~ With Chester
Recently Brandon, Chester and I went down to have some family pictures taken so we can make Christmas cards. We had so much fun and Chester was so well behaved. After anxiously waiting we got our pictures back and they turned out so great I thought I should share a couple.
Seasons greetings from Brandon, Whitney and Chester.
Dear Whitney and Brandon–thank you for your inclusion and the celebration of Chester. No matter what happens–children, life changes, etc. I hope he will always be included. He believes the universe surrounds him. (Haha) Thanks for everything–and for always for thinking of us too!
Progress and Improvement
We have both Luke and Cador in training these days. Luke is back to a healthy weight and his coat and ears have totally cleared up. He’s no longer in his crate and has been great with Lilly and Cador. He barks a lot, but we have been working on that and have seen some improvement.
The Young Longhair
Cador is getting big! His coat is beautiful and he’s been a pretty good boy (other than annoying Luke whenever he can). He will reliably sit, lie down, and come. His retrieve is great. Working on his leash skills now.
We took both to the Applegate River last month and are taking them to the coast next week.
These angels not only recently brought home Cador (a Blue Longhair) but they adopted Luke. He has been here for quite some time. His family got into a situation that left them no choice but to return him to us. Thankfully that doesn’t happen often. This return scenario was not an ordinary case–this senior couple was saddened beyond words not to be able to get him back. So, he has found a family and home. Everyone is happy for Luke.
Not A Party Problem
The Weimie party was fabulous as always. We had a wonderful time and we got to meet Francie and Maddie. That little Francee is adorable.
Goldee was in rockstar-form when we arrived. Poised and beautiful.
However, I’m afraid Goldee’s halo has fallen and is now severely tarnished.
Yes, the little girlfriend dug a 10 ft trail chasing a gopher down.
Holly was somewhere on the other side of mortified and terrified. It probably didn’t help that many of the weim moms stood there holding our sides from laughter and in between the howls of laughter I was taking photos the whole time.
That is quite the little huntress you built.
Buck’s mom Beth was the hero as she tried to pry the little bugger out of Goldee’s mouth. Apparently “drop it” only applies to tennis balls and not true treasures like gophers.
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It’s been a while since I updated on Henry. He is still doing very well. We started puppy classes a bit late (last weekend) but it doesn’t seem to be a detriment. He picks things up pretty naturally. His latest trick is opening the back door when he wants to come in. One of these days we will remember to consistently lock the door so he can’t do that. Seems he learns faster than we do, lol. The naughtiest thing he does is occasionally grab food off the counter. But not things you think he would want. One day I came home to a floor covered in tomato seeds, Henry had let himself in from outside while Kevin was in his office, and helped himself to about 10 tomatoes. Yesterday I walked upstairs for about a minute, came down and he had a banana in his mouth. Last night I had fresh salmon on the counter, he didn’t jump up one time while I was preparing it. Maybe he was sitting pretty and just hoping something would fall.
Exploiting the Weakest Link
He isn’t much of a beggar in the off chance he is out while we eat. Usually, he is outside or in his kennel during mealtime. He pretty much knows not to mess with me or Kevin, but he is still testing waters with the kids. This picture is from a few minutes ago. Erik was eating and Henry was all over him at first. I stayed quiet and let them figure it out. Within a few minutes of Erik setting down his food and correcting Henry a few times, he got it and laid down behind him. The little kids; however, are really struggling to control Henry, so he spends more time in the Kennel or outside when they are all around.
Children fuel the energy and invite excitement. This scenario is particularly the case if there are several youngsters darting about. It is interesting to know that the Weimaraner often will be very gentle and calm with a baby whereas the active young folk sparks them to action. The Weimaraner has to learn how to respect them –not to jump up and whatnot. Children are typically not considered the trainer in our experience. In the Weim’s eyes, they are their equal at best. They (the Weimaraners) are always trying to manage and manipulate the system to the way they see their world.
There are things (and these are varied as to the age and situation) the young family members can do that would interrupt these behaviors. Nevertheless, it is hard to accomplish as the young Weimaraner sees himself as a part of the group and wants to interact as is natural to him. Using the kennel is better than letting bad things happen. In time, he should learn to be respectful –not to mouth, not to jump up, and not to knock down his playmates. These are all essential skills. If he wants to please you and learns it is unacceptable, then you can discourage this activity. There are many ways you can encourage this desired behavior. We know it will come because you have achieved so much in a short time. Thank you–for the great effort and for loving Henry so much.
~First a Question!
Just wondering if you know of any websites that would be posting stuff about local Kennel Cough outbreaks?? Roy has had all his pup shots and is scheduled to get his kennel cough nasal drips at 16 weeks and will be getting his rabies around 22 weeks.
Hello, Megan! No, I don’t know of any online resource that posts pet viral outbreaks. I think mostly, dog professionals stay up on this — Vet offices, Dog Trainers, Boarding Facilities, and those associated with the task of Dog Park Management. Maybe if there is such a thing in and around the Pacific NW someone will leave a comment.
We feel you are doing the shots the way they should be done for the Weimaraner. If you are going to be out and about, getting the kennel cough protection is wise. Since it is not a long-lived protection and the problem seems to rise in the late fall to winter time frame, getting one later in the year seems to be a wise choice. We are happy to see Roy is doing well. Thank you so much for taking good care of him.
He’s doing great, we learned to “shake” this week. He is eager to please 😉 (more like get a biscuit!)
The Social Butterfly
We went on a road trip through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. We’re actually just heading home. Roy is a social butterfly, in fact, he actually seems really offended if someone walks by and doesn’t acknowledge him. So funny the compliments we get one lady said he was “… Kinda of an iridescent color if you will”
He is my little shadow, I never go anywhere and don’t feel his eyes on me. Nick is jealous!
Ready for adventure!
~Wyoming mornings are cold!
Here he is in Idaho at Anderson ranch reservoir. I didn’t get a picture with him wearing his yellow life jacket. Turns out he loves swimming, just not in the pool at home!
He loves the Water!
We have taken him on another adventure since the three state roundabout. Above Roy is pictured with me. It was a lot warmer on the Pontoon Boat in Portland.
Lucy and Luigi
I just heard on the news today was national dog day. I thought I would send you this pic of the kids. We had some photos taken at a studio this past May. We had met these people at the Pet Expo we went to in April. We have about 30 different shots. We also have this beautiful book that was made for us that was included in the photo shoot!! Bob and I are in about 5 of the pics with the kids but all the rest of them are of the kids. I’m sure I’ll use some of them for my Christmas cards this year. As you know Lucy turned 10 this past July and Luigi will be 10 in October. The year is going by so fast!! I hope you and Cliff are well. I enjoy reading your blog every day. Take care and give all your Weim kids an extra treat for national dog day ok!! LOL!!
For the Weimlover; it is Every Day!