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The Early Stage

Our Maelee

~Enjoying Life

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She loves playtime with the kids, fetching & retrieving every day. Introduced her to the sheds, though we’ll wait a little longer due to height and she can still be a bit clumsy at times.

She is very smart & likes to test us (repetition is key); we’ve used hand signals along with voice commands throughout her training (helpful for hunting later on, we prefer this method over whistle training). Overall she is very loved, happy, healthy and has made her place in our hearts. We look forward to every new adventure, and with our very active family, she has much to look forward, too!

3116Training is going great! 1st time playing in the sand this week, too!

Breeder Comment

We love the photo documentation. Thanks for that! We love seeing she is working at the Versatile lifestyle thing–all terrain Weimar.

Birthday

Celebrating 

   One Year!

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Here she is, the big one year old, enjoying her birthday bone 🙂
Thanks for all you do, Cliff and Shela!
We love our spunky and affectionate girl!
Sincerely, Amanda

Breeder Comment

Wow! A year happens so quickly. To think of the tiny bundle –easy to hold in one hand at birth. It was not that long ago. Thank you, for all you have done with Berkley. People like you make all the time, effort, and expense worth it.

Maelee

At Home

~ Learning the Ropes

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20180614_175047Maelee has been learning a lot; how to go up/down 2-3 steps on the backyard deck, still retrieving, crate training (though she did not like) and potty training (only a couple of pee accidents). Her 1st vet app. is set for tomorrow and should go smoothly; very healthy & full of energy!! Here are a few pics from this evening!

We are so thankful for what you do:)
Breeder Comment

We appreciate families like you. I noticed we started the process in February–so the wait was shorter than it might have been. Nevertheless, it is always seemingly a long time.

People ask the typical waiting time. I think somewhere close to six-months; however, it depends. As I always say, we cannot predict when and if we will get a litter. If the litter arrives, we cannot predict the sex of the pups–sometimes the coat color.  Of course, we cannot guess what the people on the list above you will do either. (Haha)

Zoe

A Good Fit For Us

  ~Loves Her Routine/Gets Into Everything!

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We haven’t checked in for awhile and thought I would share a quick update!
Zoe is doing fabulous!  She loves her daily routine of morning fetch, outdoor time, nap, and evening walk/runs. She enjoys playing with her human brother & sister Tyler and Sadi and finding anything and everything to get into! She’s a great girl and I’m thrilled to have her in the family!
Take care! ~Courtney

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to hear from you in regard to Zoe. She has busy well-rounded family life. Thank you, for this update and the great report.

The Naughtiest

Guess who’s birthday it is!

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Roy boy the Weim! I can’t believe Roy is TWO! (On 5/20) He is such a light in our lives even though he is such a hand full. Would not trade him for anything, we love our snuggly boy!
54723272525__03208A1D-8675-43EE-A9A6-714C1E26F123Roy is doing great! We recently just got over a case of the swimmers tail, we can’t keep him out of the water! And having a full tail probably contributed to that. Was so weird to see him not be able to wag his tail because he is always wagging that thing!
Still having aggression issues on a leash but I feel like he is getting better… he does wear a muzzle in congested areas. He’s stronger than I am and people coming at him that he doesn’t know makes him anxious. Better safe than sorry, I don’t want anything to happen.
Some dogs choose to fight. Others opt for flight, and unfortunately, all 75 lbs of Roy chooses to fight.   The inside guests in his space issue have gone away, he now loves guests. Off-leash and outdoors he’s totally fine.

We are heading to the beach this weekend for his birthday weekend at his favorite place! He literally goes crazy and into a frenzy at the sight of the sandy beaches.

Breeder Comment

We want to say you are awesome Weim parents. Thank you! Keep up the work, you are winning the battle. Happy birthday, Roy! Two Candles for you!
For the readers that missed the Sunday Blog–click here to see how you spent the weekend.

Connecting Again

Jake is 10

     ~and Much Loved!

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Jake_7941This is Lindsay, and we purchased our wonderful dog Jake (Pepper x Blue litter)  from you in Fall of 2008. He’s almost 10 now, and we just love him to pieces. We’re considering adding another pup to the family and of course, wanted to come back to you. Our daughters are 6 and 8 this year and they absolutely adore Jake. He’s the best dog we’ve ever had!

I’ve attached a couple of Jake’s agility pictures from last summer too. He seemed to really enjoy it.

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Lindsay. We look forward to working with you again. We hope the experience is equally rewarding. We are thrilled Jake has been such a great family member. We especially love the agility photos, but all four photos are excellent.

Puskin & Marie

In Mesa, Arizona

20180429_081112The travels with Pushkin are going well. We arrived in Mesa yesterday morning. The photo is of a sunrise somewhere in Nevada. I am not sure where we were when I took it as we were driving from Susanville to Las Vegas. I do know that we had crossed the state line into Nevada.
20180501_072751I had to stop a little more often than I normally would to let Push exercise a bit but really no complaining on his part about the long ride. The picture of Pushkin was taken in my mother’s backyard in Mesa.
I know that I have said this multiple times, but thanks for the wonderful companion
Marie

Breeder’s Comment

We are so very glad to hear that you and Pushkin made a safe journey to Mesa, AZ. Thank you, for remembering us!

Versatile

Huntress

     ~ And More!

IMG_5466.JPGWe wanted to give you an update on our sweet Darcy.  She is 2 years old now.  We are so grateful for our beautiful girl.  She is such a wonderful part of our family, and it’s hard to remember what life was like before she came to us.

She loves to hunt, hike, swim, play with the kids, give the baby lots of kisses, go running with mom, and torment the chickens.  Everywhere we go we get compliments on what a beautiful dog she is.  People familiar with weims also comment on how small she is.  She’s 45 lbs and a lot smaller than other weims we come across. We remember you mentioning that her mother and grandmother were on the smaller side as well, so we’ve never worried about it. She is just the perfect size for us. 😊

 

We’ve attached a few pictures.  One is on her birthday.  She wasn’t very thrilled about the silly crown we put on her, but she tolerated it because she knew a tasty breakfast was coming.

Thanks again for all you do!  We love our sweet Darcy.

–The McKenzie’s

Breeder Comment

We have fewer and fewer under-sized pups. That will make many sad. Nevertheless, you cannot keep breeding back to the same lineage. New blood (such as Boone) brings depth and diversity to our gene pool. That is a good thing.

We are thrilled to hear she is versatile on every level–the perfect fit for your hunting and the family life. What more could we hope? Thank you, ever so much for remembering us with this update. It means the world!

Henry

At Almost Two

     ~ Part Two

From the start we followed Owyheestars advice on crate training, freedom is earned. And our guy has earned his freedom. This is where he seems to all the sudden be grown up, but in reality, he’s been working on this since we first brought him home. Most days as of the last few months he spends very little time in his crate. Sometimes you’ll find him snoozing on one of the sofas, sometimes our bed, but most the time he opts to just follow us around the house. Henry has a definite bedtime, he gets sleepy around 8:30-9pm, cuddles until we go to bed, then happily goes to his crate for the night. Henry has also spent more time out of his crate when we leave the house too. It’s rare we all leave for more than a few hours, so he probably only gets left alone for 2-3 hours at a time.

Flieger's Henry and Ben_9162Not sure if I told you that Henry got a roommate last year, our cat Bill. When we first brought Bill home we separated them, mostly because Bill was tiny. Over the course of six months, Bill and Henry had more exposure to each other. Henry used to chase him every chance he got, but Bill always stuck up for himself. Never running under a bed, or a closet. He would just run under the dinner table and give Henry a few swats. Before long, Henry got bored of chasing the cat. He still does every once in a while, but as soon as Bill stops running, Henry walks away, I don’t think he actually wants to catch him, I think his dog instincts say “I must chase a moving object, oh wait that’s my friend, never mind” hahahaha.
The only thing I can think to complain about is how often and how loud he barks. It drives us insane. When I am sleeping during the day he has to wear a bark collar.  Although it doesn’t even need to be turned on, just putting it on him makes him stop.
Henry is a very smart dog. I think the biggest factor to our success with him at this point is that 95% of the time someone is home with him, I also think it is, for this reason, we have dodged separation anxiety and Weim crimes. He loves to please his people. I don’t think our puppy days are gone, he is a Weimaraner after all, but I think they are getting fewer and farther between. He’s the most handsome and loyal dog, and almost two years since we adopted him, we couldn’t be happier with how awesome he is.
Flieger's Henry and kids_4035You know, Weims are a lot of work, but I can say that after 2 years, all the effort we have put in to training him and being very consistent with him has paid off, and we are to the point we just get to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Sincerely,  The Flieger Family

Breeder Comment

You know, Weims are a lot of work. Indeed! I think there are many reasons for your success–consistency, knack, and the desire to get the job done would head the list. There are so many ways things can go awry, to say the least. You have done well and Henry has an excellent life. Thank you, again.
If you missed the first segment, Click Here.

Henry

At Almost Two

     ~ Part One

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I am sitting in bed with my coffee and a snuggled in Weim laying over my legs, and I was thinking about how sudden it seems that Henry has transitioned from wild puppy to this mostly well-behaved dog.
The last message I sent you was when I was teaching Henry how to close the door, he nailed that in less than a week unless he swings the door the wrong way, he closes the door no matter where we are when we give him the command. This trick is exclusive to one door however, we have tried to get him to close other doors, but he runs down to the back door every time, often confused that this door isn’t even open. Lol. I would not be surprised however if he knew how to close every door, but plays dumb until we get out the treats and hand them out like candy until he has learned how to close each door. Someday I want to make a cardboard sign and write “will work for food” and take pictures of Henry, this dog is beyond highly motivated to learn for treats. Back to his human brain, when we open the back door and give our command “go potty” now he comes up and closes the door instead of going outside when he doesn’t need to go. It is crazy to think that his boy has used this trick almost as a way to talk “I don’t need to go potty right now!”
I’ve mentioned before that Henry excels in two sports, being very active, and being REALLY lazy. This works out perfect for us, I sleep during the day, and Kevin works from home, so Henry is pretty chill on work days. Unless of course, he sees me put on anything the resembles work out clothes, topped with my running shoes, he goes nuts!!! There are some days that I need to just get out really quick without distraction. I have to ask Kevin to hide Henry from me so I can leave the house. If this procedure isn’t followed, Henry literally whines for the entire time I am gone. We can’t say W.A.L.K.  out loud anymore, he’s like a child who hears at some point we are doing something, then continues to ask over and over again about when we are going to be doing that said thing, he runs back and forth to each door, whines, etc. He loves his walks and loves them even more with his E-collar. Disclaimer, we live in the country with very little traffic, I would never allow Henry to go leashless other than around home.  We’ve done our walk so many times, he knows the spots I reign him in, he heals (his version is just some part of his body near my heal) when he is too far away from me and a car is coming in either direction I tell him to sit and wait, I either release him when the car passes, or when I catch up to him I command him to heal, he does this until I say “ok” then he sprints away. He knows our turn around spots, and he always stays on the side of the road we are walking on. He has a few friends on our road that he runs fence lines with. A four-mile walk for me is probably 6 miles for him, between sprinting through fields and running with his friends. Lastly, it’s rare he breaks from my side when we see oncoming walkers with dogs. Sometimes I’ll have him heal, sometimes I’ll have him hold a sit until they walk past. The problem happens when he hears (always in a high pitched voice) “your dog is so beautiful” or some similar compliment. It’s like he knows they are talking about him and instantly he wants to be friends. By the way, all of this is with almost no electrical correction, we just use it because he is a dog after all, and you never know when you need to reign them in.

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for sharing this information about Henry. Everyone likes to read what others experience–how they train and manage their Weimaraner. We so appreciate all you have done with and for Henry. Keep up your efforts.

At two–you expect them to turn a corner. Nonetheless, many claim Weimaraner teenage flakiness can pop up even until they are past their third birthday. Then too–we are talking about the Weimaraner. Do they ever grow up? Good question. There are always the Weimaraner quirks and quandaries. Some of this is directly related to your relationship and how easy you are to manipulate. Some of it is the breed. Kudo’s to this family who finds a way to go above and beyond with Henry.