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The Stackhouse Sisters

Sucia and Patos

     ~Part Two

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Sucia initially had nothing but disdain for Patos, but Patos eventually won her over and the two of them are best friends now.  Patos adores her big sister and the two of them play together very well.  Even when they are sleeping in their side by side beds, Patos will often have a paw or leg or head leaning up against Sucia.
Their favorite game is “who has the Thing?”  Although they have a basket of toys, each day there seems to magically be a different toy that is deemed “the Thing of the Day”, even if there are two identical toys.  The next few hours are then spent with Sucia grabbing the Thing and playing with it, or prancing by Patos with it, almost teasing her.  Then Patos will steal it from Sucia.  Then Sucia steals it back.  Then they play-wrestle over it, then run circles around the house and start the whole sequence over.

Breeder Comment

I believe it true that many a person who added the second soon questioned their decision. Maybe they felt they were going to fail. The situation is very different. Often the new kid focuses on the Weimar instead of the human. For the extreme Weimlover, this can be devastating. We like that clingy connection. If we don’t freak out, it usually will come. It may be different. Nonetheless, they do become dependent upon their human of choice.

I often say that if you can get through the initial phase–the pouting, the acting out, the punishing looks, etc. it gets easier. It can be easier to have two instead of one. The best way to achieve your goal is not to react to the utter disdain. Keep things on an even keel and try to be unfazed by their reaction. You can do this because soon they will be the best of friends–inseparable. They don’t love you any less either.

I do believe that two females (in this breed) are trickier than a male and a female. Typically a male will let the female be the queen bee of the castle, whereas, the first female may not back down. It is essential to get a less dominant pup or possibly the first female will allow the new kid on the block the upper paw. Something has to give. Regardless, if the humans remain calm, consistent, and non-reactive; I believe this will almost always work out without exception with a puppy. Bringing in an adult might not work at all. Certain dynamics make this tricky–sometimes impossible. There are those situations where it has worked, but my suggestion is to proceed with caution. Make sure it is going to work. Good intentions do not always make for a positive outcome. No one wants a fur-flying scenario. (OMG)

I love this example of the two girls. They get along but have a healthy sisterly interaction. They share everything and entertain each other in a way that could never happen otherwise. Sucia went from disdain to love for her sister. You did a lot right, my friend.

The Stackhouse Sisters

Sucia and Patos

     ~Part One

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Time has flown!  Sucia (Cindee x Stackhouse 2013) and Patos (Livee  x Stackhouse 2017) are the best.  They are both the perfect size — at 4 years old, Sucia is hovering at 50 pounds, and Patos is just under 50 pounds.  From paws on floor to shoulder height, Patos is about 22 inches high and gorgeous!
I won’t lie….. it was a bit of a challenge adding baby Patos to our established routine, but well worth it.

Our First Blue

I must admit, I was hesitant to get a blue, after having 4 sequential silver weims in my life.  Now, I am so thankful that Patos is blue so I can tell them apart! They are both so distinctive and beautiful.  It also helps that I have a tiny bell on Patos’s collar so I can tell which dog is wandering through the kitchen or other potentially tempting places.

The Two–Each is Unique

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After raising two separate single Weimaraners, however, I can say that it was a  totally different experience introducing a second weim puppy into a house.  They have very different personalities — Sucia was always sweet and loving and eager to please.  Patos, on the other hand, is an energetic spitfire and took much more consistency and discipline and repetition than Sucia did.
Patos has an exquisite nose, much more developed that Sucia’s.  She loves the water and took to swimming after tennis balls much easier than Sucia did.  In fact, if I am driving by the lake or ocean, and Patos catches a sniff of it, she starts moaning in her kennel in hopeful anticipation.  She also has a funny-willful streak in her.  For example, when we are walking in my gardens, she will look at you with her big innocent face, and then lightning-hop like Tigger and rip off a flower or leaf and prance ahead, and then look back at you with the big innocent face again, as if to say, “oh wow, who did that?”

Breeder Comment

Well, we are not surprised in the least. This compact style Weimaraner tends to be the pocket-rocket type. They also can be super friendly, loving, and whatnot. Nevertheless, managing them can be a challenge.

The idea of having two Weims if fantastic–if you can live through incorporating them into the family. It is an entirely different situation when you add a second Weim–there is no way to explain it, but a person has to stay in the process, as well as remember not to overreact. Eventually, things typically work out if you take a breath and keep after the training thing. We think you did a great job.

For all those wondering–there will be a couple more segments (featuring Sucia and Patos) over the next week or so. Thanks, Meg, we appreciate you taking time from your hectic schedule to drop us this fabulous update. We don’t take it lightly. Tell, Jim we appreciate his work during this process too.

We don’t know how many compact Weims are in OwyheeStar’s future. It is complicated. We have put a lot of planning into weaving the DNA to get the best possible outcome. It remains to be seen if we can keep producing a few smaller Weims, or not.

Hummingbirds

Taunting the Weim

  ~or Nector Seeking

I thought you might enjoy the picture of Pushkin. The hummingbirds sit in the large rose bush at the end of the patio and Push can see them through the sliding glass door. He seems to think that he could catch them if I would only let him out.

20180926_091304I have to clean the door daily with all the dog prints on it.

We started advanced obedience class this week. Part of the class is also agility. Push loves the tunnels, the table, and the plank. Next week we shall see if he will jump through the hoop. Great dog.

BTW ZooBoo is doing well

20180927_065423Thank you, Marie, for the fun update on the two Weims. We are happy with all you are doing. Keep up the effort–it pays huge dividends.

Struck Gold, Again

Our Quinn

    ~He is Amazing!

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We just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you and Cliff for this amazing little guy. He’s the perfect addition to our family, and makes us laugh daily with his goofy personality.

image3I think we struck gold again because Quinn is just as mellow as Jake was as a pup. He house trained quickly, is very smart, and goes right along with the rest of the pack as you thought he would. Our girls absolutely adore him.
We’re so grateful for the work that you and Cliff have done to give our boys the best foundation! Hope you are well.
Sincerely,
Lindsay and Quinn’s Human family
Breeder Comment
We appreciate loyal clients like you–and we are beyond happy that your second OwyheeStar worked into the family so well.
We truly appreciate the update. Thanks, ever so much.
PS: You know how we feel about calling any Weimaraner mellow–Mellow Weimaraner qualifies as an oxymoron. (Haha)

News

From Nancy

     ~Tikka and Luna

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I read a comment you made about liking pictures that aren’t already posted on FB (TOTALLY understandable!), well you’re in luck 😉 we went on an amazing camping trip and of course I took tons of dog pics, but since all of my kids and grandkids went I felt the need to limit posting dog pics so my human kids knew I loved them too 😂😂the pictures got a little mixed up, one of the girls in the truck is on the way to camp. The one of all the girls lined up is a “girls only” paddle trip

I wanted to give you an update on the fur-girls, we took them camping at Waldo lake last weekend … what an amazing time we had!! As you can see from the pictures we spent most of our time in (or on) the water! Tikka is still getting used to paddle boarding, at one point we lashed our boards together & sat to paddle, she liked that because she had her three “people” in one spot 😂😂

Breeder Comment

~About the OwyheeStar Facebook Group

Yes, Nancy, it is fabulous having the OwyheeStar Facebook Group–it allows people to connect with other OwyheeStar clients. It is a great place to post OwyheeStar Weimar photos. I said OwyheeStar twice–I should mention this group is only for our clients. The regular OwyheeStar Page still works, and it is open to the public for comment. This group is all about our little community. To become a member you must be an OwyheeStar Client–just to clarify for anyone wondering.

Once someone posts a story and photos, it seems rather silly of me to grab that information and to repost it on our blog. I can do that. I have done it. I try to avoid doing it–I like to keep the blog newsy, but also fresh and informational. (Haha) I rely on the kindness of our OwyheeStar clients to update me with stories, photos, and achievements. For the most part, people are so very gracious and follow through–but, not always. Regardless, we love the updates. I think you will agree there have been some great group posts. We do so appreciate them. This update, however, is so helpful. Thank you, again for thinking of us. Your help is much appreciated.

~Love Seeing Tikka and Luna

We are thrilled to see Tikka getting used to the paddle boarding. The water retrieves by both girls (Luna and Tikka) is extraordinary. It looks like everyone had a great time.

Home

With Indi

Loeffelholz Indi1Well, we finally made it back safe and sound to Minneapolis.  Indi was such a trooper on the 25+ hour drive home.  Admittedly, she did not want to be in her kennel at all when we got home – we figure that is the same as us not wanting to get into a car again!  Nevertheless, we have committed to getting her crate trained and while she has been protesting she eventually calms down and goes to sleep. We are also abiding by the “freedom is earned” motto! Having gone through this 3 years ago with Olli, we know that this is a marathon and not a sprint and there will be setbacks.

Meeting Olli

Loeffelholz Indi2Olli and Indi had a good initial meeting.  Olli was not that thrilled but at the same time he was curious and wanted to play.  Today, they were chasing each other around the yard and playing.  Olli loves to be chased and he finally has a sister that will do that!!! We were so happy to get a sneak preview of what this brother/sister duo can be together and we think that it is filled with great promise.
Thanks for all of the information, support, and check-ins!  As we have never had a female before, we appreciate your insights and advice.  From our perspective, we came back to you for a second dog because we trust your program and yours and Cliff‘s commitment to rewarding relationships.
All the best and we will be sure to keep you informed of their escapades!
Mary and Ralf

Breeder Comment

Thanks for keeping us in the loop for the journey–a lengthy one for sure. Olli probably is not totally amused you were gone. Then, you came home with Indi. (OMG) Of course, by now things are probably vastly different. Soon, he will forget his less than thrilled response. They will be the best of friends.

Running Circles

Cooper

    ~at Three Months

Meeder's Cooper_1733Both boys (Luke (wearing the sunglasses, and Cooper) just love the pool. Cooper at 3 months is running circles around Luke who is now six years old.

They are getting along swimmingly,

Cooper likes to jump on Lukes back from the side, they are so hilarious.
Thanks again for all the love and kindness you and Cliff put to rearing these guys – they are both so trusting which makes it so much more pleasurable to train them.
~Thanks — Cal

 

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Not So Long Ago

PS: And the exercise in the pool is so much easier on their paw pads than the desert floor. Cooper is up to 3 cups of food a day and still not packin’ any belly fat – looks like we have a big boy on the way …

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Cal, for the update. We love seeing Cooper (Bernie X Boone 2018) taking to the water. You are correct about the pool being a lot easier on the paw pads; however, it is ideal for joints and overall health. We encourage everyone to work on getting the water-retrieve–the benefits are multifaceted. The young Weimaraner needs to limit the pounding of the pavement–until the growth plates close. What’s a person to do with all that excess energy–well, swimming is the ideal solution.

It is so great to see Luke having adjusted to Cooper’s arrival. At first, the interloper was not to his liking; however, now he has a brother/friend–a special companion.

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With Luke

~ Makes us a Two-Weim Family, Again!

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The boys are doing very well.
Cooper is sleeping through the night in his kennel and has only had 3 pee learning experiences in the house in 10 days.

I think we are on our way, thanks to your great pre-training. They get along pretty well. Now for the 8-hour drive to the desert on vacation, figure it will be best to stop along outbid the way stops for potty breaks as the rest stops and main exits see 1000’s of visiting dogs which could pose a problem until the pups received his final Parvo shot.
I’ll keep you posted – thanks again.

~Cal — (17+ Years and we are Still Talking about the Weims)

Breeder Comment

Thanks for being such a loyal client. It looks good to see Luke tolerating the new upstart. It sounds like things are going well. Enjoy the vacation–it should be an excellent time of bonding.

Life with Our

Two Weims

     ~Dharma and Simian

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This photo was taken in our back yard. If you look close, Simian has a rock in his mouth, that is a not so fun game he likes to play. “Mom… DON’T try to take my rocks”. Dharma however will try to take anything she can from him. Another note about this photo, look close at Dharma’s thigh muscles, she is about 25 pounds lighter than Simian, but eats the same amount of food as him. She brings the energy of the Weim to a whole new level she is so fast, muscular, and svelte. We are so happy to have them. Simian is quite mellow, so we have hope that as Dharma gets a little older she will mellow a little. If not, I guess it is good for me, because our walks get longer as the days get longer( good for me to have an exercise partner who is always ready to go)

Simian is an excellent frisbee player, I will try to get you a video. Dharma is getting better, but she often tries to catch the frisbee with her front paws

Breeder Comment

Well, rocks bring shivers. Mr. Dusty has swallowed a rock two times. The first was nearly the undoing of him–major surgery. I was out of town–in Colorado. I will never forget what I found upon my return home. It took a long time to get him back to his friendly demeanor. He didn’t trust people he didn’t know. The experience left him forever reactive to Veterinary scents. We changed Vets not too long after this incident. Rocks are hard on the teeth also. (OMG) The Weimar antics are fraught with danger it seems.

Dharma is a pocket-rocket type of Weimar. Simian is more mellow than Dharma. We think this scenario makes for a good balance. I am sure she will mellow some; however, there is a good chance she will always have two speeds–on (full speed ahead), and off (momentarily plopped down to regain the zest to go again). I guess you could say she is full of life. The Weimar antics are entertaining if nothing else.

Life

With Our Two

     ~ Unique Girls

30656691_10211854209531615_7792702852710793216_oThe girls are great, they are so different; I think Tikka actually thinks she’s a dog! 😂😂She will spend hours outside entertaining herself, sometimes I will lock them both outside so I can clean … Luna thinks I have totally deserted her, while Tikka doesn’t even realize she’s locked out😊 Tikka definitely has the weim stubbornness at times, but nothing we can’t work through.