just by being herself.
Superficially, she is gorgeous! We get endless comments about how beautiful she is every time we go out.
I have been sorry to hear about your health. I am quiet on this end but watching and sending prayers for good health. I hope that things are getting easier.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jennifer and Juan
Thank you for your continued interest. We have followed up with you as you know by now. We are so happy to hear about Mystic and her life with you. Thank you for all you do for and with her. We appreciate your personal comments and prayers as well. They mean the world to us.
All The Details
Diesel had his first camping trip this last weekend. What a trooper! Diesel had a German shepherd puppy to play with along a few other dogs.
Diesel stayed close to camp and when he got tired went to the tent to nap or found a sunny spot to stretch out.
We hiked up to some lakes on Saturday and Diesel did amazing! Puppy power to the fullest!
I did let my friends daughter take Diesel to her tent Saturday night since a queen air mattress with myself, Foster, and Duke is pretty full. Apparently, Diesel woke up and started whining so she had to bring him home and she said as soon as he got to our tent his little tail went to wagging, he came in and plopped down between Duke and Foster so I had to move my sleeping position lol!
On a sadder note, this will be Duke’s last hiking trip, It is just too hard on him. He can go camping next year but the hike is just too much for him, I won’t put him through that again.
It was a great weekend and excited to see how Diesel does next year-I am sure he will be thankful not to get high centered on logs 🙂
This is at the trailhead of the hike up the mountain, I take a picture of Foster there every year, it will be fun to compare these and next years.
Cliff and I are glad this could work out for you–that we got a hunt-potential blue male pup in time for Foster to have the summer to spend some time with him. Thank you–for all the extra effort you put into making this work Sheila. You are an awesome Mom and a great Weimaraner person.
Tobryn and Tallyn
I hope you enjoy this picture a of Tallyn at 8 weeks. Tobryn and Tallyn are working things out. When Tobryn doesn’t think I am looking, they play and dig and frolic. When Tobryn sees that I am watching, he gives Tallyn the cold shoulder…………LOL
Am canning tomatoes, beets, beans, cucs, and so on…….wondering who all is going to eat what I have canned. LOL
The Weims may help with some of what you can–or that which doesn’t make the jar is more likely. We are happy to see that Tobryn is accepting his new Blue brother (Tallyn). You are doing well with them Ron. Thanks for the share.
At Wallowa Lake
This afternoon (August 9th), I took Benson with me in my kayak at Lake Wallowa. He sat still for most of the way, even fell asleep for a bit. Thanks for exposing him to water, I don’t think he was scared of the water.
He sleeps in his kennel at night and walks on the lead with ease. He is lovable and wants to please; however, at certain times, he ignores me and does his own thing. He starts puppy class next week. Thanks for him.
You are doing great! Keep up your efforts. For sure keep him water friendly so he can join you on the lake. We look forward to hearing more in the future.
~ Buck and I are making progress
“Well, he managed to get thru the intermediate training, on to advanced in sept and hope he passes the canine good citizen test at the end.”
Congratulations to the two of you. Training is as much for the human (if not more) than the pup. Socialization and learning skills in an organized manner is always a great idea. All who achieve greatness start out at the beginning. It is all about the journey you are taking together.