~ The Adventure Begins
–From Larry July 23, 2019
And the adventure starts. No more sleeping in —- up at 4:30 or 5:00 in the AM. I have to go to bed at 9 or 10 at the latest. You and Cliff sure know how to pick a dog for me. This guy just wants to be with me and that is want I wanted. Brady was great on the way home. I think that he will be easy to house break, I just have watch him like a hawk. I went out with him at 4:30 am, he went pee and came right back into the house. But he would not lay down to go back to sleep. So We went out again, he did a # 2 this time, back in to the house, went to sleep this time. I just have to think like a pup and give him more time. He will tell me what he wants, I just have to pick up on his clues.
We have made it through a couple of day and nights. Brady is working overtime on our training. Ila is having a time with Brady. He has attacked her shoes and bit her on the arm, the blood was flowing.
I know everyone tells you how smart their weim is – its true I think that all of the OwyheeStar weims or very smart. The only thing left is to train the owners so they are as smart as their weim. ( Are you smarter than as eight week old weim ? ).
Ila and I want to thank you for all that you do to provide these great pups.
You might remember Reno (a long time OwyheeStar Blog favorite). Unfortunately, Larry lost Reno–it was a devastating and swift loss of the worst kind. It was a rare bone cancer–took him quick. The grief is unthinkable, but no one (human or critter) is immune. For a goodly number of years, no OwyheeStar ever died of cancer–I wish it were still so.
I am sure you and Ila will get this pup raised–but there is the stuff of raising pups for sure. The shark-biting baby (and older skin is the worst). I am sure you got the tips I sent to you along with everyone else that has a Bernie X Boone pup–on puppy biting. Thank you, Larry–for your loyalty and the fabulous update (with photos). As always –your photos are great.
~We Are Figuring Things Out
(July 14, 2019)–We were so excited to pick up our puppy (who we have decided to call “Frida”) that I didn’t get to really tell you how thankful we are for you guys!
Frida initially was not a fan of the car or her crate, but after some quick cuddles on Chase’s lap, she settled right in and spent the rest of the ride in comfort.
Our first night went ok – she did great with potty training until I was too slow getting up this morning and found a sad, poopy puppy. Luckily, she loves baths!
We’re quite in love, the kids are all “taking turns” walking her around our yard and seeing which toys she favors.
We are so happy to have found you guys and are so thankful for this whole process.
I hope you are recovering from yesterday and get at least a little break!
Thank you again, Lauren, Chase, Henry, Emelia, Charlotte, and Frida
(July 14, 2019–after we responded)–Thank you for the advice! We’re open to any and all help!
Yes- and I totally agree! We need to condense her space in the kennel and one of us needs to be better about letting her out. She is in our living room, not bedroom, so she was vocal ALL night about being alone. Therefore making it sort of hard to tell the difference between sadness and needing a bathroom…We’ll keep working on it. She’s had no accidents otherwise.
We’re going to put something in the crate tonight to see if it helps. Otherwise, we’ll get something different and smaller for the time being.
I also may sleep in the room with her tonight to help.
Finally, we were in the car most of the day yesterday. (We got home at 7:30pm) So, hopefully, after a busy day today, she is much more tired!
(July 15, 2019)–A much better night! No accidents, quieter, and we found a blanket she loves so she’s happy staying in the crate. We also added a divider to make the crate smaller.
Thank you, Lauren, for graciously allowing us to post your experience. Something here could help another person who is struggling. We were so happy to learn you turned a corner–and had the much improved night. We think you are doing great–love to you and Frida.
~My Running Partner
Now that Piper is fully grown we can run long distances. The vet told me not to run her more than 3 miles at a time while she was still growing (for the fist two years) because it could damage her growth plates. She is three years old now (time flies!) and she has become the best running partner. She trains with me for all of my races and when dogs are allowed, she races right along with me. People often ask me how far she can run and my answer is always, “farther than I can”. She runs all of the miles that I do and I know she would keep going if I did.
I asked for a runner and you picked the perfect puppy for me. Piper was a lot to handle being such an energetic pup, but we survived it with a lot of exercise and training. I used to joke that she never got tired; just a 10 minute power nap and she was back at it. I suppose that means she has always had endurance and it shows on the trails. We have a lot of fun running and there isn’t anyone I would rather be out there with. Piper is my favorite “person” 🙂
Thank you for bringing us together,
Thank you, Lina–for being a smart Weim parent. I always worry that someone will not heed the advice of letting the growth plates close. Honestly, you want to get as many miles as possible–and longevity for those hips and joints. No one can say for sure how long they will hold out (human or Weimar running partner). They have hip, knee, and elbow replacements for dogs, too. We hope it never comes to that. Yes, it appears you have an endurance runner for sure. Thanks for the update. We truly appreciate it.
As you know, a lot has happened since we returned to the Pacific Northwest, from Belgium. Frisbee- I love it, She plays it in the house too.
I’m unpacking and finding things…Jorja will be 7 in March, the picture of her and the little lady is who she named after. 🇷🇴 Romanian spelling, Pronounce “Georgia” /Jorja.
Thank you, Eileen. We think Jorga and her name spelling is pretty cool, too!
~Andi’s Formal Training Begins Soon
Andi has her Forever Family right where she wants them–close at heart. We received the results from the titer test (done by Dr. Calhoun’s Idaho Veterinary Hospital–Nampa, Idaho)–Andi is safe to go out in public. Hurrah!
She doesn’t bark but sometimes she squeeks with good cheer. Millie used to do that, Weimie squeaks, there’s nothing cuter.
What a wonderful dog she is. I set up her crate which she immediately got into and sat telling me, “I got this.” She adores my 5 yo grandson. No indoor messes. She prances behind me everywhere I go. She loves her toys keeping them all in a pile, her pile. She is not destructive in any way, tho I did move all my house plants up and gave a few away. She is absolutely the best! She’s a people dog. Does she know how to bark?? Thunder outside right now, she is not bothered at all, calm and happy.
She is so well adjusted. Thank you for all you and Cliff did to socialize her. She is a very fast learner, she is so willing to please.
~Celebrated another Birthday
Looking good for either a 7 or 49 yr old! Happy Belated Birthday, Jorja
It is good to see you Jorja! We hope your birthday was extraordinary. Love to you and your Mama and Papa.
~Liberty Belle has moved
Hope you guys are doing well! I wanted to give you a quick update and share a few pics of our beautiful, sweet Libbie.
Sorry that it’s been so long since our last update, things have been super busy over the last several months. We recently moved from Las Vegas to TN and absolutely love being back in the country! Libbie is finally getting to be a dog with lots of freedom outside of city life, and has been having the time of her life!She is one special puppy and the love of our lives, we are so grateful and simply put – we cannot imagine life without her 💕!
We’ll check in again soon with more details and highlights over the past year, it certainly has been a great one!Take care!
Sincerely, Scott & Julia
We are so happy to hear from you — and to learn about Libbie. That was quite the move –we hope you will continue to stay in touch.
~We love our Eazy
I’m sorry it has taken us so long but I wanted to send you an update. Eazy is fitting in sooo well here. Our boxer, Opie, has adopted him and has been teaching him the ropes. He loves his new humans and vice versa, as well.
We are still working on potty training so that is a struggle. He has already learned to sit and has lost 3 or 4 teeth!
We took him for his first neighborhood walk today and he was so excited! He loved smelling and experiencing new things!
I have attached some pictures for you, too.
I did have one concern you might want to be aware of. It looks like his front ankles are turned in and paws are turned out. He is still growing and may grow out of it but, being a breeder, I thought I would let you know. You can see it in one of the pictures attached. Take a look and let me know what you think. This is our first Weimaraner so it may be normal.
I feel really bad for not sending any updates sooner so please be assured he is loving his new home and we love him so much it hurts 😍 haha!
Andrew, we are so happy to hear from you. Of course, we can never say enough how much we appreciate our Weimaraner folks. This is your first, as you say. It is a bit different.
The joints–we don’t believe it is anything to be concerned about. The lineages here have produced quality pups–Deja’s lineage is one we have had for several generations–almost twenty years. We do want to mention that a person needs to be very careful with vaccine–the reason we talk about our protocol is it is in the best interest of the Weimaraner. To venture outside that protocol could trigger a reaction which may result in inflammation of the joints. Sometimes the vaccine reactions can be life-threatening. It is why we make a big deal out of following our protocol. (Haha) No one wants to risk something happening that would compromise the well-being of their beloved fur-family member.
Housebreaking–most folks have very few problems. On occasion, the Weimaraner can get a different idea. (OMG) The trick to raising the Weimaraner is to get them to do what you want–and to think it is their idea. They are very concrete-thinking. A lot of folks think the occasional accident is okay–and it is, but with this breed if they get the idea they prefer an indoor spot to somewhere outside you have an ongoing issue. I am positive you will get this handled, but I wanted to mention it here. Any unwanted behavior is best avoided–this concrete-thinking thing often works in your favor when the behavior is one you want to encourage.
Winchester’s first Christmas.
Chester has been such a good sport during this holiday season. He seemed a bit confused about the tree in the house at first he gave me that “I’m not allowed to bring my stick in the house but you get to bring in the whole tree?” Lol. But he has been a very good boy for the most part. He even posed in front of the tree with his Christmas sweater and hat! He will be so excited to get his presents on Christmas day! I can’t wait for his first Christmas.
How you delight in everything Chester makes our heart happy. We are glad for your beautiful friendship. You make it all magical–thank you. Merry Christmas –enjoy every moment. We know you will.
~Naughty Maizie, Or Not!
You wouldn’t believe that this little beauty, MAIZIE, age 6.5, has a penchant for paper!
You can file this in a chapter of “Weim Crimes!” Yesterday, we left the house for an hour. Maizie stayed home. Usually always on our return home, she happily greets us—smiling, chattering, nibbling, wiggling with glee. Yesterday she did not greet us. Uh oh. (She doesn’t greet us if she’s been naughty). I found her laying in her living room sofa bed—ears back and shivering! Uh oh. Major telltale guilt! We did a search of the house to find the “evidence” and came up with nothing! We assumed then that she was just “thinking” about doing something naughty—reason for her guilty behavior. That was, UNTIL…..
…..I went to make dinner! Before we left home, I had printed a new recipe, Martha Stewart’s “Bacon-Mushroom-Leek Galette.” It printed out on 3 pages. I had left it on the dining room table. It was nowhere to be found!
BUSTED! She didn’t leave a trace! I had to reprint it to make dinner! This is why we close our office door when we leave the house, can’t leave mail on the table, or leave a package in sight! This girl’s got a penchant for paper!
We cannot believe how smart this girl is, and as I replied–this is not her first paper raid you told us about. Old habits die hard. I guess the good news is it is paper—just so she doesn’t take to eating cash or important documents. (OMG)