Once Upon A Time
~ Now Fascinated with Balloons
As promised. Lily playing balloon volleyball. When we were decorating for parties, she wanted to bad to be included and just was fascinated w the balloons. We quickly learned she would try to not pop the balloons if she could play with us. She loves to be included in everything we do, and we do our best to include her. But now. I can’t get a balloon out of the party supplies without her going nuts. So when it is raining and muddy, this is an extra way to tire her out (and we all are laughing and happy)
Well, what to say about this girl. I think she is blessed to have a family who celebrates her. They find ways to include her in their activities. Balloon game is a new thought for us. Honestly, we have seen the opposite–fear it was an alien floating in the sky. This balloon game is delightful.
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.Not 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.
You 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
At Almost Two
~ Part One
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.
Happy #6 Birthday, Jorja!
Dog Park in the Sky
~pass the kleenex
This 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.
He 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
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.
~Or What’s a Girl To Do?
How Important is it to achieve the recall? The retrieve. The Fetch. Combined with the essential rock-solid recall it is a thing of beauty. Exercise is easy and fun–for both you and the Weimaraner. The Fetch-addicted Weimar can be eased into the water retrieve. The benefits are nearly endless.
When should you begin? There is no time like the present. The earlier you achieve the recall and have the pup retrieving–the better.
Jeff writes, “Toby loves to fetch!”
My Life at Six
At the end of next month I’ll be “6” years old. My first photo on the Blog I was 3 weeks old! I have become for the most part, set in my ways. My mom and dad love me lots. They like to see me happy. I like truck rides, car rides, chasing balls or frisbees at the dog park, going into stores, going for walks with them—but my mom won’t take me running with her anymore because I like to pull her and stop to sniff or pee whenever I please. She says it’s no fun. When they go places where they can’t take me, they put smooth jazz music on for me. They always give me a “bye bye cookie.” Sometimes I find one of their socks to put in my mouth and carry around. Waste baskets are irresistible when they leave—they close doors to keep me out of those places!I have trained my parents to put peanut butter in the 4 corners of my Kong bone every day after breakfast. I have also trained them to give me 2 Quaker Oatmeal Squares and 3 blueberries every single day after the peanut butter.I am a huge snuggler and love to cuddle with my family on their laps. I am not allowed on the furniture or beds—as long as my hind legs are on the floor, everyone is content. I still carry around my “fleece” daily and flip it into a figure 8 to curl up inside one of the circles. I am healthy and strong. I am told my coat is beautiful and I have a great smile.I keep squirrels in line every day in my backyard. I am a happy girl.
Growing Like A Weed
Ohren is beautiful and a little troublemaker.
We love her so much and are so thankful to you for providing us with this little monster.
She’s growing like a weed! I hope others like seeing our new addition. I love seeing everyone’s furbabies!!!!
We are delighted to learn how things are going. It means a lot to us to have this update. Thank you! We know our readers will also enjoy it. One can only bring home so many Weimaraner puppies in a lifetime. Living vicariously through other’s experience is fun.
Kaizer experienced his first snow this last week, he had to stop almost every 20 feet on walks to stop and take a bite of it. it was very comical to watch him wipe out repeatedly when he would try to chase his ball outside.
Christmas With the Gray Ghost
Surprisingly he didn’t destroy the tree or eat any ornaments and only once did I catch him proudly walking around with one of the wrapped gifts in his mouth. when it came time to open his little gift he attacked with such ferocity that all the camera could catch was a blur. Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a Happy new year!-Pete and Kaiser — Idaho
Isn’t it interesting he has his gift? You did well to capture a blurred photo. Thanks! There were several Facebook Posts where the Weimaraner got their present–didn’t touch the others. Then too–there were rumors of those who pilfered without preference at the tree. Some liking to unwrap the gifts more than anything. Others left the tree alone but not by choice.
We have not heard of any Weims eating Christmas Tree Limbs or goodies that sent them to the Emergency. For that, we are exceedingly glad. The fact the young Kaiser is doing so well speaks volumes about your work with him. Keep it up! We look forward to reading about his birding experience. Thanks for thinking of us!