It’s been about a year since I last wrote and man, has it been a hectic year for Winston. Last November, he got sick and after being rushed to the vet, underwent an emergency exploratory laparotomy as his tummy was full of lots of gas and bile and they believed something was causing an obstruction. In the end, they did not find anything but relieved the pressure and some of the ickiness that was in his belly. He recovered very nicely, but it was a major surgery and really hard to see his body put through so much. The entire family slept downstairs on an air mattress for 2 weeks to avoid the stairs in our house as he healed. I think the biggest effect of the surgery was the psychological toll it took on myself and my husband. For about the next 8 months, if Winston would so much as burp weird and wake up in the middle of the night, we’d find ourselves stressing overly much about it. Thankfully, that hyper-awareness has really mellowed out and we worry about him a more healthy amount.
We’re expecting our first child in early May of next year (strange time to be looking for a puppy, I know!), but what we finally decided is that there is no perfect time to have a Weimaraner puppy join your family – they’re always a ton of work and drive you near insane sometimes, no matter what. We figure it’s better to get a puppy before we have a toddler also running around the house, destroying things. One bringer of destruction at a time!
Our Year in Pictures
The first trimester was very rough on my body and I was bed-ridden for most of it. Winston was a great snuggle companion but had to wait for his dad to come home for walks. He didn’t always like the wait and found this subtle way to remind me that he usually gets a lunchtime walk as well as his long evening walk.
Winston is no worse for wear after his surgery, Winston still loves to romp in the park. Even if you examine him really closely, you can barely see the incision scar. The vets did an amazing job with him.
My husband got me a pregnancy panda bear to help cheer me up during my weeks of bed-rest, however, an unintended consequence is that Winston hates the bear as it takes a small portion of my attention occasionally.
For Winston’s 9th birthday, we spent the whole day doing Winston-friendly things. He’d never had one of those silly doggie beers, but we decided to buy into the kitsch and get him one at the pet store when we went with him to get a new birthday toy and he actually loved it.
Thank you for thinking of us and especially for taking such fabulous care of Winston. With you move to the UK looming large, we sincerely hope all things go according to your plan.
Happy six month birthday to our Beorn! (It’s a little early, but the 26th is coming up fast).
He is a family member!
I am very excited to give you an update about Beorn and his place in our family. He is growing fast, like always. He is weighing in now at 48.5 lbs. Big boy!
Puppy Bites are not fun!
We lived through the puppy nipping and got wise and started wearing gloves when we were training him. He now only mouths us in a very gentle way.
We all were on the same page with our training program!
The Don Sullivan collar and training video helped us manage this behavior while Beorn was young, so I think it saved us all. The other very helpful thing we did was to include the whole family (except the cats that is) in the training process. Beorn listens to commands from both the kids now too (11 and 4).
Our 20lb male cat is still the dominate pet in the house. He tells Beorn when he gets to close, but they get along ok. Our younger female cat and Beorn are great friends. They play hide-n-seek, all in good fun. They even snuggle together. He has never shown aggression to our cats, which is a relief.
Beorn is developing into a Running Companion — appropriate distances for his age of course!
We are busy and on the go and he seems to be adjusting to our schedule. Alex is at home during the day and I’m home on the weekends. He does not spend to much time alone honestly, but we do use the crate daily. Most importantly we use the crate at our family meal times and when we are not at home to watch over the pup.
Beorn travels and adapts well to each adventure!
Beorn will be neutered in March as he is showing he is ready for this. We have an excellent vet and are a little nervous about the surgery, but we know all will go well.
I guess a lot has happened since our last message. I’ve included some of our favorite pictures. We are so thankful for Beorn and our chance to be his family. He has changed our lives in so many ways, we are very happy. Thank you a thousand times!