~No Cats Allowed
Ellie loves to rest on the couch by the fire with her blanket covering her. Unfortunately, so do the cats. The black cat likes to “knead dough” on the blanket, especially if Ellie is under it. This really annoys Ellie. In this picture, Ellie is pretending the cats aren’t there.
All the Best, Bob
Thank you, Bob, for sharing Ellie’s dilemma. I am sure she is not the first to cope with unwanted attention in this manner. You’d think though, that she would relish the idea of the kitty-kneading away. What a silly girl she is–and those cats make sure they are never too far away. (Haha)
Who Can Say What Will Happen?
Cliff and I rescued two farm cats a couple of years ago. They have lived in the house with all the usual hoopla (and more because we have the Weimaraner). We have been reticent to turn them free thinking they would not be OK. We have quite a few farm cats. They roam the place and find shelter here and there. They mouse, but we also feed them.
Our two rescues (‘Paws’ and ‘Sylvie’) are littermates. Nevertheless, they couldn’t look more different. “Paws’ has the markings of the Siamese, and ‘Sylvia’ is a gorgeous silver-gray tiger stripe. There are other differences too! Paws had always been the more clingy and friendly of the two with Sylvia being fiercely independent.
We procrastinated when it came to moving the cats outside. We feared the worst. A Weimaraner might chase and catch them–it could be a swift end to their life. They two are not farm savvy and instead of avoiding the Weims they were totally intrigued by them. Nonetheless, with Shela’s recent prolonged health situation, the cats seemed to make her worse. That forced the issue and Cliff began making a provision for them in the equipment room allowing for an outside exit. Once they moved Cliff watched closely. ‘Paws’ disappeared and we feared the worst. ‘Sylvie’ refused to leave the equipment room initially. Then, ‘Paws’ made his appearance and began hanging out near out back entrance. Over time ‘Sylvie’ has joined him roaming the backyard. It has been amazing to watch this process unfold.
Cats and the Weimaraner
More than half of the OwyheeStar folks also have cats–some indoor cats and others live outside roaming the field or yard. The Weimaraner that joins a family with the resident cat (typically) views this as the norm. They tend to take charge of the cat as if it is their property. Nevertheless, it is wise to error on the side of caution. This idea of being careful is especially true when bringing home a rescue. Also, keep in mind that a feral cat might not make out the same as a resident cat. The Weimaraner may give chase, and it could end badly for the pursued.
Happy six month birthday to our Beorn! (It’s a little early, but the 26th is coming up fast).
He is a family member!
I am very excited to give you an update about Beorn and his place in our family. He is growing fast, like always. He is weighing in now at 48.5 lbs. Big boy!
Puppy Bites are not fun!
We lived through the puppy nipping and got wise and started wearing gloves when we were training him. He now only mouths us in a very gentle way.
We all were on the same page with our training program!
The Don Sullivan collar and training video helped us manage this behavior while Beorn was young, so I think it saved us all. The other very helpful thing we did was to include the whole family (except the cats that is) in the training process. Beorn listens to commands from both the kids now too (11 and 4).
Our 20lb male cat is still the dominate pet in the house. He tells Beorn when he gets to close, but they get along ok. Our younger female cat and Beorn are great friends. They play hide-n-seek, all in good fun. They even snuggle together. He has never shown aggression to our cats, which is a relief.
Beorn is developing into a Running Companion — appropriate distances for his age of course!
We are busy and on the go and he seems to be adjusting to our schedule. Alex is at home during the day and I’m home on the weekends. He does not spend to much time alone honestly, but we do use the crate daily. Most importantly we use the crate at our family meal times and when we are not at home to watch over the pup.
Beorn travels and adapts well to each adventure!
Beorn will be neutered in March as he is showing he is ready for this. We have an excellent vet and are a little nervous about the surgery, but we know all will go well.
I guess a lot has happened since our last message. I’ve included some of our favorite pictures. We are so thankful for Beorn and our chance to be his family. He has changed our lives in so many ways, we are very happy. Thank you a thousand times!