~ Deer Exhaust is Stinky Perfume She Loves
It has been quite some time since I have given you an update on Zula Blue. She has become an integral part of my dog family. Unfortunately her favorite outside activity is still to roll in deer exhaust, the older the better.
A cold water bath from the hose does not dampen her desire for the stinky stuff. It is hilarious because Pushkin is so much larger than she is but one growl out of her is all it takes to put him in his place.
Thank you for the sweet and sometimes feisty girl.
I think Zula feels as if she relocated to heaven. Thank you for all the love and care you give this old gal. We truly appreciate it! And what can we say–Oh, Pushkin.
~ 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.
~ 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. 🐾👋
~In Her Golden Year Placement
Dear Cliff and Shela
I have some news–I am being a good girl. Bonnie and Elton have rules–I thought you said I was running things. Well, I am staying off the couch –kind of off. I find ways to get by here–did I say they have rules?
It gets worse. They waterboard me in the shower. That aside, it’s a pretty good gig what with the constant love and attention. They train easily and recognize I’m the boss…
Links that might interest you
Blast From the Past–Ginger is Deja’s Mama
~ With Cliff and Shela
Mesquite back home from her trip to Oregon to visit Shela and Cliff. They were delivering a new puppy to a couple from Washington State.
Shela and Cliff had not seen Mesquite since she was placed in her forever home in August 2017.Mesquite recognized both of them and was happy to see them again.
We could not be happier for Mesquite–what a life she has with you. Thank you, both–for loving her and meeting us so we could see her. I think she was somewhat worried when she smelled the Weim scent on us and remembered–she would not have wanted to leave with us. (Haha)
~ The Ups and Downs
It has been a while since I have sent an update. Both dogs are doing well. Zula continues to be her normal feisty self. Her muzzle is turning white but she still has the energy of a much younger dog.When she sees me putting a jacket on she is immediately by my side wiggling not just her tail but her entire body. She knows a jacket means that we are going outside or perhaps even for a ride in the car.
Pushkin continues to be a puppy, even though he is almost 2 years old. He is a sweet boy but is continually pushing my limits. This morning he came in from outside with tremendously muddy feet. Upon inspection of the yard, I found a large hole where the recently planted grass used to be. He had discovered a gopher mound and apparently decided to see if he could catch it’s inhabitant. I scolded him but no real punishment as he is only doing what Weims are bred to do……hunt.
We continue with the nose work. It is a game to Push. I have been taking him to Home Depot where I will go in and hide several containers of a scent in different places and then take him in to find them. The folks at Home Depot are great. I would like to take him through the truffle hunting training the next time it comes to Oregon.
I took both Push and Zula to Terri Jacobson‘s to have their picture taken with Santa. Push was not very co-operative so we shall see how the pictures turn out. Both Terri and Santa are blessed with a tremendous amount of patience.
I hope that you and Cliff are doing well.
Zula and Pushkin are extraordinarily lucky–and that includes their Santa photos with Terri Jacobson.