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The Time Change

It’s Exhausting

     ~ Don’t You Agree

Berkley here, “I can’t keep my eyes open, can you?”

The time change is tough on human and the Weimar. There have been a lot of cute posts about us Weims not cooperating with the change in schedule, but seriously, what do you expect? We manage a lot of details within the household. Being on time is essential–when it comes to eating, going certain places, the arrival of the humans, and never more than at our bedtime. So, what’s up with this time thing?

Me and Some of My Fav’s 

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Thanks to Berkley and her family. They always send us great videos and photos. We truly appreciate them. There were other family photos, but this one–don’t you agree? She lives the life that means she is a part of the family–whatever they are doing you see Berkley is involved. We love that!

Sealed with a Kiss

Moxie says

     ~ We voted!

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She slobbered all over the ballot envelope but everyone was so impressed she carried them in.  I can’t thank you enough.  She is so smart and a great companion.  Whether it’s lounging on the couch and cuddling hard or bringing in the newspaper.  Life would be so dull without her.  I’m hooked!
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On another note, I adore all of your blogs and love the weekend updates on you & Cliff.  The last pic you posted of him holding the 3 pups is so good.  What a great pic.  I very much enjoyed Loki’s post today.  Ski patrol.  So awesome!  No surprise though.  These Weims are so smart and want to learn.  Amazing Shela.  Thanks for all you do.
Chrissy
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Can we agree that Chrissy voted with Moxie? (Haha) I thought that up all by myself. (Get it?!?)
It has been quite the week. This seems like a good way to punctuate the importance of casting your ballot.

Time Has Flown

Jenn Reports

     ~ From the Sandbox

Greetings!

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Colby is 8 years old, now. I was not home to celebrate it this year. But my family took the time to make sure he got some extra lovings. My oldest daughter sang him happy birthday and asked Grandma to make him a cake (she didn’t have any ingredients for a pupcake, or I think she would have actually done it). Daddy got him the biggest rawhide he has ever seen along with a new ball. And we did a video chat. He mostly ignores the phone when I call home, but sometimes when I talk to him, I’ll get a reaction. This time, he wagged his little stump and nervously placed when I told him in my high squeaky voice “Its mine!” as he pranced around with his beloved prize.
My, how the time has flown! It seems like yesterday, we brought Colby into our home. The years have not been without their challenges. We had the case of him getting his ear caught in the fence. There were the two ACL tears accompanied with TPLO surgeries… the heartbreak of the passing of our other dog, Sable last summer.  Lets also not forget the tunnels he created to the neighboring yards so he and my children could go say hello to the other dogs.  There were also the many, many pizzas that seem to have vanished into thin air. The only evidence of their existence a few crumbs and perhaps a little cheese dangling off his nose.
Those challenges are nothing compared to the love and fun we have shared with our beloved weim. He is always there to help clean up the table scraps. To give kisses when someone gets hurt. To take over the bed when it’s time to sleep. To offer himself up for a snuggle and a pet when we are not feeling good. To play a game of keep away or roughhouse when we want to have fun. To announce our arrival of and greet us when we get home from a long day of work.  To miss us when we’re gone. And of course, the countless amounts of memories we have made, which I can not even begin to sum up in a simple letter.
Although the time has passed by fast, the fact that Colby has entered the later stages in his life are beginning to show.  I believe his fur is beginning to change color. He has some new “freckles” on his nose. The evidence of those missing pizzas has begun to appear on his waistline.  We do not know how many more years we will be given with him. But we will continue to cherish each and every moment that we are gifted.
We continue to enjoy the love and support we get from you, Cliff and the Owyheestar community. I love the new group!  Thank you for everything you do!

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Dear Jennifer, we appreciate you taking the time to get us the update on Colby. Some of our readers might have read about Colby’s birthday or some of the other Facebook posts where you wrote about him. We appreciate you! Also, let us take this opportunity to thank you for your service. In case, you, dear reader, do not know–Jenn is deployed. She is serving her country while her children, her husband, and Colby are at home in Idaho.

Despite her busy (and often awkwardly challenging circumstances), she has kept us abreast of life and her long-distance interaction with Colby. Isn’t that just precious? Please stay safe.

We look forward to your arrival stateside sometime early next year–and we know this includes the plan to add a Longhair to your household. What fun it will be to work with you folks again.

From California

Meet Enzo

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Hi it’s Tina. I just wanted to share a few photos of Enzo with you. I don’t have a Facebook account as I am not really a social media person.

Enzo is such a great puppy and we love him so much. He is fitting into our family perfectly. I look forward to each new adventure.

Enzo at 11 weeks old has been such a joy added to our life. As he is adorable, he is still very much a puppy chewing on everything and keeping us on watch all the time. Even so we love him as addition to our family.

We are so happy, so thanks again.

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We are so delighted to hear that Enzo is doing excellent. He sounds like the typical Weimaraner puppy. They love using their mouths, and when it is not the mouth, then it is their feet. Both empower the Weimaraner pup–and are challenging to get in compliance. (Haha) Cliff and I are both so happy to get the news from you. Thanks ever so much for the update. It means the world to us.

The Stackhouse Sisters

Sucia and Patos

     ~Part Three

IMG_5132One challenging part was that Patos was so into her big sister, that it didn’t seem like I had the same connection with her that I did with Sucia as a puppy.  Patos would rarely make eye contact with us but instead would go dashing off to find Sucia.  We just hung in there and hoped that eventually, the loving, owner-connected weim might appear.  Magically, it did!

Just in the past few months, around the time she turned one, we have noticed that Patos is spending chunks of the day leaving Sucia alone, and will purposely seek us out for attention and cuddling and makes communicating eye contact all the time.  Every evening is a cuddling session with one of us on the dog-approved couch.  Not sure what brought about the change, but it is wonderful.  Now our home has two loving, silly, fun, intelligent Weimaraners!

Patos_4450It has been a joy to take them to my island cabin and let them run free on the property.  At the cabin, sticks/small logs are the Thing of the Day.  They have a ball exhausting themselves, running free in the fields and woods around the cabin.   And then they come and collapse on the warm deck for the best naps ever.  🙂  Most days there also included a trip to the lakes for swimming while retrieving tennis balls.  What could be better?
Thanks again to both you and Cliff for being such amazing stewards of this breed!

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We are so happy to have the lengthy report about the two Stackhouse-sired sisters. Both Cindee and Livee have retired. We kept Dahlia and Bee out of Livee and Stackhouse. So far, we have never had a litter from either of these girls. It was not for lack of trying. Deja Vu (Ginger X Blue) has produced four puppies. Ginger is a littermate to Cindee.

The co-dependent behavior you experienced it not all that strange. You did the right thing. Just hang in there, and eventually, the newest addition will come around and bond. It wasn’t so much about anything other than the almost twin-like connection. You are fantastic Weim parents.

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

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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.

Our Life With

Azula

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Azula is growing like a weed.  She went from 10 lbs. last Monday to 13 lbs. today!  She has been sleeping most of the night and has learned come, sit, and down.  We are also working on “crate”, “kisses” and stop (especially when she starts getting too mouthy).

20181005_155402The cats are still wary of her, but our normally skittish cat is actually much more nonchalant about her than the other one.

She has been absolutely delightful unless she is in one of her frenzied teething fits, when she sees us as fair game for chewing on.

While she still doesn’t love her crate, she has occasionally retreated to it for naps.She did have a bout of diarrhea last week, so the vet held off on her parvo shots until today.  I’m attaching a couple of photos for you…

And here is a link to a video from tonight, of our very opinionated baby girl:  Azula Fetching

I hope all is well with you guys! Stay dry and warm, ~Christine

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We are happy to hear about Azula and her adventures. We cannot emphasize what it means to be hearing from so many of you this fall. We truly appreciate it. In truth, I burn through the updates pretty quickly at a blog a day. (Haha) I am sure Azula’s littermates are thrilled to see her cute face again, too!

The Nose Knows

Skye

     ~On the Scent

20181009_130902Our girl Skye is doing great! Vet check and vaccination went really good. She is so social and loving. She makes me giggle when she gets “on the scent” while we are on a walk and she is nose to the ground, tail in the air and those little legs are just beebopping along as if she is dancing on some kind of imaginary line and only her nose knows where she is going. It is the absolute cutest thing. She loves to snuggle and play. And often is found in some strange sleeping positions.

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Couldn’t imagine any other breed for our family. We are so in love.
Stephanie

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We are so happy to hear that Skye is making your heart happy as well as providing plenty of entertainment. Knowing the story behind the story, we are doubly thrilled to hear how happy you are with the experience. Ah–you are either a Weimar person or not. I think I told you they are somewhat addicting, too. (Haha)
People like you make the work worth doing. Thanks, again!

Jorga

Eye On You

~I’m Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

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Getting ready to go visit my boyfriends, Arliss, Auto, and my fabulous Auntie Arleen!

Ah Shucks

     I Give Up! Yawn…

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Mom is taking way too long.

Say What?!?

Our Boy, Duke

     ~Who Did That?!?FB_IMG_1538060132357

**This turd turned 1 yesterday! We love him so much, but there is this!FB_IMG_1538060112180
He also loves chewing on ginormous logs, rocks, the siding of our house, our deck and our walls. Oh and every. single. dog bed. 🤷🤦 In the life of a Weim! ❤️**
As I knew it would be, it’s been difficult to train him with us and the kids not being consistent with commands, expectations etc. But, he has really changed (better) the last couple months.

At The End of the Day

~This How It Looks

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We love these folks–they are dedicated Weimlovers. Nevertheless, we would prefer everyone to avoid this kind of behavioral issue. I am so very glad they shared it though. And, they were kind enough to allow me to make a post that might help someone else avoid having this kind of situation.

I can only guess what lead to this–but the best way to avoid having this type of situation is to follow through with constant supervision at the early stages. If you are not watching them, all kinds of bad things can and do happen. Duke is not the first, nor will he be the last Weim to much on the sheetrock. The exterior siding, flower pots, carpeting, dog beds, wood posts, and just about anything they can get their lips on is a target.

The trick to avoiding it is not to let the behavior start. The crate-training is essential. It only takes a moment for the Weimaraner to get into trouble. My mantra is freedom is earned. Just remember that habits (good and bad) are quickly ingrained, and then nearly impossible to change in the concrete-thinking Weimaraner.

Also, you have to consider the separation anxiety factor. People often spend 24 X 7 with their Weimaraner puppy and think they are doing a fabulous thing. Then, they leave for an hour to run to the grocery and come home to something like this or worse. It is the same for the yard–you cannot just leave a Weimaraner home in the yard–that is unless they have become adapted to that situation. So, that brings me to the point, even once they have earned a measure of freedom, it is essential that they also learn to be somewhat flexible. It is a lot better when they learn how to adapt to schedule changes–or being left behind when necessary.

Finally, can I mentioned that Dusty, back in the day, ate a $2,000 rock. Another time it was an $ 800 rock. One required major surgery, the other not. Rocks are hard on the teeth, and if ingested, they pose a life-threatening issue. Yes, the Weimaraner is not for the weak of heart. Even people who have the best intentions can get into trouble.