It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that our sweet Cabela, our very first baby, has passed away.
We are greatly saddened, but so thankful for the wonderful memories we had with her. I am so thankful that she passed when she did, after a weekend together, filled with playing outside, eating horse poop (her, not us!), and stealing donuts off the counter. She had been declining and I had been preparing myself for a couple years now, but of course you’re never completely prepared for the day that it finally happens. She passed in her sleep, after enjoying a dinner topped with leftover mac & cheese and tuna sandwich scraps (she had become a bit of a picky eater).
As a family, we laid her to rest yesterday evening, overlooking our creek, where she loved to splash around and explore. The kids wrote her letters and Ella blew bubbles for her. Hunter also gave her his certificate of achievement from school for his math test. And of course, they both gave her a stuffie to take along on the journey (she loved to steal their stuffed animals!). As sad as we all are, I am grateful for the lesson of saying goodbye to a family member in such a beautiful way.
Thank you for choosing us to be her people. We will forever be changed by the way she enriched our lives.
Love to you,
You might remember I mentioned Cabela in a recent blog–click here. I remember Cabela’s arrival like it was yesterday–and all that occurred after she arrived left an impression on our hearts. We entrusted into your care, and here we are many, many years later celebrating her life–grieving her departure.
Isn’t it the truth that these wonderful creatures make us better humans? I believe it is true. Thank you for the photo array of Cabela–each snapshot speaks volumes. Our hearts ache for you and the family’s loss.
~ 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.
~Sri and Bella
We appreciate seeing you with the Weimaraner. Sometimes words are not necessary to feel the love. Today–we go with the shorter version. Tomorrow, the blog will require more. (Haha)
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!
~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)
~ Roxy Loves it –Sage is a No Go!
Sage hates the cold wet snow. She poops and pees 4 feet from the bottom of the steps then stands at the door and barks! At least she doesn’t pee on the deck. We’ve had dogs do that when there is snow!
Roxy and Cooper
Cooper is our other than Weim rescue–Roxy’s playmate.
~We love our Eazy
I’m sorry it has taken us so long but I wanted to send you an update. Eazy is fitting in sooo well here. Our boxer, Opie, has adopted him and has been teaching him the ropes. He loves his new humans and vice versa, as well.
We are still working on potty training so that is a struggle. He has already learned to sit and has lost 3 or 4 teeth!
We took him for his first neighborhood walk today and he was so excited! He loved smelling and experiencing new things!
I have attached some pictures for you, too.
I did have one concern you might want to be aware of. It looks like his front ankles are turned in and paws are turned out. He is still growing and may grow out of it but, being a breeder, I thought I would let you know. You can see it in one of the pictures attached. Take a look and let me know what you think. This is our first Weimaraner so it may be normal.
I feel really bad for not sending any updates sooner so please be assured he is loving his new home and we love him so much it hurts 😍 haha!
Andrew, we are so happy to hear from you. Of course, we can never say enough how much we appreciate our Weimaraner folks. This is your first, as you say. It is a bit different.
The joints–we don’t believe it is anything to be concerned about. The lineages here have produced quality pups–Deja’s lineage is one we have had for several generations–almost twenty years. We do want to mention that a person needs to be very careful with vaccine–the reason we talk about our protocol is it is in the best interest of the Weimaraner. To venture outside that protocol could trigger a reaction which may result in inflammation of the joints. Sometimes the vaccine reactions can be life-threatening. It is why we make a big deal out of following our protocol. (Haha) No one wants to risk something happening that would compromise the well-being of their beloved fur-family member.
Housebreaking–most folks have very few problems. On occasion, the Weimaraner can get a different idea. (OMG) The trick to raising the Weimaraner is to get them to do what you want–and to think it is their idea. They are very concrete-thinking. A lot of folks think the occasional accident is okay–and it is, but with this breed if they get the idea they prefer an indoor spot to somewhere outside you have an ongoing issue. I am positive you will get this handled, but I wanted to mention it here. Any unwanted behavior is best avoided–this concrete-thinking thing often works in your favor when the behavior is one you want to encourage.