Dear Shela and Cliff
Dear Cliff and Shela– I share the bed with Rod and use it whenever I want. “Woof!”
I love hearing about other people’s Weims; it is no surprise that someone finds the challenge more than they expected–even shocking. Well, this ain’t no French poodle! Ha ha.
I certainly can’t say anything you haven’t heard before. They’re an amazing challenge. That being said, the difficulties faced are worth the doing. Most anything in life worth doing comes with a challenge and price tag.
Letting the Weim Run Things
Sometimes I just have to shake my head when people tell me they don’t cut their dog’s nails because their dogs don’t like it. Therefore, they take them to the groomer for everything. Sunny gets his nails trimmed, teeth brushed, bathed, and ears cleaned, and no he doesn’t like some of it. Tough luck!. I sweet talk him like crazy, and then the games are over, and he knows that protesting won’t change the outcome.
Training is On-going
There’s been a lot of training happening in my house. Mostly Sunny has been training me to do the things he likes, like putting the turkey breast on his kibble. He pouts and refuses to eat if I fail to comply with his wishes. Then he ends up making me the human chew toy holder.
Sunny Knows When I Mean Business
Nevertheless, Sunny knows when I’m serious, and what’s expected of him in the important situations. There’s just a low tone of my voice that he understands. I think it’s a matter of deciding what are going to be the non-negotiables. For example, no mouthing, or jumping on people, no pulling on the leash, no running off, and not coming when called. They’re basic things, but if a Weim is going to be out in public enjoying life, they just have to behave responsibly.
Battles are Few; Our Bond is Tight
Our battles of will are few and far between now. Sunny got a lot of attention in the beginning, and this made all the difference in how the process unfolded. I’m certainly not the best dog trainer, but I put in the time. I think the biggest mistake people make is underestimating the time it takes in the beginning. But once the time is invested, they become quite easy companions. Sunny helped me through some very low times in my life, and that has helped form a bond that is beyond words. ~ Rod
Rod we remember all too well when you first contacted us. You wanted another Weimaraner; however, you were worried about raising one without someone else to help you. Being single certainly puts a different spin on the process. Nonetheless, in some ways it might be easier. At least, there are not mixed messages. We problems solved on the phone because your lifestyle was unique. You came and got Sunny and began the journey. We know it was no piece of cake, but we also realize the dividends were mind boggling. What these guys bring to us (when you get through the initial training and adjustment period) cannot be addressed in a few sentences. The experience is different for each of our OwyheeStar clients. In general, dogs make us better humans. The Weimaraner is life-changing on nearly every level. Above are photos from our archives reflecting your journey with Sunny. I think they speak volumes. Cliff and I thank you for everything you do for and with Sunny.
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