~ Current Status–Change on the Horizon
I just wanted to send you an update with some pictures/videos since it’s been a little while. This week I’m getting ready to make the move to Tennessee. My mom and I drive the UHaul down next Saturday! Very excited but also a little nervous haha.
Taun seems to know something is up and has been sticking very close at all times. Here’s a picture of him on the end table in the living room…he’s not exactly supposed to be on there but it was cute so I got a pic.
We’ve been going on lots of morning walks and he reminds me in the morning if I’m not up quick enough. He also comes the barn lot and really loves it when there’s some puddles to splash in.
The puppies are inseparable as you can see, although Bella yells at Bacchus quite a lot for going in her crate. They absolutely love to carry sticks around together outside (usually the same stick between the two of them).
I’m really looking forward to exploring options with you guys for getting an adult dog in need of a new home in the near future, of course since these dogs don’t come along every day I know there may not be an exact timeline.
I hope all is well with you and Cliff!
All the best, Grace
If you are confused, Grace (Laura and Jon’s daughter) is moving away from her family. It is a significant change, and once settled, she hopes to get an OwyheeStar Weimaraner to join her in Tennessee. The Three OwyheeStar resident Weims are picking up that change is in the wind.
The Ever Handsome Blue Boy–Our Apollo
Apollo at Five Year of Age
We hope this email finds you well! Our wonderful Apollo recently turned 5. This hass been another exciting year for Apollo. We moved into our new home last Summer, so he’s been busy adjusting to his new surroundings. We were pleasantly surprised with how quickly he settled into a new routine. And judging by his constant requests to play outside, I’m guessing he approves of his new yard 🙂 Our two year old son Nolan also keeps him busy, always wanting to play or snuggle. Apollo handles it well and they’ve grown to be good buddies. He’s in for more changes next month when we welcome our second son, Lucas. I look forward to seeing them bond, just as he has with Nolan.
We Appreciate OwyheeStar–Cliff & Shela
Thank you for being there, and for Apollo! Yes this is a wonderful, blessed time in our lives 🙂 And we are grateful to have crossed paths with you and Cliff along the way as we can’t imagine not sharing these moments with Apollo.
Congratulations on the pending arrival of your first great-grandchild! That’s a beautiful name 🙂 Great grandparents are incredibly special…I was blessed with 19 years of wonderful memories with mine, and they are moments that will stay with me always. Anyway, best wishes to your family on her arrival…enjoy every second with her!
Breeder’s Note: We are thrilled that Nolan and Apollo enjoy each other so much. We see a time when the memories (etched upon his heart) during this time of his life are found to be too precious for words. This photo of a young Cliff (taken in about 1958) with his first Weimaraner–Doc, is a case in point. Cliff never forgot this dog, and their time together.
Thank you for remembering us. We look forward to meeting Lucas, and seeing photos of him with Apollo. Congratulations are in order–on the new home, and your expanding family.
Gatsby is maturing into a wonderful young dog, 2+ now, he is almost showing occasional signs of maturity. 😉 I can see him becoming much more responsive on our off leash dog walks as each summer passes.
He had a big adjustment this summer, Matt & I went to Europe for a month to visit our daughter who lives there. Because my Mum lives with us, it was easy for Gatsby to stay in his own home and I brought in some one each of the weeks to care for Mum & Gatsby. The daily dog walks were handled by my daily walking buddy, she and her Vizsla are our near daily companions. The first block of time was handled by my local daughter & her husband, two of Gatsby’s favorite people. Though they work long days, having them arrive each evening was all he needed to feel safe and secure. The next block was as exciting as summer camp when his walking buddies stayed at our place for a few days transition! The arrival of my sister, who did not really know Gatz well, was of some concern, but she fell in love with the little guy in no time at all and they had a fantastic time. He was very well-behaved for her J and she still talks about how much she likes/loved him.
It was pleasing to know that he could handle all that change and remain emotionally stable, such a long time for us to be gone, especially since Matt & I both work from home and he is accustomed to having his people around all the time. I think it was helpful that he was in his own house and that he had his usual walks with his dog buddy. I was pleased at how well he adapted to the various people to sleep with, especially happy that he made a new love buddy of my sister!
He has a rather willful personality, definitely has his own ideas as to what he wants to do, especially off leash. The first year of off leash training was a challenge, but he has gotten so good with time and practice. We walk on a semi-logged 700+ acre area near our home, it is easy for the dogs to run far ahead or out of site, but he always comes back to the whistle. It took a lot of consistent work to get to that point and initially seemed hopeless. He has the spirit of a wanderer, where our previous weim did not even require a fenced yard, Gatsby will take any opportunity to sneak out and cruise the neighborhood, he never digs or tries to get out, but if he spots a gap in the fence or an open gate, he is out looking for his neighbor dog buddies. The whistle works well in these settings, too!
He still needs a major chomp each evening around 9-10PM (a bone or your arm!) and he is quite funny about food. Very disinterested, he will eat when hungry, but not a food desperate dog at all, which is nice, though he responds quite well to treats.
Regarding water, Gatsby is not thrilled by swimming, but loves wading and is quite interested in things below the water, he easily puts his head under & blows bubbles whilst inspecting sundry underwater critters, whether in the low tide pools or the fresh water pond. The little tadpoles are now fascinating to him
All in all he has matured into a splendid dog, we adore him. He has a very large personality.