Sunday, August 31, 2008

Jam's First Show....just a family visit!

Is Jam in jail? No, she is just hanging out in the exercise pen visiting family at the Newton Kennel Club show this past Friday. Too young to be entered, it was a wonderful opportunity to visit with good friends, socialize Jam with other Weims and people plus acclimate her to the sights, sounds and smells of a real dog show.

Jam was quite comfortable relaxing and playing in the expens set up between our friends' motorhomes. See the family resemblance?

We saw Jam's daddy, Parker, who was entered, and he was able to meet and play with Jam.

Friday was a warm up for this handsome, young dog, who looked great in the ring and on the following day, not only won Best of Breed over the #1 Weimaraner dog in the country, but WON the Sporting Group!

A family photo of Jam, Katie, Jam's half sister, and daddy to both, Parker.

Jam and Katie had a blast chasing each other and wrestling.

Katie, Parker's daughter out of CH mom, Mariah, is a rising star herself. She won the Sporting Group at the Newton KC Match Show! She is definately following in the pawprints of success of her mother and father. And best of all, Katie loves to climb the expen for kisses and affection. This girl is two weeks older than Jam.

Giving us the paw :)

Ooooh that feels wonderful!

Not only did we see Jam's daddy, Parker, but both her grandma's and even her great grandma, all part of the GraytSky and Hibourne family.

and the morning got better when Ranger, Jam's littermate showed up to play. Those pictures will be posted another day.

Jam was quite exhausted from her extremely busy morning and was barely back in her crate before falling asleep for the ride home. A good Weim is a tired Weim.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

We're back!

We have returned from our annual summer vacation to Cape Cod. For the first time, the dogs did not come with us and although I missed them, they were quite content at home being spoiled by our pet sitter. We stopped here to try and find beach plums to eat.

Ta dah! This is one of the loveliest beaches, located located in North Truro.

North Truro is where we've spent many great vacations in the past and needed to visit one our favorite bay beaches. Our busy week was filled with cayaking, hiking, tennis, cycling along the Cape Cod Rail trail, swimming and most enjoyable, dining on the amazing seafood available on the Cape. You can't come to the Cape without eating a lobster, and we devoured a sweet 5five-pounder, along with steamers and corn, for a terrific picnic dinner and dirt cheap price.

The water was wonderful at Coast Guard beach, considered one of the best beaches on the Cape. It is part of the National Seashore, from their website:

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.

Hiking along one of the walking paths originating at Salt Pond visitor's center.
Each turn brought another gorgeous view of the salt marsh, wild flowers and peaks of the Cape's wildlife including cormorans.
Here the marsh meets the ocean as we stopped for a quick photo op.

After a long hike, it was refreshing to wiggle our toes in the sand.

After a relaxing five days on the Cape, we took a trip back in history and toured Plimouth Plantation. This Native American young man, told us how they made canoes and used the grasses to make a roof for their huts.

Plimouth Plantation is a living museum, with colonial English men and woman asd costumed role players of the people of 1627.
Then on to Boston...more sights and wonderful food.
Can you quack? A fun way to tour Boston is on the Duck tour which tours the city streets and takes to the water for a unique sightseeing adventure.

A family photo on our Duck boat, names Molly Mollasses after the Great Mollasses flood, yes, it is true!

Boston is a fabulous walking city and filled with history. On the way to the Boston Commons, the park system contains many statues and here I am at a memorial to the women who fought for our rights and freedoms.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ranger Enjoying Summer

Handsome Ranger has grown so much since he left us for his new home with Patrick and Veronika.

Lucky boy had his first trip to the beautiful beaches of Montauk, located on Long Island, NY.
Always plenty of interesting smells and new things to discover on the beach.

No time for a swim today.

Quick family photo with Patrick, Veronika, her niece visiting from Germany and Ranger.

Yes Ranger, we always knew what cool dudes you and Patrick were, vroom, vroom!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Return To Agility - Not Pretty

After time off to have her puppies, Trixie returned to the agility ring. Not having classes or trialed in over five months, she showed me that she still LOVES agility. Unfortunately, her high drive, speed and bad girl biting, led to a disqualifying run. Back to class in September to get her back on track. Oh, and of course, she did a very weimie thing and refused to go down on the table, tsk, tsk. Jam will not be allowed to watch this video!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Eleven Weeks Old!

The pups turned eleven weeks old yesterday and I couldn't be more thrilled at how well they are doing in their homes and amazed at how big they are all getting.

Trixie and Jam are best buds and love their morning play sessions! I was able to catch a calm moment...

Jam really likes this toy - a combo rope and dental chew.
We use all kinds of items for the retrieve including a paint roller, dumbbell and metal articles. The pups are little sponges at this age and it is critical to develop all of their natural abilities and build upon their training potential. Everything we do is a game with lots of rewards, whether it be food, tugging or praise. We've been focusing on three main skills - eye contact/attention, retrieving and the all important recall.

This girl is a retrieving machine!

Trixie shows Jam how its done...she is formally back in training for Open obedience.

Tug of war is a favorite game in our house.

Always nice when they can share...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Magnificent Marshall

"A picture says a thousand words"

Marshall, 10 1/2 weeks, expertly stacked by Laura.

Marshall is as beautiful inside as out. A friendly, solid temperament and smart as a whip.

Who can resist this face!

Proud Momma and her new boy!

Marshall loves playing in the backyard, especially with his buddy, Dylan.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

What have the pups been up to?

I am fortunate to have the best puppy people, who not only adore their gray babies but send me pictures and updates. Mia loves to pose for the camera and received lots of practice in the whelping box and pen, before going home with Michele.

Mia was given this toy from the puppy pen to take home. All of the pups were sent home with a toy that has the smells of their littermates and Trixie, to help them feel secure and comfortable in their new homes. It is obvious that they all have adjusted beautifully!
Mia loves exploring the property surrounding her house.

Marshall always makes me smile with his pictures. Yeah for Laura for catching this tongue shot, hehehhe!
Good sit Marshall!

That's Marshall's big brother, Dylan, playing follow the leader.
After playing out in the hot Kansas sun, Marshall takes a nice nap.

Yes Sky, you are a star! Again, all these pups pose perfectly for the must be in the Trixie modeling genes!
As perfect as we know these pups are, they still manage to get into mischief....nice shoe you've got Sky.

and Sky's best buddy, George the cat. George has grown up with Weimaraners and is very dog savvy.

They love to play, even with Sky's possessed look!