~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.
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.
You might remember we recently relocated to Colorado, and we were sad to say goodbye to Lily’s day care friends–and her life spent on the beach. We wondered how she would adapt to the change. Lily adjusting from beach dog to snow dog–here is the evidence. Lol
We are glad you got settled in Colorado–and the video and photos are delightful to see. Thank you! Readers you might want to check out this previous post to put this one in perspective–click here.
Wanted to get you a little update on Ruger. So over the spring as many people did, we decided it was a good time to add a second pup to the mix. I always pictured our second pup to be another weim…and preferably from you!My daughter really wanted a pup that would stay small. I hesitated for a while thinking about how Ruger had been the only fur child for 4 years, and how he would react to having to share his space. We finally gave in and acquired a mini aussie. This first pic was what Rugers face looked like when I said, “you want a friend to play with?”It sounded like fun, until he realized Ollie was staying. After a few months, Ruger finally warmed up to him, and now I think he is finally ok with having a live in playmate! Ruger always liked to get other dogs to chase him. I figured Ollie’s herding instincts would be a perfect match!
Thanks again for such a great pup! Ruger is so awesome!
Our third pup, when the time comes…will definitely be another weim!😁
It is a sweet post–so glad this worked out for you. I know you also hunt with Ruger. We look forward to working with you again.
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.
Click Here to read Bella, Part One
Here are some more pictures of Bella 😁 she honestly is the best dog. It’s funny because I totally forgot some of the things she used to do (chewing, licking drywall) until I found old emails to you last night. We’ve been in this house for 9 years, so really the first 2-3 years are tricky and then after that it’s been pretty smooth. She does like to “nibble” my comforter, so I’ve had to replace that a few times over the years 😉 And really she was my first dog experience at all. But honestly, I feel like we’re spoiled now. I’d rather have an energetic dog who is super smart any day of the week. They are so much fun – almost like a person.
She is so loving and also protective. And smart! She even knows the sounds of us getting ready to leave and will put herself to bed. If I start filling up my yeti cup, she knows she better run to the bed. And she has been amazing with the kids – gentle and patient … and she’s great at finding them during hide and seek 😁 We call her the queen because she will walk up to you and extend her paw, and she’s demanding that you pet her leg haha – it’s her signature move. We joke that she’s an 80 lb house cat – she would just really like to snuggle wherever you are. But she’s also protective. If my husband (who is a big loud guy) sounds agitated telling a story, she will get right up against me and start “talking” making sure I’m okay. It’s so funny. I have to tell her “I’m fine Bella!”
Health wise she’s good – her only real issue is a bunch of fatty deposits we are watching. Our vet says they harmless, except she has one near her hip. So we have to watch that to make sure it’s not affecting her mobility. My hope is they just stay where they are for the long term!
Can you find her in this picture? She tries to blend in so no one notices she’s on the bed. Lol Here she is performing her after meal cleanup … apparently this day she needed to get completely on top of the table!
She loves being wherever we are … and enjoying warm grass!
The warmth sounds lovely–and the way she manages her little kingdom is admirable. Thank you for taking the time to update us.
~Twelve Years Later All is Well
I’ve been meaning to send you this picture of Bella! She turned 12 in November … where has the time gone?!? She is the best dog! We have three kids now (10,7 & 5) and Bella is the self-appointed lifeguard. LOL. Here she is living her best life in the Arizona September heat 😁 She decided this pool float looked like a great place to relax! She still hasn’t realized that all of the kids can swim and anytime they are jumping off the diving board, she barks like crazy to alert everyone 😁 I’m pretty sure she considers them her babies too!
She’s doing great … definitely getting older and no longer jumps in the pool willingly, but still enjoys cruising counters and sneaking onto the couch for a nap 😁
Twelve years for Bella–we are happy to hear she is doing well. It sounds like she has a full-time job as a lifeguard and monitoring her family. Nothing could be more critically important. Counter-surfing continues at 12 — of course, it does. Thanks for this beautiful update. Readers watch for part two of Bella’s newsy update.
~ 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.
~OMG — First Birthday
Can’t believe our baby is 1! He weighs in at 92 pounds, can tell time and will let you know it’s mealtime by sitting in his spot and waiting for his dish! He has a big personality and pouts like no other if he is mad at his mama! A total bed hog, stealer of all hearts (and food), loves walks on our favorite wetland trail to look for birds, drives to see the coffee shop girls, running on the beach, and playing with our youngest more than anyone. They wrestle, play chase, hide and seek and dress up lol.
He is the boss of our weinie dog and gets his way easily by barking in his ear. They are the best of friends and fight over the same toys always. We make many visits out to the cousins to see the gsp’s and he loves to run in the field with them. Last visit he came back with an elk foot! Nothing goes untouched! We have had many moments of missing items (food, toy, clothing, etc) that we all point the blame at one another only to find he has it hidden under the blueberry bush. Just tonight, he took a brand new loaf of bread off the counter as we prepared French toast. All that survived was the bag lol.
But, I think we are making a turn from any chewing of the house or shoes, we hope! We love this guy so much we can’t imagine a life without him! Would even consider another! Thank you for giving us the greatest blessing!!
Nixon is so adorable (forgive me for saying that when we are the breeder). Thank you for remembering us with these fabulous photos and insights into his first year with you.