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Six-Months-Old

Need I Say More?

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It’s crazy to see how much Koda has grown in the 4 months we’ve had him.  He used to fit on my lap with no problems and now… well not so much. LOL!  He’s doing great.  Typical 6 months old.

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You Know What I Mean

Ornery, loveable, too smart, counter-surfer and a huge cuddle bug!!!  Every day I’m reminded why we added another Weim to the family.

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Weim Mentoring

Koda has taken on several behaviors from our 13-year-old, Gabriel.  He drools while waiting for you to put the food in his bowl, has to be with one of us constantly and thinks the couch/bed is their property just to name a few.  They are truly incredible animals!!!  Thanks again for adding so much to our family!

~Chris

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Chris, for the glimpse into raising your Koda. We know there have been challenges of the sort you would expect. Nonetheless, you have dug deep and accommodated the new fur-family-member. You are in the thick of adolescent behavior issues, but here you are working at the keyboard with your new kid helping you (tongue-in-cheek humor). The rewards are many, but we understand what it takes to make all this happen. Keep up the great work, and we appreciate your frequent updates on the process–as do our readers.

Friends

Some Friends You Choose

       ~Others Select You

 

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This darn thing won’t leave me alone!

 

 

 

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Also, it’s cold outside

 

 

 

Breeder Comment

Dear Ellie, I see your kitty is still stalking you—or more aptly getting in your space in your previous report ( click here to see Ellie and her kitty in an earlier OwyheeStar Blog).

It is hard to imagine how life could be more to your liking even though you share your space. The furniture looks comfortable, the blankets cozy. We know the stove will soon be lite to keep you toasty warm. What more could a girl want?

Working From Home

~Sharing the Keyboard

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It’s hard to get any work done with Koda climbing on me and my keyboard!  LOL!  I’m not sure what he wants but he’s determined to get my attention.

As soon as I tell him to get down he heads for my trash can and grabs a piece of paper. He is way to smart!  Sure do love this guy!!!Hatung's Koda_1347

Winchester

My Best Friend

         ~ Our Seven Years

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Seven years ago my best friend was born. Since then, there have been chewed up passports, coffee spills, emergency vet visits, stitches, and so many tears. But there has also been joy and laughter. There have been couch snuggles, long hikes to hidden mountain lakes, 9-hour road trips full of ears flapping in the wind and loud tunes. There has been so much love. Thank you for loving me in the most unconditional manner, and allowing me to love you.

                                             Happy Birthday, Winchester.   ~ Jaime

Breeder Comment

There have been many changes in your life since we first met. Thank you, for loving Winchester so much. We love hearing about all your adventures. Life is a journey. May Chester (Aka-Winchester) live long and celebrate many more birthdays.

Dejah is Home

Who’s in my spot?  

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Ayla (Vizsla) is really quite thrilled with the new toy we brought home for her!  Dejah Thoris is doing great and has her first vet appointment on Friday.

Breeder Comment

Who can say how the introduction of the new Weimaraner will go? Sometimes it works surprisingly well, and other times it can be met with a damper. Regardless, here is a situation that by all appearances where things are working well, except Ayla is wondering why this pup has stolen her seat.

Much-Loved

Koda

Hartung's Koda_1244Oh we love him so very, very much!!!!   He’s super loving, smart and just ornery enough to make you laugh often!!!  Wouldn’t trade him for the world.
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Koda still doesn’t like being in a crate while we are gone!   A carabiner solved the getting out issue but I have no idea how he got the zipper on his bed open to tear up the foam.  I guess we take out everything except his stuffy while we are gone now. His crating seems to be going backwards.  Koda doesn’t realize how stubborn his dad is though. Ha-ha! 🙂

I just wish he would do better when we were gone.  I’m sure part of it is due to how much time he spends with me during the day. Working from home isn’t always a good thing. We are talking about taking him to the doggy day care one day a week some friends of ours take their dogs to. I think that would be good for him.  Don’t worry, he’s not going anywhere!!!  🙂

Breeder’s Comment

I don’t suppose Koda can blame this on the neighbor’s dog.

Planned

Lazy Saturday For Ellie

Robert reports on Ellie, “She’s doing well, sleeps in on Saturdays.”

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With the weekend around the corner, Ellie shares her typical Saturday look.

 

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Breeder Comment

Apparently, Ellie lives the dream life that many of would enjoy. Thanks for thinking of us Robert!

The Unfolding Saga

Coffee Run 

Hartung's Koda_1098I took a couple of pictures on our daily trip to Dutch Bros for coffee this morning.  It’s about a 5-minute drive but poor Koda was pooped.  LOL!  Gabriel wanted his time in the camera too.Hartung's Gabriel_1096

We are sure loving this little guy!  He’s already grown in the 2.5 weeks since joining our family! :O) ~ Chris

 

Breeder Comment

It is a process to figure out how you can make things work. There is no simple solution. Possibly it is best to embrace each obstacle and look at it as a bonding experience. What we love the most about this update is how you incorporate the Weim kids into your schedule. Coffee anyone; everyone?

Yesterday, we read about Koda’s crate-training experience.

Crate Training Journal

One Family’s Journey

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Chris Reports

May 3, 2017

Hi All!  Koda slept through the night on Saturday.  I woke him up at 2:00 to go out then he woke us up around 5:30-6:00 to go out.  The last couple of nights it’s been more of what I expected.  He wants out every 2.5 – 3 hours.  During the night he does great in the crate.  It’s rougher during the day for sure.  Patience is the key along with staying on the plan but wow, does this boy have a set of lungs! LOL.  He’s been doing so good for the most part.  When we go out to potty he does his thing then goes and sits in front of the door to let you know he’s done and ready to go back in.  We’ve been setting him down then standing off to the side of the dogs “bathroom” and he sniffs around then goes.  We have a separate yard that we’ve rocked for the dogs to use as a bathroom.  He did have a couple of accidents this morning but I’m pretty sure he was stressed a bit.  We had a tough morning with my son.  Most days he wakes up great but occasionally he is a total bear.  Argues, is mean, etc.  Today was that day.  After everybody settled down so did Koda.  We all got puppy kisses and he fell asleep on the couch with his blanket and a stuffy. J  He’s asleep right now under my desk, between my feet.  He is so smart, cute and loveable!!!  Thank you so very much for helping bring him into our family!!!

May 4, 2017

Hartung's Koda_0993I got 6 hours of sleep last night!!!!!!!   I was feeling reeeaaalllyyy tired, to the point I was just running on auto pilot.  Koda and I fell asleep between 10 and 10:30, he was in his kennel which I moved closer to my side of the bed.  I woke up about 4:30, amazed that it was that late and wondering if I should wake him up.  He must have felt that I was awake, he gave a couple small scratches at the gate to let me know and off we went to the bathroom.  Of course he didn’t want to stay there when we came back in so we snuggled on the floor in front of the kennel. I know he fell back asleep and I must have because my wife’s alarm woke me up about 6:15.  He is such a good snuggler.

May 5, 2017

I wish I could say that sleep was my friend last night but Mr. Koda had other plans.  He didn’t want to settle into his kennel at first.  Finally around 11:00 or so he did.  Woke up at 2:30 wanting out then really didn’t want to be in the kennel.  Took about 30 minutes and me laying in front of it for him to sleep.  Up at 5:30… no way was I going to fight that fight so snuggled him for 30 minutes until it was time for us to get up.  I need coffee 🙂
May 6, 2017
Koda threw a fit for a long time last night. Julie thinks it was almost 2 hours. My wife and the kids were sleeping upstairs and I was with Koda downstairs. After about 45 minutes I fell asleep. LOL!  I was tired and I have some good ear buds.  Tough love it is. Thanks again!!!
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May 8, 2017
Great night last night!!!  Slept from 10:30 to 6:25 this morning!!!

Breeder Comment

We have found the most important aspect of crate training is the human element. By that, we mean that if you feel sorry for the pup, they will play on that until they get the upper paw and you let them out. The slightest waver or questioning of your methodology is something the intuitive Weimaraner can work with–use to manipulate you. Oh, you might think it impossible for them to start that process at 8-weeks-old. Do not be deceived. The moment they come to you the dance begins. You wrap them in your arms, and they find a way into your heart. It is not all bad; however, winning the small battles is important. Good job Chris–one down and others to do.

Blue Girl

We’re home safely!

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We have yet to choose a name for our little purple collared girl, nevertheless, she’s captured our hearts already!
cranes-blue-girl-2She did so well in the car on the way home. She snuggled and slept and when we stopped, she went potty in the grass just like she’s supposed to!

We are a Two-Weim Family Again

She has already claimed her bed at home with her blankie and is having fun exploring the house and following Max around. He’s not quite as thrilled about her but he’s an old man and in time he’ll soften!

Thank you for such wonderful pups!!

Melissa and Jeff
How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Jeff and Melissa. It was heartrending to learn that you had lost both Sadie and Moxie (your two previous OwyheeStar girls), but Max who you folded into your family along the way to here is still around. His chagrin at having a new whippersnapper is probably also balanced with the distraction of his loss.

People like you make what we do worth it. You are on the list for another Gray Ghost baby (a male) shortly. Max is growing old, and no one knows how long he will be able to stick around. We are thrilled we could get this little blue girl into your heart and home. Thank you for your loyalty to us and your love for the Weimaraner. It is hard to believe so many years have passed since we first spoke Jeff!