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House Rules

~Regarding–the Furniture

We try to have strict rules so all the furniture doesn’t get taken over by the dogs since both Jim and I are allergic to big loads of dog dander.

Our compromise is this:  One ancient sofa near the front hall is all theirs.  Sucia and Patos know that they can wrestle, scratch, jump on, chew toys and rough-house all they want on “their” old couch. The rule for the rest of the furniture is off-limits.  The one exception is this gray couch, and by invitation only,  in this picture is that it is off-limits, UNLESS it is covered with one of their fleece blankets.  they can only be on it when it is covered with one of these fleece blankets, usually when one of us is on the couch and want a pup to snuggle next to us.   Clearly, this was an afternoon that Sucia and Patos discovered that the fleece blankets were left on unattended…….😊

Breeder Comment

Every household has rules–spoken or unspoken. Sometimes we humans fail to keep our end of the bargain, and it is either confusing or allows bending the rules a bit. (Haha) Weims have a way of working things to their liking. We all know that. Don’t we adore them for their shrewdness — for the challenge they present? I think we can agree, we do.

Thank you, Megan, for this fabulous update. We truly appreciate it!

Berkley

Our Life Made Better

We wanted to share some new pictures of Berkley. We love her so much… Even though she still does very puppy-ish things! Bless you! Amanda

Breeder Comment

Wow–it is great to see some new photos of Berkley. There is nothing that makes us happier when it comes to the Weimaraners than seeing the fabulous life they are leading — being included in activities as well as being an integral part of the family. Thank you ever so much.

From our Home to Yours

We are honored to share with you something we hold dear. Thank you, all of you who have followed along and shared so many moments during the last year. As 2019 opens, we find ourselves having another 365 days –if all goes according to the plan. What will we do with our time? Who will we share our life with–what kind of relationship will it be?

If we think about it, it is like a writing a chapter in our book–we have laid the foundation and set the plot in action. Nevertheless, there are twists and turns. We are free to change, improve, adapt, and squeeze every moment to make the most of it. We cannot control as much as we would like–hopefully, we can manage our attitude and stay positive even in the darker moments.

Sharing our life with the Weimaraner or two is extraordinary–I choose to believe that they bring the best out in us. Yes, there are challenges–some we could not have imagined. Most of us Weim-lovers weather the issues well. Sometimes the mishap to our chagrin is unwelcome–others we find entertaining. Friend, I hope you are walking into the new year with at least one fur-family member. Everyone needs that kind of friend. I think it is safe to say that here because the non-dog loving crowd doesn’t read our blog, right?!?

Remember Mesquite?

On The Mend

~ Beyond Lucky

I wanted to let you know that Mesquite is on the mend–finally, I think! She is one mighty lucky dog. She was within a whisker from disaster.

I took her off the Carprofen and put her on the Duralactin. The Carprofen was just knocking her for a loop, all she wanted to do is sleep. She is normal now. I took her for a short walk this morning. She was bugging me to go. I am sure she gets tired of being cooped up in the house. I am sleeping on the couch right next to her crate at night. She goes out once during the night. I also keep her from licking the incision. I keep a T-shirt on her at night.

The fluid has gone down a lot. I sure don’t want to have to put a drain in the wound.

She sure is a good dog, never gives you any trouble. She will let you know when she doesn’t like something. For example–she doesn’t like to be sprayed with the Vetericyn Plus. It might be cold, I wouldn’t think it should sting. That stuff works! She sees me coming with the Vetericyn, and she starts doing the slow walk, with the head down.

She is feeling a lot better. I hope it continues. This an impossible time to have to get into the vet, with holidays.

Breeder Comment

We are happy to hear that Mesquite continues to improve. It was a scary accident, to say the least. I am glad you are getting her off of the Carprofen (AKA-Rimadyl). We understand it is the go-to anti-inflammatory drug of choice. Nevertheless, we have the first-hand experience with a young Stud Dog who had a severe reaction. After taking the medication for a few days, he developed uncontrollable seizures–we lost him as a result. He was not even six-months-old. Then two other clients who used the Rimadyl had a similar experience. We recommend trying to avoid this drug if at all possible. We are happy you have opted to move to the Duralactin. Anyone interested in learning more about how this product works should click here.

Love

What Does It Look Like?

It doesn’t require an explanation if you know what we are talking about–such a loyal friend is not one you come by every day. Maybe you are blessed indeed. We sincerely hope it is true.

Berkley

     ~ Talks about Life

Is this what you are looking for?

Sometimes humans need help. Woof! There is all that housework. Then too, they cannot find their stuff. Speaking of stuff–they cannot seem to keep track of their glasses.

I recently read a post where a Weimar back East was involved with the glasses thing. Yes, I help find them. Sometimes we contemplate the complexities of life together. The biggest job I have is keeping a confidence–I think that is sometimes called a secret. I keep all kind of private stuff private. I am really good at listening –I never judge my humans. 

Breeder Comment

We understand that taking care of a family is a big job. What more can we say? Thanks for all your hard work, Berkley.

Spokane Area News

Roxy and Sage

  ~and their Non-Weim fur brother-Cooper

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We got my flowerbed and the entire front and other side of the house weed blocked and river rocked.  The only thing that grows well in the dry heat here seems to be petunias.

20181028_103005Roxy likes to stand on top of the septic cover where it is a bit warm during these cold days while she smells the air.  A lady whose dog died gave us her round Costco dog bed.  Sage is even venturing out of her crate to lay on it.  One day she and Roxy left a bit of room and Copper joined them.  Roxy and Copper play and play, loudly at times, and wear each other out.  Copper still tries to jump up on me.  He thinks I am his play buddy.  Not the brightest bulb.  He will be 2 in March.  Roxy still is cheeky as ever.  She will ring the potty bells then run into her crate when you open the door.  Sage has proven herself to be the biggest bone hog.  Roxy’s favorite hobby is to lay in the sunshine near the sliding door and watch for critters.  I had to move my parsley plant which I brought in for the winter because she was munching on it.

One more thing.  It was so funny.  The other day, Sage sat with a bone on the dog bed.  Then she barked at Copper every time he looked at her as if to warn him not to even try to take her bone.  She is so funny at times.  She has her bossy moments too!

Breeder Comment

We are glad to know that Sage and Roxy are still doing pretty well for you. I do always worry about River Rock. Recently I got a message about a young Weimaraner who ate several rocks. (OMG) We have known of several persons who had an issue with their Weims ingesting rocks which can lead to a life-threatening intestinal blockage.  I am sure Roxy and Sage will not start eating the rocks, but it is always a concern. Your flower bed looks lovely.

Ducky

Mindy Reports

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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!

Breeder Comment

Thanks, Mindy for choosing OwyheeStar. We appreciate the fact that you have stayed in touch. Most of all we appreciate the life you have made with Ducky. Thanks for this fun update. I know everyone is going to enjoy it.

Zeus and More

7 Candles

     ~First Puppachinno

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Here is Zeus enjoying his first Puppacinno at Starbucks on his 7th birthday on October 17th!

Weimaraner Art

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I’ve been working hard on my Weimaraner art that I thought you may like to see. Of course, I use my favorite Weimaraner, Zeus, as a model! 🙂
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I create custom Christmas ornaments from any picture of a pet. It helps if they are clear, close up pictures.  The ornaments are transferred onto painted wood, distress and waxed. They also have a rustic looking wire hook for hanging. The ornaments are around 4″ x 4″ depending on the picture. I also make custom wall art that is a little bigger than the ornaments. I am attaching a picture of the ornaments. I sell them for $15.00 each and all you have to do is email me a picture at: jeannelacasse.decorating@gmail.com or text it to me at:  (360) 441-0112
 
I also make custom signs. I made the above Weimaraner sign (of course). They are done on painted wood, hand painted, distressed and waxed. I can add a rustic hanging wire on the top or on the back of the sign but they also stand on their own. The color of the background is also up to you! I’ve used Grey for obvious reasons. 😉  All lettering is hand painted. I also painted a Weimaraner head but that is optional. I’ve attached the picture of the sign I made. I sell them for $20 each. So, if anyone is interested, I would love to create something special for their home. 
 
 
Jeanne & Zeus

Breeder Comment

Hello Weimlovers! Oh, and a Belated Happy Birthday Zeus! We wanted to pass along this information to all of you Weimar–addicts. (OMG) Well, you know what I mean. That Weimaraner sign is a must-have for many I think. (Haha) Of course, I realize you could do other breeds–but here we are all about the Weimaraner. Imagine that!?!
 

Our Luna

Personality Plus

    and my hunting partner

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As promised we wanted to keep in touch with our pup Luna from Lynnwood, WA. She just passed the 5 month mark and she is doing great. When she runs out her energy she’s so sweet but has lots of personality — which we just love. She’s been well socialized around other dogs and people and loves her daily walks and trips to the dog park.

But what I’m enjoying most of all is her as a bird hunting partner. I had taken it slow with her over the summer: introducing her to guns and quail and big open fields so I didn’t know what to expect when her and I did our first pheasant hunt (DNR planted birds in western WA). But wow was I impressed with her prey drive and stellar nose! And she’s not gun-shy! First, she gets super excited when she knows we’re going out, and for as young as she is, works the fields hard bounding all over the place in grass way over her head. Then when I’ve knocked down a bird in some heavy cover I was nervous we wouldn’t find it to reward her with. But wow was I surprised when she used her nose and tracked it down! – she wasn’t even 5 months yet. She doesn’t point or retrieve yet (obviously) but we’ll work on that next year. I hope to get her into the local NAVDHA club next year too.

So, all in all, we’re doing great and loving life. Hope you enjoy the photos.
All the best,
Mike and Michelle

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to hear from you. It is great to find out that Luna is doing well. Thanks for all the hard work — we realize that pups take work. We truly appreciate you sharing about the field work–she is coming along quite nicely.

We recommend joining the International NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) because to participate in the local chapter you have to join anyhow. There are some nice perks such as their magazine. It is always essential to keep in mind that pups can be no older than sixteen-months for the NAVHDA Natural Ability Hunt Test. It takes some planning and preparation. Typically, you want to enroll in the spring test early to get a slot. So, it is advisable to keep apprised of the scheduling, because slots fill quickly.

Zula Blue retired–she has been such an excellent addition to our breeding program. We kept her as a pup from two of our lineages. It turned out well. Since her retirement, she has joined Marie and Pushkin in Western Oregon. She is affectionately known as Zoo Boo. Maybe you noticed she had been featured on the blog a couple of times.