~Not So Bad After all
Had to send you this pic of our buddies…Caleb finally decided Clover might not be so bad after all 😉
No particular story, just a fun evening of running and sniffing!
I had the same thought about Clover keeping him young! ❤
You might remember that Caleb lost his sister (Cabela) not so long ago. The family opted to add another Weimaraner. They knew Cabela would never be replaced, but her absence left a large hole that needed filling. Clover joined the family, and Caleb did not immediately see the need. Now, we see her trailing along and he playing the dutiful big brother.
~ Western Oregon Suits Her
Lexi made it home! Bella is giving her a tour of the backyard.
It was love at first site! Doug said she did great. He thought she slept most of the trip. He offered her water but she didn’t want any. She has already had some water since being home.
You might remember we had shared that we had two Longhairs available for placement–both were a little older (about 12 weeks). We had given them each a name (you have to have a name at some point)–Lexi was known as Tilly. Her sister went to Florence, Oregon–she was initially called Harriet but now is known as Fiona.
We were happy to learn that both did well in their new placement. Bella (Livee X Blue) is teaching Lexi the ropes–giving her the grand tour.
~ Makes Two
Mylo is growing as time is flying by. It’s hard to believe he’s been with us for 2 months already. He’s such a smart, loveable boy! As you can see, he loves his big brother Koda and also his humans! I hope you are both doing well and wanted to thank you again for sharing these adorable boys with our family.
It is excellent to hear that Mylo is much-loved and doing well. Thanks for these adorable photos of your two OwyheeStars.
—Push loves the snow, Zula not so much.
ZooBoo is doing great. However, she does not like the snow or perhaps it is the cold. She goes about two feet off of the covered patio to do her business and then comes right back in.
~What A Difference a Year Makes
Push on the other hand loves the snow. We have been outside playing fetch in it four times already this morning. Push and I are on temporary hiatus from formal obedience training. We will pick the formal training up again hopefully in the spring.
We are happy to know that both Zula (ZooBoo) and Pushkin (Push) are doing well. At least one loves the snow–well, and Zula gets off the deck even though there is the white stuff everywhere.
We try to have strict rules so all the furniture doesn’t get taken over by the dogs since both Jim and I are allergic to big loads of dog dander.
Our compromise is this: One ancient sofa near the front hall is all theirs. Sucia and Patos know that they can wrestle, scratch, jump on, chew toys and rough-house all they want on “their” old couch. The rule for the rest of the furniture is off-limits. The one exception is this gray couch, and by invitation only, in this picture is that it is off-limits, UNLESS it is covered with one of their fleece blankets. they can only be on it when it is covered with one of these fleece blankets, usually when one of us is on the couch and want a pup to snuggle next to us. Clearly, this was an afternoon that Sucia and Patos discovered that the fleece blankets were left on unattended…….😊
Every household has rules–spoken or unspoken. Sometimes we humans fail to keep our end of the bargain, and it is either confusing or allows bending the rules a bit. (Haha) Weims have a way of working things to their liking. We all know that. Don’t we adore them for their shrewdness — for the challenge they present? I think we can agree, we do.
Thank you, Megan, for this fabulous update. We truly appreciate it!
Charlie Mae and Murphy–Part One
~ Home For the Holidays
It’s been TOO long since my last update to you! We are having a wonderful Holiday Season at the Spight house. Charlie Mae and Murphy are doing great and have fully taken to their roles as our Fur Children! Charlie is now 6, and Murphy is 5.
They sleep with us EVERY night, Murphy prefers to be full-on under the covers (usually rotates to have his face sticking out at some point). Charlie likes to rotate between being partially under the covers and out of the covers (I think she gets too hot). The movement back and forth drives Jill a little crazy, but she still likes to snuggle with them throughout the night also, so they remain as permanent bed companions it seems.
Happy Holidays and lots of love to you all! The Spight Family
We are ever so happy to know your Weim-loving family. It is fabulous to know that both Charlie Mae and Murphy are doing well–at least doing Weimar type things. (Haha)
We loved seeing your annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Charlie Mae. I saw someone copied you–it was a Facebook post a few days ago. Don’t worry Charlie Mae–they cannot be considered the same as you–a Christmas Poster Girl.
Its hard to imagine, but our girls are turning 3 soon!!! We are still working on training, and continue to reinforce who is in charge around here, but all in all, these girls are growing into their own. It has been our pleasure to see these very distinct personalities grow and develop. We are very blessed with two loving, cuddly, and goofy girls.
I think we are all ready for spring and summer fun after this long cold winter. Having a small house and two weims, we often have to force ourselves, and our weims, to go out in the elements and get some exercise. I try and run with them on a regular basis in the mornings and Jake takes them for hikes in the afternoons. We have found though that Ilsa much prefers to stay in bed. There have been mornings where I have literally had to pull her out of bed. Indy on the other hand, is ready to run at any hour! She is good motivation on the mornings when I feel much more Ilsa like. 🙂
We have had some recent changes to our work schedules and this means that sometimes the girls are left home a bit longer than they were used to and on rare occasions they only get one outing of park or run!!! 😉 Surprisingly, they have responded incredibly well and adjusted without any challenge. We are very grateful for the early crate training, it is clearly paying off!
While having two girls the same age is every bit the challenge that you warned us it would be, we certainly couldn’t be happier with our little family. We don’t have kids but friends of ours that do have them notice how much raising a weim is much like parenting. 😉 Looking forward to many spring adventures and wishing you all many days of sunshine!
Weim Kisses from the Zimmerman’s
PS: We’ve been busy so we sent a lot of pics. Please choose which ever you feel fit best. Cheers
PPS: I wanted to add that both girls are loose leash trained and do great walking with us without a leash in very distracting environments! It was a huge win for all involved! Cliff was spot on with the importance of loose leash training! 😉
Breeder’s Note: Jake and Liz originally had one blue girl; the other was returned to us. Prior to her return, they met her many times (in and around the Portland area). When she was returned, they expressed interest in having the sister. Cliff did extensive work (including assessment, and rehabilitation) prior to agreeing to the placement. Liz and Jake have done wonderful with the two girls. That doesn’t mean it was easy either. Nevertheless, it was a doable situation. We cannot stress often enough that in many instances, two females will not do well together. No one thinks they will ever have a fur-flying situation, but in truth, you might be setting yourself up for one by choosing two females. The choice of the females, as well as your skill-level must be strongly assessed, and placement should only be made in the most positive of situations. We are thrilled that Ilsa and Indy have been able to thrive in this placement. Thank you for the photos, and the lovely update.
Hello Again Cliff and Shela,
Wow….thank you for the sweet words in todays blog. Made me get all teary eyed. I really do appreciate all you and Cliff do to get us all the best Weim for our family. It was defiantly meant to be – Ruger is a perfect fit. He is so fun. Sweet and entertaining. BOY oh BOY is he smart.
The bells are ringing…
By Monday night he was starting to understand the door bells – and now (Saturday) he has is down! “I ring it …my people come running and the door opens! Just like magic!” LOL ! He has done absolutely amazing with the potty training. He rings the bell and out he goes. 🙂 LOVE IT!!! We have had horrible below zero weather so our trips outside are very quick! and then back in by the warm fire.
Food Changes are tough…
We had discussed a different food (with Cliff), and he said it looked good. Regardless, the change caused a very loose stool. We used the canned pumpkin like you suggested. The pumpkin has been wonderful. I took your advice and we fed him just the pumpkin and then mixed it in with his food. He LOVES it! So I think I will continue to do it for a little while.
Shaydee is so great with him…
BTW– he weighs 17 pounds. I really think that Shaydee thinks he is her baby, and I say Shaydee where is your baby, and she looks around for him. She wears him out and then they both crash for a little while. (as you will see in the pictures) They really enjoy tug a war . 🙂 It is cute!
The first night I had planned on letting him sleep with us – cause Shaydee does (yes I know I am crazy) but he got to hot next to us so we brought in the kennel and he went right to sleep…..and that is where he has slept every night. 🙂 He has really been a blessing – a lot of people knew our Meade and a lot of them say OH a mini Meade! 🙂 Ruger is such a great boy. He just amazes me. Very smart! (As you might remember) our Meade was older when we got him and so we had our hands full. Don’t get me wrong – Ruger is a handful – but i think those few weeks makes a HUGE difference in behavior (it also helps that Ruger had amazing breeders that only give us the best ! YES I AM PARTIAL!!)
On Wednesday we got around 6-8 inches of snow (most we have had all year) and because of our old school building the kids got out of school for snow days on Wednesday afternoon thru Thursday (Salmon only has a Monday thru Thursday school week) so as you will see in the pictures Haylee and Ruger in the snow. He thought it was all fun and games until he got cold…..then it was back inside with Granney to curl up by the fire place. 🙂 He’s no dummy!
Bath Time; puppy biting, etc
I gave him a bath the other night for the first time…..He was very good…..i put my legs in with him so he wasn’t scared and it seemed to help. He felt like silk afterwards! We are all working on the puppy nipping (biting) which feels like little pinches! Lol He knows he is not suppose to do it…lol but just can’t help himself. 🙂 I cannot believe it; next Tuesday he turns 12 weeks!
We are in love, and having a grand time….
Well just thought I would share these pictures and let you know we are all in love with Ruger! I am going to attempt to send a video I took of him – I am not sure you can make it work – I took it on my cell but I can’t get it work right on my computer…..hope you can make it work. Haylee was making a odd noise on the coffee table and Ruger was on the couch giving her a crazy look and turning his head from side to side……I think it is soooo cute
Breeder’s Note: Ruger (formerly known as Brewster) made news when his family had a crisis at the last minute and could not pick him up. He was featured, and gained an instant following. Hollee wrote to ask about him–the rest is history. (Click Here to read a previous post on Wes and Hollee’s Ruger.) It is a bit confusing, because one of Ruger’s litter-mates is also named Ruger. He lives in Western Oregon. You might also note that Blu (featured yesterday) is Ruger’s sister. When a litter first leaves, there are more updates (as you might guess.)