~No Cats Allowed
Ellie loves to rest on the couch by the fire with her blanket covering her. Unfortunately, so do the cats. The black cat likes to “knead dough” on the blanket, especially if Ellie is under it. This really annoys Ellie. In this picture, Ellie is pretending the cats aren’t there.
All the Best, Bob
Thank you, Bob, for sharing Ellie’s dilemma. I am sure she is not the first to cope with unwanted attention in this manner. You’d think though, that she would relish the idea of the kitty-kneading away. What a silly girl she is–and those cats make sure they are never too far away. (Haha)
Azula is growing like a weed. She went from 10 lbs. last Monday to 13 lbs. today! She has been sleeping most of the night and has learned come, sit, and down. We are also working on “crate”, “kisses” and stop (especially when she starts getting too mouthy).
The cats are still wary of her, but our normally skittish cat is actually much more nonchalant about her than the other one.
She has been absolutely delightful unless she is in one of her frenzied teething fits, when she sees us as fair game for chewing on.
While she still doesn’t love her crate, she has occasionally retreated to it for naps.She did have a bout of diarrhea last week, so the vet held off on her parvo shots until today. I’m attaching a couple of photos for you…
And here is a link to a video from tonight, of our very opinionated baby girl: Azula Fetching
I hope all is well with you guys! Stay dry and warm, ~Christine
We are happy to hear about Azula and her adventures. We cannot emphasize what it means to be hearing from so many of you this fall. We truly appreciate it. In truth, I burn through the updates pretty quickly at a blog a day. (Haha) I am sure Azula’s littermates are thrilled to see her cute face again, too!
Smart and Opinionated
Azula is super smart, she was already bringing her toy back to me.
She is an opinionated and self-assured little girl – and has bonded to us quickly. She’s also been super good about going outside to do her business! We love her spunk and affectionate manner. Now if only her tiny raptor teeth were less sharp…
Azula was sleeping in her crate 😊. As you can see, she doesn’t always sleep in her crate. Right now she’s crashed out next to my 16-year-old.
Other Fur Family
Here she is checking out one of the cats….
Neither of our two cats is amused by her – but the one you saw will actually probably be fine soon – she loves to play and was out hunting voles while we were keeping Azula entertained…
We are happy that little Miss Azula is settling in quickly. Before long, she and the cats will have things worked out–probably a chess match situation. We appreciate the update–the photos and the video is fabulous. We look forward to hearing how things go as she matures. We expect great things. Thanks for your loyalty. We don’t take it lightly.
Celebrating Four Years
Hard to believe Maggie turned 4 in December! Thought we would send some photos of her so you could see how adorable she is.
We are still amazed by her awesome personality and spunky spirit. She keeps us young–but she has truly been one of the best dogs we have ever had! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!
Phil and Gretchen — Rathdrum, ID
Dear Phil and Gretchen–we appreciate you folks thinking about us. It looks like Maggie is enjoying life and that she helped make Christmas a lot of fun. Yes, we love her photos. We always enjoy hearing about Maggie and seeing her photos–as do others.
Some Friends You Choose
~Others Select You
Dear Ellie, I see your kitty is still stalking you—or more aptly getting in your space in your previous report ( click here to see Ellie and her kitty in an earlier OwyheeStar Blog).
It is hard to imagine how life could be more to your liking even though you share your space. The furniture looks comfortable, the blankets cozy. We know the stove will soon be lite to keep you toasty warm. What more could a girl want?
Who Can Say What Will Happen?
Cliff and I rescued two farm cats a couple of years ago. They have lived in the house with all the usual hoopla (and more because we have the Weimaraner). We have been reticent to turn them free thinking they would not be OK. We have quite a few farm cats. They roam the place and find shelter here and there. They mouse, but we also feed them.
Our two rescues (‘Paws’ and ‘Sylvie’) are littermates. Nevertheless, they couldn’t look more different. “Paws’ has the markings of the Siamese, and ‘Sylvia’ is a gorgeous silver-gray tiger stripe. There are other differences too! Paws had always been the more clingy and friendly of the two with Sylvia being fiercely independent.
We procrastinated when it came to moving the cats outside. We feared the worst. A Weimaraner might chase and catch them–it could be a swift end to their life. They two are not farm savvy and instead of avoiding the Weims they were totally intrigued by them. Nonetheless, with Shela’s recent prolonged health situation, the cats seemed to make her worse. That forced the issue and Cliff began making a provision for them in the equipment room allowing for an outside exit. Once they moved Cliff watched closely. ‘Paws’ disappeared and we feared the worst. ‘Sylvie’ refused to leave the equipment room initially. Then, ‘Paws’ made his appearance and began hanging out near out back entrance. Over time ‘Sylvie’ has joined him roaming the backyard. It has been amazing to watch this process unfold.
Cats and the Weimaraner
More than half of the OwyheeStar folks also have cats–some indoor cats and others live outside roaming the field or yard. The Weimaraner that joins a family with the resident cat (typically) views this as the norm. They tend to take charge of the cat as if it is their property. Nevertheless, it is wise to error on the side of caution. This idea of being careful is especially true when bringing home a rescue. Also, keep in mind that a feral cat might not make out the same as a resident cat. The Weimaraner may give chase, and it could end badly for the pursued.
I couldn’t help but send this to you after today’s blog 😃
This is Gromit with the cat Luna refers to as the orange dragon cat, she’s training her second Weim!
How will the family cat fare?
I thought you would find this funny. Ellie likes to groom our cat Sofie, and Sofie really enjoys it. ~ Bob
Breeder’s Comment: Ellie and other OwyheeStar Weims have done well with family (household) cats. They often will chase a feral cat out of their yard, but embrace the one they consider their own. Some cats will align with the household Weim; others watch from a distance. This kind of relationship is not a given. Most Weims that grow up with a household kitty will forge some kind of relationship. Introducing the new puppy to the kitty takes some skill, and supervision. Not every situation is the same. We suggest monitoring the situation; and making sure your kitty can find a place to escape the Weim’s vices. In Ellie and Sophia’s case, clearly that they have a sophisticated relationship.
Beorn is growing fast!
He is doing great and making gains everyday. Actually, he’s gaining about 4 pounds a week and growing fast.
He loves the kids and plays with them great (most of the time).
Beorn and our cats!
Thanks for our wonderful companion.
Breeder’s Comment: Thank you for sharing an update on Beorn. We truly appreciate you remembering us. The pictures are also fabulous!
It is great the cats, and he have worked out their relationship (and roll) within the family.
~ Shela and Cliff