We are Happy to have Blu in our Lives
I am a huge dog-lover. As a kid, I grew up with Labs. As an adult (and as a father) I had to take a back seat to what dogs my kids liked. Needless to say, it has been a long time coming for me to have “My Dog”. The kids are grown, that is except for our four-year-old. She is not yet old enough to select her dog of choice. This time around it is my turn. I love the fact that they are friendly and feel part of the family. Have looked into this breed for years.
Blu is making his way into our home and hearts
Plenty of room for Blu to run around. My youngest Daughter is in love with Blu, and he likewise with her.
DUCKY is fabulous soaking up the sun – living the California beach life. He’s 6 months and 3 days now. We will plan for him to get his rabies shot in the next few days. I also need to start thinking about neutering him.
He went in yesterday (it was either then or Friday for our vet)
No reaction here, not even stiffness at the injection site. He has a very minor ear infection so we had his little ears cleaned out deeper by the vet and got some ear drops to clear it up. I love our new vet, when I told her I didn’t want lepto or corona in the DPPV she said she doesn’t use those any way! And she’s made it clear she likes to keep treatment simple and holistic when possible.
I had a fecal exam done too, just to be safe because he had some soft stool that day any way, and just to be safe, it came back this morning negative. So, we are off to a great start.
At the Barn
Today was his first trip to the barn and he was magnificent. He has such a winning personality, cautious but not nervous, and he adapts to new people and places so quickly! He’s already begun to calm for non sleep/night time crate time pretty well.
He’s going to be such a wonderful man!
Breeder’s Note: For more information on how to keep the Weimaraner puppy safe, check out our blog ‘Holistic for the Weimaraner.’
Ducky had his 12 week booster yesterday and weighed in at 18.6lbs. He’s so big it’ll be a challenge to pick him up in the near future. Training around the house is going well although he hates the ‘Gentle Leader.’ :)))
Charming and Handsome
In the meantime, I wanted to share these photos. Everyone marvels at how gorgeous he is!
Also, just an FYI – the states of California and NY do not allow ‘complimentary pet insurance’ in the case of the AKC 60-Day Trial included in your packet. We ended up going with TruPanion as we found that to be the most popular pet insurance here.
Breeder’s Comment: Thank you Mindy for the wonderful update. Everyone (us included) hopes to read about some their pup’s litter-mates. Some folks are frequent contributors; others mean to get me an update, but they forget. Life is eventful. We suspect that sending us a note about the pup is a pretty low priority for a lot of folks; reasons will vary–not good on the computer, working hard with the pup, obligations, other interests, etc.
Pet Insurance: A few years back we didn’t think pet insurance was a must. Recently, it is more clear that a lot of pets have been put down due to lack of funds. The Weimaraner might not see that happen, but when a person is facing $ 4,000 plus, and there is no guarantee–anything can happen. DNA weaves through. Despite efforts to eliminate or eradicate problems, it is impossible to avoid all problems. The Weimaraner is prone to bloat, and athletic. The first could lead to an emergency situation. We have not seen many of the OwyheeStar pups lost to bloat, nor have we lot one of our Weims. Nevertheless, it is always a risk. Secondly, the athletic Weimaraner can easily tear an ACL, injure a limb, or do serious structural damage in one of their antics. Yes, we did say antics–those living with these wonderful creatures may well know what we mean. Therefore, we recommend carrying some kind of insurance. The down-side of having insurance is the vet may recommend too many chemicals, shots, etc. for the Weim if you don’t hold the line. They mean well, but the Weimaraner is not tolerant of anything other than a holistic approach. Problems are best avoided when possible.
Our Vet recommends Pets Best Insurance–click here to learn more. It is good to compare policies. The AKC insurance is another option, and of course in your puppy packet comes a trial version. This is meant to get you to keep their insurance, and we are positive they make a little kick-back. Supporting AKC is not necessarily a bad thing. Regardless, we recommend you compare the policies, and talk to someone at your vet office. Certainly, a major medical type policy would be good to have if something untoward knocks on the door. We have seen reports that show where the first year the cost of the insurance is a wash–there are a lot of factors, and expenses in the first twelve-months. Some of these probably are not covered, but many are, and a lot of policies help with the spay/neuter expense.
We are having a great time with Blu, she loves to have open area to run. She has her stubborn side, she will come to you when she wants ( working on that ).
Breeder’s Comment: Remember when not so long ago she was in your arms? It doesn’t take long to go to adult-looking yet puppy acting. Expect the Weimaraner to retain some of their puppy behavior for life. Then too, you will face challenges as to whom is sailing the ship. This is all normal. Keep up the great work!
Whatever a person does…
It is important not to get discouraged, and to keep your special relationship. This relationship needs to be respectful, and it is important to develop the Weimaraner’s desire to want to please you.
leadership discourage gain gently holding your leadership Mouthing, with forward you balance.
Here are a couple of former posts featuring Blu..
An Update; Healing Thoughts….
Bliss and I wish you the best and hope the “cone-head” days of healing are soon behind you.
The cone-head photo was taken in Bliss’ first year. She has had to wear it again on numerous occasions in the last three years, but Thank God nothing too serious. She needed stitches after catching a wild turkey that fought back, a run-in with barbed wire, and numerous encounters of poison oak.
While she doesn’t care for the cone, it doesn’t get her down and she uses it to her advantage like a battering ram. Male groins beware!
Thank you so much for all that you do, we would be bereft without our Bliss! She has given us so much joy and plenty of stories of her adventures and antics. I have many pages to write and share another day.
Wishing you cone free days ahead soon,
Katherine and Bliss — (Maggie x Zee 2011)
Brent Reported: I just took Kula and Pilikia to the vet for their annual shots, and the Vet said that Pilikia was about as perfect of a dog she has ever seen!!!!
Breeder’s Note: We meet the most interesting folks via the Weims. Kula and Pilikia reside with a couple who put a lot of effort into everything they do. It is not surprising the Kula was featured in the Whole Dog Journal, and accomplished so much more. Then Pilikia joined the family, and it was a good fit all the way around. This athletic family could be spotted in any number of locations–running, biking, or sailing. Brent recently described himself as a professional dog-walker who sails now and then;-) Brent has been sailing professionally for 23 years. We loved these photos he shared with us of boats he sailed on (in various capacities). Honestly, we don’t think the Weims made any of these trips.
Hummmm I wonder what happened here?!!
Lucy discusses what happened in their backyard…
If it looks like a hole and smells like a hole could it really be a hole?!! I think it is!!! But…. Who would dig a hole in my backyard?!!
I am not taking the wrap for this…
Oh now I know!!! It’s my bratty baby brother Luigi!!
He really irritates me at times and I must do something to set him off in a frenzy. The next thing I know is I see him digging a big hole!!
He likes to dig deep enough to expose all the white sprinkler pipes. You see all the evidence on his face and his feet?!!! Will he ever grow out of this? Not as long as I’m around….. But isn’t that what brothers and sisters do antagonize each other?… Ha Ha!!!!
Note: I am not a racist, but I want to point out that Luigi is not a Weimaraner. He is not a longhair Weimaraner. He is a Golden, or as he points out to me–he is Mom and Dad’s Golden Boy. I say uhuh whatever. You are taking the wrap for this buddy!
Idelle has some thoughts on the topic too!
This is what we came home to today after leaving the kids outside while we went to Costco.
I don’t think Luigi will ever grow out of digging. For years we used to blame Lucy because with Luigi’s bad elbows we didn’t think he could power dig those big holes. But as time went on we discovered that the dirt was always all over him and not Lucy. That’s not to say that she is all innocent but we now think he does all the digging and she watches. I have seen her give him a look or bump into him and then he will go into a frenzy and zoom around the house or yard. Well I guess Lucy is keeping him young huh? Ha Ha!! Here is the damage we came home to…..
freedom. doesn’t manage.