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Our Yahoo Dogs

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We love animals–that includes dogs. Here is a little bit about our two yahoo dogs.

Bodhi and Murray are as different as night and day.

Bodhi is our gentle, quiet therapy dog.  I got him as a puppy for my husband who was having health issues at the time.  He spent every day keeping my husband company while he recuperated.  When Bodhi is in the house we sometimes forget he is there, he goes to a quiet corner and lays down and you never hear from him unless he needs to go out or you open the refrigerator.  In fact, we have gone looking for him outside only to come back in and find him still sleeping in his corner.
Murray, on the other hand, is a ball of fire and is always on the go.  Murray loves to hunt, dig gophers get muddy, filthy dirty, jump in the water and roll in the pasture.  He is always on guard for anything out of the norm around our place.  He is Mr. personality and is so stinking smart.  It is so funny to watch them together, they will be standing in the barnyard, turn to look at each other and it is as if they read each other’s mind saying “Gophers!!!!!” then they race off to dig up gophers.
They both enjoy working with us doing our daily chores, irrigating the pastures, feeding and watering the chickens, digging ditches, building a fence, cutting the lawn or standing guard in the pasture.    They are excellent guard dogs and wary of strangers coming onto our property.  I have no doubts that if someone tried to harm us these guys would make sure we were safe.
I have had Weimaraners for over 30 years and they all have different personalities and quirks.  Weimaraners are my choice of breed and I love them all.  Bodhi and Murray are my first long hairs, for me, they are quite different from the short hair weims I have had in the past, but they are still weims.  They love to be with their people and are hurt when they can’t be with you every second.

Rebecca

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to share our love of the breed with you. We truly appreciate your update, Rebecca. The photos of Jerry and the two are a treasure. Thank you to the both of you for giving them such an excellent life.

Rey

Two Candles

    ~Sweet, smart, and playful

DF966578-6300-4F73-9D36-E2854FA3D709We just wanted to send along an update on our Rey since she just turned 2 last month.

She is such a great dog; sweet, smart and playful. She’s really matured in her second year of life. Thank you so much for picking such a wonderful dog for our family, we are so happy to have her!

Mike & Katie

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for thinking to share photos and news concerning Rey–your Blue Longhair. We realize everyone has a super busy life–you are no exception. We sincerely hope Rey brings much-need joy and an extra dose of fun to the household. We truly appreciate lovely photos. Have a beautiful summer together.

About the Second Longhair

Murray

    ~Our Mud Boy

Murray loves to hunt, dig gophers get muddy, filthy dirty, jump in the water and roll in the pasture.  He is always on guard for anything out of the norm around our place.  He is Mr. personality and is so stinking smart.

When digging up gophers he will rip chunks of soil up and end up with a mouthful of dirt.

Crazy dog, good thing he doesn’t live in LA

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for sharing about Murray and his affiliation with mud. He comes by it honestly, Stackhouse can be going along at a good pace; however, should he come upon a mud puddle flopping in it is essential.

For those who don’t remember Murray, he lives near Baker, Oregon. He has several fur family members who reside and work the ranch with him. The list includes another OwyheeStar Longhair Bodhi. Watch for the lengthy detailed report (coming soon) featuring the two Longhairs who live the excellent ranch life with Rebecca and Jerry.

Shared Status

I Think

  ~ We’re done here!

Manfred and Stack July 28, 2018-2Like you (who have added a second to the mix), we need Stackhouse to embrace the new upstart. Does he want to move over and make some room? I think not! Isn’t it adorable? Cliff just brought Manfred in on the lead to join us in the living room. Stackhouse wasn’t sure we needed him–but, he was polite and tolerant. Nonetheless, he was growing weary of the need to pose for us. Manfred was plotting his escape; however, there was one problem. Cliff brought him in on the lead. Life with the Weimar is complicated. It is unique. We are sure there will be many adventures with the two. Stackhouse doesn’t mind him–he just doesn’t see the need. (Haha)

 

Smokey

Breeder Comment

We spoke with Niki and Chuck regarding their first Longhair. What we loved was how she said, “Shela, I remember you saying I would never be sorry.” “I am not! We love him even though we wanted the traditional smooth coat. We love him even though he had an eye issue (which you fully disclosed) before we accepted him. Anyhow, they promised to keep us apprised on the eye issue. It may never become serious–or it could end up being a more serious problem. Nonetheless, they assured us they would never regret having him in their life. Do we not meet the most awesome Weimloving folks ever? Yes, we do! Read on about Smokey–the much-loved Longhair.
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Niki Reports

~about his eye

Smokey had his first annual left eye check-up exam today. The doctor (an amazing local eye specialist) said his pressures were stable and he didn’t show any signs of inflammation. Unfortunately, he has developed new scarring on his cornea and cataracts ☹️😔. She did say, however, as long as it doesn’t become inflamed he should be fine until his next check-up next year.
Worst case scenario; he needs surgery to remove the left eye. So thankfully his right eye is perfectly working. He definitely is more guarded and startled when it comes to that eye since his vision is blurred. Otherwise, we don’t even notice and love him unconditionally. We knew going into it (taking him home and becoming part of our furever family) that he had a cloudiness in that eye.

He Won Our Hearts

Shela and Cliff were appreciate that you were very informative about the situation. We still chose to go forward with taking him. He won our hearts then and still does now. He gets pampered every night and probably babied a little more now. Next edition of our Smokey Saga will be the grooming process. Never in a million years would I thought of having a higher maintenance weim after my first (shorthair) weim.

More From Shela and Cliff

We look forward to working with you folks again–as discussed. We cannot be happier to hear that Smokey delights you. Also, we appreciate that you care for him in every way. Thank you, for keeping us apprised.

Home

With Indi

Loeffelholz Indi1Well, we finally made it back safe and sound to Minneapolis.  Indi was such a trooper on the 25+ hour drive home.  Admittedly, she did not want to be in her kennel at all when we got home – we figure that is the same as us not wanting to get into a car again!  Nevertheless, we have committed to getting her crate trained and while she has been protesting she eventually calms down and goes to sleep. We are also abiding by the “freedom is earned” motto! Having gone through this 3 years ago with Olli, we know that this is a marathon and not a sprint and there will be setbacks.

Meeting Olli

Loeffelholz Indi2Olli and Indi had a good initial meeting.  Olli was not that thrilled but at the same time he was curious and wanted to play.  Today, they were chasing each other around the yard and playing.  Olli loves to be chased and he finally has a sister that will do that!!! We were so happy to get a sneak preview of what this brother/sister duo can be together and we think that it is filled with great promise.
Thanks for all of the information, support, and check-ins!  As we have never had a female before, we appreciate your insights and advice.  From our perspective, we came back to you for a second dog because we trust your program and yours and Cliff‘s commitment to rewarding relationships.
All the best and we will be sure to keep you informed of their escapades!
Mary and Ralf

Breeder Comment

Thanks for keeping us in the loop for the journey–a lengthy one for sure. Olli probably is not totally amused you were gone. Then, you came home with Indi. (OMG) Of course, by now things are probably vastly different. Soon, he will forget his less than thrilled response. They will be the best of friends.

Typical Weimar Puppy

Hello!

Here is an update on Mr. Tilman.

IMG_20180519_093118_513We have been home for almost two weeks now and as with everything with him, we have advanced out of the honeymoon period early! It’s hard to believe he is only 10 weeks old as he is super smart and eager to please (for a treat, of course.) He knows how to sit and just learned to shake. He is also sitting right away when we get on the elevator like a good boy and loves meeting new people and other dogs. He is, like any Weim, headstrong and wanting to decide things for himself. He takes direction really well 90% of the time. He certainly does like to argue that 10% though! And scream like I’m torturing him when I’m simply holding his harness and making him stay. Little stinker!
He is the sweetest cuddly little bear cub when he is just waking up. My favorite is waking him up in the morning to go outside because he is such a little sweetie. He has been sleeping through the night since day two which is amazing and he really likes his crate. I have the life stages crate and have had to adjust it for him already. He is so tall and at our vet appointment last week, he weighed 17 lbs!20180519_154926
I have been keeping him in a 3.5 ft metal fence type playpen during the day but yesterday he figured out he can climb out of it! So we are now crating during the day also. I think the playpen made him anxious anyway. He also figured out how to jump on and off the couch within just a few days of being home.
Otherwise, he is a typical puppy. We are working on potty training which is proving to be a lot of work in an apartment! He knows right where to go when we get outside so I’m not worried about it. Once he gets a little more bladder control he’ll be doing great! A quick explanation about the potty training. He does awesome in his crate. Absolutely no messes and has never pooped in the house. But occasionally when he’s playing he will just stop and pee without warning and not long after we were out. A schedule for him has made a tremendous difference and he’s getting better every day! And of course, positive reinforcement works wonders!
He is doing great and everyone comments on how beautiful he his and how nice he is. He is perfectly happy entertaining himself if need be and likes to observe everything! Sometimes he just lays out on the lobby floor of my building and watches people come and go.

 

I’ve attached a few pictures of him for you. I love him so much and am looking forward to seeing what this boy can do! My little Chihuahua, Nara, could do without him but luckily for her, he can’t get on the bed yet so she at least has a “safe place” for now.

~Emily
Breeder Comment
We are so happy to hear Tilman continues to thrive. We sincerely hope he earns the Therapy Dog Status. We know you are just beginning, but great things happen with the right relationship and proper foundation. You are doing fabulous!

Our Longhair

Chloe

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Chloe will be 2 in September and has been doing so well lately with obedience- the key seems to be exercise and planning for variety in her routines. She definitely is prone to the concrete thinking so we make sure to mix it up.
Photos: Chloe trudges through any river, puddle or lakeshore she encounters- but does not freely swim. She can swim and will if we are also in the water but she seems to mostly prefer wading in up to her chest. And at the Oregon coast-Chloe’s happiest place on earth. She will run for hours chasing birds on the beach and especially enjoys climbing rocks.
We’d really love to add a puppy before Chloe gets too much older and too set in her ways.

Breeder Comment

We are glad you love Chloe so much. Well, I love being at home. Nevertheless, if I am able to escape for a vacation let it be the Oregon Coast. We look forward to working with you again soon.

Tucked In

Weimar

     ~Goldee Style

31960692_10100424158255768_3182296936401076224_oGoldee has been news-worthy over the last few years. She made her modeling debut. She tried to teach her little brother (Maverick AKA Meatball) how to win friends and influence Grandma. There is the pool time, the garden time, and just hanging around the house time–sometimes this involves the hair styling. More often than not though, Goldee is tucked into bed.

She seems to love to be wrapped in the luxury of the blankets, sheets, or whatever. This bedtime we find her head buried beneath her pillow. It is as if she hiding from the disturbance to her beauty rest. OMG–we all need our rest and recuperation, right? Please come to bed Mama and quit talking.

Talking About

The Longhair

        ~Part ThreeStackhouse-4964-2 11.08.45 AM

To sum up our previous two discussions in a few words is difficult. We talked about the DNA factor. How it requires both parents to carry the fluffy coat (Longhair) DNA marker to produce Longhair pups. We talked about how difficult it is to see the difference at birth and the DNA testing we do to ensure we have the pups labeled accurately. Finally, we discussed the feathering and showed you a decent photo of what you might expect. What else is there to talk about? Read on to hear what others say about the Longhair Weimaraner–sometimes called the other Weimaraner.

W.W. Denlinger (*)

        ~In Regards to the Longhair

The ideal hair length is between long and shorthair in the range of the original coarse. It should be smooth and thick with a water repellent undercoat, resistant to weather and thorns. At the same time, it should not be too sensitive to dirt and burrs.

The long-haired Weimaraner has been described as conforming to the Standard for the short-haired dog in every respect except for the length of coat. At birth, the coat of the SH Weimaraner is inclined to be rather crisp, with definite stripes which disappear within a short time.That of the LH Weimaraner is soft and wooly at birth, and has no stripes. The coat of the mature dog, no longer wooly, has a silky texture, and is straight or slightly wavy. On the upper part of the body, the coat is tighter than on the SH dog; on the lower part, it is not so tight. The outer sides of the ears are covered with long, soft, silky hair. The tail, which is not docked as is that of the SH Weimaraner, is heavily feathered so that in the field the dog appears to have a graceful plume-like flag.There is soft feathering on the backs of the legs, and between the toes

*As reported for the Weimaraner Club of America by Deborah Andrews
Weimaraner Club of America Liaison to the German Weimaraner Klub e.V.
http://www.weimclubamerica.org/worldweims/longhair/
Denlinger, W.,  The Complete Weimaraner, p. 183, retrieved from (http://www.weimclubamerica.org/worldweims/longhair/article06.html).