-Lu (True X Benton)
I know you are low on content for the blog – sometimes I think I send too much about Lu, but this is precious.
First of all, Lu was born 2011, True x Benton. In her long-ish life she has NEVER met a baby – very cautious about other dogs (not so much about people, tho’ she has to “vet” strangers thoroughly!). But we have a beautiful new girl-baby in the family, our grand-niece, and her parents brought her down for a visit for a few days from Portland.
From the time little Juni (Juniper) arrived, Lu kept trying to figure her out…watched her constantly, getting ever closer, and getting upset if she fussed. Lu’s curiosity finally got the best of her the morning the family was leaving, and she approached our nephew holding Juni. You can see the result in this precious picture! Showing her “maternal” side! HA!
Thank you for this beautiful story–it is perfect. I am sure you know this is just the kind of thing that our readers love to see. Weims (like any dog) can be unpredictable. They are often inquisitive and cannot stand not to investigate that new tiny human.
Anyone who knows this breed must realize they are prone to quirks–and once they get an idea, that is typically that. You can try to get them to change their notion, but the concrete-thinking Weimaraner is not easily convinced. (OMG) So, introducing a baby to Weimaraner at any age should be approached with caution.
We love how careful Lu was and how you managed this situation. There is a story that resonates from the archives where a client had their first human baby, and the place the baby calmed best was laying on top of the Weimaraner–the two were inseparable. That Weimaraner, like Lu, was so careful.
While this is often the way it works, sometimes the Weimaraner is jealous and doesn’t go well. We cannot forget that they have been the center of the universe–the first baby. While a human baby is beyond precious and celebrated, casting aside and forgetting the faithful companion could go badly—good job to Lu and her family.
Apollo Turns 4
Apollo continues to do wonderfully! We recently celebrated his 4th birthday…seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home for the first time. He still spends most days with Jeremy at the shop…immediately following morning feedings, you’ll find him at the front door waiting patiently for Dad and his ride to work.
Apollo is much-loved
He’s well loved by everyone at the shop, including the various delivery drivers and vendors that come and go throughout the day. His off days are spent patrolling the yard and relaxing in the sun (or by the fire, depending on the weather). But no matter what he’s up to, he’s never far from Jeremy’s side. They are truly the best of friends 🙂
Apollo learns to accept a new family member
As you might recall, it’s been a big year for Apollo. We welcomed our first child in April 2012, so he’s spent the past year adjusting. It was tough for him at first…he was initially very stand-offish and indifferent toward the baby. Never aggressive, but not as friendly as we’d hoped. But as our son has grown, so have Apollo’s affections. He’s still a bit skeptical of the ‘tiny human’, but I’m sure that will continue to fade with time.
Change happens, it best to prepare the Weimaraner for it…
The coming year will mark another big change for Apollo. Our new house will be completed in late June, so we’ll soon be leaving the only home he’s ever known. As with all changes, I’m sure this will require a period of adjustment for him. But I’m confident he’ll do just fine. We’ll be sure to send you some photos of him in his new surroundings 🙂
Breed’s Note: The Weimaraner can have a lot of problems dealing with change. Nothing challenges them more than sharing their human, or a piece of the universe with a new upstart. Eventually, the new human family member and Apollo will be inseparable, but for a season he must wonder why he has to share your devotion and affection. We cannot say for sure what they think, or what they feel. Nevertheless, it is clear the Weimaraner would crawl under your skin and reside next to your heart-of-hearts — if possible.