~My First Longhair
Emmy is doing great! Emmy and Odin play, rough-house and nap together. Uli is still reserved – but we’re down to mostly growls. I still have to keep an eye on anything Uli determines is high value to her and put it away. She at least now let’s Emmy chase her in the yard – otherwise It’s like she has no concept of play. No more blood has been drawn and just waiting for Emmy’s eyebrows to grow back on the side they shaved – otherwise her torn eyelid healed up fully without issue.
Emmy has a vet check-up this week and I’ll talk about titer at 16 weeks. So far I’ve held off on any non-essential vaccinations. My vet’s titer charge is around $240. I called around Vancouver vets and the cheapest is $130 – from those that even offer it.
Emmy met my parents’ poodle a few weeks ago (at my parents house) and Bentley overwhelmed her – plus unfamiliar environment- so she wasn’t interested in playing with him. They will bring him over to my house today for a bit.
She still hates the crate (has never spent a night in it). Working on getting her to go to the door when it’s potty time. She at least is good about going in the same spot first thing every time I take her outside. The trainer in Camas has classes and puppy drop-off (just puppies and trainers so they play and work in basic manners and skills). We need to enroll.
Hope all is well with you! Time to get outside, let’s the dogs play and plant some more flowers, vines and shrubs in my yard. It’s a beautiful time of year.
Speaking of the Titer Test — if you just call your Vet office and ask about having one done, in all likelihood, you are going to have a similar experience to Jill. There is; however, a new Titer Test that is doable in your Vet’s office. We are ever so thankful that Dr. Calhoun agreed to order the test. We know that they (Idaho Veterinary Hospital) have done several in-house titer tests.
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Jill, we so appreciate you–your loyalty as well as your commitment. Too bad about the early encounter when Udi lashed out at Emmy–being protective of the bone. Yes, there is always the risk of something going sideways when you incorporate a new fur family member. We are glad that things are working out. Thanks for your hard work to get past this issue.
~and figuring our the lay of the land
We are home and doing awesome. Our little one did so well our trip back to Tumwater, two potty breaks and some water and slept the rest of the way. He is meeting his new siblings and played in the yard. He’s napping with dad on the floor currently.
Thank you for everything!
Matthew and Darlene
I can only imagine what the little Weimaraner is thinking–and probably plotting. They are so amazing. They can learn to run the show in short order. (Haha) We have the highest confidence that you are on the right path–starting the journey together. It remains to be seen what you can become together.
~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.
~The Little Blue Guy
We just got the results back from the 16 week Titer test. Stone tested positive for both antibodies, which is great! However, the vet technician warned me that Stone could still be at risk and that they suggest the 16 week vaccination. I am holding strong.
Stone is very much at home here, loves his big brother, Blue, tolerates his crate, devours his food and then heads for Blue’s bowl (and shock of shock, Blue lets him eat from his bowl!), and continues to be the world’s best snuggler. Everyone stops me on our daily walks to coo over how sweet he is. Stone is really smart too – and we start Obedience Classes in May.
But who leaves out dog treats when a Weim is waiting for the vet???
Thank you for our little angel. We love him so.
As I always say–thank you, Victoria, for the update on Stone. You have been so excellent as sending things that I can share on the Blog. It means a lot to us.
We love to hear that Stone has settled into his routine and that he is doing well in every way. These photos are precious. I know everyone is going to appreciate seeing them.
I thought to give you an update about our Luna. It has been nearly a month and a half since we brought her home. She has fit into our family perfectly and changed our lives in many ways. She is so expressive, smart, goofy and sweet. She became fast friends with our alpha male resident cat — they play together constantly and sometimes cuddle together in a rare moment when they are both sleepy at the same time.
Luna is adored by many and attracts a lot of attention everywhere we bring her. She is a blue beauty. We have been socializing her as much as possible and she is doing great around other dogs and people. She has an endless amount of energy that keeps us on our toes. She loves to chew, and we’re trying our best to keep her from chewing on the wrong things. Potty training and crate training have been an interesting process — she has made improvements slowly but surely.
The crate is not her friend, and I think it’s because she doesn’t like being left alone (she is truly a velcro dog). But she has improved, and now only barks for about five minutes after going in the crate, instead of the thirty minutes she started out with. Since she is crated during the day with a break from our dog walker, we let her sleep with us at night, and she loves to cuddle. We are looking forward to starting training classes with her in a couple of weeks which will hopefully curb some of her bad habits such as jumping up on things/people, biting, and barking excessively when she doesn’t get what she wants (such a “terrible twos” thing to do)! She weighed in at 25 lbs yesterday at the vet, a 10 lb gain from three weeks ago! We are looking forward to taking her camping and hiking this summer.
This gem has completely changed our lives! We spend every moment with her and can’t imagine life without her. You can follow her Instagram at @luna.and.monty
-Amanda and Cameron
Keep working with her–you’ve got this. Her life sounds pretty darned nice to us.
~Part Two (not alone)
I just heard from a friend that her dog Bruno, Cabela’s buddy from puppyhood passed last week as well. Gives me some comfort that she had a buddy for her journey home. They were our neighbors for a number of years…we built our houses together while our pups frolicked around! Cabela was known to steal breakfast right off their coffee table if they left their door open and she would often make her way to their house (with us chasing her) and eat Bruno’s food out of his bowl! 😆
I am sure everyone will enjoy this memory along with the news that Cabela has her old friend with her for the journey over the Rainbow Bridge.
~ Here’s Our Update
She’s doing great and getting bigger every day. She’s really smart too. She was ringing a bell to go outside and go potty after 3 days of getting her home which was a big surprise. We aren’t accident free by any means but being proactive we’ve stayed pretty close to it. She is definitely a lot more energetic than her testing video let on. She loves to run around the back yard and sit in the sunshine. Much more energetic than our last weimy and a bit of a spaz lol. We’re always trying to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself as she gallops everywhere while still clumsy. She’s been nervous when we try and take her for walks so we don’t usually get far, which makes draining her energy a bit of a challenge. We also had that large snow storm come through which also didn’t help. However we’ve been focusing on small bouts of obedience training everyday to help challenge her mentally and she is doing relatively well at picking things up. I feel like we are just starting to see signs of her relaxing slightly as she’s adjusted to her new life, routines and her new boundaries.
The latest things she’s learned are to sit, go up and now down our staircase. She will come most times when we call for her, she’s about 50/50 on fetching. I can tell she is very smart, and will definitely need to be challenged.
I don’t think we ever mentioned it but we have been using your recommended Nuvet supplements since bringing her home and she seems to really like them. We’ve also been following your recommended vaccination schedule etc. As you mentioned may happen, our vet had slightly different ideas on it but was happy to follow the recommendations you set forth as we requested.
Our vet believes she does a hernia not one that will be closing on it’s on. We’ll be addressing it when we get her spayed, but I know you mentioned not having them before in your litters so wanted to keep you up to date for your records. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes of course.
I think that’s it at this point. Oh, we’ve registered her microchip as well as her w the AKC. We really appreciate all the time and effort you put in to caring for Luna, it definitely shows.
All the best,
Aaron (& Teresa)
Thanks ever so much for the update. In our experience these smaller hernias typically will close–but if not then repairing during a spay is the best approach. Thanks too–for taking care of all the business like completing the registration as well as registering the microchip. The latter is essential. Without registering that microchip, it is of little use. Completing the registration online moves the ownership (in the eyes of AKC) from us to you. It helps with the official record-keeping. We truly appreciate you finishing the process.
The NuVet is a fabulous product–yes, they love it. I use the powdered form. A lot of times they will lick their chops when they watch me measuring it to sprinkle on top of their food. I never overuse it–meaning I stick to the recommended amount for the adults and I do use half the amount for young Weims. That is a lengthy discussion–but the human-grade supplements are excellent.
Thank you Shela. I just can’t believe Stone has come into my life. He is so smart. Ringing the bells to go outside already! My friend came over to drill a piece of wood into the bottom of the backyard fence so Stone can’t escape and the sound freaked Stone out. He ran straight to Blue for protection. And Blue has been barking ferociously at EVERY passerby when we are outside in the backyard. I think he is protecting Stone.
This little guy is the greatest gift. I mean look at those little eyes!
On this Daylight Savings Day, can I merely say how very appreciative I am to hear from you Victoria. It warms my heart.
~ At Your Service
I just can’t believe Stone has come into my life. He is so smart. Ringing the bells to go outside already! My friend came over to drill a piece of wood into the bottom of the backyard fence so Stone can’t escape and the sound freaked Stone out. He ran straight to Blue for protection. And Blue has been barking ferociously at EVERY passerby when we are outside in the backyard. I think he is protecting Stone.
This little guy is the greatest gift. I mean look at those little eyes!
Thanks for the insight into Stone’s life as well as the great story of Blue’s ownership. Not every situation is going to come together so quickly. We are happy for you, Stone, and Blue. Thanks!
~That Makes Us A Two Weim Family
Stone and Blue are getting to know each other. Blue refuses to share his treats or toys and makes this very clear to Stone.
But, at the end of the day, they find comfort in snuggling together. We’ve had great progress with potty training in three days, answering to commands like Come and Stay but not so much with the crate. Stone cries and cries at night until he is too tired and then starts up again after a wee rest. Needless to say, he is adored.
You are doing fabulous Victoria–keep it up! We look forward to hearing how things unfold over time.