When in the Southwest
It is Lizards
Did you know the Weimaraner is a Watch Dog? Of course, you did. All that nose art on your window didn’t come from the goldfish. (Haha)
In the Northwest, it is the squirrels who taunt the Weim window watchers. Or maybe it is a feral cat that walks the fence gingerly out of reach. Bunnies and other scurriers are also fair game–sometimes the watching crew gets after the watched. The chase is on if caught it might not end well.
In the southwest, the lizards taunt the Weimaraner. It doesn’t take much to get their attention–sparrows, blackbirds, robins, butterflies, and sometimes bugs. Some Weims are more attuned to their duty of watching the premises than others. Nothing gets by these two.
The things of Christmas recent…
The new kid finds a fitting name…
As you well know, finding the right name is not always easy. Before we brought him home, we thought Griffin might work. We have finally agreed upon on a different name. I just didn’t love Griffin, and one family member insists on a nickname and Griffey. I wanted a short name to counter the longer Winchester name. We liked Bere. But then it was changed to Bexar (that’s the county we live in, pronounced like bear). And on and on and on….Yes, everyone agreed on Opus, which was the biggest hurdle. This name resonates with everyone; it relates to guns, a cigar brand named Opus X, and a million years ago, a cartoon strip “Opus.” It’s Latin for work.
It’s certainly different, and it is shorter than Winchester. So he is Opus! Guns and cigars. When shortened it will be Opie, which reminds me of Mayberry, which is FINE.
The new norm begins…
On Friday morning (the 20th), Winchester decided the puppy is OK. Winchester commenced playing (with Opus) as though he had waited his whole life for something so grand. He very carefully carries the baby’s toy in his mouth to entice him to play. It’s so much fun to watch. It is also a relief that things are coming together in quick order. It was hard to lose Bruno, and we knew we could not replace him. Regardless, we wanted another gray male. We are delighted that Winchester is accepting him early-on. They are going to be great friends.
The two dogs have been great entertainment this week. They play until they’re tuckered out. Little Opus is a chow hound. He knows where the food door is, and is very vocal if he has to chase a bowl (I fed him in his kennel, and he talked the entire climb up the stairs). And the kennel training is going much better, thank you. It requires Patience, hmmmmm. By the fourth/fifth day, we were in better shape. (Click here to read our earlier struggles–back when he was still being called Griffin.)
We have a Winner. Thank You for what you do!
~ Melinda and all here (with Opus and Winchester)
Breeder’s Comment: We are thrilled you found a name that everyone likes. Thank you for the lovely Santa photo that included your two OwyheeStar kids. We are also glad you flew in from Texas and carried Opus back on the plane. We are convinced this helped you get off to a better start. Finally, thank you for your loyalty. We truly appreciate it. Good luck with Opus, and we sincerely hope he is the perfect fit he seems to be.
Winchester has perfect defects……no return ever!
Dear Weim Manufacturer,
Winchester is interesting. Always. When I tell people I have a Weimaraner, they always say “oh, they are so high-strung”. I always agree. I don’t want them to know exactly how wonderfully perfect, or entertaining, or loving this weim behaves. The following photos show some of his perfect “defects”. Don’t worry. We will never return him. ;0)
He is very happy. Especially on the bed.
He is very happy. Especially when the boy is home from college. The boy is happy. Winchester is a great pillow.
He is very happy. And clever. It’s cooler under the bed? Hiding?
This is a minor defect. This is Winchester. He is perfect. He drinks water like this always.
Winchester gives me lip…
There’s a lot going on here. I’m trying to FaceTime my daughter. Winchester is on top of me because he thinks he’s a lap dog. He always does this with his lip. It was a short conversation because I couldn’t stop laughing.
Dear Shela and Cliff-
I hope you are having a little giggle. We love this guy, and of course I mention that we acquired him from a wonderful family in Oregon. I am stopped often because of his color,disposition, and overall appearance. There are so many more silly moments. And many not caught on camera. He’s up to date on shots. Important because he caught a rat and a bunny in the past month (we have a large dry creek bed next to our house). The humans were far more entertaining that go around. Trust me…Winchester was just doing his job and we did a fine job screaming holy heck. I’m sure the neighbors wonder what is going on over here. Our Weimaraner is not high strung. We are!!!
I’ve been keeping him busy running/walking him and car rides since his Big Guy passed on (Bruno). My sis-in-law visits with her 3 dogs as well. But we are wanting another puppy. From you. I admire how you raise your dogs. It’s not just a business. That’s very obvious. I laughed-I told my husband that even Bruno – at 15, was a pistol-taking bread bags off the counter. I had to scold him. Winchester is really a very good boy.
Please use what you like for your awesome blog. It’s a great tool on many levels. It really helped lift our spirits after Bruno passed. I know this is lengthy, but I wanted to thank you. Winchester came into our lives at the perfect time.
Have a great weekend!