Astra is doing great she knows sit come stay. She goes for walks with us. She loves playing squeaky ball. S he is so sweet, and she loves snuggling with mommy.
Thank you for our baby ~ Tanya
We are thrilled to hear that Astra has settled into a good routine–doing all the essential things. Of course, snuggling might be at the top of the list.
Not so long ago–she was loaded in the crate on her way to join her forever family. It is funny how in a very short time it seems like they have been with us forever.
Heidi goes almost everywhere with us, and is in great health, with the exception of some residual trouble with her right rear knee after TPLO surgery. She still runs like a maniac after the squirrels, but sometimes pays for it later. We’ve kept her on the probiotics and NuVet vitamins since day one, and we seem to have avoided any trouble with sensitivity to different foods or other issues. Thanks again for our beautiful girl!
We Would Love to Hear News
We would love to see other photos of Heidi’s siblings, and know how they are doing. As you might guess, we were delighted to read about Penny, a littermate of Heidi.
I posted a comment on the article about Penny, Heidi’s sister. Maybe if you read this and happen to have a photo or story you will Email it to Shela for the blog. ~ Val
Thank you, Val for commenting on Heidi’s sister Penny. It is nice that two are living the life–one in Idaho, and the other in British Columbia on a ranch. Maybe someone will read the blog and send along a story, some photos, or some tidbit of information about another littermate. We cannot guess what will happen. Life is busy–sometimes people forget about us until they suffer the unthinkable–a loss. We are always sad with them, and at the same time so happy for all the years they had together.
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…….😊
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!
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
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.
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?!?
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.
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.
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.
~ Talks about Life
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.
We understand that taking care of a family is a big job. What more can we say? Thanks for all your hard work, Berkley.
Roxy and Sage
~and their Non-Weim fur brother-Cooper
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.
Roxy 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!
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 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!