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Sealed with a Kiss

Moxie says

     ~ We voted!

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She slobbered all over the ballot envelope but everyone was so impressed she carried them in.  I can’t thank you enough.  She is so smart and a great companion.  Whether it’s lounging on the couch and cuddling hard or bringing in the newspaper.  Life would be so dull without her.  I’m hooked!
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On another note, I adore all of your blogs and love the weekend updates on you & Cliff.  The last pic you posted of him holding the 3 pups is so good.  What a great pic.  I very much enjoyed Loki’s post today.  Ski patrol.  So awesome!  No surprise though.  These Weims are so smart and want to learn.  Amazing Shela.  Thanks for all you do.
Chrissy
Breeder Comment
Can we agree that Chrissy voted with Moxie? (Haha) I thought that up all by myself. (Get it?!?)
It has been quite the week. This seems like a good way to punctuate the importance of casting your ballot.

Reporting

From Southern California

     ~It’s Style

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We are doing well. She has quite the temper and will let you know if she doesn’t like something. We are working at getting past the sharp puppy teeth thing. She is going to be a Sharp Hunter.

All Tuckered Out

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Breeder Comment

We are happy to hear that you are doing well with Style. We look forward to hearing about her future training and exploits. Thanks for thinking of us.

Costume, anyone?

Moxie’s In!

~ Cheerleader Sounds About Right

IMG_7097Every Halloween my mom throws a big Halloween costume party and of course, my dogs get to go too.  Moxie was a granny one year and our Cocker Spaniel was Little Red Riding Hood.  Last year Moxie joined my sister’s group costume as a circus clown.  She is in hot demand as she could care less what she is dressed as, as long as she has a ball.  We take advantage of that ball drive and always add a spooky twist with her ball and attach it to the hand of a severed arm every year.  She will drop the entire arm at someone’s feet to throw and she will fetch that darn thing all night!  

This year the dog’s will be dressed in a tribute to the T.V. Show Glee.  Our bossy little Cocker Spaniel will be Sue Sylvester (dressed in a red tracksuit with a whistle around her neck) and of course, Miss Moxie will be a cheerleader (all 80lbs of her).  I even picked up a brand new severed arm to affix a ball too.  Should be a blast!
 
Happy Halloween! 

Chrissy 

Breeder Comment

Everyone enjoys seeing Moxie and her entourage. (Haha) We know this year will fabulous with Miss Moxie as a Cheerleader.

Moxie Blue

Floating Poolside

     ~Lakes and Rivers we Swim

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I wanted to send a quick follow up to your water work blog.  Don’t be discouraged if your Weim prefers not to swim in the pool.  IMG_1449Moxie Blu prefers to float in the pool rather than swim.  She will swim a bit in the pool but it’s not the same as the lakes and rivers we often frequent.  I remember seeing other blogs with Weims relaxing on pool floaties.  image2

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Chrissy, for sharing these Moxie Blue Waterwork photos. Of course, we love her sitting atop the Flamingo. Who wouldn’t? Enjoying the pool, the lake, or whatever wherever you find it however you prefer is a good theme. There is no room for single-minded ideas. (Haha) Moxie shows us her classy style.

Of course, floating doesn’t expend much energy. (Haha) Regardless, what fun it is for her and her family. Thanks for the share. We truly appreciate it!

Smokey

Breeder Comment

We spoke with Niki and Chuck regarding their first Longhair. What we loved was how she said, “Shela, I remember you saying I would never be sorry.” “I am not! We love him even though we wanted the traditional smooth coat. We love him even though he had an eye issue (which you fully disclosed) before we accepted him. Anyhow, they promised to keep us apprised on the eye issue. It may never become serious–or it could end up being a more serious problem. Nonetheless, they assured us they would never regret having him in their life. Do we not meet the most awesome Weimloving folks ever? Yes, we do! Read on about Smokey–the much-loved Longhair.
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Niki Reports

~about his eye

Smokey had his first annual left eye check-up exam today. The doctor (an amazing local eye specialist) said his pressures were stable and he didn’t show any signs of inflammation. Unfortunately, he has developed new scarring on his cornea and cataracts ☹️😔. She did say, however, as long as it doesn’t become inflamed he should be fine until his next check-up next year.
Worst case scenario; he needs surgery to remove the left eye. So thankfully his right eye is perfectly working. He definitely is more guarded and startled when it comes to that eye since his vision is blurred. Otherwise, we don’t even notice and love him unconditionally. We knew going into it (taking him home and becoming part of our furever family) that he had a cloudiness in that eye.

He Won Our Hearts

Shela and Cliff were appreciate that you were very informative about the situation. We still chose to go forward with taking him. He won our hearts then and still does now. He gets pampered every night and probably babied a little more now. Next edition of our Smokey Saga will be the grooming process. Never in a million years would I thought of having a higher maintenance weim after my first (shorthair) weim.

More From Shela and Cliff

We look forward to working with you folks again–as discussed. We cannot be happier to hear that Smokey delights you. Also, we appreciate that you care for him in every way. Thank you, for keeping us apprised.

Alder

First Oregon

     ~Now he’s a California Boy

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Alder here just letting you know I am Award Winning Weimar!

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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!

IMG_4647I 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.

Breeder Comment

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.

 

Featured Weimaraner — Moxie

Moxie is a Joy!
IMG950585Here is week  our 2 update. Boy she is a joy. She is adapting to our life very well.

Housebreaking…etc

Potty trained, loving our backyard, and pointing daily at the birds. Eating well and pooping like a machine 🙂 She fetches really well.

The biggest hurdle…

IMG950357The only issue is biting/nipping. We are working on that though. Overall a 100 out of 100 in our eyes. First vet visit is next Thursday

Breeder’s Note: While some people seem to struggle on every side, things seem to be going quite excellent with Moxie. Nonetheless, puppy biting in this breed is always a challenge. Some people want to label this as aggressive behavior, but it is completely normal.

Getting through the biting or curbing it…

The more stimulus in the household, the harder it is to curb. Everyone has their ideas on how to stop the biting. We suggest you use one method (at a time). Changing up methods may exacerbate the process of getting through this phase. You don’t want to confuse the puppy by doing three different things to try to stop the biting.

Finding a solution might not happen overnight

Use one method. If you change methods, give it an honest try. More than anything, try not to get upset, or take it personal. Work toward getting the pup to want to please you. Your relationship will take you further than any training method.

Moxie -- keeping her cool!

Moxie — keeping her cool!

Keep your cool, and find your way through

No two pups will respond identical. No two persons are the same either. Within the litter, biting is curbed by a loud screech (eek or ack sound), as well as ignoring the offender or biting them back. We don’t recommend biting your puppy. People have been able to make a myriad of methods work–some better than others. Cliff has his own method that works without fail for him. Other people disrupt the biting by shaking coins in a container and diverting the pup’s attention, making another kind of sound, using a squirt bottle filled with water, or shunning the pup. Whatever method you use, it is more about making it through the process, and earning the pup’s respect. If you get frustrated or angry, things will not go well.

You might also note, that Moxie is another blue longhair, and related to Atticus (featured on yesterday’s blog).