Colby Finds Comfort
I don’t really send much on Colby these days. But I wanted to take a moment to share a couple photos I snapped of our youngest with him the other day.
It’s been a little rough for Colby with the passing of our older dog, Sable. It hit him worse than anyone, since the rest of us were prepared for this to happen. We’ve been giving him lots of loving and he is milking it pretty well. Case in point: letting him on the bed with the baby.He doesn’t know of to be cognicent when she is laying around and stepping on her is a possibility I’d rather avoid. When he came up to attempt a nap, I charged him a few photos. He grumped off shortly after he realized no nap would be happening here.The weim grieves loss just like we do. But a little love can help to mend a broken heart.
I think Weimaraners, just as humans, process loss in different ways. Some seem to go on with life and adjust quickly. Others suffer intensely.
It never ceases to amaze me how most Weims adapt to life changes. I truly believe much of this is due to their inclusion in the family. When some add a baby, they forget that the Weimaraner was the center of the universe before the baby arrived. Others include the fur-family members without expecting them to be relegated to the background.
Many times a pup who comes into a family with children will be fueled by the energy of the toddler and younguns running around. Unwanted puppy nipping and also jumping up are typically the issue. It can be challenging. In the same family, if there is a baby, it may well never be a problem. The Weimaraner often are more careful and found to cuddle in with the baby. I used to have a photo of a baby sleeping on the Weimaraner. The family said it calmed the baby. Our relationships are complicated and amazingly unique.
Thriving in Idaho
As you can see, Parker has made himself to home.
We’ve been enjoying the blog with all of the updates about Parker’s litter mates.
And, he’s worked his way into our hearts!
As you can see from the photos, Parker is growing up. Amazing how he’s grown in 3 weeks. He’s now a handsome young boy and he outgrew his forest green collar and his baby blue eyes. He now weighs 17 pounds!!!
We went to Dr. Calhoun on Wednesday and Parker got his 12-week puppy shot. His exam was excellent and his shoulder is doing very well. Kendall was just overwhelmed with how much he’s grown and how feisty he is. Dr. Calhoun seemed very pleased with his progress.
We think he’s hoping he can be a lap dog forever…
Yes, Parker’s quite a character…very busy all the time with his toys. He loves to play ball and he’s very good at it. He sleeps in his crate every night (with the door open) and we all sleep through the night. House training is coming along. (It helps if it’s not snowing or raining outside 🙂 He’s still afraid when the big dogs next door bark when he’s out in the backyard, but he loves to chase the little puppy who lives across the street.We’ve registered Parker with AKC and gotten his AKC Reunite set up. Thank you for arranging all of that.
Take care,Dave, Patty, and Paker
Ozzie’s 5th birthday was yesterday!
I can’t believe this amazing boy has been in my life for almost 5 years! I can’t imagine my life without this sweet, independent, funny boy!
He’s our cuddle bug and loves to give kisses! Ozzie loves the go to the bank cause he knows he will get cookies! Somehow he always knows when a trip to the bank is imminent. He’s such a happy boy who, when we come home from being gone, will wiggle his whole body, not just his tail. He wiggles so hard! Makes us laugh every day!Terrie & Ken (Payette, Idaho) March 1, 2017
Hello from Fargo.
I can’t put into words how much Mia means to me. Mia recently turned 10. She loves to be around people and is awesome with kids. She is still a counter top surfer. I know not to leave food out anymore but she is always waiting for the inexperienced guest! The trick she likes to play on new people during dinner is to go to the door and bark like she needs to be let out. As soon as someone gets up to open the door for her, she races to the table to steal the food off their plate!
She is my shadow and often steps on the back of my shoes or runs into my legs because she follows me so closely around the house. She loves going on walks and wants to greet everyone we meet. She’s disappointed that not everyone stops and scratches her ears.
She’s my best friend, I can’t imagine how boring life would be like without her. Thanks so much for my girl !
Thank You, Sara, for remembering us. We appreciate all you have done for and with Mia. It is just so great to know she has brought you great joy.
We purchased Sterling from you in 2004. I believe he was born in early 2004. He’s been an absolutely amazing companion and family member. Our two girls who are 8 & 10 grew up with him as their big brother, and what a good big brother he has always been.
Still Going Strong
He’s in good health, and still very energetic. We recently had to put our dog Gracie to sleep, and have been thinking about bringing another Weim into our family.
We are delighted to receive news of Sterling–and thank you, for including a photo. Of course, we would love to work with you again. For everyone considering this same thing, here are a few considerations.
- Even repeat clients must fill out the application. This fresh information is needed to provide us with a clear understanding of your current lifestyle.
- There is a small fee to lock in a place on the Wait List.
- Yes, we typically have a waiting list.
- Predicting the time we will get the puppy for you can be difficult, if not impossible. Although we realize everyone wants to plan and speculate, there are too many factors out of our control.
- There is always the unknown; a mating may not produce a litter.
- How many pups will be born?
- The sex of the pups.
- In some cases, we cannot know the coat color or the coat length.
- The Wait List folks also have priority in the order they are on the list but keep in mind people change their mind along the way about a lot of things–timing, color, sex, etc.
- We do not do picks. Our matches are based on the information you provide, and the finding gleaned from our Discovery and Placement Test process.
- The Discovery and Placement findings effect the availability.
- We always consider the pup’s best interest first. Nevertheless, this is in everyone’s best interest.
- The importance of locking in a place on the Wait List cannot be understated.
- We use this list to plan future litters.
- Priority is based on your place on the list.
- We adhere to the order even when no one is looking.
- Plan to wait for an average of six-months. On occasion, there is no wait at all. Other times, depending on your preferences the wait might even be longer.
I’ve thought about you guys often over the years. Sadie was born on Sept 12, 2003. I just lost her yesterday. She was the most amazing dog ever and I’m so unbelievably devastated with her loss. Her ½ sister Moxie is doing great and full of health and muscle and I cannot see the pain in her yet with the loss. Max was another we adopted along the way as well and I’m sure both will find it hard not to have her around. It was so funny how many dogs were attracted to Sadie. Something about her was so appealing to them. My wife and I would always comment how good she smelled and how good her temperament was.
She Did It All
She was everything I asked for in my initial application for her. She was and is beyond a perfect match. She got to enjoy lots of mountain time and ultimately probably beat her up too much but she did enjoy an abundance of fun times hiking, biking, swimming, boating, wondering around, playing in the snow, going to the lake and going on appointments all the way through Monday to house showings.
My Constant Companion
It was so neat to see how she never wanted to be away from my side. I could sit in my chair with her at my side and it was amazing to see how she would sit and just gaze in my eyes for hours.
On a cold winter day, it was always comforting for both of us to have cuddles on the couch. She always wanted to be between my legs and on the bed she always wanted to be in the crease of my armpit and chest.
How I will Miss those Kisses
Something else about this lovely girl is how she’s always raised her nose to the sky and ask you to give her kisses on her neck, face, and ears. I’ll miss those greatly along with how she would always smile.
Are you guys still breeding? It may be another 6 to 12 months before I am ready but am interested in another great family member to build another great friendship and bond with.
Out of the 1000 photos I have of my furry’s I hope you enjoy these two.
Thank you so much. I’m ever grateful to you as breeders for giving me something so special and for God to allow me 13 great years with her. She can never be replaced and will never be forgotten.
In LOVING memory of Sadie 9.12.03 – 9.27.16
We are sad to hear that Sadie had to depart our world. We are positive that her trip over the rainbow bridge was provided for in the same manner she lived. Thank you for all you did with and for her during the 13+ years she lived and played with you.
Yes, we still raise the Weimaraner. Thank you for allowing us to post your testimonial and this tribute to Sadie.
I can guarantee you are the best. You take care your pups like your own children. You give advice, newsletter etc. We all love you. We always said Shela (and Cliff’s) puppies are the cutest and the softest. Bella’s skin is like a suede blanket. We adore her. She is a total sweetheart. ~Sri Love you xoxo
We are glad you love Bella so much. It means a lot to us that you took the time to say these nice things about us. We hope that Bella lives long and brings you much joy for many years to come. She makes our heart happy too!
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon!
~ Hello Autumn 2016
Thursday we welcomed the official first day of Fall. We continue to hope for the warming trend and extended temperate weather known as Indian Summer. Our yards have been stomped by the summer/early fall pups. It is amazing how their little paws can stomp out the lawn. Warmer weather and a little water might bring it back. We can hope.
Our neighbor is spraying his hay field this morning. We try to stay natural with our land as much as it is possible. There is a battle for the minds and hearts over those who use the various chemical applications. Ultimately a person has to figure what is necessary and what is overkill. We want to be as holistic in our approach as it is possible. It is not realistic to avoid every chemical or vaccine. That is a discussion for another day.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! On Friday as well as Thursday, we featured a Blue Longhair. All the other Weimaraners were the more common (and traditional) short coat. The Longhairs have appeared in the breed since the beginning. The desire to systematically eliminate the Longhairs from the DNA pool was once a thing. Today, they are accepted and celebrated in the Show Ring everywhere but the USA. Nonetheless, they are catching on and probably will become a subcategory here too! That being said, we highly doubt the Blue Coats will be embraced by the Weimaraner Club of America anytime soon–probably never. Therefore, the Blue Longhair Weimaraner is outside the perimeter. It doesn’t stop people from wanting one.
Sunday—September 18 — Dunkin
Monday —September 19— The Gray Ghost
Tuesday —September 20 — Tallyn’s Adjustment
Wednesday —September 21 — Rylee
Thursday — September 22 — Luke and Cador
Friday —September 23 — Stanley
On a very personal note
This week was a week of finishing up the summer puppy things and trying to regroup. Sadly, I have not gotten the touch-up painting done yet. That is calling me soon. I have to get it done while the weather cooperates.
On Sunday we went to church early and then returned to town at noon for the Sunday Noon Matinee. We loved ‘Sully.’ We don’t often get to the movies. This one was worth the effort. If you have not seen it yet, we recommend it! Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood (Tom plays Sully, and it is directed by Clint Eastwood) team up to bring this miracle to life. A lesser man might have gone down himself; however, Captain Sully showed the courage and strength of character to overcome two overwhelming situations. See it!
Thanks to You
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are immensely grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. We can fill in a bit when necessary; however, we like to keep the integrity of your writing real. A couple of sentences can go a long way–sometimes it is enough. Those that have sent us updates know we are more than likely to post it word-for-word.
There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is greatly appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing!
I wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you. The entire experience we had with you was fantastic. The initial screening, web info, weekly pictures, agility testing, ease to talk with, meeting times, etc. could not have been any better or any easier. My daughter (Abby) was just blown away with the surprise and has been a great trainer for the dog. She spends so much time caring for the dog and loving on her it is just fun to watch. We named our dog Rylee after several days of discussions with the other two kids.
Crate Training Happened
We were vigilant sticking to the crating break-in period and she now loves her crate and gets lots of rest inside after she is worn out from all the play action with the kids. It took about 5 days of crating before she calmed down and stopped whimpering. Nights were just very hard on her during those first three days. She knows how to ring the bell we hung from the back door to get us to open the door so she can access the backyard. Abby is now working on other commands using her clicker and treats that the neighbor provided. She is a smart dog and very loving. She just wants to be around us and involved in the action.
~ Please reference our comments below
We went to the Vet as prescribed with our vaccine protocol which the Vet agreed with. The only change the Vet recommended was to increase Parvo treatment up to 20 weeks. The Vet explained they had a northern Nevada Vet meeting and the Parvo virus had exploded in our area (Reno) and all Vets wanted to extend the vaccine period and then do the titer at 20 weeks. The Vet was amazed by all your info and care plan for the dog that you developed. We have been limiting our contact with the dog to our house to control her risk to Parvo. Everyone that visits comments how nice of a dog she is and how beautiful she is.
We are so happy with Rylee and have been blessed to meet you. Thank you so much for bringing this dog into our lives. She is a perfect fit for our family!
People like you make all the effort worth it. Thank you, we appreciate hearing that you followed through, and all is going well.
We respectfully disagree with the Vet’s suggestion to give the sixteen-week puppy shot instead of the Weimaraner recommended vaccine titer test. The risk of triggering a health issue is not worth giving the additional (most likely unnecessary) vaccination.
The sixteen-week vaccine titer will show whether your pup is immune. If they are immune, the breed recommendation is to forego doing a sixteen-week shot. Almost without exception, a veterinary practice is going to recommend the sixteen-week shot. We are sticking with the Weimaraner Club of America’s breed recommendation. A vaccine reaction can be life-threatening. We know of a Weimaraner that died as a result of the sixteen-week puppy shot. There are other risks too–immune disorders which can be triggered in some Weimaraners. Who wants to find out after the immunization that your pup was in the 8% affected? No one! We believe it is better to be safe than sorry.
~and the Asian Pear
This crazy dog of ours will go crazy for an Asian Pear. She packed that pear around and protected it all morning before she finally ate it.
We don’t know about pear seeds. Apple seeds contain cyanide, and it builds up in the liver over time. All pits and seeds a suspect. An occasional indulgence is not going to hurt anything in all likelihood. It would be good to research the pear seed.