I have been teaching Mesquite something new, I can’t say she is delighted, but we are coming along. I bought a ramp so she can get up on the bed and into the car easier. She would still like to jump, but now that she is getting older, I don’t want her to break something. At first she would have nothing to do with it. I worked a little each day, until now she is beginning to accept it. I guess she figured it wasn’t going away, so she might as well accept it. Now she thinks it’s a game.
I ordered some Skate Board tape to give the surface a little more traction for her. If she ever slipped she would be done with it.
She is really amazing, you give her a little time to decide what you want and she usually gets it done.
We take her out to the Vet on Wednesday to get a final series of X-Rays to check and see if she is cleared up. Her cough is pretty much gone, she seems like she is getting back to full song. Sure hope so anyway?
Mesquite for a 10 year + old dog has got a lot of get up and go yet. She checks the tree rows every morning for cats at the church. For some reason she has claimed that territory and the cats don’t belong.I just wished there were a lot of game birds, like there use to be. We walk in the sagebrush and the only things we find are Meadow Larks or the like. She does show interest in them, they must have the right smell? She sure likes to go. She gets upset if I go someplace and don’t take her. When I get home she always goes up and smells the tires.
Mesquite is a lucky girl to have someone who cares so much about her–thank you for keeping us apprised and for all you do to give her such an excellent Golden Year Placement.
~ Flo and Dazee feel the assault of the broom
I think this is hilarious. I’d been sweeping the kitchen. You’d think I’d been after them.
Sena, they look as if you had chased them with the broom. (OMG) The two coddled senior girls have not idea how privileged they are! I love the look on their faces –make it stop, Mama.
~ Finally She Claims This Bed
For 6 months no interest in a bed whatsoever. Have no idea what changed her mind but she clearly enjoys herself now. Her trust is incredibly moving.
Flo didn’t learn to love a bed–but I am going to be honest, Stackhouse (until very recently) refused to use any bed we put out for him. Weims are truly weird–if they get an idea, it can take a long time to come around to a change of mind and heart.
~ Golden Year Placement Going Well
Deja is well, vary well. She still has a tender tummy, but we’ve learned to watch her foraging. She eats everything she finds from banana peels to dog droppings. It’s her only bad habit.
She plays well with other dogs, responds to Bonnie’s commands, and is a terrific companion for a couple of old folks. We love her. I have debated about training her to hunt and decided I’m too old. But it makes me sad. She has all the instincts!
She casts perfectly and instinctively points. BTW, she has been spayed. No more puppies although I have the feeling Deja has good field dog genes. Hope you and Cliff are doing well.
Wag wag, Elton
Deja–we could not be happier for you. A second job that suits you–taking care of Bonnie and Elton.
~Our Kingdom, Our Rules
Flo caught her 2nd squirrel last week. About 3 weeks ago they killed 4 rats. They (Dazee and Flo) are incessant hunters.
I had a woodpile that’s barely a pile anymore as there were little fuzzy things living in it. They were obsessed with the pile & dragging pieces all around. They spent hours at it. I went out after dark with LED flashlight & could see eyes not theirs. (Haha). I didn’t care as other than unpiling the pile no harm.
They’ve been skunked 3 times now with the last time last week. Each time less intense so perhaps they’re figuring that one out. Yes, getting the rats is ok with me.
Many can relate to the activities that seem to keep Flo and Dazee busy–and groan when they hear about the encounters with skunks. Can the Weimaraner learn to leave the striped kitty alone? What a nuisance these feral odor-anointing critters are–I am sure they do good, as well, but oh my gosh.
We have more Flo and Dazee news coming soon–they keep Sena busy but also grounded. For some, the Weimaraner is essential on so many levels. We appreciate hearing about these two Golden Year Placement Girls and their antics.
I just want to send you a note celebrating The Beloved Mesquites 10th birthday. She has lived in her forever home with us here in Washington for just a little over three years now. She has been a great joy for us.
I was a little hesitant at first, because I had always owned Vizsla’s, I really knew nothing about Weimaraner’s, in the past three years I have changed my mind. The Weim is the most well mannered, intelligent dog I have been around. She wants to be a people rather than a dog.She loves going places in the car. When we first got her she would get sick riding in the car, not anymore. I think she was just nervous. Now when the car starts up she wants to go. She doesn’t bother a thing.
During the hot weather and the smoke from wild fires burning in the area now, I have been letting her stay inside as much as possible. She has decided she wants to sleep in bed with us. We started out with her on her mat, but she didn’t want any part of that, she wanted to be in the bed with us. Now I fix her a spot at the foot of the bed and she stays there all night. I figured that was safer than having a 70 lb. dog land on you, unexpectedly. If she needs to go outside, she gives you the famous ear flap. No doubt what she wants.We are both so glad that you and Cliff chose us for Mesquites forever home. She is greatly appreciated and loved.
Thank you, Lyle and Annette. I hope Porsche’s owner sees this, because Porsche is one of Mesquites offspring, I believe?
Hello Lyle and Annette–thanks for thinking of us. It is hard to believe that Mesquite is ten years old. What a fabulous Golden Year Placement she got when you found us. Yes, Porsche is a Mesquite X Stackhouse pup.
~One of Each
I hope all is well with you and Cliff and the dogs! We have had quite the summer over here trying to keep kids and dogs entertained while also maintaining all the social distancing requirements! I wanted to send you a quick update and some pictures of our girls.
Frida (Bernie x Boone) is still very much a puppy, but has calmed down enough to cuddle with the kids on occasion. She loves everyone and every dog she meets, even if they don’t necessarily want to love her back! She’s turned into a fantastic running partner and only gets distracted by squirrels and deer. When we can convince her, she enjoys a very quick dip in the pool.
Clover is warming up to everyone still, but is no longer nervous around the kids and their noise. She has been joining me and Frida on our morning walk/jogs and is getting good on the leash. She’s also happy to inform me (quite vocally!) anytime there is another dog, squirrel, horse, bird, anything nearby.
We spent a day up at Lake of the Woods a few weeks ago and brought the girls. They loved lounging on the boat and barking at any ducks we came across. As you can see in the pictures, Frida provided an excellent pillow for my daughter when it was time for a quick snooze.
Thank you again for both of these amazing dogs. Our life would be so much less exciting without them!
Lauren, Chase, Kids, Frida, and Clover
Most certainly, life is fuller, more demanding, and exciting with the Weimaraner in your household. Some people lament their decision to add the Weimaraner. Most Weimlovers cannot imagine life without at least one. It is unthinkable. No matter what Weimaraner we get, there are challenges of one sort or the other. Thank you, for being one of the great OwyheeStar families–and for adopting Clover into your family.
Mesquite is going on ten years old and she is still quite spry. I purchased two beds for her, one for her house, and the other for the living room floor. The beds are 7 inches thick and give her a lot of support. In fact she is sound to sleep on her bed right now, at the foot of my chair.
I took her pheasant hunting about six weeks ago, we were out about four hours, and she didn’t quit ounce. The cover was getting laid over and birds just wanted to run, very frustrating for an inexperienced dog. She kept after them, and we ended up with two at the end of the day. Mesquite had a fun day, didn’t hear a peep out of her on the way home, lots of snoring. Not like on the way up, the singing really starts when you turn on to a gravel road. Amazing how they figure that out. Lyle
~ With Sena
Tonite. I expected her to wad it up but she didn’t.
I took her to town yesterday trying to get her used to riding. She hated it, stayed pissed at me the whole time. Would not ride in front with me & when we went to DQ for a cone she said up yours lady, & would have nothing to do with it. Even dragged across her nose. Too bad I had to eat 2. Haha.
Weims can be weird. She probably feared you would drop her off–her last trip was when we left her with you. Keep trying, as I know you will–she will learn you are not going to leave her anywhere.
~ With Sena
On occasion, we get lucky–and we find a Golden Year Placement for a retired female. Dazee–did not turn out as we planned. I won’t bore you with all the details, but let me sum it up that she was the result of a cross between a couple of lineages (both carried the Longhair gene, but neither was related to Stackhouse). The plan was then that we could raise Longhairs with Stackhouse, but things didn’t work out as planned–so, we decided not to mate her again.
Finding the right placement for Dazee was challenging. She is a quieter gal that likes things pretty much her way. Not that she is not friendly, she is–and she gets along with other dogs. But she doesn’t take to a lot of commotion or activity. Ideally, we needed a quieter lifestyle. And along came Sena, who is a bit older (my age), and she needed another Weimaraner in her life. And so their journey together began a couple of weeks ago.
~As the Journey Together Begins
(Day One) She’s a precious soul. I think we’ll be fine. She has no interest in going outside. She is not interested in much–including food.
(Day Two) Another day, and now she is eating -chicken soup got her interested in supper. She wasn’t interested in her dry stuff but was definitely interested in my chicken soup so I put a tablespoon of broth & a few pieces of carrot & cleaned right up. Same with breakfast. She’s drinking too. In the past I explored about a doggie door here but just not feasible. So I have to participate. I think too she was exhausted from her travels yesterday. I’m sure each day will bring something new. Good for both of us.
(Day Three) A new day– I have a different girl today. She’s initiating & going to the door. Not resistant to the lead now. Up & more interested in life. 😉
(Day Four) I left the back door open & closed off other free space & just went away. The birds & squirrels were teasing her. She’s been out several times now. Briefly, but HALLELUJAH. Progress! (See the above photo–she loves her domain.) 27 frickin’ degrees out there. She’s an outdoor girl after all. 😁
Yup. Birds & squirrels. 😁We are doing very well. She’s just right for me. 😉
(Day Six) And yet another significant change–And, now she’s only requiring crating if I leave. Great progress. Yes, when I saw her birthday, I realized I should get to have most of her 5th year, which also made me happy. She’s a precious little soul & now I have a family again.
(Finally at One Week Plus) Oh definitely–this girl is heart healing. I was in despair, and that’s all gone. Not to say I don’t miss my boys every day, however, I am functional again which I was becoming less each day til last Saturday. My friends also know I’m different, affirming this was needed and she’s so right. Ok, busy lady, thx for all once more I will be in touch. 🐾👋