Livee X Blue 2/28/2012
At age nine, our beautiful, fun and loving Maizie really enjoys her naps—but she is still full of playful puppy energy! She has a set schedule of when and where she likes to do things. She can tell time and wants to eat promptly at 7:00 am and 4:30 pm. She has an expected after-breakfast ritual of getting peanut butter in the 4 sections of her big black Kong bone. She runs upstairs to find it—and races back down the stairs into the kitchen and drops it on the floor at our feet for service! Then after that ritual, she expects to shake paws for 2 Quaker Oatmeal Squares and 3 blueberries! (How did she ever teach us that?!) She loves to cuddle after breakfast and some days becomes very vocal—almost singing and silly. She leaves us promptly if she sees a spot where the sun may be shining in on the floor (or on the guest room bed–formerly taboo, but won us over eventually!)
Squirrel spotting and chasing is her pastime at home. She sounds ferocious as she protects our backyard from them—but she wouldn’t know what to do if she got one! She has come nearly nose-to-nose with some on her walks—which becomes a stare-down contest! She gets a little dish of baby carrots every evening during our dinner meal—doled out one by one–as she lies politely and patiently on her fleece. Have you ever heard of a dog who asks for a lick of toothpaste every evening at bedtime when she sees me brushing my teeth?! Another ritual!! Maizie is a happy, healthy girl who brings smiles, laughs and joy to our lives every single day.
Mmmm…carrots and popcorn birthday treats! Why do you make me wear this silly hat every year? Actual “Maizie Socks!” (gift from our kids!)
Linda & Jerry LaBash
P.S. Maizie loves packages because they often contain new toys for her! This one came from Chewy for her birthday! She can’t keep soft toys though….they turn into multiple pieces very quickly!
We rejoice in the nine years — remembering her being a paper shredder and so much more. Thanks for remembering us and for taking such great care of Maizie.
~We Made the Trip Home
Thank you so much for the gift of Luke.
He had his first paw dip in the John Day to stretch his legs, and made it home having slept the entire way 😉
He fell asleep on AJs cowboy boots on the drive. He’s such a sweetie. THANK YOU.
We hope this little guy brings you great joy–and maybe a few birds. You are off to a beautiful start.
~ Worming his way into the family
Duke snuck into bed with his other sister Lacy this morning.
Not too long ago it was Duke and Chula. Anyhow, with us having two Weims, things have gone really well with him joining our family.
Some of you would remember Duke as VanGogh–because he lost some of his ear. He didn’t lose his sweetness, smarts, or personality. He came into the world with a damaged ear–really weird. But then, his Mama nibbled it clean–leaving it much too short. (OMG) He is still the sweetest thing. The photo was taken at three-weeks.
~Lucas – Age 18
In a few months I’m going to go off to college and I don’t think anything can prepare me for how much I’m going to miss Sherlock. When people say dogs are man’s best friend, they’re right. I’ve spent more time with him over these last four years than anybody else besides my family. How am I going to fall asleep without him curling up in my bed at night? Who am I going to play tug with? Who am I going to throw the Chuck-it to? Nothing feels as freeing as dropping everything and sprinting down the trail or the beach with Sherlock. A boy and his dog running as fast as they can, feeling the wind rush past, overjoyed to be with each other. He loves nothing more than to run, play, and be really weird. He always accepts me, no matter what. I never have to filter myself or tone myself down when I’m with him. In fact, I don’t even think about it because his love is unconditional. I didn’t understand what this word meant until I had a weimaraner, and now I can never forget.
One of the purest things I’ve ever seen is the excitement that comes out of Sherlock when we get ready to go on a hike. As soon as I put my socks on, he perks up. When the boots are getting laced up, he is now standing next to me. He then leads the way downstairs, nudges his leash hanging from the coat rack, and sits down. He begins to whine when I start filling up the water bottles. But he’s not yet sure if he’s coming or not. The best part is when I grab his leash. His tail becomes a blur, his ears tuck back, he spins in circles, and he yelps with excitement. It is the happiest thing in the world for him. It fills my heart every time I get to witness this. Sherlock constantly reminds me how much joy there is to be found in life. He inspires me to be myself and do what feels right. I’m in awe of him every day.
Lucas–thank you for taking the time to share your experience. You are right about missing Sherlock–do they not worm their way into your heart? Oh yeah! During a time such as this–our fur family members keep us covered with a special love and acceptance that is not easily put into a few words. I am positive that your absence will affect Sherlock as much as you–but he will have other family members there to help him adjust. It will not be quite as easy for you, but with the leaving, a new chapter in your life begins. Thanks again for the share–it is most appreciated.
~ From Lilah – Age 12
Sherlock has been a dream come true, honestly. The years leading up to him coming home, I wanted a dog SO BADLY!!! I remember the day he came home, from the way all three of us stacked up to peer through the tall window next to the door, to the way he stumbled as his frightened eyes caught the first glance of his siblings. He was right to be frightened, we would tear up his peaceful life with his little puppy siblings and his momma and change it into one full of adventure, kisses, hugs, and so many memories. He’s a crazy dog, one that lights up our lives so much. For the almost 4 years we’ve had him, I’ve looked forward to seeing him in the morning, coming back from my Mom’s to see him, and just doing anything with him. His reaction tells us he feels the same way, first howling as he’s awoken from his sleep, then catching a glance of us from the bend in the stairs, and then still howling but somehow whining and spinning in circles with his tail an invisible blur, as he rockets over to his bed where he waits while we make our entrance. Having that welcome home is always something I look forward to. Who knew, an animal, someone we can’t understand or be understood by, could love so much and just be such an individual.
He’s got this way of knowing when you’re upset, and just being there. He’s a cuddler, and can be found most of the time under the covers, taking up the entire bed in my brothers room, where he usually sleeps. When he’s not with Lucas, he’s somewhere else, laying on top of someone and being sooo cute. He’s an example of how loving we can all be – if all we do is think about food, hikes, sleep, and his hoomans. Even if we can’t all be like Sherlock, a cute little bug that is literally only a heart with legs, we can all think about how we can be happier and make people happier. I couldn’t imagine my life without Sherlock, and I’m so happy I don’t have to. He’s a part of our lives that brings us all together, from laughing at him being a nut, to all hiking with him, or taking him to the park and watching his victory laps as he proudly struts around, bragging that he caught his ball. He’s so incredible, and has taught me so much about life and living it. Thank you, Buddy.
We love your description, Lilah, of life with Sherlock. It is fabulous to have a different perspective. Cliff and I cannot be happier that he fills your life with joy and mirth–it is why we do what we do.
~Chester speaks about family life
This is my second Christmas, Mom and Dad brought home a big tree again… they dont even let me bring sticks into the house, so unfair. They keep bringing in all sorts of stuff they don’t want me to play with. It isn’t fair I’m pretty sure they should share.
Mom has all the stuff that she is wrapping in paper, weird huh. Sometimes when she isnt looking I take some of the stuff and try to run away to get her attention.
Mom got me a new sweater since I’ve gotten bigger since last year. She made me stand in front of her tree and told me to sit and stay but I didn’t really want to. One of my favorite things is to climb into mommy’s lap I can tell she is cold and needs me to warm her up. I can tell she loves it too. Merry Christmas and happy New year!
Chester (aka Winchester), thank you for writing this lovely note right amid the holiday hubbub. I guess you don’t have too much work other than keeping your Mom warm, snuggled, and entertained–and on her toes, also. The snatching of paper –Oh my gosh, I am sure she scolds you and then laughs, right?!? We love your new sweater–and that you are living the dream–other than not being allowed to chew on the tree and snatch packages.
~ What a Good Boy
We got a kitten today. I just wanted to send you evidence of how GOOD Edgar is!!
Ed also loves to run. Above is a picture of him on our run today and this picture shows how happy he is after running
Thank you–for the photos, the videos, and the news. What a great life you have together.
~Perfect For Us
I have always meant to update you on the puppy we got from you back in Oct 2017. We absolutely love him. We lost a pet cat shortly after getting him ( heart failure/diabetes). It was my daughter’s cat. We found her a new friend, a little black cat, about 1 when we got him. The two are such good friends ( Picture above). They sleep together, bathe each other, and play ( Gunner seems to always lose lol).
We are going more and more with Gunner. To rivers, the beach, and even walking trails. We love his energy, his personality, and his quirkiness. I think he thinks he’s human though. I heard my son say “this is the kind of dog I’ve always wanted”. The play catch, go for walks, and sometimes sleep together. It’s just amazing how smart he is.
We saw a Facebook post about Zoe (your littermate) yesterday–it was cute. Nonetheless, we are so happy you (Cindy and Kevin) Emailed us your update so that we could share it with the OwyheeStar Community on our blog as well as our Facebook Page. Thank you!
My heart melted when I read your son’s comments. Out of the mouth of babes as the saying goes–truth. Gunner is a dream come true. Thanks for letting us know–can not say that enough.
~Sri and Bella
We appreciate seeing you with the Weimaraner. Sometimes words are not necessary to feel the love. Today–we go with the shorter version. Tomorrow, the blog will require more. (Haha)
~ Smart and Playful
Charlie and I just wanted to give you an update on our Kimber girl!
She’s doing amazing. She is so smart and playful. We are really starting to see her personality come through! She also loves the snow. Thanks again for such a great pup.
Hope all is well!-Alix & Charlie
We are happy to hear that Kimber is doing well. It looks like you got the snow, too. (Haha) Thanks for the great pictures and the positive news.