It’s Been Almost Six Years
Just wanted to say Thank you. We got Doc Holiday from you almost 6years ago. He is the smartest sweetest dog. He has brought joy to our lives. Thanks again. Also, love reading your daily posts.
What Else Can I Say?
He is very routine oriented. If my alarm goes off and I do not get up he will tap me with his paw to wake me back up. He is more than happy to sleep in on the weekend, but if the alarm goes off. It is time for his breakfast! He also will wake you up to cover him up at night. He loves his blanket.
Merry Christmas a little early.
~ Dara and Doc Holiday
We are ever so thankful that you took time to update us on your wonderful family member–Doc Holiday. What fabulously clever name, too!
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon!
~ Hello Autumn 2016
Thursday we welcomed the official first day of Fall. We continue to hope for the warming trend and extended temperate weather known as Indian Summer. Our yards have been stomped by the summer/early fall pups. It is amazing how their little paws can stomp out the lawn. Warmer weather and a little water might bring it back. We can hope.
Our neighbor is spraying his hay field this morning. We try to stay natural with our land as much as it is possible. There is a battle for the minds and hearts over those who use the various chemical applications. Ultimately a person has to figure what is necessary and what is overkill. We want to be as holistic in our approach as it is possible. It is not realistic to avoid every chemical or vaccine. That is a discussion for another day.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! On Friday as well as Thursday, we featured a Blue Longhair. All the other Weimaraners were the more common (and traditional) short coat. The Longhairs have appeared in the breed since the beginning. The desire to systematically eliminate the Longhairs from the DNA pool was once a thing. Today, they are accepted and celebrated in the Show Ring everywhere but the USA. Nonetheless, they are catching on and probably will become a subcategory here too! That being said, we highly doubt the Blue Coats will be embraced by the Weimaraner Club of America anytime soon–probably never. Therefore, the Blue Longhair Weimaraner is outside the perimeter. It doesn’t stop people from wanting one.
Sunday—September 18 — Dunkin
Monday —September 19— The Gray Ghost
Tuesday —September 20 — Tallyn’s Adjustment
Wednesday —September 21 — Rylee
Thursday — September 22 — Luke and Cador
Friday —September 23 — Stanley
On a very personal note
This week was a week of finishing up the summer puppy things and trying to regroup. Sadly, I have not gotten the touch-up painting done yet. That is calling me soon. I have to get it done while the weather cooperates.
On Sunday we went to church early and then returned to town at noon for the Sunday Noon Matinee. We loved ‘Sully.’ We don’t often get to the movies. This one was worth the effort. If you have not seen it yet, we recommend it! Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood (Tom plays Sully, and it is directed by Clint Eastwood) team up to bring this miracle to life. A lesser man might have gone down himself; however, Captain Sully showed the courage and strength of character to overcome two overwhelming situations. See it!
Thanks to You
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are immensely grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. We can fill in a bit when necessary; however, we like to keep the integrity of your writing real. A couple of sentences can go a long way–sometimes it is enough. Those that have sent us updates know we are more than likely to post it word-for-word.
There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is greatly appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing!
Progress and Improvement
We have both Luke and Cador in training these days. Luke is back to a healthy weight and his coat and ears have totally cleared up. He’s no longer in his crate and has been great with Lilly and Cador. He barks a lot, but we have been working on that and have seen some improvement.
The Young Longhair
Cador is getting big! His coat is beautiful and he’s been a pretty good boy (other than annoying Luke whenever he can). He will reliably sit, lie down, and come. His retrieve is great. Working on his leash skills now.
We took both to the Applegate River last month and are taking them to the coast next week.
These angels not only recently brought home Cador (a Blue Longhair) but they adopted Luke. He has been here for quite some time. His family got into a situation that left them no choice but to return him to us. Thankfully that doesn’t happen often. This return scenario was not an ordinary case–this senior couple was saddened beyond words not to be able to get him back. So, he has found a family and home. Everyone is happy for Luke.
Not A Party Problem
The Weimie party was fabulous as always. We had a wonderful time and we got to meet Francie and Maddie. That little Francee is adorable.
Goldee was in rockstar-form when we arrived. Poised and beautiful.
However, I’m afraid Goldee’s halo has fallen and is now severely tarnished.
Yes, the little girlfriend dug a 10 ft trail chasing a gopher down.
Holly was somewhere on the other side of mortified and terrified. It probably didn’t help that many of the weim moms stood there holding our sides from laughter and in between the howls of laughter I was taking photos the whole time.
That is quite the little huntress you built.
Buck’s mom Beth was the hero as she tried to pry the little bugger out of Goldee’s mouth. Apparently “drop it” only applies to tennis balls and not true treasures like gophers.
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Piper is doing great!
Training classes have really helped both of us. She is impossible to wear out- this pup has endless energy and endurance- I love it! To help tucker her out she has doggy friends to play with from time to time. I love the action shots of her because that is when you really see her personality and she has a LOT of personality. To the right her best friend, Adelle, looks like she is telling Piper a secret, winking at us, and Piper is reacting to whatever she said. I can only imagine what they would say to each other! Trouble makers 😉 I love her with all my heart.
~First a Question!
Just wondering if you know of any websites that would be posting stuff about local Kennel Cough outbreaks?? Roy has had all his pup shots and is scheduled to get his kennel cough nasal drips at 16 weeks and will be getting his rabies around 22 weeks.
Hello, Megan! No, I don’t know of any online resource that posts pet viral outbreaks. I think mostly, dog professionals stay up on this — Vet offices, Dog Trainers, Boarding Facilities, and those associated with the task of Dog Park Management. Maybe if there is such a thing in and around the Pacific NW someone will leave a comment.
We feel you are doing the shots the way they should be done for the Weimaraner. If you are going to be out and about, getting the kennel cough protection is wise. Since it is not a long-lived protection and the problem seems to rise in the late fall to winter time frame, getting one later in the year seems to be a wise choice. We are happy to see Roy is doing well. Thank you so much for taking good care of him.
He’s doing great, we learned to “shake” this week. He is eager to please 😉 (more like get a biscuit!)
The Social Butterfly
We went on a road trip through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. We’re actually just heading home. Roy is a social butterfly, in fact, he actually seems really offended if someone walks by and doesn’t acknowledge him. So funny the compliments we get one lady said he was “… Kinda of an iridescent color if you will”
He is my little shadow, I never go anywhere and don’t feel his eyes on me. Nick is jealous!
Ready for adventure!
~Wyoming mornings are cold!
Here he is in Idaho at Anderson ranch reservoir. I didn’t get a picture with him wearing his yellow life jacket. Turns out he loves swimming, just not in the pool at home!
He loves the Water!
We have taken him on another adventure since the three state roundabout. Above Roy is pictured with me. It was a lot warmer on the Pontoon Boat in Portland.
We just wanted to update you on our sweet Miss Darcy. Sorry it’s taken a while! She is now 4 months old. We love that she bonded to us so quickly. She loves us, and we love her, too! She is a huge snuggler, which we love. She also loves to run and play chase games with the kids, and to retrieve….sometimes. Darcy has so much attitude and personality, and she is very independent. She definitely has the attitude of “what’s in it for me?” when it comes to training, or obeying simple commands (like “come”). She is definitely not an easy dog to train, but we love her anyway. In fact, that personality of hers is actually one of the things that we love most about her. 🙂
For a while there, we were getting a little worried about the biting. She was constantly biting everyone! Some of her biting was playing, some was because of the need to chew (puppy teething), and some of it was her trying to play dominant, especially to the kids (ages 2, 6, and 7). Our poor kids’ arms, legs, and clothes constantly looked like they had been mauled by wild animals. We read and researched everything we could find about puppy biting, and tried a lot of things. In the end, the only thing that worked for us, was saying “no” every time she bit and redirecting her biting to an appropriate toy (we told the kids to carry something in their hands every time they played with her, so when she went to bite them, they could shove the toy in her mouth instead). If she was getting especially bitey, we would remove her from us for a few minutes so she could settle down. As weeks went by, it didn’t seem to be getting any better, though, and we got a little worried that she would never outgrow it. Then one day, it just seemed to click for her. She realized that she liked to play with us, so she was willing to stop biting so we would play with her. She still needs reminders once in a while not to bite, but it is so much better. The kids now love playing with her, and they have learned what things she likes doing. It’s fun to see them getting along so well. Their favorite thing to play with her is chasing (they chase her, or she chases them), and the “stay” game. They get a piece of her kibble, and tell her to sit and stay, then they back away, all the way across our backyard, and finally say, “Ok, come and get it!” and she runs to them.
Watch for Part Two!
It has been said that a biting Weimaraner puppy is one that rarely becomes an adult biter. Of course, that implies that the shark-biting ways were handled well as a pup–curbed. What this means is the fear-biting Weimaraner is hard to teach not to bite whereas the natural snapping by the puppy can be managed–taught it is unacceptable. In the end, they learn not to do that.
Success just often requires endurance and follow through to achieve. You want the pup to want to please you–this is key to reaching a lot of your Weimaraner goals anyhow. Everyone’s household, skill level, and style are a bit different. Each pup is unique. There are basics. The things that should work across the board, but you have to find your way with each Weimaraner pup you raise. This truth applies even to the most dog savvy person. You just cannot repeat the process in a step for step manner. Just as each child is different, so are every Weimaraner. Then too, you are never at the same place in your life either.