Undaunted by Adverse Conditions
Tough conditions yesterday for wild birds.
High winds made it tough on the dogs.
The above short clip show what I mean.
Notice the high wind and thick cover. Wellie isn’t afraid to find birds. It’s funny how he knows the spots to look. He’s got the drive. Hope all is well! ~ Tyler
Behind the Scenes
~ Luna and Me (Nancy)
The backdrop–we wanted to add another Weimaraner. I admit contacting Shela many times wanting to get our next puppy; however, behind the scenes I had some apprehension. As Shela knows, I shared with her my reluctance regarding the addition of a second weim. Of course, I kept that to myself until Tikka was safely in our home. But as the day approached and then it became a reality I worried. One significant concern I had was about the household relationships. Luna is bonded to me, and Bill wanted the next (as I did) to bond with him. Now, we faced our plight to influence who the new pup’s “person” would be.
Then There Was Tikka
We’ve had Tikka in our home for almost a month and a half. As I stated, I had two major concerns about adding Tikka to our pack. First and foremost Luna. I didn’t want to compromise or change her status or our relationship. Secondly, I wondered if and how we could we actually “make her” Bill’s dog.
~ Here is how that worked out
Luna and Tikka are awesome together! I still spend a lot of time with Luna and our relationship hasn’t changed much, she is and always will be my #1 dog and seems to know that. Tikka is learning some things just from watching Luna. This second Weimaraner learning from the first makes a lot of things easier. But we also want Tikka to be her own dog, (or person) so we ensure sure that Tikka gets to do her “own things.”
Luna is obsessed with her chuck it balls no other dogs get to play with or retrieve her balls, so every few throws Luna is put in a sit stay, and Tikka is allowed to retrieve the ball, good for both dogs! One of the first “cute tricks” we teach our dogs for treats is a sit stay. Tikka who isn’t even four months yet has a pretty decent sit stay already; I am currently working on having them sit together and releasing them individually.
Tikka and Bill are doing pretty well, things that are a habit for me (like every time I go anywhere Luna goes with me), Bill has to be reminded, but he’s learning too! He has realized how much work and patience go into raising a well-balanced puppy.
Tikka loves us both (as does Luna). Last night both dogs were asleep (On the couch!!), and Bill went outside for something; Luna didn’t bat an eye, but Tikka got up and went to the door wanting to go with her dad! It may not be a monumental sign, but I think we are all heading in the right direction 🙂 ~ Nancy
Watch for More on Bill and Tikka and how they are bonding.
We’re coming up on a year since we acquired our Virgil from you. Skeeter is now going on 3 1/2 yrs old. I love these two so much.
Virgil is such a beautiful dog and I’m so glad to have him as a member of our family.
He and Skeeter get along well. They run with me, swim at the pool, and visit the dog park. Virgil gets along with all dogs. He’s like this huge mediator…if things start to get weird, he will run at top speed with that fancy tail flying, getting everyone running around once more.
No one can catch him or Skeeter, they’re soooo fast. People always comment on how nice they are and how beautiful they are. I always say it’s the Owyheestar breeding! Happy Holidays to you and thanks again, for my lovely friends.
We appreciate the news and the update. It is always good to hear that the OwyheeStar Weimaraners are thriving and much-loved. Virgil was a spur of the moment addition (because he became available) and we are so very delighted to know you love your Longhair. Getting your endorsement means, even more, when it comes from a person like you–a licensed, practicing Vet Tech.
We wish you continued health and wellness. It is a great comfort to know Virgil and Skeeter have so much going for them. Below are the links for the two from their previous pool work posts. Maybe one day there will be the opportunity to update us on their progress further.
Not Long Ago
The Weimaraner is going to love the water if they feel at home in and on it. Tikka and Bill are off to a great start together. Big Sister ( Luna) does the Standup Paddle Board too! When watersports are something you love and want to share with the Weimaraner the introduction to water is essential.
Achieving the water retrieve might take patience. Some Weims are more natural swimmers than other. Nonetheless, they all have webbed toes and can become proficient swimmers.
Luna Sets the Standard
Tikka has a lot to learn, and Luna will be sharing the inside secrets. Nail grooming is key to being girlie. Other tips are important to such as how to cover up properly. The undercover Weim-mode is crucial to the Weimar person.
Not Short on Adventures
~ Digging for Sport
I think Stella’s about nine months old now and we just moved into our brand new, very own home! That’s some good news. The bad news is that we are working on our backyard. Of course, Stella thinks it’s awesome because she has a lot of dirt to bury bones in. She is so silly and dirty.
Running Free and Swimming
Another piece of good news is that Stella’s been on lots of adventures with her dog pals! Here are some pictures from our last trip up the Deschutes River. There’s no bad news to that. Stella runs free and happy through the woods and eagerly swims in the river! She’s also ‘almost’ stopped jumping on all the people she meets. Maybe that’s some bad news….
Snacking on the Stairs
Anyway, the worst news is that on the day she was contained in our new dog run and had access to our garage in case of rain…. she opened (or we left open) the door to our new house. There were builders in the backyard putting up the new fence. Anyway, long story short…SHE ATE A STAIR! She’s never chewed anything! Yikes! I included a picture!
Looking Pretty or Contemplating her next Antic
Anyhow, through that whole adventure, we love our beautiful girl still. That’s the best news. I attached a picture of her posing. Or maybe, she was contemplating her next move! Hahahahahaha.That’s the scoop from our family! We hope your family is doing well.
Relocating a Weim can be laden with pitfalls. They don’t do change well, but it seems Stella is adapting well. The most significant concern may be that she is developing the habit of digging. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner is tough to retrain once they get the idea that something is the norm. (oops) This way of thinking can carry over into all areas. Well, such as chewing the stairs could transfer to fencing, etc.
It is outstanding that she is water-friendly–swims in the river. Jumping up on people she greets is not pleasant for those being welcomed; however, at least she is super friendly. We would Prepare these jumping-up issues rather than dealing with a Weimaraner that is not people-friendly. Thank you, for the great share. We truly appreciate it!
We so enjoy the morning blog! Thank you again.
~ Our Lu (Yours Truly x Thunder Duster)–6 yrs. 9 months old (born 1/21/2011
So, here is a question on behalf of LU, in Sisters Oregon. Haven’t seen this addressed on the blog – but may have missed it.
For the past few years, Lu has developed TERRIBLE smelling feet! She is mostly an indoor dog, but outside for runs about an hour in the morning and 1 1/2 in the afternoon evening – not running continuously, but lots of smelling around on the 2+ acres of our house and neighbors who use their home as a vaca home….we watch over it for them. Plus, Steve spends a lot of time outside with chores etc. As she is 7 1/2 now, she enjoys her naps in the sun wherever she can find it and moves her nap location when upstairs where the skylight’s sunspot moves!
Running surface is typical high desert – dust, gravel/rocks, sage, desert grass, and the green grass we have around our house. When/if it rains, she gets a foot-rinse and is groomed regularly. When we’re over at the coast, she swims regularly in the lake.
She just had a vet check a couple of weeks ago, no issues except cracked tooth which we’ll be attending to soon. Is this a Weim thing? Our Golden traveled the same territory (but not the same speed, of course!), rarely had that problem…
~ Thanks!! Sharyl
Thank you, for raising this question. First, let us say thank you for giving Lu such a great life. We are truly blessed to know she is much-loved.
Honestly, on occasion, I have noticed the smelly feet (or maybe we should call them paws), but then I figure we smell more like a Weimaraner than human too! When it comes to smells, people usually talk about gas. So, this was new. I had not even thought about it. I did some research and learned it is not the only Weimaraner to have smelly feet, nor is it uncommon in dogs.
The most prominent culprit appears to yeast, but a combination of bacteria can also cause foot odor. A simple rinse will not control this issue. I have some thought on what I would consider as a preventative measure.
1. I would mix up a solution of 50% cider vinegar and water and spritz the feet with it or dunk them. I think once you use this the feet need some moisturizer at least once a week.
2. Another thought instead of cider vinegar would be to use the Vetericyn Wound Spray on their feet every few days. Again, this has a drying action so I would suggest a moisturizer.
3. Consider using paw cream or paw wax–once the feet are cleaned and moist. It might even be better to use coconut oil and a tiny bit of essential oil and make yourself some paw cream. There are many paw creams, waxes, etc. that you can purchase. I wish we could try them all and evaluate them.
Here is a link that talks about smelly dog feet–
~ Newest Trick
Henry’s newest trick. Bring me everything I need to take him on a walk.
First, he brought my hat, then my shoes. He has yet to bring an unmatched pair.
Henry Works His Charm
Henry got what he wanted, a hike up Pisgah with his BFF Tule. For extra fun Henry found a wiggly rope (snake) and brought it out to play 😳
And he is a blessing. Most of the time, lol. He loves to chew on wood, he finally has a victim….bamboo coasters. I told Kevin last night that Henry is a wild boy sometimes, but at least he has only ruined our coasters. Lol.
Have we mentioned that we meet the most incredible people in the world? Kiley is amazing with Henry. When she is not orchestrating a family event–like the laundry, an outing, or whatever Henry has planned you might find her saving lives. That’s right — Kiley is a nurse. I am sure she has a more impressive title, but to anyone who ever needed specialized medical care for their self or someone they love, we can agree nurses are incredible.
Thank you, Kiley, for letting us use your video and photos and for sharing your Henry tails. We sincerely appreciate your dedication and your sense of humor.
Annie Needs A Sister
~ Stepping up to a Two-Weimaraner Status
Sister For Annie
Bob and I are thinking of getting another Weim, a Blue female. Do you have any pups?
Shela Says—Availability is typically going to require a wait. We recommend everyone complete the application process at least six-months in advance and follow up by locking in a place on the Wait List (by giving us a deposit). Until we have the Wait List deposit, you are not in line to get a puppy. Of course Patricia, I have answered you privately about our current availability and the timeline.
Shipping A Pup
Also, it is an 8-hour drive for us, do you ever ship the pups?
Shela Says —We can ship a puppy, and it is only a one-hop flight from Boise to Portland or Seattle. That being said Patricia, Cliff and I try to make the exit process as safe, stress-free and easy for the pup and their new family. Most Pacific Northwest families meet him near Pendleton. This exit scenario requires planning as we can only make one trip per litter, but this is in the best interest of the pup and their families.
There is less risk of exposure to the deadly Parvo Virus–which undoubtedly has infected every pet area or frequent stop along the highways. Secondly, when the pups travel a distance together, it seems to ease the stress. It is like one of our many adventures–they load up and go for a drive a way from their former home, and then depart with their new forever family.
My suggestion is that we explore the options and see how we can best accommodate the exit process. I should also mention that folks have taken a flight from Seattle or other airports, and flown into Boise. We met them at the airport, and then they carried the new baby home as a carry-on. It is another way to get off to a great start with a lower risk factor. The time spent settling in the Sherpa Bag often proves beneficial on so many levels.
~She a Whiner Weimaraner (oops)
Previous Annie Updates to Explore
Annie is doing well, such a sweetheart and very spoiled. She really is a good girl most of the time, very busy! Took her to the beach for 5 days. Every time we slowed down in all the coastal towns she would start whining. Finally, after listening to her for a few hours we parked in the shade, rolled down the windows a bit and went into some shops. Gone for about 20 minutes, got back and boy was she a good girl for the rest of the trip. She finally got her ice cream cone. (photo above)
We are glad the much-loved Annie got her ice cream. We sincerely look forward to working with you again–getting Annie, a sister. We are positive she can lead the way and teach ‘Whining 101’ to the new upstart.
The Incredible Goof Ball
I just wanted to drop you a note to let you and Cliff know how much I love River. As you know she is almost 8 months old. She is such an incredible goof ball, I’ve never had a dog as silly as her. She is crazy smart too, she opens doors now, even the doors that swing towards her, she opens those too.
My Name Is River
Hello there, my name is River! This is my favorite place to be in the truck.
She is 100% devoted to me and the family, she is so sweet and affectionate. I truly have never had another dog like her. We are working on her being social still, (with her being sick she didn’t get as much as she needed as a pup) but once she knows a person she is a lovable goof ball with them too. She likes to hop up onto the back of the couch and wave her paw at people so they will come over.
Room For Two
Leaving the dog park, River beat Red into the front seat. Red decided there was still room for a second dog.
Thank you, both for breeding such an amazing animal for me and my family.
Robert, we are thrilled that you love her so much. When you introduced yourself it was clear you were an extreme dog lover. That goes two ways almost always. It looks as if she is loving life with you. We truly appreciate you being such a great first-time Weim family.