~Aka Patti and sometime Patti Cake
The trip couldn’t have gone any better. Now I am checking and rechecking every corner of the house and attempting to disembowel the toy you sent. (Oops) We’re happy campers–me and my family.
I wondered why you were fussing with me so much lately—all these changes and wanting me to do different things. I now see you planned to let me have my new Oregon family–so I am reporting we made it home. I am surveying the landscape and deciding where first to raise a little havoc. I know you would not want me to miss an opportunity.
~ Part Two
I still have plans for Tilman. I had hoped to start training for therapy dog certification in March or April and unfortunately, due to the virus, that has been put on hold. We’re using this time to learn to walk on a flat buckle collar, which is a requirement of the therapy dog. Tilman graduated from a head harness to a martingale collar with ease and I’m sure moving to a regular collar will also not phase him. He is a Weim through and through and let me know when he was done with the crate and head harness. These were two things he was started with as a pup and as he got older decided that he didn’t really like either that much. He understood that he was being given the opportunity to prove that he could be a good pup without either of these tools, and has succeeded in keeping his freedom from both.
This sweet and goofy boy is everything I wanted and we are such a good match. He is mostly calm but always ready to go if I am. Tilman is clearly an only child as he will seek my attention to play however, if I’m busy or have played enough, he will simply entertain himself. He is such a happy guy always smiling with his tail held high.
Thanks for what you do for the Weimaraner breed! Tilman is such a fine example of your experience and passion.
Tilman is gorgeous, and you have done well with him. Of course, from the moment we first spoke, I never doubted you would succeed. Thank you for the lovely update–everyone enjoyed seeing him. There were quite a few comments and likes. Have a beautiful summer.
My sweet boy just turned two in March and he is just the best. He lives a semi-charmed life in downtown Saint Paul where we walk 2 to 3 miles every morning together and then he goes out a few times a week on pack walks with a group of other dogs that live in the neighborhood along with a good friend of mine, who is also a dog trainer. He LOVES going for walks with his friends! He is so proud and whenever a new dog is added to the pack, he wants to show them how to do it, “This is how we walk”.
He is THE GOOFIEST dog I’ve ever met. He smiles at me when I come home and he is so affectionate, leaning into hugs and giving lots of kisses. I have only had short hairs prior to Tilman and I have to say that in the last 6 months, his fluff has really come into it’s own. He is three different colors of Weim and the hair behind his shoulders, down his back and on his entire torso has turned into this long bunny soft light colored hair. He gets complimented all the time about what a gorgeous boy he is!
Tilman is an extraordinary example of the breed. He is curious and sometimes cautious but not fearful.He looks to me for his cues. He is friendly and loves everyone he meets. He is whip smart and will learn anything you can think to teach him so fast. He is a helper and wants see and smell and try everything. He loves to learn and show what he knows and was a breeze to train because he is so eager to please however, like any willful breed, I have needed to remain consistent with his training. TIlman also loves the water but is still hesitant to swim much. He will not hesitate to lay in a mud puddle, however.
Take care– Emily and Tilman (and little big sister Nara, the Chihuahua)
We are so happy to hear from you–and to see how well Tilman is doing. Stackhouse is a mud puddle flopping Weim–OMG We love that Tilman smiles –we have a Longhair girls that smiles and wags her entire body. It is adorable.
~Porsche took to water like a Duck
This is a shout out to Cliff, and the wonderful job he does introducing puppies to water. Porsche took to water like a Duck (a little University of Oregon humor). She swims the McKenzie river, lakes, and at the local dog swim center. She plays in the sprinkler, and loves supervising the filling of her play pool.
On the other hand, she also loves to explore a local slough along our walks. When she emerges, grinning like the Cheshire Cat, tail wagging furiously, she is festooned with sticky weeds, burrs, blackberry brambles, and a few wild flowers. Now, that is a picture best left to the imagination.
Best to all, JuneAnn
We appreciate the humor–and so will many of our Weim-loving fans who look forward to the OwyheeStar Blog. Porsche is extraordinary in and out of the water. Sadly we can so readily imagine the slough experience. Thank you, JuneAnn–you are the best.
Just had to share this with you. The picture was not taken in a mirror.
Last Tuesday morning (May 4th), I fell cutting my left arm. The local ER stitched me up. On our evening walk, I realized that I needed Porsche to walk on my right side to prevent possible re-injury. She has always heeled on my left. We thought of a new command word, Fall-in. Within five minutes and an undisclosed number of cookies, she was coming around to my right side when I said Fall-in. The next morning, she did fine until we started walking. I am sure she thought I was crazy not to do it as we always had. With lots of praise and more cookies, we accomplished a short walk with her on the right. That evening, there was still some confusion, but she complied. This morning we covered our entire walk route with her happily on the right. Praise and some repetition of the Fall-in command helped plus a few cookies. The crowning glory was when we got home. I re-introduced the Heel command. She happily moved to my left side. When I said Fall-in, she went back to the right side. It brought tears to my eyes. It amazed me how quickly she seemed to realize the need to do this.
Some of us not only love our dogs to pieces, we also depend upon them. To have such a cooperative intelligent dog is certainly the cherry on top a delicious sundae.
Thank you for letting me have Porsche.
Dear JuneAnn–we are happy to know you are more than okay, and that Porsche has been so amazingly adaptable. We love this account of her Service Dog work with you. Thank you for sharing that with us.
Most afternoons Dan & Bart nap. Today’s photos are of Bart waking up from his nap.
Stay well! Dan, Polly & Bart
Who wouldn’t love to be Bart?
~ My Lap-ador
While socially distancing, I have been ruminating. I remembered seeing a documentary from England that found in Labrador guide dog puppies success correlated with which way the whorls of hair on the puppy’s back went. I cannot remember whether it was clockwise or counter clockwise that indicated success.
I took a look at Porsche. Her whorls go every which way. That explains a lot. Then she reminded me she is not a Labrador. She is a “Lap”-ador.
Best regards to all, JuneAnn
All we can say is that you learn something new every day–thank you!
Miranda, ( Nov. 2019, Bettee×Manfred #10 pink) is doing great (ALL puppy energy) and is growing up soooo fast. She completed Basic Manners class and was just days away from starting Leash Walking Class but alas, has to shelter-in-place for now. She’s loving staying at home with her humans 24/7! She is such a social butterfly! Fortunately she has her core group of people and dogs that stop by for play dates.
~ Not her cup of tea
They say Weims are smart dogs and Luna’s no exception.
As you can imagine, Luna is always by my side watching when I work from home. Now that we’re full time at home she’s decided to fill in while I take a break.
After a few minutes of techy talk she realized IT isn’t for her and she was exhausted. So she retired to the couch and after her nap went back to chasing balls. 😂😂😂
Hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!
Take care, Kris
I have often felt that Weims are seriously smarter than their humans. This post is excellent for so many reasons–thank you for thinking of us.
~Here’s the Scoop
It’s been a while since I’ve given you an update so thought I’d share the latest with you. You know better than anyone pups can change so rapidly!
Luna (a.k.a Luna Tuna, Looney Tunes) is going on 5 months now and she’s really getting quite big. Others notice it more than I do but at our last vet visit on the 6th, she was 25 lbs. She’s almost as tall and long as her brother Frankie.
She had her last vaccine that day and we made it through without any issue. I feel like a while new world opened up to us as I’ve kept her a bit isolated until she was fully vaccinated. Now we’re going to puppy play time and going on different more populated areas for our walks.
As you’ve seen by some of my comments in posts, I’ve been a bit challenged crate training Luna. Sometimes the best leads come from the most unusual places and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. In this case, my hair stylist who is big into dog rescue. She gave me the info of a private trainer right here in town.
We had a 2 hour consult last week at my house while she observed Luna to understand what we’re dealing with as far as her crate and fear of unfamiliar people. By the end of the session, Luna was sleeping right by her side while I sat on the other side of the room. When she woke up, rather than looking for me she rolled on her back to get a nice belly rub. I was so proud of her!!
She determined Luna isn’t a rehab case (that was a real possibility given her HOD episode and trauma that could have left an imprint with her) and doesn’t have a crate issue because she goes right in. It’s the separation from me that’s the problem. We talked about a plan on how to address her separation anxiety, socialization and gaining more confidence.
In the meantime, Luna is loving the social distancing and self isolating measures we’re taking as a family to do our part in limiting the virus while staying healthy. If she had her way, I think she’d quarantine me for life! 😂😂😂
I’m looking forward to starting our sessions in a few weeks. Luna was VERY receptive to the idea (it may have helped the trainer had real venison jerky during her visit). I have a really good feeling we’ve taken the right approach for her. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.
Take care, Kris
Thanks ever so much for thinking of us with this update. Of course, the world is following Luna, and rooting for her to do well. (haha)