Dog Park in the Sky
~pass the kleenex
This is still very surreal for us, but I thought I needed to let you know that Devo has left us for the great dog park in the sky, where he will hopefully have tennis balls and sticks to play with until the end of time.
He was not feeling well Tuesday night, and first we thought it was just because he had gotten into something, but by 5:30 in the morning yesterday I could tell that something was seriously wrong, and took him into the only emergency vet in town. He was having problems breathing and was very cold, and by the time I got there, he could not even move. I was hoping it was bloat (treatable), but soon was given the news that it was much worse – a pericardial effusion, which likely meant cancer. They performed a Pericardiocentesis, to relieve the fluid build up and waited for the cardiologist to do a more detailed exam.
After the initial procedure he seemed to be doing better (got up to greet me, tail wagging), so I went home to wait for the news. A few hours later, the cardiologist called me and our worst fears were confirmed – he had a tumor in his heart (hemangiosarcoma).
And the fluid (blood) kept filling around his heart, so there was no point in even attempting treatment.
Surrounded By Those Who Loved Him Most
We pulled Montana out of school and went to go see him for our goodbyes. He was surrounded by the people that loved him most on this planet, and we will miss him so terribly that it makes our hearts bleed too – but we know that we did the best we could for him, and I am happy we had him in our lives for 9+ years.
With grief and gratitude, ~Christine
We have spoken a few days back. There are no words to cover Sweet Devo’s departure. We are saddened to hear of the loss. Our heartfelt prayers extended your direction. Oh, Devo, you were much-loved.
~ February 28, 2018
Just had to send you a quick update on how our girl is doing. She is so wonderful! Of course, the puppy stage is extra busy but she is doing so well with house training (only one accident!) and getting used to her crate. Last night she actually slept all night in her crate next to our bed without any whining and woke up so happy.She certainly has a big personality and she has bonded very well with us so far. She follows me around all day and I just love it (velcro dog :)). It was really cute on the long drive home because she just wanted to be in the back of the car with the kids. They absolutely adore her! I think I told you that my oldest son cried tears of joy for about an hour after we picked her up. He said he just loves her so much already and it is a dream come true. I remember getting our Weimaraner as a kid when I was six and the instant love that I felt for her.Anyway, thank you again for a fabulous experience and all your work in getting her prepared for the transition. It’s clear that she had an introduction to house training and being in the crate and you’ve made our job easier!Thanks, Haley
Hi guys! Toby here!I’m sorry it’s been a long time since I checked in, but I’ve been having so much fun, I lost track of the time!
Don’t worry about my big ears, they never get in my way when I’m having fun!Did you know we can smell deer tracks through the snow!!!I get to hang out in the shop sometimes…if I’m a good boy and don’t chew on the “good wood”…whatever that means, it’s all good to me! Max just hangs out. He’s boring.You don’t have to worry, I always have someone to snuggle with. Lucy takes good care of me. She loves to lick my ears and belly!I’m up to 38lbs now. Mom says that means I’m a big boy!!Not as big as Max, though. He used to be 85lb but since he’s boring now, he’s only 79lb. He still loves the snow though!We had a great Christmas! Santa brought us toys and treats for being good pups!Santa doesn’t know about some of the mischievous things we do, so don’t tell him!There are lots of deer here. Lucy loves to chase them but I’d rather stay close to mom. We watch them out the window a lot.And when we go on hikes, Lucy finds their trails and brings home good things to chew on!I’m very easy going. I love my tummy to be rubbed or licked by Lucy. She’s always “mothering” me.We hope you guys are well and will have good litters of pups this year.Until next time…Love,Toby (and Lucy, Max, Jeff , and Melissa)
A Dream Come True
We wanted to let you know how well our Dasher is doing. He continues to be all that we could have ever wanted. We just returned from a weekend in Truckee, his first snow experience, and he just loved it.
It got down to 18 degrees so we put a jacket on him and he was off grabbing every stick and pinecone that he could find. He noticed some grass weeds growing out from the snow and decided that he wanted to get to the roots. He buried his head under the snow and looked like an ostrich. He came out of it covered in white and went back for more.
He is one of the smartest pups I have ever had. He has taken to obedience training extremely well. He has all the basics down, including coming to us (off leash) when called. Well most of the time…. Unless he has a pine cone in his mouth then its a 50/50 proposition, he does come, but reluctantly! Shela, I remember you telling me that his mom ( Bernie) has the best temperament. Dasher is so balanced. He cuddles and plays gently until I kick it up a notch and get him going, then he settles right down and chills out. He has the BEST temperament. He and Dobby are best buds, and Dasher is just so beautiful to look at. We get compliments just about every time we go on a walk. He is built like a thoroughbred horse and is super healthy. Needless to say, we are beyond happy and are forever grateful for our Dasher.
Again thank you, Shela & Cliff, for all that you two do!
~ Sincerely — Dave and Audrey.
Open and Shut
~ Still Learning New Things
Henry loves to let himself back in the house when he is outside. This morning I started training him to close the door. Tonight, he is closing it without me pointing at it, I’m confident he will be closing doors soon. Still such a smart boy.
Henry is amazing, but so are his humans. Kudos to both! Click here to read the last blog that featured this lovely Oregon Weimar.
~ Boise to Las Vegas Flight
Julia Speaks of Boise, etc.
Libbie did perfect the whole day! Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how well she did!! I took her potty right after you guys left then we hung out in an empty area for a while to play, bond and work off some energy. I put her in the carrier, and that’s where she stayed until we got home. She didn’t put up a fuss, she was relaxed and slept most of the day and flight home, even thru rough turbulence.
Las Vegas Arrival
Scott picked us up at the airport, and she was continued napping for the 15-minute ride home. Once we got home, we went straight to the backyard to potty, ringing the potty bells as we went out the door. She instantly went potty as soon as she got off the patio, both pee and poop. She was praised and given treats, and then we went in for some food, water and family bonding time. Scott is in love with her too! There was no doubt that, our family is complete again :)!
Busy Day; Fun Evening!
We had lots of playtime and several potty breaks, each time she rang the bell to go out! I can’t believe it! At first, we thought it was coincidental because it could be a great play toy, but she went potty every time, except once, when I think she just wanted to go outside to play. Did you by chance train her with the potty bells? If not, we have one super intelligent puppy :)! I seriously cannot believe how fast she took to that!!
Our First Night
We did our usual bedtime routine and put her in the crate in our bedroom. She pitched a little fit for about 5 minutes and then went to sleep. She woke up around 2:30 and again around 3, whined a couple of minutes then she went back to sleep. I had made my decision before bed that if she woke up after 3:30 I would take her our potty. She woke up at 4, I went to the bathroom and then took her out of the crate, rang the potty bells and as soon as her feet touched the ground, she went potty. We went back to bed, she whined for less than a minute and went back to sleep. It couldn’t have been a better 1st night!!!
Breeder Comment (part two)
Julia, you and Scott, did everything right. Libbie is a lucky girl. No, she was not trained to the potty bells nor even to the door. It would not matter if she were because it was all new territory. We have countless stories (from past experiences) where we had pups housebroken and crate-trained only to hear that their new family was disappointed. Well, there is a trick to doing things, and while it involves follow through, it also takes a bit of knack. It requires the humans to go about business unfazed and matter-of-fact. The moment we humans hesitate the pup reads our hesitation and follows suit.
Libbie is a super smart girl–like her Mama. Ringing the bells upon arrival set the stage. For those that wonder–, you don’t want to ring them like a wild person and make it a scary thing. You want to entice them to want to use them. It is a fun thing. Shortly, it might be abandoned because the pup learns to ring them all too well. (ha!) Who can say? It facilitates the housebreaking process –that is the goal.
Libbie can hold potty for a while. As you saw on your trip home, she didn’t potty the travel bag. When she woke up, she needed to relieve herself. All too many folks are too quick to take their pup out in the middle of the night. Soon, the puppy wants to go every hour or two all night long. For some folks, this pattern continues for months. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner who gets the idea that they go out at night can make life tough for the exhausted puppy family. Habits form readily–good ones and unfortunately, bad ones too!
Getting off to a good start and avoiding the unwanted behaviors is the best approach. We talk a lot about getting the basics done. It cannot be overstated. We hope all of Libbie’s littermates are excelling.
Celebrating Four Years
Hard to believe Maggie turned 4 in December! Thought we would send some photos of her so you could see how adorable she is.
We are still amazed by her awesome personality and spunky spirit. She keeps us young–but she has truly been one of the best dogs we have ever had! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!
Phil and Gretchen — Rathdrum, ID
Dear Phil and Gretchen–we appreciate you folks thinking about us. It looks like Maggie is enjoying life and that she helped make Christmas a lot of fun. Yes, we love her photos. We always enjoy hearing about Maggie and seeing her photos–as do others.
With the New Year and the idea of setting a New Year’s Resolution forefront, we might consider one. Another time we set these kinds of unrealistic and humorous goals is when we bring home the new Weimar. We say to ourselves that we are not making the same mistakes as last time. (oops) We pronounce things will be different. Maybe we say they are not on the furniture. (OMG) Well recently, we have heard many such a proclamation. Come on folks; we are all with Jeff and Marisa. Remember a couple of weeks ago when our blog featured the lovely Schatzi? If not click on her name to see that post.
Wind forward a couple of weeks and we hear from Papa Jeff how things are going. He writes “So much for not getting on the couch!!! She is great!!”
Have we not all been here? Well, consider this–it is typical that we go the way we went before or make new mistakes. Maybe you understand for what I speak.
We’ve had a busy month. Toby is doing well. He has the biggest ears! Every time he drinks, they get dipped in the water and a drippy trail is left in his wake.
He’s so very cuddly, which we love!! We get a lot of good cuddle time in around here, as you can see. Max, Lucy and Toby can often be found snuggling together and Lucy and Toby are a crazy whirlwind of play when they aren’t snuggling and Max is very happy to be left out of the chaos!
Toby has retrieved the ball naturally without instruction inside, but outside he chases and then leaves it for other more “sniffable” things.
Lucy is definitely the bossy older sister! She has issues with sharing toys and attention. We’re trying to teach her that everyone gets a turn playing fetch and getting hugs and kisses. She absolutely adores Toby and is constantly sharing all of her habits, good and bad haha. She plays a bit hard with Toby. Nevertheless, Lucy is the first to check on him, clean him up. He is hers. Always down for a game of tug-of-war, chase or property line inspection (weims are really Velociraptor in Jurassic Park. “Always testing the fence,” both literally and otherwise).
As always, thanks for providing such amazing family members!!
Our hearts are filled with news of Toby doing well. Sliding into a family with a resident female and the Old Man Max (a rescue you graciously acquired) could have been challenging. Nevertheless, you and Toby, are thriving. It is so grand to hear. We feel you did the right thing moving from the female to a male. Sometimes two females can struggle to take control of the environment. Most people work it out; however, this scenario tends to be smoother sailing.
Our relationship spans two-decades. We so appreciate your loyalty. I believe Toby is the fourth OwyheeStar. There might have been another one or two connected to you–possibly someone closely related. Over time, it becomes hard to remember all the details.
Our applicants come from nearly everywhere. Repeats or referrals from OwyheeStar loyals comprise a significant percentage. We are blessed.
The retrieving indoor and outdoor will prove vital. This skill becomes even more critical as you move forward. Some Weims who can retrieve but choose to do otherwise. They will let another dog do the work. They will just ignore the ball–or whatever. They would rather play keep-away. Absconding with the toy seems fun and most humans just laugh at the antics. We suggest that despite the fun, you make every effort to get them bringing the find to your hand. It is worth the trouble. Sometimes it requires a check cord attached to the Weim, and you reel them in and praise them for the retrieve as if they came on their own. Other times, an enticing reward or praise will do the trick. Whatever it takes, our recommendation is to ingrain the love of the retrieve. It is useful on so many levels–getting them in the water, hunting, and much more. A tool (skill) every Weim should sport.
Hey you guys! I just want to let you know how things are going on the other side of the world …Having a best with my new family. They have some weird rules like … “out of the kitchen Taun.” I don’t get that one ‘cause that’s where all the good food is.Anyway, we’ve settled into a consistent routine with lots of fun stuff mixed in. It’s Fall now and it is really pretty.
I go out on walks every day, lots of times out in the woods. I have to wear this really LOUD coat now since it’s hunting season but that’s OK since it’s nice and warm.
One thing we never had out West … ticks !! lots of ticks. Dad is always looking for them on me.
My family has cats … I didn’t grow up with cats and personally, they look a lot like squirrels to me but they are part of our family so Mom and Dad say I need to get used to them. Speaking of squirrels, there are a lot of them out here. Dad says I lose my mind when I see one.
I get to help do chores.
I like my life out here !
Best to all out West, Taun and Family.