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Emmy

~Weim in a Wig

I Love her. Love the variation from the norm. She definitely gets comments when we are out and about – especially now the she looks like a “Weim in a wig” – Weim snout framed by curly ears.  

Yesterday (May 26th) Emmy spent the afternoon playing with a French Bulldog and today we went to my parents. Here she is with Bentley – a  3-year-old standard poodle.

Breeder’s Comment

Thank you, Jill, for sharing the photo and the video of Emmy playing with your parent’s Standard Poodle. It fun to see her in action.

House Rules

~Regarding–the Furniture

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…….😊

Breeder Comment

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!

How Things Unfold

~A Beautiful Blue Girl

I don’t think these photos require an explanation. That is a perfect scenario for a Sunday when I am behind the curve. (Haha)

Arliss

OMG

    ~ Arleen’s Arliss

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Arliss missing his mommy. I found him on Arleen’s bed kind of hugging the pillow. The fireplace is on in the living room but he chose his mommy.

Breeder Comment

I cannot fathom how they feel after such a loss. They love us so unconditionally–need us at every step. Prayers for you, Arliss. I know Eileen has you–loves you, too!

Our Milly

At 6.5 Months

Just wanted to send you a quick update on Milly (Bernie and Boone 18 litter).  She is 6.5 months old now, wow where did time go? She is such a joy and we fall more in love with her every day.  She is in level 4 (out of 4) in obedience training on her way to getting her canine good citizenship certificate.  She does so well in class and we are working hard to enforce all her commands into everyday life.  She is still growing like a weed and I believe is now around 45lbs.  We love this spunky, smart, cuddly girl so much!  Here are some recent photos!
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(Milly and her Weim “cousin” Sky are best of friends)
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(She is learning to enjoy playing in the rain, she’s a Seattle girl after all! This has taken much coercion but she’s getting used to it)
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(Sometimes she thinks she is a cat! Notice her blanket which is spread out that she chose to ignore)
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(She has daddy wrapped around her finger)
Thanks again for a wonderful pup!
Deanna

Breeder’s Comment

Thank you, for your investment in Milly–the work, the training, and all that has gone into her ongoing development. Anyone who has raised the Weimaraner knows the joy and the challenges. Like Milly–there is no dropping the ball. (Haha)
It was great to see you connected with Luna’s family on Facebook. We were happy to hear you plan to get Milly on birds too. All the obedience work will pay dividends in the field–and forward on every level. Again, we appreciate you Emailing us this update.

The Stackhouse Sisters

Sucia and Patos

     ~Part Three

IMG_5132One challenging part was that Patos was so into her big sister, that it didn’t seem like I had the same connection with her that I did with Sucia as a puppy.  Patos would rarely make eye contact with us but instead would go dashing off to find Sucia.  We just hung in there and hoped that eventually, the loving, owner-connected weim might appear.  Magically, it did!

Just in the past few months, around the time she turned one, we have noticed that Patos is spending chunks of the day leaving Sucia alone, and will purposely seek us out for attention and cuddling and makes communicating eye contact all the time.  Every evening is a cuddling session with one of us on the dog-approved couch.  Not sure what brought about the change, but it is wonderful.  Now our home has two loving, silly, fun, intelligent Weimaraners!

Patos_4450It has been a joy to take them to my island cabin and let them run free on the property.  At the cabin, sticks/small logs are the Thing of the Day.  They have a ball exhausting themselves, running free in the fields and woods around the cabin.   And then they come and collapse on the warm deck for the best naps ever.  🙂  Most days there also included a trip to the lakes for swimming while retrieving tennis balls.  What could be better?
Thanks again to both you and Cliff for being such amazing stewards of this breed!

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to have the lengthy report about the two Stackhouse-sired sisters. Both Cindee and Livee have retired. We kept Dahlia and Bee out of Livee and Stackhouse. So far, we have never had a litter from either of these girls. It was not for lack of trying. Deja Vu (Ginger X Blue) has produced four puppies. Ginger is a littermate to Cindee.

The co-dependent behavior you experienced it not all that strange. You did the right thing. Just hang in there, and eventually, the newest addition will come around and bond. It wasn’t so much about anything other than the almost twin-like connection. You are fantastic Weim parents.

Our Luna

Personality Plus

    and my hunting partner

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As promised we wanted to keep in touch with our pup Luna from Lynnwood, WA. She just passed the 5 month mark and she is doing great. When she runs out her energy she’s so sweet but has lots of personality — which we just love. She’s been well socialized around other dogs and people and loves her daily walks and trips to the dog park.

But what I’m enjoying most of all is her as a bird hunting partner. I had taken it slow with her over the summer: introducing her to guns and quail and big open fields so I didn’t know what to expect when her and I did our first pheasant hunt (DNR planted birds in western WA). But wow was I impressed with her prey drive and stellar nose! And she’s not gun-shy! First, she gets super excited when she knows we’re going out, and for as young as she is, works the fields hard bounding all over the place in grass way over her head. Then when I’ve knocked down a bird in some heavy cover I was nervous we wouldn’t find it to reward her with. But wow was I surprised when she used her nose and tracked it down! – she wasn’t even 5 months yet. She doesn’t point or retrieve yet (obviously) but we’ll work on that next year. I hope to get her into the local NAVDHA club next year too.

So, all in all, we’re doing great and loving life. Hope you enjoy the photos.
All the best,
Mike and Michelle

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to hear from you. It is great to find out that Luna is doing well. Thanks for all the hard work — we realize that pups take work. We truly appreciate you sharing about the field work–she is coming along quite nicely.

We recommend joining the International NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) because to participate in the local chapter you have to join anyhow. There are some nice perks such as their magazine. It is always essential to keep in mind that pups can be no older than sixteen-months for the NAVHDA Natural Ability Hunt Test. It takes some planning and preparation. Typically, you want to enroll in the spring test early to get a slot. So, it is advisable to keep apprised of the scheduling, because slots fill quickly.

Zula Blue retired–she has been such an excellent addition to our breeding program. We kept her as a pup from two of our lineages. It turned out well. Since her retirement, she has joined Marie and Pushkin in Western Oregon. She is affectionately known as Zoo Boo. Maybe you noticed she had been featured on the blog a couple of times.

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.

Waiting

What’s For Dinner?

     ~I think you’re late~

 

Dear Cliff and Shela,

Mesquite wants to know when she can have dinner. She has plans other than ours–we keep her on a schedule. Otherwise, she gets us up at 5 AM. We adore her and think she is gorgeous. Look at her next to the hose–just lovely!IMG_0571

Breeder’s Comment

Thanks for all the updates. It is great to know she is doing well and very much loved.

Siena

Can You Believe It?

    ~Last Saturday, she celebrated 11 Candles

Winberry_1850Yesterday was Siena’s 11th birthday. Hard to believe. She shows little sign of slowing down except for a bit of arthritis at the base of her tail. We take great hope that we’ll have her around for a few more years because both of her parents, Storm, and Dusty, lived past their 13th birthday and Dusty is still around.
Siena’s life changed three years ago when we left Whidbey and moved back to Seattle to be closer to our kids and health care providers.  We were concerned about the change on Siena but she adjusted with hardly the blink of an eye.  We still manage to walk at least 5 miles a day, around the neighborhood or at Green Lake or Woodland Park. As a result, Siena has become more social, well-known by many of the people along our walking treks.
Siena’s adult weight, 55 pounds, has varied little and she is still getting yogurt and a probiotic as part of her morning meal. Her favorite treat is the pumpkin cookies that Connie bakes for her.
Thanks for letting our beautiful girl become a part of our life. We wish we could have her for 11 more years but will cherish every single day that we have with her.

Breeder Comment

IMG_1387Dear Phil and Connie–thank you for the Emailed update with the photo. It means so very much. Yes, Dusty is still with us, and in a few months, he would celebrate 14 years. We, like you, count every moment a blessing. He likes to hide away in his special spot–where he can see my workstation from the crate. Here is a recent blog featuring Dusty–click here!
Manfred @ 16 Weeks-12We are happy to hear she is doing well. Have you tried the Duralactin — we get ours from Chewy.com. It makes a huge difference. Have you seen our new Longhair Stud Dog–Manfred? Like Dusty, he made a recent appearance on The OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog–Click Here.
Thank you, for your love and care for the sweet Longhair girl. We appreciate you keeping in touch over the years too! Here’s to hoping for quite a few more years.