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~With Colby

     and his Tiny Hyoomans

Colby and his Tiny Hyoomans3Its been awhile since I sent an update. So I thought I’d share a couple of tidbits with you.

Colby decided that there was juuuuust enough space to squeeze into my chair with me for some lovins. Then, the tiny humans decided that there was room for them, too. So we took a few photos. You can see his enthusiasm as the photo shoot progressed. He still refused to budge from his perch, though! He’s a very patient big brother. As soon as the tiny humans left, he got comfy again and stayed a while longer. He got up for a potty break, but as I am sitting here writing this, he has found his place back on my lap for another morning siesta. What a ham!

Here is a video of him eating an ice cream cone. This is something I have never done. But after a series of events that led us to the vet’s office, I decided to help him unload his stress by hiding his first dose of meds in an unexpected treat. He had no complaints. Feel free to share on your blog if you’d like!
Colby is a little lonely since our lab passed away and we have been looking into finding him a new companion. We are considering another weim and would like to look into possibly getting on the waiting list for another pup when I get home from my deployment in January.

Breeder Comment

We are happy that Colby has brought so much joy to the family. He has adapted to change which is excellent. We sincerely look forward to working with you again. Thank you, for the great share. We and ( and I am sure all our readers would agree) thank you for your service, too!

The Naughtiest

Guess who’s birthday it is!

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Roy boy the Weim! I can’t believe Roy is TWO! (On 5/20) He is such a light in our lives even though he is such a hand full. Would not trade him for anything, we love our snuggly boy!
54723272525__03208A1D-8675-43EE-A9A6-714C1E26F123Roy is doing great! We recently just got over a case of the swimmers tail, we can’t keep him out of the water! And having a full tail probably contributed to that. Was so weird to see him not be able to wag his tail because he is always wagging that thing!
Still having aggression issues on a leash but I feel like he is getting better… he does wear a muzzle in congested areas. He’s stronger than I am and people coming at him that he doesn’t know makes him anxious. Better safe than sorry, I don’t want anything to happen.
Some dogs choose to fight. Others opt for flight, and unfortunately, all 75 lbs of Roy chooses to fight.   The inside guests in his space issue have gone away, he now loves guests. Off-leash and outdoors he’s totally fine.

We are heading to the beach this weekend for his birthday weekend at his favorite place! He literally goes crazy and into a frenzy at the sight of the sandy beaches.

Breeder Comment

We want to say you are awesome Weim parents. Thank you! Keep up the work, you are winning the battle. Happy birthday, Roy! Two Candles for you!
For the readers that missed the Sunday Blog–click here to see how you spent the weekend.

Charlie Blue

Change Happens

     ~ Here is Our Update

 

IMG_8500I am way overdue for a Charlie Blue update! Our lives have changed quite a bit in the last year. We got an English Bulldog puppy and moved from Boise to Seattle.

Charlie despised Bosa when we first brought him home. Bosa is almost a year old now. Charlie tolerates him, but he’s still not her favorite.

She prefers to snuggle with our kiddos and our cat, Ish. Charlie has made new friends in Seattle and she loves the ocean. I will never forget the moment when she first encountered waves. But some things never change.

She still loves retrieving, swimming, racing in snow, finding birds (even when we aren’t hunting), going on fishing and camping trips, running free, stealing food, ripping up pillows, and hogging the bed.

 

I create a photo collage of Charlie for her birthday every year. I can’t believe she’s five! We love her more every day. She truly is the best family dog.IMG_8487IMG_1451

Breeder Comment

Charlie Blue has an interesting life. We do so appreciate everything you have done with and for her. Thank you, for remembering us. It means the world.

Pushkin

Roadtrip

     ~Coping with Excess Energy 

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Pushkin and I are preparing for a long road trip to Arizona to move my mother into an assisted living facility. Once that has been taken care of we are going on to the Chaco Canyons of New Mexico.  It is the oldest Anasazi site in the U.S. In preparation for the trip to Arizona, we took a trip from Salem to Kennewick to see my grandchildren.

What I learned on the drive was that we had to stop quite often, not because Push had to “potty” but because he needed exercise. Once he was out of the car and we walked for a bit he settled right down when we started up again. At every rest stop, someone would comment on what a beautiful dog he is. I have attached some pictures for you. The man is my son, the children are obviously my grandchildren. I am not sure who that white-haired old woman is, could it be me?😏

What a great dog he is!
Marie

Breeder Comment

Thanks for the great share–we are excited you’re traveling together. That is fun. We loved your pointer on burning off the excess energy. It is good for humans as well.
One suggestion we might have is to be careful about dusty areas you visit while in the Southwest. Valley Fever in dogs is a thing. We would not want anything to happen to the lovely Puskin. Click here to read a bit about this potential risk. 

Maverick

Celebrating Two Candles!

      ~The All-Around Versatile Weimaraner

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Greetings from San Jose, California! Maverick celebrates his 2nd Birthday today and I wanted to give you an update. He is very energetic and non-stop, like the Energizer Bunny! A little 5-10 minute rest and he is ready for another round. Funny thing… about 8pm at night, he is ready for his snuggles with me on my bed. Once he has about 30 minutes of that, I tell him “it’s time to go to bed” and he jumps down and heads right to his crate.

30581778_10213518101845250_9204332305097687040_nHe has been crate trained since he was a puppy and sleeps in it every night and spends a few hours a day on it as well. Our 13-year-old Weim, Sawyer, has learned when it’s cold it is better to tolerate Maverick and let him cuddle for body heat.

He LOVES going nuts from inside as he sees squirrels and birds out in our yard and does his “cry” to let him out for the chase. Bill, my husband, takes him pheasant hunting and reports that he had the natural instinct the first time he went out in the field last year and this year did an even better job of pointing, flushing and retrieving the birds. He is a fantastic family and hunting companion. Maverick is exactly what we wanted in a Weim and you delivered!

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled Maverick is as advertised (so to speak). I think you folks know we take this process seriously. It is not our first placement with you. Of course, along the way to here and now, you have had a couple of Rescue Weims, too.

We realize that it is a significant risk to trust us to do what is best. Thank you, for your loyalty and this update on Maverick.

Henry

At Almost Two

     ~ Part Two

From the start we followed Owyheestars advice on crate training, freedom is earned. And our guy has earned his freedom. This is where he seems to all the sudden be grown up, but in reality, he’s been working on this since we first brought him home. Most days as of the last few months he spends very little time in his crate. Sometimes you’ll find him snoozing on one of the sofas, sometimes our bed, but most the time he opts to just follow us around the house. Henry has a definite bedtime, he gets sleepy around 8:30-9pm, cuddles until we go to bed, then happily goes to his crate for the night. Henry has also spent more time out of his crate when we leave the house too. It’s rare we all leave for more than a few hours, so he probably only gets left alone for 2-3 hours at a time.

Flieger's Henry and Ben_9162Not sure if I told you that Henry got a roommate last year, our cat Bill. When we first brought Bill home we separated them, mostly because Bill was tiny. Over the course of six months, Bill and Henry had more exposure to each other. Henry used to chase him every chance he got, but Bill always stuck up for himself. Never running under a bed, or a closet. He would just run under the dinner table and give Henry a few swats. Before long, Henry got bored of chasing the cat. He still does every once in a while, but as soon as Bill stops running, Henry walks away, I don’t think he actually wants to catch him, I think his dog instincts say “I must chase a moving object, oh wait that’s my friend, never mind” hahahaha.
The only thing I can think to complain about is how often and how loud he barks. It drives us insane. When I am sleeping during the day he has to wear a bark collar.  Although it doesn’t even need to be turned on, just putting it on him makes him stop.
Henry is a very smart dog. I think the biggest factor to our success with him at this point is that 95% of the time someone is home with him, I also think it is, for this reason, we have dodged separation anxiety and Weim crimes. He loves to please his people. I don’t think our puppy days are gone, he is a Weimaraner after all, but I think they are getting fewer and farther between. He’s the most handsome and loyal dog, and almost two years since we adopted him, we couldn’t be happier with how awesome he is.
Flieger's Henry and kids_4035You know, Weims are a lot of work, but I can say that after 2 years, all the effort we have put in to training him and being very consistent with him has paid off, and we are to the point we just get to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Sincerely,  The Flieger Family

Breeder Comment

You know, Weims are a lot of work. Indeed! I think there are many reasons for your success–consistency, knack, and the desire to get the job done would head the list. There are so many ways things can go awry, to say the least. You have done well and Henry has an excellent life. Thank you, again.
If you missed the first segment, Click Here.

Henry

At Almost Two

     ~ Part One

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I am sitting in bed with my coffee and a snuggled in Weim laying over my legs, and I was thinking about how sudden it seems that Henry has transitioned from wild puppy to this mostly well-behaved dog.
The last message I sent you was when I was teaching Henry how to close the door, he nailed that in less than a week unless he swings the door the wrong way, he closes the door no matter where we are when we give him the command. This trick is exclusive to one door however, we have tried to get him to close other doors, but he runs down to the back door every time, often confused that this door isn’t even open. Lol. I would not be surprised however if he knew how to close every door, but plays dumb until we get out the treats and hand them out like candy until he has learned how to close each door. Someday I want to make a cardboard sign and write “will work for food” and take pictures of Henry, this dog is beyond highly motivated to learn for treats. Back to his human brain, when we open the back door and give our command “go potty” now he comes up and closes the door instead of going outside when he doesn’t need to go. It is crazy to think that his boy has used this trick almost as a way to talk “I don’t need to go potty right now!”
I’ve mentioned before that Henry excels in two sports, being very active, and being REALLY lazy. This works out perfect for us, I sleep during the day, and Kevin works from home, so Henry is pretty chill on work days. Unless of course, he sees me put on anything the resembles work out clothes, topped with my running shoes, he goes nuts!!! There are some days that I need to just get out really quick without distraction. I have to ask Kevin to hide Henry from me so I can leave the house. If this procedure isn’t followed, Henry literally whines for the entire time I am gone. We can’t say W.A.L.K.  out loud anymore, he’s like a child who hears at some point we are doing something, then continues to ask over and over again about when we are going to be doing that said thing, he runs back and forth to each door, whines, etc. He loves his walks and loves them even more with his E-collar. Disclaimer, we live in the country with very little traffic, I would never allow Henry to go leashless other than around home.  We’ve done our walk so many times, he knows the spots I reign him in, he heals (his version is just some part of his body near my heal) when he is too far away from me and a car is coming in either direction I tell him to sit and wait, I either release him when the car passes, or when I catch up to him I command him to heal, he does this until I say “ok” then he sprints away. He knows our turn around spots, and he always stays on the side of the road we are walking on. He has a few friends on our road that he runs fence lines with. A four-mile walk for me is probably 6 miles for him, between sprinting through fields and running with his friends. Lastly, it’s rare he breaks from my side when we see oncoming walkers with dogs. Sometimes I’ll have him heal, sometimes I’ll have him hold a sit until they walk past. The problem happens when he hears (always in a high pitched voice) “your dog is so beautiful” or some similar compliment. It’s like he knows they are talking about him and instantly he wants to be friends. By the way, all of this is with almost no electrical correction, we just use it because he is a dog after all, and you never know when you need to reign them in.

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for sharing this information about Henry. Everyone likes to read what others experience–how they train and manage their Weimaraner. We so appreciate all you have done with and for Henry. Keep up your efforts.

At two–you expect them to turn a corner. Nonetheless, many claim Weimaraner teenage flakiness can pop up even until they are past their third birthday. Then too–we are talking about the Weimaraner. Do they ever grow up? Good question. There are always the Weimaraner quirks and quandaries. Some of this is directly related to your relationship and how easy you are to manipulate. Some of it is the breed. Kudo’s to this family who finds a way to go above and beyond with Henry.

At Six

Miss Jorja

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Happy #6 Birthday, Jorja!  

She shared Paw Patrol & Frosted Animal Crackers with the Ninja Puppies (NJ, our class name]. IMG_0237Her friend, Zeke, was visiting and helped celebrate too.  The NJ sang Happy Birthday to her on the SMARTboard and instead of Cha- Cha, they sang.     “ Wiggle, wiggle” for her 2 trophy’s for Waggest Tail.
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We are so glad to hear about your birthday party. I believe you folks have moved from Belgium to the Pacific Northwest–if I remember correctly. We hope you are enjoying the changes. You look well. Happy Birthday, Jorga.

Gone

Dog Park in the Sky

~pass the kleenex

20180219_121115This is still very surreal for us, but I thought I needed to let you know that Devo has left us for the great dog park in the sky, where he will hopefully have tennis balls and sticks to play with until the end of time.

 

20180221_085019He was not feeling well Tuesday night, and first we thought it was just because he had gotten into something, but by 5:30 in the morning yesterday I could tell that something was seriously wrong, and took him into the only emergency vet in town.  He was having problems breathing and was very cold, and by the time I got there, he could not even move.  I was hoping it was bloat (treatable), but soon was given the news that it was much worse – a pericardial effusion, which likely meant cancer.  They performed a Pericardiocentesis, to relieve the fluid build up and waited for the cardiologist to do a more detailed exam.

After the initial procedure he seemed to be doing better (got up to greet me, tail wagging), so I went home to wait for the news.  A few hours later, the cardiologist called me and our worst fears were confirmed – he had a tumor in his heart (hemangiosarcoma).

And the fluid (blood) kept filling around his heart, so there was no point in even attempting treatment.

Surrounded By Those Who Loved Him Most

We pulled Montana out of school and went to go see him for our goodbyes.  He was surrounded by the people that loved him most on this planet, and we will miss him so terribly that it makes our hearts bleed too – but we know that we did the best we could for him, and I am happy we had him in our lives for 9+ years.

 

 

With grief and gratitude, ~Christine

Breeder Comment

We have spoken a few days back. There are no words to cover Sweet Devo’s departure. We are saddened to hear of the loss. Our heartfelt prayers extended your direction. Oh, Devo, you were much-loved.

Busted

Sunshine Calling

        ~Or What’s a Girl To Do?

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What’s a girl to do when sunshine is streaming right into the guest room window…right onto the guest bed…and I’m not permitted to have all 4 legs on the furniture in this house…and my masters are not paying attention….BUSTED Maizie!