~ February 28, 2018
Just had to send you a quick update on how our girl is doing. She is so wonderful! Of course, the puppy stage is extra busy but she is doing so well with house training (only one accident!) and getting used to her crate. Last night she actually slept all night in her crate next to our bed without any whining and woke up so happy.She certainly has a big personality and she has bonded very well with us so far. She follows me around all day and I just love it (velcro dog :)). It was really cute on the long drive home because she just wanted to be in the back of the car with the kids. They absolutely adore her! I think I told you that my oldest son cried tears of joy for about an hour after we picked her up. He said he just loves her so much already and it is a dream come true. I remember getting our Weimaraner as a kid when I was six and the instant love that I felt for her.Anyway, thank you again for a fabulous experience and all your work in getting her prepared for the transition. It’s clear that she had an introduction to house training and being in the crate and you’ve made our job easier!Thanks, Haley
Adding the Second
Dudley–the resident Weimar
With the New Year and the idea of setting a New Year’s Resolution forefront, we might consider one. Another time we set these kinds of unrealistic and humorous goals is when we bring home the new Weimar. We say to ourselves that we are not making the same mistakes as last time. (oops) We pronounce things will be different. Maybe we say they are not on the furniture. (OMG) Well recently, we have heard many such a proclamation. Come on folks; we are all with Jeff and Marisa. Remember a couple of weeks ago when our blog featured the lovely Schatzi? If not click on her name to see that post.
Wind forward a couple of weeks and we hear from Papa Jeff how things are going. He writes “So much for not getting on the couch!!! She is great!!”
Have we not all been here? Well, consider this–it is typical that we go the way we went before or make new mistakes. Maybe you understand for what I speak.
Time to bond…
We just wanted you to know that Cooper did so great on the ride home yesterday. Before we got on the road, we headed over to the grassy area and all of us just sat around and played with him a while letting him warm up to us. He would take turns running up and licking us on the face 🙂
Breeder’s Note: We held Cooper awhile so that we could arrange this family-meet up. Cooper’s family is a perfect fit for him. He and the girls are fast friends. The big thing was this family didn’t overwhelm him. They took the time to make the transition so much easier. It was our goal to have him set up for his new life, but sometimes things can unravel quickly. It is much nicer when the family takes the time to connect and engage the young Weimaraner. Making a wrong turn early-on creates a lot of extra work. This family did everything right to get Cooper off to a great start.
He is such a great dog! No accidents in the car but we did stop a few times so that helped.
This is a great experience…
Thank you both again so much for making this such a great experience and a smooth transition for him. We took your advice and put his crate on a table next to our bed and he slept all night! The girls are so excited and are really enjoying having a dog that likes to play fetch!
Thunder came to visit Mom at work,,,,,
He’s adjusted to crate now pretty well. Had his shots & check-up at vet last week. Considers his sister his newest chew toy.
We just wanted to give you a little update. Have a great day!
Breeder’s Note: Thank you Kristi for updating us on Thunder. We truly appreciate it. There are always challenges of one sort or other during the first year. Bonding happens during the most challenging of times.
Like much Weims, Thunder went to work with his Mom. Weim parents are often able to take their young Weims to work. Some do it daily, and some do on occasion. Other folks work from home. Being able to take the pup to work can help with their adjustment. It is equally important that they learn how to stay alone. The Weimaraner is prone to separation-anxiety, and totally catering to their every whim can lead to severe separation-anxiety. You don’t want that either. There is a balance. We always say it takes a knack to raise the Weimaraner.