~ From the Sandbox
Greetings!Colby is 8 years old, now. I was not home to celebrate it this year. But my family took the time to make sure he got some extra lovings. My oldest daughter sang him happy birthday and asked Grandma to make him a cake (she didn’t have any ingredients for a pupcake, or I think she would have actually done it). Daddy got him the biggest rawhide he has ever seen along with a new ball. And we did a video chat. He mostly ignores the phone when I call home, but sometimes when I talk to him, I’ll get a reaction. This time, he wagged his little stump and nervously placed when I told him in my high squeaky voice “Its mine!” as he pranced around with his beloved prize.My, how the time has flown! It seems like yesterday, we brought Colby into our home. The years have not been without their challenges. We had the case of him getting his ear caught in the fence. There were the two ACL tears accompanied with TPLO surgeries… the heartbreak of the passing of our other dog, Sable last summer. Lets also not forget the tunnels he created to the neighboring yards so he and my children could go say hello to the other dogs. There were also the many, many pizzas that seem to have vanished into thin air. The only evidence of their existence a few crumbs and perhaps a little cheese dangling off his nose.
Those challenges are nothing compared to the love and fun we have shared with our beloved weim. He is always there to help clean up the table scraps. To give kisses when someone gets hurt. To take over the bed when it’s time to sleep. To offer himself up for a snuggle and a pet when we are not feeling good. To play a game of keep away or roughhouse when we want to have fun. To announce our arrival of and greet us when we get home from a long day of work. To miss us when we’re gone. And of course, the countless amounts of memories we have made, which I can not even begin to sum up in a simple letter.Although the time has passed by fast, the fact that Colby has entered the later stages in his life are beginning to show. I believe his fur is beginning to change color. He has some new “freckles” on his nose. The evidence of those missing pizzas has begun to appear on his waistline. We do not know how many more years we will be given with him. But we will continue to cherish each and every moment that we are gifted.We continue to enjoy the love and support we get from you, Cliff and the Owyheestar community. I love the new group! Thank you for everything you do!
Dear Jennifer, we appreciate you taking the time to get us the update on Colby. Some of our readers might have read about Colby’s birthday or some of the other Facebook posts where you wrote about him. We appreciate you! Also, let us take this opportunity to thank you for your service. In case, you, dear reader, do not know–Jenn is deployed. She is serving her country while her children, her husband, and Colby are at home in Idaho.
Despite her busy (and often awkwardly challenging circumstances), she has kept us abreast of life and her long-distance interaction with Colby. Isn’t that just precious? Please stay safe.
We look forward to your arrival stateside sometime early next year–and we know this includes the plan to add a Longhair to your household. What fun it will be to work with you folks again.
Azula is growing like a weed. She went from 10 lbs. last Monday to 13 lbs. today! She has been sleeping most of the night and has learned come, sit, and down. We are also working on “crate”, “kisses” and stop (especially when she starts getting too mouthy).
The cats are still wary of her, but our normally skittish cat is actually much more nonchalant about her than the other one.
She has been absolutely delightful unless she is in one of her frenzied teething fits, when she sees us as fair game for chewing on.
While she still doesn’t love her crate, she has occasionally retreated to it for naps.She did have a bout of diarrhea last week, so the vet held off on her parvo shots until today. I’m attaching a couple of photos for you…
And here is a link to a video from tonight, of our very opinionated baby girl: Azula Fetching
I hope all is well with you guys! Stay dry and warm, ~Christine
We are happy to hear about Azula and her adventures. We cannot emphasize what it means to be hearing from so many of you this fall. We truly appreciate it. In truth, I burn through the updates pretty quickly at a blog a day. (Haha) I am sure Azula’s littermates are thrilled to see her cute face again, too!
Our Boy, Duke
~Who Did That?!?**This turd turned 1 yesterday! We love him so much, but there is this!
He also loves chewing on ginormous logs, rocks, the siding of our house, our deck and our walls. Oh and every. single. dog bed. 🤷🤦 In the life of a Weim! ❤️**As I knew it would be, it’s been difficult to train him with us and the kids not being consistent with commands, expectations etc. But, he has really changed (better) the last couple months.
At The End of the Day
~This How It Looks
We love these folks–they are dedicated Weimlovers. Nevertheless, we would prefer everyone to avoid this kind of behavioral issue. I am so very glad they shared it though. And, they were kind enough to allow me to make a post that might help someone else avoid having this kind of situation.
I can only guess what lead to this–but the best way to avoid having this type of situation is to follow through with constant supervision at the early stages. If you are not watching them, all kinds of bad things can and do happen. Duke is not the first, nor will he be the last Weim to much on the sheetrock. The exterior siding, flower pots, carpeting, dog beds, wood posts, and just about anything they can get their lips on is a target.
The trick to avoiding it is not to let the behavior start. The crate-training is essential. It only takes a moment for the Weimaraner to get into trouble. My mantra is freedom is earned. Just remember that habits (good and bad) are quickly ingrained, and then nearly impossible to change in the concrete-thinking Weimaraner.
Also, you have to consider the separation anxiety factor. People often spend 24 X 7 with their Weimaraner puppy and think they are doing a fabulous thing. Then, they leave for an hour to run to the grocery and come home to something like this or worse. It is the same for the yard–you cannot just leave a Weimaraner home in the yard–that is unless they have become adapted to that situation. So, that brings me to the point, even once they have earned a measure of freedom, it is essential that they also learn to be somewhat flexible. It is a lot better when they learn how to adapt to schedule changes–or being left behind when necessary.
Finally, can I mentioned that Dusty, back in the day, ate a $2,000 rock. Another time it was an $ 800 rock. One required major surgery, the other not. Rocks are hard on the teeth, and if ingested, they pose a life-threatening issue. Yes, the Weimaraner is not for the weak of heart. Even people who have the best intentions can get into trouble.
~The Innocent or maybe not so much
This turd turned 1 September 26! He loves going for walks, camping, playing in the water, chasing the kids around the yard and sleeping on the couch.
It took quite a while for our other dogs to stop being grumpy with Duke, but for probably the last 6 months, they’ve stopped growling at him and they often play together.Duke is a talker, he doesn’t bark excessively, but he definitely likes to voice his opinion! You can tell when he’s trying to get Laverne or Shirley to play with him, it’s a whiny bark.We got him fixed at about 10 months and he did really well. I tried to keep him rested and not let him run around too much, but he really wasn’t having any of that! He loves to be outside!
Hello from Pocatello, Idaho
~Did someone say TREAT!
Here is Dejah Thoris (Mesquite x Stackhouse) at 1 year 2mo…and 84 lbs! Her older sister by one year, Vizsla named Ayla, is 54 lbs. They eat the same amount of food but Ayla is an obsessive squirrel hunter who will focus on the task for hours while Dejah comes back in the house after 30 minutes to sit on the couch with me.We are loving our very big puppy!Lauralee & Chuck
Smart and Opinionated
Azula is super smart, she was already bringing her toy back to me.
She is an opinionated and self-assured little girl – and has bonded to us quickly. She’s also been super good about going outside to do her business! We love her spunk and affectionate manner. Now if only her tiny raptor teeth were less sharp…
Azula was sleeping in her crate 😊. As you can see, she doesn’t always sleep in her crate. Right now she’s crashed out next to my 16-year-old.
Other Fur Family
Here she is checking out one of the cats….
Neither of our two cats is amused by her – but the one you saw will actually probably be fine soon – she loves to play and was out hunting voles while we were keeping Azula entertained…
We are happy that little Miss Azula is settling in quickly. Before long, she and the cats will have things worked out–probably a chess match situation. We appreciate the update–the photos and the video is fabulous. We look forward to hearing how things go as she matures. We expect great things. Thanks for your loyalty. We don’t take it lightly.
Hank moved to a new house last summer, only a mile away from where he used to live. But his new house is bigger and it’s only four blocks from the park and all the fun trails in the Boise foothills. He loves to hike and play with other dogs. And he got to swim and hike in Coeur d’Alene this summer, too!
Here are a couple of cute pics of Hank:Showing off his glow-in-the-dark collar, and (above) hiking in Coeur d’Alene on Tubbs Hill.
Dog Park in the Sky
~pass the kleenex
This is still very surreal for us, but I thought I needed to let you know that Devo has left us for the great dog park in the sky, where he will hopefully have tennis balls and sticks to play with until the end of time.
He was not feeling well Tuesday night, and first we thought it was just because he had gotten into something, but by 5:30 in the morning yesterday I could tell that something was seriously wrong, and took him into the only emergency vet in town. He was having problems breathing and was very cold, and by the time I got there, he could not even move. I was hoping it was bloat (treatable), but soon was given the news that it was much worse – a pericardial effusion, which likely meant cancer. They performed a Pericardiocentesis, to relieve the fluid build up and waited for the cardiologist to do a more detailed exam.
After the initial procedure he seemed to be doing better (got up to greet me, tail wagging), so I went home to wait for the news. A few hours later, the cardiologist called me and our worst fears were confirmed – he had a tumor in his heart (hemangiosarcoma).
And the fluid (blood) kept filling around his heart, so there was no point in even attempting treatment.
Surrounded By Those Who Loved Him Most
We pulled Montana out of school and went to go see him for our goodbyes. He was surrounded by the people that loved him most on this planet, and we will miss him so terribly that it makes our hearts bleed too – but we know that we did the best we could for him, and I am happy we had him in our lives for 9+ years.
With grief and gratitude, ~Christine
We have spoken a few days back. There are no words to cover Sweet Devo’s departure. We are saddened to hear of the loss. Our heartfelt prayers extended your direction. Oh, Devo, you were much-loved.
At Positive Pets
~ See Her in Action
We wanted to check in and update you on Addy. She is doing amazingly well and since we had a trip we could not cancel, we decided to board her with her trainers for some extra training 🙂 thought you might want to see her in action (I attached the video they sent to us today).
Our Cuddle Bug
She is such a cuddler and has taken to the family beautifully! She enjoys her 30 miles of walking per week and is working hard in school 😉 The kids are doing so well with her and also getting an education on how much work our new family member can be 🙂 We are loving every minute! Thank you again for this opportunity!~ Addy’s Family
PS: Here is the link for the video that explains the training markers and how they are used:
Also, here is a link that talks about the interactive toys that will help teach them the correct things to chew on and keep their minds busy while by themselves.