~Adventures with Smokey
It’s been a cold and wet few weeks here. The mountain tops and hills around us have had a dusting of snow, which is a beautiful site since it’s not an annual thing here. Much better to see white where not long ago there was smoke and an orange glow.
Smokey has been on many adventures with his best friend and family. We just recently went to the beach with 70-degree weather. Next stop is the snow. We had to change plans this weekend due to the almost impassable Sierra Nevada roads up to our cabin in So Lake Tahoe. Hopefully, we will update you with snow photos!
Other adventures include riding in the little car with dad to pick the boys up from school, dressing like dad, Starbucks dates with mom, walks, riding in the back of the big truck with fluff blowing in the breeze around town, and lots of play at the dog park with sister weim (penny) and new friends. Mom has a good time too, watching all the crazy dog people just like her.
He even has his own zip up hoody like brothers’ to keep him warm. Not so sure he even knows he’s a dog? He sure does bark with disapproval when mom puts all the dogs outside before work. But mom knows it’s a better alternative to being stuck in his cave all day until dad gets home. Luckily Penny distracts his resentment with her annoying, playful nips, as the older dogs look on with boredom.
It’s a perfect mix of personalities in their pack hierarchy. Just like their humans.
Thanks for such a perfect pup!
We are so happy to hear about Smokey–the adventures as well as his place within the family. I am sure this will be read and enjoyed by many OwyheeStar fans. Thank You–Niki, for taking the time to put together such an excellent update.
~ We voted!
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!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
From Southern California
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
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.
~ Cheerleader Sounds About Right
Everyone enjoys seeing Moxie and her entourage. (Haha) We know this year will fabulous with Miss Moxie as a Cheerleader.
~Lakes and Rivers we Swim
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. Moxie 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.
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!
~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
~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.
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…
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.
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).