At the Nielsen Farm
Maybe you know about Boone–several of you have a Boone-sired pup. He is a gorgeous Blue Stud. We love him loads. A couple of days ago we took him and Deja Vu out for a little run–or a walk around the farm. We wanted to capture their journey. We got several snippets and stitched them together.
You might remember seeing a previous blog that featured Boone–here is the link if you want to review it or in case you missed it altogether–click here.
Sucia and Patos
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.
Sucia and Patos
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
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?”
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.
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.
I 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
Thank 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.
~ From The Same Parents
Olli does not share his sticks with anyone…except, now, his sister Indi. After we got the good news of Indi’s titer test, we took her to Olli’s favorite dog park along the Mississippi River. He loves to swim and amass a stick collection; Indi is learning to do the same. She is not at the point of wanting to swim but she goes deep into the water to help Olli carry back his stick prize.At just over 4 months, Indi is growing like a weed and highly trainable. She hates to have Olli go anywhere without her so going for a run in the morning can be a challenge as she wants to run after us. She is a snuggler and keeps hoping that we will give in and let her just sleep on the big bed. Olli gives her the “been there done that” look…!All in all, she is doing fine and the crate training concerns of the early days are a distant memory. We are so happy that Olli and Indi are a part of the family!Hope all is well with both of you.MaryPS: The connection that these animals bring us is amazing. From western Oregon and beyond – it is a community that comes together over the love of a breed. You and Cliff have done an outstanding job of keeping the connections and ensuring that the puppies are of the highest quality. Every day is not always perfect and there are plenty of trying times but the sun always comes up and we start all over again. With the tails a-wagging and puppy licks for everyone 🙂
We are thrilled to hear that Olli has adjusted and that he more than accepts Indi. We are happy to hear that the Vaccine Titer Test came back with good results. It is always a good feeling to know the titers indicate they have good immunity.
I am confident that the two get a lot of positive comments. We are ever so thankful for people like you–our loyal Weim-loving folks mean more than words can express. We are indeed blessed. There are more and more people discovering the Longhair. We love all things, Weimar. What can we say? I suppose as addictions go, I prefer this one to others. (Haha)
~ and So Much More
The neighbors, hogs, deer and especially the neighborhood foxes will be thankful the dogs are headed back to Seattle (me not so much). Thanking two dogs for their friendship over the last few months might sound odd to some, but until you learn the love of not only one, but two Weimaraners you just can’t comprehend their healing nature despite the high energy approach. Have fun with the kids Tiga and Lotte and GO HAWKS!
Dear Mike, we thank you for your service and the sacrifices made. We are glad that Tiga and Lotte are much loved. We understand what you mean about the healing nature of such a relationship–so happy that you can benefit from all they have to offer.
For those reading this update–Tiga and Lotte have been residing in Germany with Mike, but they will be returning to the Pacific NW again soon. He will sorely miss them, but the demands of life require them to go home to Mama and the kids.
Thanks to Kirsten
~And the Entire Family
Finding A Home
You probably have been following the rehoming of Rocky and Mickey–two Blue OwyheeStar Females who needed to relocate. Their family situation took a turn that meant there was no one left home for them. That is never a good thing–especially when the Weimaraner is used to a different scenario. We all know this situation can unfold. So, Ned contacted me for help. Of course, we were glad to be able to assist in the finding of another home, but that being said, there are two. We needed a certain kind of home to ensure a good transition.
We had a whirlwind of inquiries. Mark and Robin had desperately wanted to bring them to their Southern Oregon home. It looked like it might work; however, upon pondering the situation, it seemed a bit too much for their very senior ‘Jet.’ Barbara (from Texas) was willing to come to get them, also. There again, she and her husband are longtime Weimaraner folks with experience at rehoming the Weimaraner. In the end, Kirsten was interested, and since the other placements didn’t come together, she and her family agreed to incorporate them into their home. They have an OwyheeStar (Desi). As the others mentioned they have rescued and had the breed for a very long time–they understand the work involved as well as the implications.
When getting the Weimaraner (or two Weims) the second family, it is essential to find a rock-solid situation. Multiple moves never work well. We are confident that Rocky and Mickey have found a fabulous home. I know everyone rejoices with us.
The Hand Off
We met Kirsten a little over a week ago in Baker City. The two had traveled first from Boise to our home, where they spent the night. Everything went better than we could have hoped. They parked themselves with the Weim-porch group. They did as the others did acting as if this was all the norm. It was not. Nevertheless, they adapted which is impressive.
Then they must have wondered when we loaded up again. Mickey settled in the back and Rocky clung next to us kissing us and nudging our ear–taking turns between Cliff and I. So, it is not surprising that the same situation began as Kirsten loaded and headed back to the Portland area. Rocky like to kiss a lot. Mickey is equally loving but not as driven.
None of this is news to those of you following the rehoming situation. Of course, we know Kirsten has three Weims all vying for time and attention. Well, I must admit when you have a demanding job this is the best kind of therapy. I know you understand what I mean.
Note: Thanks to Ned for trusting us to do right by his beloved girls.
Watch for Part Two–Coming Soon!
Sorry Pops, we need both rafts cause Coopers getting bigger, you can sit on the steps….
Never a dull moment. The addition of Coop has sparked new interest in Luke and our lives. We are gearing up for many new adventures as we navigate selling our home, moving to an apartment a few blocks away and then transitioning to our place in the desert eventually to retire. Our boys have proven time and time again just how versatile they can be and remind us that we should be too and to not take things so seriously.
The boys focus on the fetch regardless of sirens, fireworks wind and waves…
We had the gray ghost, the blue, then there were long hairs ,,, what that a polka dot Weim?
These guys are getting comfortable sharing whatever they are dealt,,,
They will take whatever they are given,,,, guess I sleep at the foot of the bed
As always Shela I hope you and Cliff are doing well. We so appreciate the care and kindness you 2 put into everything you do for these adorable creatures and those whom you guide through the rearing process.
Love and Light ~ Cal
We so appreciate the update with all the photos, etc. Thank you, for the exceptionally kind words and endorsement. Of course, we have known each other for a very long time–all due to our Weimaraner connection. Who knew this would become a thing? And, indeed it is as well as being entirely life-changing. We would have never guessed. We are glad the whole experience blesses you.
Can you find the Weims in the pictures?
Push loves blueberries and & helps himself on occasion. The fence keeps the deer out but not a couple of wiley Weims! ZooBoo (aka Zula Blue) has also found that blueberries are a tasty treat. She has finally settled in and understands that this is her home. She got out of the fenced area yesterday and I almost panicked to find her gone. However, I called her and she came running from the area of the blueberry patch.
Thank you for such a great “golden age” girl.Marie
~He is Amazing!
I 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