I wanted to convey a message from my mom, Sandie, about the passing of her sweet Greta (Dusty x Gracie 2009). On Tuesday evening, Greta passed peacefully in her sleep in her favorite bed. Over the past twelve years, Greta (and her Vizsla sister Henna) enjoyed a wonderful Weim life, including long walks, warm beds, homemade dog food, and most importantly unconditional love from their “mama.” Greta has lived in Southern California, Idaho, and now Rosarito, Mexico and has been a wonderful foster sister to my mom’s many rescue dogs and a half sister to my own Weims, Lola (Deli x Dash 2003—passed in 2016), Byron (Dusty x Stormy 2007—passed in 2015) and Beatrix (Mouse x Stackhouse 2016). My mom would always call Greta her shadow, since she always followed her around the house, from room to room, including the bathroom! She would always seek out a way to be touching my mom in some way. Greta was an anomaly as far as Weims are concerned. From the day my mom brought her home, she was rarely destructive, rarely barked, was very calm, had an even temperament, and rarely “broke the rules.” Literally one in a million!
My mom is truly thankful for the twelve years she had with Greta and says thank you for allowing her to be Greta’s mama. She will miss her dearly. Greta is pictured below on the left next to Beatrix. ~ Carlin Stein
The reality of loss looms large when we open our hearts to these beautiful creatures. We all know it is only a matter of time–we desperately hope for longevity and quality of life. Thank you, Carlin, for sharing the news of Greta’s departure and what she meant to your mother.
We miss You Ever So Much
Today (January 17th) marks three weeks and it still feels like yesterday since we said a final goodbye to our dear Lucy … We had 10 amazing years with her and so that probably explains why I still wait for her to start barking at the wind, listen for her scratching the door to go outside and come back in, and miss the weight of her lying next to me in bed as she did every night since bringing her home Christmas Eve of 2009.
She was more than a pet, she was family. We miss you Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds! PS – I forgot to thank a few special people who helped us tremendously those final days! – Our dear Brenda for snapping a few family pics for us that last week and caring so much for Lucy whenever she watched the littles at the house.- A truly special Veterinarian, Maggie Hirschfield Pearson for coming to our home to provide hospice, help us in those final moments and grieved right alongside us. You are a blessing!
We made a conscious decision that we would give ourselves a break from pets for a while to allow ourselves time to grieve and move forward. We’ve been talking quite a bit how it’s starting to feel more and more like it’s time to add to our family. We are now in Iowa, so logistically it would be quite different than hopping on a short plane ride from Colorado Springs to Boise …We are ever so grateful for this opportunity to share life with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, thank you!
Courtney and KyleCorinne, Colleen, Kennedy, and Kallaway
We are beyond sad to hear of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds passing over the Rainbow Bridge. There are no adequate words to cover your loss–but we thank you for the life you gave her. It means the world to us.
~ Our beautiful girl left us today
December 18, 2019
Our beautiful Jorja went to Arliss and Arleen today. I saw it happen, I had been out of town for a couple of days, she was so happy to see me and go on our walk today. She even posed for the pictures, not always. Look at pacific humane @ Long Beach , WA and you will see info . All I can say I watched it, never braked, or slowed and keep going. Hit her straight on, she had a huge reflective collar on. Needless to say we are heartbroken
And you and Cliff can add that she was loved by all that met her, she never met a strange and was my walking group pup! We had many, but she was the favorite. she would run free and check on me as on our Belgium walks, but here, not just me but everybody! Jorja was named the Lady Pacers mascot.
There are no words to cover such a loss–and we join in grieving her loss with you. We remember when you got Jorja–she traveled around the world to join you in Belgium. She recently returned to the Pacific Northwest–now this. She celebrated life with you–all it meant for you and her. Thank you, for all you did for her.
~ We shared so much!
I got a puppy from you in August of 2007. We named her Maggie. She was the absolute love of my life, my #1, my sweet and precious girl.
Me and the kids had to say goodbye to Maggie last Saturday the 16th. As I began to collect her things from around the house and put them in a keepsake box, I found the litter certificate among other things I’ve saved I checked online to see if you still had a website.
I just wanted you to know she lived a full life and brought so much joy and humor to our family and everyone she came into contact with for over 12 years. She was one of a kind. Hands down the smartest, most loving and best dog I’ve ever had.
I knew over the last year I didn’t have much time left with her. I promised her I’d stay by her side until the end and so I did. I sat right beside her until her last breath and kissed her goodbye.
This past week had been particularly hard. The footsteps usually behind me were gone and the silence was deafening. Not being able to put my arm around her and tell her I love her as we fell asleep felt unnatural. This too shall pass and what will remain are the beautiful memories I have.
I’ve attached some of my favorite pictures of my girl and a short video of just how silly she was.
I’m so grateful to come across your website and have had her in my life. Thank you for giving us such a beautiful soul!
Thank you for remembering us and for the beautiful life shared with Maggie. We are beyond sad for your loss–but we know that the future holds a new journey with yet another Weimaraner. Maggie cannot be replaced, but who knows where your next adventure will lead?
~The Much Loved Duke
Friday, April 5th –It is with a heavy broken heart I wanted to let you know we lost Duke (Dusty x Gracie) last night. I knew this day would come but are we ever ready to lose part of our heart and soul?? Foster came home from school to bloody urine and diarrhea. Duke has turned 13 January 2nd and I couldn’t see him suffer. I had a vet come to the house so he could die peacefully on his couch.
It has been a rough couple of days. The news of Duke’s passing came less than twenty-four hours before Dusty’s departure. We appreciate how much he was loved. Thank you, for the beautiful life your family gave him.
It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that our sweet Cabela, our very first baby, has passed away.
We are greatly saddened, but so thankful for the wonderful memories we had with her. I am so thankful that she passed when she did, after a weekend together, filled with playing outside, eating horse poop (her, not us!), and stealing donuts off the counter. She had been declining and I had been preparing myself for a couple years now, but of course you’re never completely prepared for the day that it finally happens. She passed in her sleep, after enjoying a dinner topped with leftover mac & cheese and tuna sandwich scraps (she had become a bit of a picky eater).
As a family, we laid her to rest yesterday evening, overlooking our creek, where she loved to splash around and explore. The kids wrote her letters and Ella blew bubbles for her. Hunter also gave her his certificate of achievement from school for his math test. And of course, they both gave her a stuffie to take along on the journey (she loved to steal their stuffed animals!). As sad as we all are, I am grateful for the lesson of saying goodbye to a family member in such a beautiful way.
Thank you for choosing us to be her people. We will forever be changed by the way she enriched our lives.
Love to you,
You might remember I mentioned Cabela in a recent blog–click here. I remember Cabela’s arrival like it was yesterday–and all that occurred after she arrived left an impression on our hearts. We entrusted into your care, and here we are many, many years later celebrating her life–grieving her departure.
Isn’t it the truth that these wonderful creatures make us better humans? I believe it is true. Thank you for the photo array of Cabela–each snapshot speaks volumes. Our hearts ache for you and the family’s loss.
You might remember we were the ones that had the deaf Dalmatian. He passed a little over a year ago. It was a quick thing and Em really grieved his passing. She attached herself to me much more than before (think 2 feet as being too far lol).
Comment on your loss: We were so very sorry to hear of your loss. It is very hard on the Weimaraner (as you mentioned). No matter how many times I remind myself, and others, that we do not know how many days we have together, it is hard to wrap your brain (and heart) around that fact. We think of our relationship in endless (long-term) status. We know it is not so, but no matter how long these wonderful creatures live, it is never long enough. Even with the best of breeding (and care) some are snatched away way too soon. Of course, we hear of these situations almost weekly. A lot of people contact us about their loss (even though we have never met them before). There are never adequate words to cover such a loss. Cliff and I are happy you have Emery in your lives. We look forward to the day when you can bring home a silver gray Weimaraner–adding to your family. Thank you for loving Emery so very much. Again, we regret your loss.
Em has Allergies
Em has some allergies, not bad but I feel for her. We’ve determined that they’re not necessarily food based allergies, definitely some environmental allergies as well. The thing I noticed is her coat isn’t as shiny as normal and I was just curious what your recommendation is. I give her fish oil daily which she loves! A lot of her issues are probably directly related to her constant dumpster diving she does! She gets into anything that’s not put away before we leave…..she’s not so keen on getting left behind! She’s an only dog these days and could likely use a friend (my son has been begging for a silver weim) but until then….we just play LOTS of ball!!! She’s a show stopper around town and quite the protector of our street (shhh, don’t tell her she doesn’t own the neighborhood)! Hope all is well, I love reading the blog!
Breeder’s Comment: Allergies are common for the Weimaraner. Food-related allergens are the most common. Frequently grain is the culprit–wheat, corn, or barley. Various unknown grasses (turf and wild, alike) are also known offenders. Over the years, we have gotten reports of the grass-allergy happening when the sod was changed, or upon moving into a new home. We do not know what kind of grasses are likely to cause a problem. Bees and other stinging insects can bring on a serious allergic reaction. The worst scenario can lead to Eosinophilic Folliculitis–that is very rare.
Finally, we learned of a new allergen. This was methodically discovered by an OwyheeStar client, via systematic elimination of potential allergens.. The culprit came to light when the Weimaraner developed a rash after exposure to a newly laundered comforter. Melissa used All Clear and Free detergent and dryer sheets. After eliminating the use of the dryer sheets the itching stopped for the most part.
Melissa wrote concerning Bristol–Since I discovered this, (it’s been a couple weeks) her coat looks 10 times better and the scratching has mostly stopped, hallelujah! I was starting to get discouraged looking at people’s stories online when they were trying to figure out what was wrong with their dog, so I am just so thankful she slept on my bed that night.
It is hard to address something like allergies. We think avoiding medication, and shots is the best approach when possible. This might give someone an idea about what to check for, and how to approach the elimination process. We recommend getting the thyroid checked. The Weimaraner has a high incident of thyroid issues. It is very treatable, but can go undetected for a good long time. That is a test worth doing.