I wanted to give you an update on our wonderful addition, Afina (Fin). We chose her name Afina because it means blueberry (I thought of Juniper) However we call her Fin for short. The last three months have been lots of fun with her. She has had so many experiences already in a short amount of time.
Fin gets walks everyday to the beach or hills. She loves both! She has the instinct to point and sneak! It’s really amazing! She really is a sweet snuggler, but requires a good workout to get to that point. Ellen absolutely fell in love with her as soon as she laid eyes on her. The ride home went well, and it seemed like she adapted fast. She is so smart!!! Fin has a routine. She gets her breakfast from me every morning, then gets into bed with Ellen when I go to work. I’m not sure how long they get to snuggle but I get a few minutes on my days off.
Now that the days are getting longer we get better evening walks on the beach. She loves being able to run, run, run! I’ve taken her to a pleasant hunting club near Corvallis, and introduced her to a few birds. lol she kinda got scared at first, but then really zeroed in on their scent. We will be heading back there this fall after some training. Great news is she isn’t gun shy. It’s almost as if it’s in her blood or something… lolFin is growing so fast! She weighs 42# currently (and tall enough to reach the kitchen counters)!
She has lost a few teeth, and new ones are already coming in. One weird thing that happened was it seemed like possibly she started a heat cycle, but not sure. I noticed some blood for a couple of days but it went away. This happened just before her final visit for shots so I asked the vet about it. They said it’s not an issue unless it persists, which it didn’t. Fin is so happy and healthy. We just love her so much!
Thank You, Christine,, and Cliff so much for bringing her to us. and please give Juniper and Boone a big scratch for us and let them know their pup is happy and safe. She definitely is part of the family.Thanks again!
Jared and Ellen
Thank you for being a loyal OwyheeStar client. We are so happy that ‘Fin’ has fit so aptly into the family and your life. What a life with her walks on the beach–I am envious.
~Sweet and Lovable
It’s been a long time since we have checked in and thought we better get to an update!
Zoe is such a sweet, lovable girl and I couldn’t imagine our life without her. She sure makes days more enjoyable and nights so much warmer with her snuggles!
Between her naps, she either loves to take a swim or run laps – it’s never a dull moment. I’m so blessed to be able to work from home now and have Zoe at my feet and pawing are my arm for attention. ❤️Yes
Love,Courtney & Zoe (Dixie & I Boone)
Life with the Weimaraner–allows for no personal space. A foreign concept for the Weimaraner who wants your full attention 24 X 7, but then they give backs much in return. Who can define in a few words the intense unwavering dedicated, uncompromising, and unconditional love? Well, they can sulk if they get their feelings hurt.
~Two-Year Old Oregon Coast Girl
Mia is doing great she loves to play fetch and will do just about anything for the ball she is such a sweetheart but very protective of the family… You do an amazing job with this breed
Chris and Bridget
Not so long ago–we called her Shark Baby–click here to see her early start.
PS: We are wanting to start using Nuvet but not sure on what exact one to get should we get the nujoint.ds line or the nuvet plus was just curious what your thought was..
We are happy to hear that Mia continues to thrive–and that she loves a good game of fetch. Click here to learn more about the NuVet we recommend.
Super Bone Sunday!
Shadow experienced his first Super Bowl Sunday at almost a year old! As such, we got him an extra special quiet treat do we could watch the game! It was quite funny watching him figure out how to chew on it!! Shadow shared little pieces with his little pup bro and sis too!
He is still so much fun, he loves putting just his front paws on the couch and standing tall so we can scratch his chest. He always looks so regal when he’s posing like that!
Best wishes and happy Feburrrrrary from SE Idaho!
Love, The Pitkin Family
Shadow seems to be thriving, and we appreciate all your work to train and incorporate him into your family. Thank you for thinking of us with this lovely update.
I just wanted to send you a few updated pics of Berkley. She’s 3 now!
Here are her favorite things: sneaking under the curtain when the heat is on (doggie sauna), going for a hike with her family (and the car ride there, and the swimming that takes place when we hike to a lake), and snuggles on the couch (with me, preferably).
Occasionally she still runs away with something that’s not hers, and she still thinks she can get away with hiding under the coffee table (in this picture it’s a little elf shoe she took off the Christmas tree).
Note: Berkley is very clever with her Doggie Spa–we are impressed.
Finally, the Christmas sweater was a hit this year, but perhaps not with Berkley. She wasn’t a huge fan of wearing it. However, my goal was to cheer people up in our neighborhood this year. And her sweater definitely helped the cause. We brightened all kinds of people’s faces.
Happy New year to you and Cliff! Thank you so much for our sweet girl!!Sincerely, Amanda
I love that you brought a smile and a little sunshine to other people who are in desperate need with your Christmas sweater. And more than anything else–the way she is a part of everything family activity. Thank you for keeping us apprised of how things are going and her antics–and especially the Doggie-Spa.
Best Dog Ever~
Typical pose with legs crossed
Zula Blue came to us in 2011 as the sweet, little docile pup. Shela chose her well, as we live in Seattle with two young girls, so hoped for a mild and easy going, sweet heart. Zula has become an integral part of our family, often find right in the middle of the girls, snuggling daily with all. We joke that she thinks she is a cat, as she climbs up on your lap.
Zula is also our marine girl. She prefers all things fish and loves walks on the beach. She loves to be up in the San Juan Island where she has all the amazing scents of fox, deer and racoons to nose and her mind occupied. Zula does not like the rain and will protest going out for long walks if raining. She is very bright and understands over 15 commands (below). At the end of each walk she knows to sit at the final corner until we coil the leash and tell her to ‘go home’, then she races to the house, sitting the porch waiting for us. She is the best dog ever!
Words Zula has knows: Walk, Sit, Come, Quiet, Cuddle, Pee Pee, Poop, Go around, Fix it (for leash), Stay, Down, Up, Shake, Cookie, Kisses, Go Home, Squirrel, Leave it
We named a girl Zula Blue right about the same time–and she is living in her Golden Year Placement. I love the name–and even more, love all that you have done for and with your girl.
~ The Ups and Downs–We are Finally Trained!
–As with ever Weimaraner, it is a work in progress.
I wanted to send an update on Henry. It’s been a while. The last I emailed I was asking for help regarding Henry growling when he was in a cozy spot on the couch or our bed. We ultimately decided that we did not know how to manage the behavior and sought out professional help.
We learned that he was resource guarding. He had always done this with a full bowl or food and we just left him alone while he ate. Along the way Henry had also developed other bad habits, like counter surfing, barking incessantly, and greeting company way to enthusiastically.
You know better than most that weims are very hard headed, and Henry is no exception. Henry boarded with a trainer for one month, and during that time worked on better leash manners, recall, and ways to stop resource guarding. We knew that we he came home it would be like having a puppy in training all over again, but it has been so worth it. He is a new man!! One of the things we are doing is hand feeding him, we use feeding time to practice skills like going and staying on his rug, here, and heal. We also have a leash on him at all times while out of his crate, that way if he growls, or doesn’t listen, we have a way to control him. We don’t expect to have to use the leash for long, but it has been a great tool to reestablish the hierarchy in our home. Prior to training, Henry would stay for as long as you wanted him to only when incentivized by food, otherwise he would get up two seconds later. Now he will stay for long periods of time without food rewards. If I am in the kitchen, he goes to his rug and stays. Another improvement is leash walking. We used to either take Henry leashless on his training collar or with a gentle leader (we called it his soul crusher because he hated it), now we take him on his regular collar , and sometime with a training collar–with a leash around my waist.
He is still a work in progress, but the fact that I can take him on his regular collar and his doesn’t pull is amazing. He does need occasional reminders to heel, sometimes he listens without any correction, other times he needs a reminder. Henry is chomping at the bit when he knows we are going for a walk. Since we always have him on a leash, he is unable to counter surf. Barking is very minimal now, not sure how or why, but he gives us a few warning barks, then stops, thank God!!
He has not had to wear his bark collar since he came home. We will continue to work on greeting guests, but as you can imagine during such times, we don’t have many. The few times we have, we have let the company know ahead of time that Henry is in training, and to bear with us as we slowly let them in. This is a work in progress, but all has drastically improved.
The moral to my update, it took 4.5 years for Henry to develop bad habits, and years of us not dealing with it correctly. He is smart, and did everything in his power to outsmart us, so now we are in training together!!
Weims are not an easy breed, as you know, but Henry is so worth the time investment. He is the sweetest guy ever, and the best snuggle buddy.
Thank you for all you do and are doing with Henry. Each Weimaraner presents with challenges (much like various human siblings)–and somehow, they know how to find our weaknesses and how to push our buttons, too. The conundrum of the relationship should never be discounted–and this is where we say, better now than later to have managed the issues. The Weimaraner tends to wrap their paw around a person, manipulate the situation to their liking–and it is hardly in their best interest. Ah, and Cliff is thrilled you have moved to the flat color and are doing well. Keep up the excellent work.
Who Says Santas Not Real?
~Your daily posts are so important to me I wanted to give you content if I could help. ~ Collette
We took Layna a couple years ago to go see Santa Claus, she got scared and wouldn’t go all the way up the stairs because they were open to below, so Santa came to her. She was a little more interested in the mounts hanging on the wall though. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Many of you would not know, but the lovely Layna has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. That makes this post even sweeter, don’t you agree? We never know how long our precious fur babies will be with us–for sure, not long enough. Thank you, Collette, for this contribution to our blog. We know our readers will love it so much.
~For Zeus and His Littermates
Zeus turned 9 on October 17th! I can still remember the night he was born and hearing from you! I was so excited! Time flies though. I hope you enjoy his birthday pictures. I take some every year on his birthday. You can tell he isn’t too thrilled about the kiss I was going to give him on his snout….his eyes are so funny!
In the picture of him opening his present (a pig ear), you can see he has his left, front foot wrapped up. In July he developed a lump on his toe. I took him to the vet back then and we thought it was a cyst or that something got embedded in his foot out in the field. The Vet couldn’t find anything so we gave him antibiotics and waited for it to heal. Sometimes it would look like it was getting better. I kept it all wrapped up to protect it but it just seemed like it was starting to get worse. I took him to the vet on Friday. This time he kept him at the office and put him out to take a biopsy of the lump. He sent it out to the lab and we should hear the results in a week. The Vet said that if it’s a tumor that he will have to remove his whole toe. I feel so sorry for the little guy. I just want him to get better so he can go out running through the fields again!
He’s been such a good boy and doesn’t chew on his wrap at all! He knows when it’s time to change it and lays down while I do it without fussing. Of course he gets a treat after I’m done! I will keep you posted on the results of the biopsy. I’m hoping for the best!
Take good care of yourself. I always enjoy hearing from you!
Jeanne & Zeus
Jeanne and Zeus (you are a dynamic duo) –the two of you have provided us with so many updates over the years, and each one was much appreciated. We wish you more time to share, and we are ever so thankful for the nine years and all your adventures.
~ Oregon Coast Celebrity Status
We have been enjoying the puppy pictures; you must have very crazy and busy days.
The other day a woman stopped Dan & Bart on the 804 trail during their morning walk. She told them that she is a dogsitter and has seen thousands of dogs, then she said that Bart was the most beautiful dog she had ever seen. Bart weighed 88 lbs last week while having his mani pedi. We never thought he was going to be this big. He surely is a handsome boy and we love him so much
Thank you! Dan Polly & Bart
PS – Bart gets to run on the beach everyday.❤
Bart is living the life that most people and fur family members can only realize in their dreams. He doesn’t know it is a charmed existence–to him, it is how it is meant to be. (Haha) Thank you for sharing with our readers and us.