Ducky came into my life on his 8 week birthday. My first Weimaraner, Ted, was a silver grey so I decided to go with a blue this time around. People often ask me how I came up with the name Ducky. I have a litany of answers: he was born in Oregon, he was #7 of 9 in his litter – so a lucky duck, he waddled a bit like a duck as a puppy, I’m Mindy Brown and there’s a famous fashion designer in NYC named Duckie Brown – but most important, I just liked the name, I found it unique and it fit him to a tee! He has nicknames like Duskster, Duck Duck, Ducky Brown, The Baby, King of the Hill, my Angel, etc. but mostly he’s just plain ole Ducky. He’s also my Hunter. That hunting lineage is definitely at the forefront of his personality. He’s always looking for something to hunt down – whether it be a fly in my kitchen or a squirrel running across my back wall. He also thinks he’s a cat as he can leap and scale a 10’ wall. He’s not so ball crazy as my last Weim, but he definitely likes to play – only problem is – he destroys all of his toys. He’s definitely an elite athlete. He loves to go to the park and play frisbee – loves to run on the beach and loves to go for rides in the car. He likes to bask in the sun and lounge after his off leash hikes in an unincorporated area of Palos Verdes. He loves to play with other dogs and is as fast as lightning – always the leader of the pack. He prefers to have a part of his body touching me and usually has a shoe, slipper or piece of my clothing tucked under his snout. He likes to sit wherever I am and often times stretches a body part on me. He’s also very loquacious – as he’s always talking to me – especially when I’m cooking in the kitchen or working on the computer. But above everything – he loves loves loves to eat! This dog has one mighty appetite and loves his fruits and vegetables.I honestly didn’t think I could ever find an equal replacement to Ted, but after 3 years and several trips to Sun Valley – I put all my faith in Shela and Cliff – and my prayers were answered. I had only two requirements: a large blue male – and sure enough, I got that and much more. Above and beyond all of his other great traits, he’s the SWEETEST and SMARTEST dog and an amazing companion!
~ 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.
“says Oh Yeah!”
Here is Kula doing what he loves, swimming after sticks in the river, even when the water gets cold, he is keen for a swim! He is super good at navigating the currents and rapids and knows the commands right or left when he loses track of a stick and I can direct him from the shore!
~Pilikia and Kula Bleu
Hi it’s Tina. I just wanted to share a few photos of Enzo with you. I don’t have a Facebook account as I am not really a social media person.
Enzo is such a great puppy and we love him so much. He is fitting into our family perfectly. I look forward to each new adventure.
Enzo at 11 weeks old has been such a joy added to our life. As he is adorable, he is still very much a puppy chewing on everything and keeping us on watch all the time. Even so we love him as addition to our family.
We are so happy, so thanks again.
We are so delighted to hear that Enzo is doing excellent. He sounds like the typical Weimaraner puppy. They love using their mouths, and when it is not the mouth, then it is their feet. Both empower the Weimaraner pup–and are challenging to get in compliance. (Haha) Cliff and I are both so happy to get the news from you. Thanks ever so much for the update. It means the world to us.
~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
~at Three Months
They are getting along swimmingly,
PS: And the exercise in the pool is so much easier on their paw pads than the desert floor. Cooper is up to 3 cups of food a day and still not packin’ any belly fat – looks like we have a big boy on the way …
Thank you, Cal, for the update. We love seeing Cooper (Bernie X Boone 2018) taking to the water. You are correct about the pool being a lot easier on the paw pads; however, it is ideal for joints and overall health. We encourage everyone to work on getting the water-retrieve–the benefits are multifaceted. The young Weimaraner needs to limit the pounding of the pavement–until the growth plates close. What’s a person to do with all that excess energy–well, swimming is the ideal solution.
It is so great to see Luke having adjusted to Cooper’s arrival. At first, the interloper was not to his liking; however, now he has a brother/friend–a special companion.
~ in the works!
Willow just discovered the joys of water! She was apprehensive at first, but we lured her into the baby pool with a floating rubber ducky. The trick was acting as if we didn’t notice her.Naturally, she thought she was getting away with something 🙂 It was so much fun watching her splash around and discover it on her own.Later, she tried jumping in the hot tub, so we know she’s ready to take to the lake this weekend! We are overjoyed that she may love the beach as soon as her boosters are done!Much love – Renee & Tony
We (along with the world) have been watching Willow’s adventures. Thank you, Renee. I love that you have not forgotten Roxy–I see those posts honoring her life. We met so very long ago. Who knew we would be able to stay connected over the years?
Cliff and I are ever so thankful for your loyalty and friendship. We don’t take it lightly. We know Willow will have every advantage available. We sincerely hope she continues to delight your heart. I am positive Roxy is watching over everything–possibly shaking her head and patting her paw to give direction.