~ I Celebrated Five Candles
My fifth birthday was last Saturday, October 3rd. Sometimes, I worry when Mom oohs and aahs over the puppy pictures you post. Then, I remind her of all the things I do for her including: picking up things she has dropped; notifying her of the phone and alarms; helping her get up off the ground; being quiet and polite at book club, and snuggling. After that, she makes big over me, and we are both happy and content.
Dear Porsche, you have not a thing to worry about, my adorable, sweet girl. Your Mama has not contacted me about another Weimaraner. She is living vicariously through those photos–remembering the time she brought you home. You are a marvelous Longhair OwyheeStar Ambassador–thank you for that, and Happy Birthday.
~ Road Trip–when are we leaving?
This last winter we took both girls to Diamond Lake, we were concerned because Nicki gets car sick every time she goes in the car. Bob and I placed bets of when Nicki would get sick on the way. She made it a little over an hour before she vomited which is longer than either of us expected. She did very well the rest of the way and all the way home. We took them twice and Nicki does not get sick anymore. She did not get motion sickness it was nerves.
As soon as she would get in the car she would start shaking. We are both very happy that she does not get sick anymore so we can take her everywhere with us.
Annie went Antelope and Deer hunting with Bob, she was so happy that she had dad to herself. Nicki is such a cuddle bug; she snuggles with me every night. She is mom’s girl. Annie is dad’s girl. We love the girls so much and enjoy them. Thank you for the best dogs ever!
Well, it is extraordinary that you each have one of your own. Many folks struggle–wanting to each have their own, and the Weims are not cooperating. So, you have that. And two females, each wanting to be in charge, can prove challenging. They have worked out co-existence, and probably each Weimaraner has their realm where they rule.
Sasha has been an adorable ball of energy since the moment she got home. She loves all her new toys, and has been taken on daily romps around a large field. She is not shy, but definitely likes to assess the scene before diving into something new. She is so snuggly and I’m overjoyed to have her home with me.
We are thrilled to hear the two of you are doing well–we cannot wait to hear what Braden thinks. It will be a great welcome home treat. Thank you for the cute visual of your first little while together. We truly appreciate it!
`Maizie Gets her Chair
Maizie, age 8, has lived her life without being allowed full access on human furniture and beds. (She has no idea other Weims get full privilege). (She has numerous comfy beds and fleeces of her own in every room of the house). About two months ago, she weighed the situation and took a gigantic risk. She stepped right up on the comfy recliner chair in our bedroom and curled up into a ball! We were so stunned we were speechless! She didn’t get yelled at! We didn’t have the heart to scold her. We relaxed our expectations justifying, “Well, she’s 8.5 years old….she’s getting older etc etc etc)”. It’s Maizie’s chair now for certain times of day—at her choosing. We ask her when we want to sit in it. The power of the Weim!
The Weimaraner doesn’t see herself as a dog–and her humans use furniture. Having a fancy dog bed isn’t the same–look this chair just fits. What more should I say? Well, nothing more to say other than we do so appreciate this photo and your little story that we could use for the blog.
Here is an update on Clover and Frida and send along some pictures of them. Clover is doing wonderfully in most ways – she LOVES Frida and they are basically inseparable (which is great for us since it gets out lots of their energy. We all know a tired Weimy is a happy Weimy!) She is still adjusting the the noise of our kids and my husband, but she is sweet with all of them. She spends her days either laying next to me as I teach or outside with Frida and then on a long walk in the evening when it’s cooled down enough.
Frida is just over a year old and still very much a puppy in many ways, but she has somehow convinced Clover that she is in charge! Anyways, thank you for both of these amazing dogs. We are so happy to have them in our lives 🙂
In case you didn’t know, Clover recently retired and joined this beautiful household in Southern Oregon. Adding a second Weimaraner is tricky–puppy or otherwise. There are always things to work through, and we are so happy to hear things are going well–especially the fact that both Weims love each other.
~ We Made It Home
Probably off to a bad start as he slept with us last night. Slept about 7 hours. No accidents, had breakfast this morning and a solid poop outside. Every time he drinks water we take him out and praise him when he does his business. He is a little clingy but that was expected. He wants to be on a lap. Crate training starts today.
He will actively try to play with the other two boys with varying degrees of success. Our other weim ignores him still and the lab tolerates him till he gets underfoot then requests his space with a growl. We Supervise him closely as the lab could easily break the little guy. He loves exploring the back yard and is showing more of his personality every hour. Thanks again.
We are delighted to hear the news. It is a bit more tricky to incorporate a puppy into a home with two adult resident dogs–and many things are to be expected. One for sure–is the extra work to monitor interaction to ensure the pup’s safety.
More importantly, we have to guard our feelings about the things we see. The very intuitive Weimaraner picks up on your unspoken signals–your concern, any disappointment, or whatever. Sometimes a resident Weimar has their nose out of joint and tries to manipulate you into getting rid of the new interloper. The best approach is to keep things the same as before the pup arrived–and make sure the resident Weimaraner still believes they are in control of their universe. Lavishing the newest family member with too much attention and displacing other fur family members can drag out the process. Eventually, the dust will settle (feelings will adjust), and they will, at a minimum, tolerate the new arrival–more than likely, they will become inseparable.
~News From The “McPack”
(March 21) So last weekend, in a snowstorm, my husband was exercising Lu (7 yrs. Old) with her usual running, retrieving, hide-and-go-seek- for- the- ball routine. She was out searching and beyond view when suddenly a stampede of deer (at least 25) came racing across our property – chased NOT by Lu, but by an unknown black lab. Steve called Lu back to the garage and put her on a stay. Then it all happened in reverse, the deer racing the other way, right in front of our garage! Steve was able to get the dog’s attention and order him “home.”
When I was helping clean Lu’s feet after she got inside, I was shocked to see a large “gouge-like” wound on her left rear knee along with some scrapes. It wasn’t bleeding much, no muscles were showing, but the skin had been peeled back, etc . Then we discovered an identical injury on her other rear leg. Cleaned it up, medicated, and bandaged as much as we can, but realized she was going to need professional help. Hence, the next morning he took her to our vet in Redmond first thing. After a day of surgery, she was picked up at the vet’s…..stitched, stapled, and with the cone, which she will be wearing for 2 weeks.
We still have no idea exactly how it happened – we are guessing that she either misjudged a leap across the concrete berm on one side of our property or slipped on snow. It’s not in a place that she would have gotten a deer kick unless she was lying on her back (doubtful), plus the even spacing of the wounds would argue against a kick. But we’ll never know.
YIKES – life can change in an instant. She’s not happy with no running but has adapted to the cone amazingly. Also, Lu is figuring out which way to turn when she reaches a wall, even going upstairs (with supervision) to be with Steve. She’s getting lots of love and attention – and pain pills and antibiotics.
So (like most everyone, we are all sheltering in place now. And if we can all keep our equilibrium !!) will hopefully emerge healed, healthy, and still getting along with each other!
Hugs to you all,
The “McPack” – Sharyl, Steve and Lu (TOO MUCH FUN !)
Hand-woven and Knitted Wearable Art. –Sisters, OR
I know by now everything is back to normal. But–it took us entirely too long to post this entertaining story. Oh, Lu — so many stitches.
~With their Newest Family Member
The journey begins–and these two are already forging an excellent bond. That look–it is almost as if he is saying, “and what did you expect?”
This Blue Boy will not replace ‘Salty’ the much-loved Gray Ghost Weimaraner that made his home in their family until his recent departure. But we are positive that Salty is looking down with approving eyes, and influence to add to this situation.
We appreciate this family–like so many, they are repeat OwyheeStar folks. Their loyalty and the inclusive way with their fur family warm our heart and soul.
~Doing Great in Southern Oregon
Frida has adjusted wonderfully to life here in Southern Oregon. She gets either a walk in the forest or a playdate at the dog park on a daily basis, plenty of dropped food from our 3 kids (seems to be mostly broccoli or other veggies!), and snuggles when she can be bothered to sit still. We adore her and are so happy to have found you guys!
I wanted to ask you what your opinion on spay timing is. Our vet is pretty invested in early spaying because of his work with various human societies and a desire for no unplanned puppies. While we VERY much do not want/need any unplanned puppies, we weren’t sure if spaying before her first heat was a good idea. Our puppy school teachers both recommend waiting until after adolescence so that Frida would benefit from hormones during her growth. So, I thought I’d check with you guys as actual Weimaraner experts!
I have a couple of new pictures of Frida to share with you – as I said, she can be difficult to capture in a still moment! (Your initial assessment of her “being into herself” has proven to be pretty accurate HA!) I also included her “graduation” certificate from puppy school.
Congratulations on earning a Puppy Certificate. We are exceedingly happy to hear that things are going well.
As you know – the experts all have their ideas—and those working with rescue and shelters lean toward the fact of preventing the unwanted pregnancy—like you, we agree, but there is the balancing thought that those hormones play an essential role in growth. The decision is a personal one—hormones can also fuel aggressive behaviors–especially in males, but each pup is unique. https://owyheestarweimaranersnews.com/2018/10/29/to-wait-or-not/