~ 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!
One Year Celebrated
For his 1 year birthday, Pushkin graduated from the advanced obedience course. I was not sure it was going to happen. He was fussing while other people and their dogs were going through their paces so I decided to take him outside for a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, just before we got to the door his training collar came loose. That would not have been too bad if someone had not dropped a pork roll on the floor. He spied that, ran over and got it and took off like a bat out of Hades. He was all over the facility and would not respond to a recall as he knew he was in trouble.I finally got him to sit and did a return and grabbed him by the scruff. Jennifer (the trainer) came over and held him while I got his collar back on. We waited until all of the other dogs finished and then went through the commands. He behaved quite well.
I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.PS: These two flowers apparently do not realize that it is November
Pushkin and Zula Blue
~Zula Claimed the fireside bed
Rain has finally come to the Willamette Valley. The temperatures in the morning are cooler and daylight takes its time in arriving. Each of the dogs got a new pillow and miss Zula immediately claimed the one right in front of the fireplace. I do enjoy seeing pictures of her pups on your blog.
~ Bed is a Bed is a Bed
Pushkin and I are almost done with the advanced obedience class. We will be working on sharpening his skills over the holidays and hopefully will take the CGC test after the holidays. He is a natural at agility. The only problem we have at this point is getting him to slow down enough for me to keep up with him. He is fearless when it comes to trying something new.Marie
We think it is extraordinary that Pushkin is fearless with new things. I think it is fair to say, that many a Weim person wishes their friend was open to new things. (Haha)
We look forward to hearing more about the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and the agility work. Thank you, for your tireless training efforts–and for the fabulous Golden Year Home for Miss Zula. We are happy to see her warming her bones.
Taunting the Weim
~or Nector Seeking
I thought you might enjoy the picture of Pushkin. The hummingbirds sit in the large rose bush at the end of the patio and Push can see them through the sliding glass door. He seems to think that he could catch them if I would only let him out.
I have to clean the door daily with all the dog prints on it.
We started advanced obedience class this week. Part of the class is also agility. Push loves the tunnels, the table, and the plank. Next week we shall see if he will jump through the hoop. Great dog.
BTW ZooBoo is doing well
Thank you, Marie, for the fun update on the two Weims. We are happy with all you are doing. Keep up the effort–it pays huge dividends.
A New Chapter Begins
~With The New Family
In the first episode of ‘ReHomed,’ we shared about finding Rocky and Mickey a Rock-solid placement. Yes, we got a lot of interest. Nonetheless, not everyone was going to be in the best interest of the two–but we do so appreciate everyone who had the heart to want to help.
As the transition began, Kirsten was kind enough to keep us in the loop. We realize she puts in long hours, and there was the Weim-thing, but she thought about updating us frequently. We had discussed that neither Rocky nor Mickey were supposedly swimmers. Of course, both Kirsten, as well as Cliff and I hoped she could get the both of them at least in the water, if not swimming.
This Water Thing Happened
Not long after they arrived home, Rocky made himself at home in the wading pool.
Thanks to Kirsten
~And the Entire Family
Finding A Home
You probably have been following the rehoming of Rocky and Mickey–two Blue OwyheeStar Females who needed to relocate. Their family situation took a turn that meant there was no one left home for them. That is never a good thing–especially when the Weimaraner is used to a different scenario. We all know this situation can unfold. So, Ned contacted me for help. Of course, we were glad to be able to assist in the finding of another home, but that being said, there are two. We needed a certain kind of home to ensure a good transition.
We had a whirlwind of inquiries. Mark and Robin had desperately wanted to bring them to their Southern Oregon home. It looked like it might work; however, upon pondering the situation, it seemed a bit too much for their very senior ‘Jet.’ Barbara (from Texas) was willing to come to get them, also. There again, she and her husband are longtime Weimaraner folks with experience at rehoming the Weimaraner. In the end, Kirsten was interested, and since the other placements didn’t come together, she and her family agreed to incorporate them into their home. They have an OwyheeStar (Desi). As the others mentioned they have rescued and had the breed for a very long time–they understand the work involved as well as the implications.
When getting the Weimaraner (or two Weims) the second family, it is essential to find a rock-solid situation. Multiple moves never work well. We are confident that Rocky and Mickey have found a fabulous home. I know everyone rejoices with us.
The Hand Off
We met Kirsten a little over a week ago in Baker City. The two had traveled first from Boise to our home, where they spent the night. Everything went better than we could have hoped. They parked themselves with the Weim-porch group. They did as the others did acting as if this was all the norm. It was not. Nevertheless, they adapted which is impressive.
Then they must have wondered when we loaded up again. Mickey settled in the back and Rocky clung next to us kissing us and nudging our ear–taking turns between Cliff and I. So, it is not surprising that the same situation began as Kirsten loaded and headed back to the Portland area. Rocky like to kiss a lot. Mickey is equally loving but not as driven.
None of this is news to those of you following the rehoming situation. Of course, we know Kirsten has three Weims all vying for time and attention. Well, I must admit when you have a demanding job this is the best kind of therapy. I know you understand what I mean.
Note: Thanks to Ned for trusting us to do right by his beloved girls.
Watch for Part Two–Coming Soon!
Just a quick note to let you know that my sweet, loving, energetic and manipulative Pushkin graduated from the novice obedience training class tonight. He received a score of 94 out of 100 points. Half of the test was done off leash. We start the advanced class sometime in September. A great 9-month birthday present.~Marie
Our Yahoo Dogs
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.
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.
Rocks the Dog Park
~Sleepy Boy Afterward
Winchester is 16 weeks old and he is so happy and playful. For today’s adventure, we took him on his first trip to the dog park. Winchester loved all the new smells and running free. He was very well behaved the whole time. He was so sleepy when he got home then it was time for cuddles. Brandon and I love having this sweet boy he is truly a blessing.
Thank you, we truly appreciate this little note concerning Winchester (AKA Chester). The fact that he brings you joy is evident. We love seeing all your posts celebrating the moments as well as the achievements. Keep up the great work.
~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
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.