Thanks To Lily
I had to share. Lily was extra precious today. The top picture is her watching me fold laundry. The bottom is from her day camp’s Instagram page. They always try to get pictures of her but she doesn’t usually stop long enough. Today they got three! One with two of her “dog buddies”. I can never thank you enough. My son said it best. “Now that we have Lily Mom, we finally laugh again. Really laugh.
Please, Lily is infamous in her circle of friends and family. Most of her photos find her her wrapped in her human brother’s arms. She is a busy and happy girl. We see her often on Facebook. What can we love more than seeing a family activity and there is the Weimaraner? Nothing much! There is always the question when the family is camping or doing some fun activity, where is their Weim child? We don’t know. Not every activity is Weim friendly; however, some families go to great lengths to be inclusive. We love it.
We are glad Lily has brought healing to the family. You had been through a rough patch of unfortunate circumstances. I think when we walk through catastrophe, we either become bitter and resentful or frame everything in the future as a blessing. We are glad Lily is one of the many blessings. Thank you, for allowing us to be a part of your lives.
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.
Gatsby is maturing into a wonderful young dog, 2+ now, he is almost showing occasional signs of maturity. 😉 I can see him becoming much more responsive on our off leash dog walks as each summer passes.
He had a big adjustment this summer, Matt & I went to Europe for a month to visit our daughter who lives there. Because my Mum lives with us, it was easy for Gatsby to stay in his own home and I brought in some one each of the weeks to care for Mum & Gatsby. The daily dog walks were handled by my daily walking buddy, she and her Vizsla are our near daily companions. The first block of time was handled by my local daughter & her husband, two of Gatsby’s favorite people. Though they work long days, having them arrive each evening was all he needed to feel safe and secure. The next block was as exciting as summer camp when his walking buddies stayed at our place for a few days transition! The arrival of my sister, who did not really know Gatz well, was of some concern, but she fell in love with the little guy in no time at all and they had a fantastic time. He was very well-behaved for her J and she still talks about how much she likes/loved him.
It was pleasing to know that he could handle all that change and remain emotionally stable, such a long time for us to be gone, especially since Matt & I both work from home and he is accustomed to having his people around all the time. I think it was helpful that he was in his own house and that he had his usual walks with his dog buddy. I was pleased at how well he adapted to the various people to sleep with, especially happy that he made a new love buddy of my sister!
He has a rather willful personality, definitely has his own ideas as to what he wants to do, especially off leash. The first year of off leash training was a challenge, but he has gotten so good with time and practice. We walk on a semi-logged 700+ acre area near our home, it is easy for the dogs to run far ahead or out of site, but he always comes back to the whistle. It took a lot of consistent work to get to that point and initially seemed hopeless. He has the spirit of a wanderer, where our previous weim did not even require a fenced yard, Gatsby will take any opportunity to sneak out and cruise the neighborhood, he never digs or tries to get out, but if he spots a gap in the fence or an open gate, he is out looking for his neighbor dog buddies. The whistle works well in these settings, too!
He still needs a major chomp each evening around 9-10PM (a bone or your arm!) and he is quite funny about food. Very disinterested, he will eat when hungry, but not a food desperate dog at all, which is nice, though he responds quite well to treats.
Regarding water, Gatsby is not thrilled by swimming, but loves wading and is quite interested in things below the water, he easily puts his head under & blows bubbles whilst inspecting sundry underwater critters, whether in the low tide pools or the fresh water pond. The little tadpoles are now fascinating to him
All in all he has matured into a splendid dog, we adore him. He has a very large personality.
Bella is just awesome, she tends to be a bit bossy at times. Typical in what I’ve dealt with in this breed.
Nervous peeing (click here for a link on the topic)
She has started to pital pee when she gets over excited. We are dealing with this daily by talking to her calmly and not adding to her already excited state.
Playing Fetch is Fun
She has pointed once or twice but that is all. She loves to play fetch so I’m working on commands of release with her.
She loves to sleep with us but we limit that as to not let it get out of control and she doesn’t share her pink chair with anyone. She knows that’s all hers!
Bella loves the car
We took a trip to Idaho and she loved the car ride, in fact if you leave the car door open she takes it over. That is about it for now.
The female Weimaraner most usually likes to run the house. They are clever, and manipulative. Oh, and maybe we should add, they are surprisingly creative. Despite the challenges, some people delight in the Weimar-antics. Bella’s parents are Weim-savvy, and have her number (so-to-speak).