Our Rescued Weimaraners' New Life!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Digging For Groundhogs

I can't imagine what would be better for a Weimaraner on a bright Saturday morning than a good old fashioned groundhog hunt!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Main Man Ortiz

Diesel and His Booties

Here are a few clips of Diesel learning to walk with his new booties. His paw pads were so raw when he was first rescued... poor thing :o(  Even though it was awkward for him to learn how to walk with them at first, I believed they helped a lot! They kept his paw pads clean and padded. Along with some daily anti-biotic ointment this boy's paws are almost good as new! 

These 3 short clips were all taped on the same day. It didn't take him long to figure out how to maneuver in the booties. One thing we learned pretty quickly was to be sure they were fastened nice n snug! 

This was also the time we had discovered his real name. We were still in amazement how that all happened! Notice in the clips how quickly he responds to his name! We have no doubt in our minds!




Diesel Gets Comfy

Oh, Diesel...Watching you come out of your shell and seeing you enjoy life has warmed our hearts. What a good boy you are :o)

Ummm and yes, that is Ortiz wearing a Hawaiian lei. Don't tell him I posted the picture. He'd be embarrassed...


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Training Begins

Interestingly enough, training is actually easier with 3 dogs rather than 2.

In these pictures we obviously have treats but they've been really great without them. They thrive on praise and knowing they did the right thing. They seem to take on a competitive spirit too, which helps! 

It kinda looks like we're running a doggie rehab lol!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The THREE Amigos ~ Diesel's Story

The Sunshine Boyz pack just grew by one! Our new foster baby, previously know as "Cole", has joined our family. His story came across our radar and we just couldn't turn away... Could you? 

"Meet Cole! He is a stray in a local North Jersey shelter who is in need of a foster home. He's neutered, HW- and UTD on shots. The vet at the shelter says he's a nice boy. This young adult  blue Weim seems to have lost his way and no one has claimed him." 

We learned that this poor boy was wandering aimlessly in the Meadowlands complex for days. His paws were torn up and he was very scared. For days he evaded the caring people that were trying to capture him.  Eventually he was taken in to loving hands, given medical attention, food and a much needed bath!

The new people in this pooch's life were trying to make sense of how a sporting dog like a Weimaraner could find himself lost in the swamps of northern New Jersey, ehhh forgettabouit. A very smart individual took note that there are many truck stops in that area. There was a very good chance he was traveling with his truck driver master and lost his way.  

Once "Cole" (named by the animal shelter) made his way into our home he became very comfortable, very quickly...

He was obviously a very loved, cared for pet at one time in his life. Everyone, including myself, have searched the internet and other avenues looking for his owner. No luck. 

Looking at this boy's face, we knew we had to change his name. I've always been partial to two syllable names for dogs so we started throwing around names. Eventually I turned to the internet and searched "red-neck dog names". Hey, don't judge me... It's funny and you know it.

Cooter, Skeeter, Gator, Diesel, Tator...

"Wait!" said Steven "Say them again." I did. When I called out "Diesel" the second time, our boy popped to attention and bounced over to me. He stared right into my eyes as if to say, "Hey, you know me!"

After a few more tests it was obvious we had, by some crazy cosmic chance, discovered his real name. Let me tell you, he was visibly thrilled to hear someone say his name! You could actually see him becoming more confident and secure the more we said it. Diesel.

It wasn't long before we felt confident to let him off-leash with Carbo and Ortiz in the back yard. He romped. He chased. He didn't run off!

Needless to say, it was an exceptionally long day for him. Exhausting.  By the end of the day, Diesel needed to refill his tank.

And by the next morning, our boy Diesel was charged and all revved up and ready to go!

Undoubtedly there are some of you wondering if Diesel will become a permanent member of our little pack.  Some may be curious about how Carbo and Ortiz have taken to this new whippersnapper in town. And others may be questioning whether we've lost our minds by adding a third dog to our already busy lives!

HA! Guess, y'all just have to stay tuned and find out ;o)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Weimie Dress Up

You all knew it would happen sooner or later... 
Yet I thought I would be the one behind the shenanigans. My daughter Emily took the initiative a few days ago and made the Sunshine Boyz feel "special". Ortiz went right back to sleep but Carbo wanted more attention, and a spot of tea. 

CLICK the pic and smile

Canine Cousins!

What a weekend the Sunshine Boyz had with their cousins, Cooper and Marnie!  
Click on the pictures below and see for yourself :o)


Monday, June 11, 2012

Great Swimmer!

Carbo would swim across the Atlantic to retrieve his tennis ball. As much as he loves it, we have to monitor him closely so he doesn't get too exhausted. 

He sure is a magnificent sight to behold :o)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Quiet Time With Carbo

The paw of a doggie that loves his romps

Carbo's schnoz

Cesar Millan always puts Carbo right out

Dreaming of a chase in the grasslands of Kenya

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ortiz's Thoughts

This morning Ortiz was rather animated. What could this boy be thinking?

Ahhhh... Can you smell that??

This is my good side. Now hurry up...
Hey, are you lookin' at my butt??

O solo mio...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Making a Splash!

Here's a short clip of The Sunshine Boyz's first dip in our backyard pond. I'm not kidding when I say it's short... it's 14 seconds!

Carbo, Ortiz and the Turtle

When what to my wondering eyes should appear 
but a turtle and two curious weimaraners!  

We have 10+ acres and there's always something interesting for The Sunshine Boyz to discover :o)

What? CATS?!

Carbo and Ortiz have 2 feline brothers, Spiro and Saki. Oddly enough, they share Ortiz's exact same blue color, but that certainly hasn't been enough to sprout brotherly love... Spiro (pictured) has always been the king, the ruler, the boss. Both kitties were raised with a big ole sloppy mastiff, Hans (RIP) so they really have no fear of dogs. I kinda wish they had just a wee-bit of fear! The picture below is of Spiro showing the Sunshine Boys that he could care less about them and their size. 

First Spiro gave them the stare down then he set himself on his favorite spots and refused to look at them. He'd yawn and roll around as if he hadn't a care in the world. Carbo was curious and playful in his approach. Ortiz on the other hand was locked in a trance only interrupted by a shallow pant. I should mention that the boys were on leashes the entire time. I am no dummy!!

No one or nothing could break Ortiz's trance, not even food! We decided the best approach would be to house Spiro and Saki in our bedroom and begin kittie desensitization training daily.

We've made some slow and steady progress. I'm confident that one day, I will post a picture of all four of them napping together ;o)