Super Bone Sunday!
Shadow experienced his first Super Bowl Sunday at almost a year old! As such, we got him an extra special quiet treat do we could watch the game! It was quite funny watching him figure out how to chew on it!! Shadow shared little pieces with his little pup bro and sis too!
He is still so much fun, he loves putting just his front paws on the couch and standing tall so we can scratch his chest. He always looks so regal when he’s posing like that!
Best wishes and happy Feburrrrrary from SE Idaho!
Love, The Pitkin Family
Shadow seems to be thriving, and we appreciate all your work to train and incorporate him into your family. Thank you for thinking of us with this lovely update.
~ Daddy’s Boy
Mando is 8 months old as of Nov 3rd, and is doing great! We got him in for his neuter 2 weeks ago and all went great with that. I just love the medical shirts that have now. Jill was able to find Ace’s shirt and save us a few $$ by using it for Mando. For the last round of shots we did do the Titer test and he showed too low so we did get the last round of shots and then another Titer and things came back acceptable.
Mando is just about 50 lbs. so far and finally able to hold his own with his big brother Ace (2yr old blue longhair OwyheeStar Weim). The two blue boys (I call them the BBC – Blue Boy Club) play ALL the time it seems. Mando is the brother that actually wants to play with Ace (unlike his older siblings were when Ace joined the family). Ace and Mando’s very favorite game is playing keep-away with the ball. It might be mostly Mando’s favorite game, but Ace doesn’t seem to mind!
Mando is a daddy’s boy and when it’s time to relax for the night, more often than not he finds me and plops down half on the couch and half on me! I love this beyond words, our time in quarantine together really cemented our bond! Every night when it’s bedtime, I call him and in he jumps into bed and stays there through the night. Having said that, he loves everyone, he’s taking to whining when we get home and take him out of his crate. He does so in a way that’s unlike any of our other Weim’s! It’s hilarious, I should try to get a video of it to share. He probably makes the most noise for Elle (my 15 year old daughter), as she seems to get him the most spun up greeting him after getting home.
Hope you like the photos– thanks again for all that you do for us Weimlovers!!!
Will/Jill/Elle – Charlie Mae/Ace/Mando
We are so happy to hear that Mando is doing well–a perfect fit for your family. The photos are fabulous.
As you might know, we have been discussing vaccine reactions on the blog earlier this week. On Monday we talked in general about vaccine for the Weimaraner puppy, then on Tuesday we shared Luna’s story ‘Cautionary Tale‘ as shared by Luna’s Mom Kris. After those two days of talking vaccine and vaccine reactions, we have posted updates. This Mando Update is the perfect end to this week’s focus. We will be talking about Vaccine Titer Testing next week–so, Mando’s experience is the perfect intro to further discussion. Thank you for all you do for your OwyheeStar Fur Family Members–we truly appreciate your family
~ Part One
On April 30th 2020, we met “Mando” for the first time and it’s been an amazing journey we’ve been having together ever since!! Our little Covid-19 blessing is not going to know what to do when “Dad” actually goes back to work! The entire family has been working/schooling from home his whole life so far.
Micron (where I work) has had all of the Boise team working from home (that didn’t absolutely have to be on-site to do their job) for almost 3 months months now. All of the time we’ve had with Mando so far has been during this unusual time for us, but totally the normal for him now!
I get up in the AM, get ready for work and Mando goes along with me throughout the entire process (get ready locked in the bathroom with me, make coffee and get him breakfast in the kitchen with me, etc.) eventually ending with us both upstairs (while I tell him “let’s go to work Mando” as we head upstairs). We end up in my office (baby gate in place to keep him in with me) and I log into work. Of course we take breaks for him to get outside and get his meals, but all day (7-4) is me and Mando working together upstairs. For the first several weeks that meant him curled up in my lap, but the last week or so he’s just gotten too big to be comfortable in my lap and has moved to his bed for his AM naps.
We could not be happier for Mando–he has a great start with his ‘Forever Family,’ and all is well. Watch for part two –coming tomorrow.
Hello, LuLu is great. She loves to run up in the mountains or go on walks around the neighborhood. She does very well with the gentle leader harness for walks. She does well with basic commands and she was potty trained in just a few short days. She will have formal hunting training later this summer after she turns 6 months in Pocatello. She was easy to crate train and sleeps well through the night.Her best friend to play and wrestle with is a 100 lb German Shepard!
We are beyond happy to hear that Lulu is doing so well. Please keep us posted–we and our audience want to follow her story as it unfolds.
~ A Little Story For the Blog
You brought Sophia to live with us on Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were quiet days in our yard. Saturday afternoon, the two pre-teen girls next door were out in their backyard and when they were talking loud, Sophia barked and ran a few feet towards their yard, stopped and barked again and then ran a few more feet and then stopped and looked at their yard for less than a minute and promptly resumed play.
I told you the story of Azura, as a puppy, running and barking towards the perceived threat, so I thought you’d appreciate this one about Sophia. When Azura barks, Sophia promptly sits, alert, and watches where Azura goes and then runs after her to see what’s going on. This little girl is such a sweetheart, so smart, so alert and learns so quickly. Well, except for the biting thing!
Oh, Sophia is a smart one–and again, a shark-toothed girl, too. (Haha) Thanks for the cute story. Secretly I was deeply concerned about the expectations–what we were looking for in Sophia. Who can guess what will happen, but this story was unusual–and yet, here we go. She did the same kind of confident thing. (Hurrah!)
For anyone raising the Weimaraner, click here to read about the puppy biting thing. I highly recommend this read.
~The Much Loved Duke
Friday, April 5th –It is with a heavy broken heart I wanted to let you know we lost Duke (Dusty x Gracie) last night. I knew this day would come but are we ever ready to lose part of our heart and soul?? Foster came home from school to bloody urine and diarrhea. Duke has turned 13 January 2nd and I couldn’t see him suffer. I had a vet come to the house so he could die peacefully on his couch.
It has been a rough couple of days. The news of Duke’s passing came less than twenty-four hours before Dusty’s departure. We appreciate how much he was loved. Thank you, for the beautiful life your family gave him.
Thought you might like a 12week (almost 13) update on our out Henry!
He’s amazing. He loves to play fetch and so good at the return. He is learning and listening so well. Still mastering the potty training, but great as long as we are paying attention! He’s such a funny pup and so smart! He is able to play hide and seek with toys and people. He’s catching on so we’ll to words we use. He is obedient to sit, stay, lay down, come and ‘outside’ (our word for potty!) He has even mastered wiping his feet when he comes back in, on the rug…. For a treat of course! He has grown SO much and going to need a bigger bed soon!
Sorry some of the pics are blurry! He’s not still for long! ~Jill and Clint
Hello There–we are so happy to hear from you. Just look at what is happening, you are doing great things. We cannot be happier to hear the news and to these photos. Thanks ever so much!
~ Grandpa Will Reports–Part Two
At Ace’s first checkup he was 13 lbs. and I am anxious to hear his new weight at his next exam. Ace seems to be very spunky and very smart. He quickly figured out the bells were to go outside and although we have had a few pee accidents, we’ve been happy with his progress, I think we have only had 1 accident in the past 3 weeks and he was a little out of his element for that one, so I don’t count him fully negligent for it. He’s starting to get a small monocle of freedom in the living room where we aren’t watching him at every moment. He’s successfully figured out how to push down the baby gate that we had been using whenever he wants, so we’ve recently put that back in the closet!
The older brother and sister (Murphy and Charlie Mae) still aren’t fans of the puppy, we’ve tried to be patient, but we keep a close eye when the teeth are being bared and have had to let them know our disappointment on a couple occasions for their distaste of Ace. I would have hoped by now (almost 6 weeks at our house) they would be ok with him, but they stil barely tolerate his existence and refuse any interaction with him they can avoid.
Ace has changed so much in the past 6 weeks, he’s fully embraced the dog doors )going both directions) as of this week. He figured out last week he could go out into the garage and lick the floor (YUCK!), so we’ve been discouraging that as best we can! Ace wants nothing more than to love on his big brother and sister and doesn’t seem at all discouraged by their less than welcome reception to his affections.
All in all, things are going well, it’s a good thing puppies are so darn cute, they are sure a bunch of work! We do LOVE him and we are over the TOP proud of our 13 year old and her embrace of her “Dog Mom” duties. Enclosed are a bunch of pictures from the past 6 weeks! Thanks for all the you do for us Shela and Cliff! We love our “Pack”.
What can we say? Elle is not a typical teen–she gets the job done. What a fabulous life-lesson. We are so proud of you! Of course, her parents are in the mix too!
It is great to read how ‘Ace’ is working his way into the heart and soul of his family. Keep watching–I am positive there is another segment to follow soon.
~ Grandpa Will Reports–Part One
Since we got Ace on Feb. 8, 2019, the Spight household has been a whirlwind of activity! I’m happy to report my first stint as a “Grandpa” has gone well. Elle (Ace’s Mom) has been doing an outstanding job and continues to show amazing patience for her first very own puppy!
Since day 1, Ace has slept in Elle’s room and she’s the one who’s been getting up at night and taking him outside. Every now and then she asks for an assist from Grandpa or Nana when she’s had a tough night with Ace or if she has Volleyball tournaments the next day. So we swap rooms for the night and let her get some much needed rest.
Ace has done wonderful, we are following the Owyheestar protocol to the letter and have gotten him to the vet for his first round of shots (for us), and has his 2nd appointment soon for his 2nd set of shots. After that we plan to do the tieter test and am excited to explore the lower cost option you mentioned in a blog awhile back. We appreciated the BLOG article a week or two ago, concerning one of Ace’s litter mates who was getting more food and got soft stool. We observed the exact same thing, Ace was asking for MORE food, and when we increased it, his stool got MUCH softer, so we reduced it a little and it’s a little better. Still softer than we would like, but we continue to monitor.
We are so proud of Elle–it is a lot of work to raise the Weimaraner puppy. Of course, she has the best ever parents to help out when things become difficult. Nonetheless, Ace is turning out fantastic because of her expert care and attention to detail.
I know everyone loves seeing the photos–and they look forward to reading more about Ace and his adventures. Thank you, Grandpa, Will for the update.
Heidi goes almost everywhere with us, and is in great health, with the exception of some residual trouble with her right rear knee after TPLO surgery. She still runs like a maniac after the squirrels, but sometimes pays for it later. We’ve kept her on the probiotics and NuVet vitamins since day one, and we seem to have avoided any trouble with sensitivity to different foods or other issues. Thanks again for our beautiful girl!
We Would Love to Hear News
We would love to see other photos of Heidi’s siblings, and know how they are doing. As you might guess, we were delighted to read about Penny, a littermate of Heidi.
I posted a comment on the article about Penny, Heidi’s sister. Maybe if you read this and happen to have a photo or story you will Email it to Shela for the blog. ~ Val
Thank you, Val for commenting on Heidi’s sister Penny. It is nice that two are living the life–one in Idaho, and the other in British Columbia on a ranch. Maybe someone will read the blog and send along a story, some photos, or some tidbit of information about another littermate. We cannot guess what will happen. Life is busy–sometimes people forget about us until they suffer the unthinkable–a loss. We are always sad with them, and at the same time so happy for all the years they had together.