~What A Difference!
It’s amazing what can happen in a week!
To start, we were at the vet last Friday discussing vaccine options. Luna did get a distemper that day. I’m thrilled to say there wasn’t another HOD episode. You can imagine I was watching for any subtle change with her. The prednisone she’s on right now might have helped. I honestly don’t know but glad we sailed through it. We’re on the tail end of that by weening her off the meds and we’ll done in a week.
I’m learning so much about her and her personality. Frankie is her sparring partner. Boy she really gives it to him but he’s like a concrete wall. She loves eating, balls, baths and belly rubs. She doesn’t like unfamiliar people so much and sits at my feet. She likes her people – me, Justin and Alyssa in that order. She doesn’t like her crate so much.
All the work I’ve been doing with her suddenly clicked with her this week. All her commands, verbal and non she was on point. Although her spinning got a bit overboard and tried to be too cute and spin at any command. When she stopped focusing and started puppying, we stopped.
She also started ringing the bell at the door to go out almost every time. I think like her learning to spin, she was ringing the bell for treats more so than actually having to go out but it was a win/win for both of us because we’re having fewer accidents in the house.
But something even more magical happened. She went into her crate on her own. When I heard her go in, I turned around and cheered her on for going in there and giving her lots of treats.
At first, it became a game. I’m like, “ok, I’ll play if it gets you to like it”. We went back and forth from crate to treat for about 24 hours. Then she started staying in there. I’d give her commands and treats letting her walk out at any time. We go between praising, talking and more commands. She just stayed.
We’ll continue working on this training as well as stay, come and heel.
She’s such an amazingly sweet girl. The morning kisses, 1:1 play time, our howling sessions and all the little things in between. ❤
Thanks for keeping us updated on Luna and all your adventures.
~Or the Paw Going for a Goodie
I had to take this picture of Olli this AM as I am not sure if his paw got stuck on the cabinet or he was just caught redhanded!! This was going on while his dear sister, Indi, was posing in the backyard. If she only knew what she was missing!
All is well with Olli and Indi. They are both healthy and are keenly aware of all rabbit movements under the snow filled deck :). It is a riot watching them go back and forth trying to ferret out the creatures. One of these days they will be rewarded for all of their efforts 🙂
Hope all is well! Mary
Thank you, Mary, for capturing this bit of impending mischief. (Haha) We love hearing about your two Longhairs.
—and, Hello Christina, Shela and Cliff
Yahoo, I just wanted to check in to say hello and give you and update on my journey so far. It was quiet an adventure when I left Idaho. I met my new brother, Asher. At first, I don’t think he was to sure of me and mom was convinced if Asher knew how to address an envelope he probably would have sent be back. However, I now can say, we have made it to “BFF” status.
My mom keeps trying to teach me this thing called, “an off button” but seriously all I want to do is eat, eat and eat. I am weighing in at 14 lbs.
Overall everything has been going great so far. I have met several people who have never heard of long haired Weim before. Yet they can’t resist my charm and just love on me. Psst, they get super high pitched when they talk…got me what that is all about! But they like to give kisses too—just like me…so they must be alright.
Well, I have to run but just wanted to give you a quick update.
XOXO, Baby Dink 1/30/2020
Dear Baby Dink–we are so delighted that you took the time to update us on your journey thus far. Since you attained early Rockstar status, you will always have an audience. (Haha) We could not be happier that you and Asher are now BFF-status. We knew it would happen. Who wouldn’t fall in love with you–but we understand that you rocked Asher’s world differently–he was the center of the universe and along came you.
We are positive that everyone is following you on Facebook, Instagram, and everywhere you post photos and accomplishments. We see you have mastered crate training. Your Mama Sheila, and your sister Michelle, they are on top of this–making sure your news gets out to the world. Well, someone has to do it when you are a rockstar, right? Sadly, it took me a week to get this posted–that was almost a lifetime. (Haha) If any of Dink and Luna’s litter mates have not yet emailed us an update–we would love to feature their pup on our blog.
Love to you, Baby Dink.
~Just for You!
Not every Weimaraner smiles. Possibly we told Bart to smile pretty for the camera. I don’t remember, but somehow, we got this adorable photo.
Whether the Weim smiles at you, or you at them, it’s all good–don’t you agree?
~ AKA Counter surfing
Although I do not recommend tempting a dog, most of the Weimaraners I have owned have been shoppers also known as counter surfers. Porsche was no exception until we got “The Sonic Egg”.
The egg is motion activated and blows a puff of air, which in Porsche’s case went into her face and startled her. If someone is looking for it, it was made to deter cats. A savvy clerk at PetSmart thought it might do the trick for us, and it did.
Click here to see the product JuneAnn is recommending.
It is interesting that it deters Porsche. I am not sure it would work for every Weimaraner, but apparently, it does at JuneAnn’s home. I do read that folks are having a lot of problems with the unit. I hope they keep making them. I can see that they could be handy in several situations. Thank you, JuneAnn, for sharing this novel idea.
~Adventures with Smokey
It’s been a cold and wet few weeks here. The mountain tops and hills around us have had a dusting of snow, which is a beautiful site since it’s not an annual thing here. Much better to see white where not long ago there was smoke and an orange glow.
Smokey has been on many adventures with his best friend and family. We just recently went to the beach with 70-degree weather. Next stop is the snow. We had to change plans this weekend due to the almost impassable Sierra Nevada roads up to our cabin in So Lake Tahoe. Hopefully, we will update you with snow photos!
Other adventures include riding in the little car with dad to pick the boys up from school, dressing like dad, Starbucks dates with mom, walks, riding in the back of the big truck with fluff blowing in the breeze around town, and lots of play at the dog park with sister weim (penny) and new friends. Mom has a good time too, watching all the crazy dog people just like her.
He even has his own zip up hoody like brothers’ to keep him warm. Not so sure he even knows he’s a dog? He sure does bark with disapproval when mom puts all the dogs outside before work. But mom knows it’s a better alternative to being stuck in his cave all day until dad gets home. Luckily Penny distracts his resentment with her annoying, playful nips, as the older dogs look on with boredom.
It’s a perfect mix of personalities in their pack hierarchy. Just like their humans.
Thanks for such a perfect pup!
We are so happy to hear about Smokey–the adventures as well as his place within the family. I am sure this will be read and enjoyed by many OwyheeStar fans. Thank You–Niki, for taking the time to put together such an excellent update.
~2-Hours Spa Treatment
Hope this message is finding you both in good spirits. Just wanted to drop in to say, again, how much we love this sweet boy. He is definitely my husbands fluffy baby. He just got a 2-hour pampering visit with the mobile groomer and smells like blueberries (my husband bought him a blueberry facial, but I’m still waiting for him to get me a facial)
He loves the extra attention and I think he knows he has my husband wrapped around his paw.
Maybe you noticed Smokey’s eye–it is quite evident. If you want to read more about his condition, click here to read a former blog. We appreciate how cherished, and pampered Mr. Smokey is –and that he brings your family joy. Thank You for everything! Happy Birthday, Smokey!
The Other Weimaraner
Zula Blue’s Five Longhairs — Week Five
Most folks have never seen a Longhair Weimaraner. Above are Zula Blue’s five Longhair pups–she birthed a total of eight pups. Three are traditional smooth coats. Below you will find the same five pups four weeks earlier.
Zula Blue’s Five Longhairs — Week One
To learn a bit more about the Longhairs, you can visit our Website–click here! They are becoming more popular (for good or bad). There is always pros and cons when a dog breed gets attention. Nonetheless, it was not long ago you could scarcely find one in America–now, they are out there. Even some shady types have picked them up it seems. In all honesty, they will never overtake the traditional gray ghosties. (Haha) Still, they are essential to the breed. They have always been in the lineage–from the earliest of times.
When projects happen, Stackhouse goes to work. He is not quite sure Cliff has it right, but he is doing as told–staying in the Gator. Since Dad is distracted it would be a great time to sneak off and check out any number of things–the bird pens, the cats, or to dig in search of a gopher.