TheWeimaraner.com

Good evening Weimaraner Loving Friends,
The www.Weimathon.com website has been renamed www.TheWeimaraner.com.
I would love this website to be a place for people to go to when that want the best Weimaraner Information.  If you have information that you would like to see on the website please email suggestions, photos, videos, articles, etc to weimathon@gmail.com.
If your Weimaraner Club/Group/Rescue/Weimaraner has a facebook page please email me the direct link.  I will be happy to add a FaceBook link box to www.TheWeimaraner.com
The Weimaraner Quiz is a new addition to the website.  It has been revamped because the old link to the WCA Rescue does not work.  Hopefully you will find this useful for people looking for a Weimaraner to add to their family.

Please feel free to link the Weimaraner Quiz directly to your websites:
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Here is a list of the items on the website:
Check out these great ways that you can help Weimaraners:
 1. Dimes For Weims DimesForWeims TheWeimaranercom – Click for printable flyers

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2. Garage Sales For Weimaraner Rescues

3. Weimathon

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Here is a video about Weimathon 
Website = www.TheWeimaraner.com 
Forms = https://theweimaraner.wordpress.com/forms/

4. BUY CHANCES TO WIN A WEIM QUILT OR HELP MAKE A QUILT SQUARE (www.weimquilt.com)

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5. You can also help by contacting your favorite Weimaraner Rescue Group to see what they need.  Most rescue groups need supplies, fosters, volunteers, help coordinating fundraisers, dog walkers, poop scoopers, donations, & more.

6. Please pass this information on to your favorite Weimaraner Loving Friends.

Thank you for visiting www.TheWeimaraner.com  If you have any suggestions for improving the website to please let me know. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Sage Tails

Sage Tails

http://www.sagetails.com/   https://www.facebook.com/sagetails?fref=ts  My Story.

In January of 2007, right after having my first litter of babies at age one, I was taken to an animal shelter. I did not understand what was happening to me at the time, or why I wasn’t allowed to stay with my babies, but it was probably better that I was removed from the place where I was staying, because the people who kept me were not nice.tumblr_lf7a7lLPHu1qf8rx5Something happened a couple weeks after I arrived, and I am not sure exactly what it was… but the shelter, which was very crowded, had an outbreak of some serious diseases, including distemper and parvo. Many dogs got very, very sick. The only way the shelter knew how to control the diseases was to put the animals to sleep, and over 1000 animals were scheduled to be put down; many of them didn’t even have the sickness, but the shelter didn’t have the room to take care of all of us.  The shelter called Jocelyn and Ronna at the Las Vegas Weimaraner Rescue to pick me up so that my friend Tucker and I would not have to be put to sleep.tumblr_lf78vujgcb1qf8rx5

(This is me the day they picked me up from the shelter. I was really sick)

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(This is my friend Tucker the same day.  See how Tucker looks now at the bottom of this article)

When we were rescued, we were taken to the animal hospital – and that was when my very nice vet, Dr. Brooks, found out that I did have distemper. If you do not know what this disease is like, I will tell you. It is very contagious, and pretty much every dog that gets it will eventually die. For me it started like a cold, and then I got a fever. I lost a lot of weight because I didn’t feel like eating anything. I went from being 80 pounds to about 35 pounds. I just wanted to sleep all the time. I was very sad and very lonely because I had to be quarantined by myself. No one could visit me because if they touched me and then touched another dog, that dog could have gotten distemper too. The room I stayed in was about the size of a shower stall. I only had a few toys to keep me company, and a few times a day I would get visits from veterinarians or hospital workers after they got off work and were done with all the other animals for the day.

For a month, I stayed at that hospital. I was all alone, and sometimes I heard the doctors outside saying that there was no hope for me. I was so, so sad. Then I met an intern named Heather who did not want me to suffer alone. She asked if there was any way I could have hospice care because I only had a couple weeks to live. She contacted her sister, my momma, because she knew that my momma loved Weimies so much.

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One night, when it was very cold and I was very tired, and my eyes were almost swollen completely shut, I had visitors come to see me. These were the first visitors who came to see me since I left the shelter.  I wasn’t sure I could stand up anymore, but Dr. Brooks helped me to stand up and I tried to open my eyes enough to see them. When I saw their loving faces, I wagged my tail so much because I could not bark to let them know I was happy to see them.  They even pet me and scratched me behind my ears. It was so good to feel them touching me like their pet. I loved seeing them, even if it was only for a few minutes. That night, after they left, I hoped and prayed that they could come back and see me and love me again.

The next day was St. Patrick’s Day. I have heard that it is a lucky day sometimes, and for me it was definitely my lucky day! I had a visitor again – it was my momma! I didn’t know it at the time, but she was there to bring me to her house as her foster child so that I did not have to spend my last days alone in the animal hospital. She did not know it then, but I wasn’t going to let some silly statistic about mortality rates dictate my life. All I needed was someone who believed that I was worth fighting for, and that someone was my momma and daddy.

They made me a special space in their house with a bed and a blankie and some toys. I slept a lot. Sometimes I would have accidents, but they never got mad at me. They would take me outside to go potty, being extra careful to keep me away from any other dogs. In the beginning, I could not walk by myself. Daddy would wrap a towel around my hindquarters and hold my back legs up while we went outside so I could get around. Every day my momma would hug me and kiss me and tell me I was beautiful. I loved them so much. And every single day, I vowed that I would get better because I knew that if I didn’t, it would break their hearts.

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Much to their surprise, I GOT BETTER! I started walking on my own, gaining weight again, and I even barked! They loved the sound of my voice. Weeks passed, and I kept getting better. My nose cleared up completely, and Momma and Daddy took me back to Dr. Brooks for another checkup. Everyone was amazed at the results of the test, which defied all logic and showed that the distemper was COMPLETELY GONE! I was going to be okay! And best of all, I was not going to have to stay away from other dogs anymore! I thought it was the happiest day of my life… but that came a little while later, when the Las Vegas Weimaraner Rescue asked my parents if they wanted to officially adopt me, and they said YES!

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I love that my forever family brought me through my saddest time in my life and gave me a wonderful home. They always call me “Baby” because to them, I am their baby. I will always be their baby, and I will be forever grateful that they adopted me.

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Love,

Sage.

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Helping Weimaraners

There are so many ways that you can help the Weimaraner Breed.

We have listed some ideas below.  Some of these ideas take a couple of minutes and some are more in depth.

Please help in any area that you can.  Thank you

1. Dimes For Weims DimesForWeims TheWeimaranercom – Click for printable flyers

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2. Garage Sales For Weimaraner Rescues

3. Weimathon

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Here is a video about Weimathon 
Website = www.TheWeimaraner.com 
Forms = https://theweimaraner.wordpress.com/forms/

4. BUY CHANCES TO WIN A WEIM QUILT OR HELP MAKE A QUILT SQUARE (www.weimquilt.com)

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5. You can also help by contacting your favorite Weimaraner Rescue Group to see what they need.

Most rescue groups need supplies, fosters, volunteers, help coordinating fundraisers, dog walkers, poop scoopers, donations, & more.

6. You can buy things from the Weimaraner Rescue Groups Shops on their Website. – CLICK HERE FOR SHOPS

7. Donate directly to your favorite Weimaraner Rescue Groups – CLICK HERE TO FOR DIRECT DONATION LINKS

Thank you so much

DimesForWeims – CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE SHEET FOR YOUR JAR
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Attn: Weimaraner Fans!!!!

www.TheWeimaraner.com website was created for multitude of reasons but the real purpose is for Weimaraners.  We really care about the breed, their health, & those people that care for the future of Weimaraners.

The goal is to make sure that this website has as much information as possible.  A one stop location for those interested in the breed.  We can really use your help.  You can send in photos, health information, updates, corrections, & your ideas.

If you know someone that might be interested in the Weimaraner Breed, you can direct them to the New WEIM QUIZ on this website.  Please feel free to link it to your website or share it.

How You Can Help Weimaraner Rescue by participating in one or more of the ideas below.

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1. The New Weim Quilt Group – http://www.WeimQuilt.com

The Original Weimaraner Rescue Quilt Group was created in 2001 to help raise funds for Weimaraner Rescue. (WFF)

Volunteers from around the world create beautiful 11×11 squares.  They are sent into one location where they are quilted together then raffled to help raise funds.

In 2013, the quilters decided to include qualified Weimaraner Rescue Groups that wanted to get involved.

The New Weim Quilt Group is currently looking for Weimaraner Rescue Groups and Quilters.  If you are interested in quilting or getting involved in this group please email: weimquilt@gmail.com.

If you are a Weimaraner Rescue is interested in participating please complete and return this form to weimquilt@gmail.com.

The Weimaraner Quilt Group Form  – Word Version  The Weimaraner Quilt Group Form– PDF Version

Our next quilt idea is a “Weimaraner Carousal Quilt”.  Please visit the http://www.WeimQuilt.com to see all of the past quilts and quilters.

2. Dimes For Weims DimesForWeims – Click Here For Printable Flyer


3. Have a sale and donate the funds to your favorite Weimaraner Rescue

4. Weimathon

Website = www.TheWeimaraner.com 
Forms = https://theweimaraner.wordpress.com/forms/

Here is a video about Weimathon 

Thank you so much for you time.  Please share this link with all of your Friends, Family, & Animals Lovers.

Meet Lulu

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Want to meet our latest rescue and hear a very interesting story about her? Meet Lulu….One of our fosters in New Hampshire recently had a paranormal type ghost hunter at their home. While out running errands these Foster’s (Scott and Stacy) received a call from the ghost hunters saying that there was a Weim running loose around their neighborhood all morning. They finally got a hold of her and were keeping her safe at their house. Scott and Stacy arrived to pick up the Weim when a lady driving by stopped. They thought she was the owner, but she was not. Sadly, she was only looking after the dog and feeding her because the elderly owner is very sick in the hospital without a good prognosis. The woman wept as she told Scott and Stacy the story about how no one in the family wanted the dog named Lulu and she was going to be put to sleep because no one wanted her.

Strangely, the Weim had decided she had to get out, almost like she knew something bad was about to happen to her. She broke through the glass entry door this morning and got loose. She is cut up but not serious.

Now here is another strange part of the story. Scott had met the owner of this dog about four years ago at a doughnut shop. The owner had told Scott how his kids pressured him into getting Lulu the weim and he felt badly because as he was getting older he knew he only could provide the dog with a few good years. Scott told the dogs owner that he would make sure that his Weim would be okay. Scott is going to take Lulu to go visit her owner tomorrow to say goodbye.

Lulu is on an anti seizure medication and is approximately 6 years old. She is good with other dogs and is still a bit shaken up from her adventure today. She will be seen by a vet this week for a check up and to get up to date on vaccines. We have a prospective foster home for her, but will be seeking back up offers in case something does not work out. Lulu is in Hillsborough, NH. If you are serious about fostering Lulu, and within driving distance email terawrn@yahoo.com

Well Lulu has been on quite the adventure! You may remember WRN volunteer Scott was reconnected with her after meeting her and her elderly owner year earlier and happened to be the one the people who found her after she broke out of her house as her owner was in the hospital and his family was going to have her euthanized. Lulu went to visit her former owner Walter several times while she stayed with Scott and Stacy (see pic). Walter was so grateful to know his baby would be ok..Well Lulu is with her fosters Dave and Roberta. They started off on vacation in NH. On Tuesday, they returned to Dave and Roberta’s home and we are happy to hear she has been doing great!

Lulu is very spoiled as she gets to go sight seeing, running errands and for hikes in the beautiful parks of Connecticut.
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“Today, I wanted Lulu to have a long run. She loves to follow scents, so I took her to a state park to run some trails. Camp Columbia state park (The 600 acres once belonged to Columbia University and were mostly used as a summer program for the Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Technology & International Affairs departments). Lulu had her nose to the ground, ran & jumped from side to side picking up scents. She loves the outdoors.

Next, we’re researching The White Memorial Conservation Center, which is 4000-acres with more than 35 miles of trails, through varied terrains. Lulu gets to run some good trails and we get some good exercise – win/win”.

We are happy Lulu is having so much fun and getting so much attention! Every Weims dream thanks to Scott, Stacy, their “ghost hunter” friends (if you read the post above you will get it!),Walter, Dave and Roberta! Dave and Roberta are so wonderful, they even plan to take Lulu to visit with Walter next time they go to vacation in NH. Amazing people!!!

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This is comes from the Weimaraner Rescue of the North https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weimaraner-Rescue-of-the-North/336830486354203

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Weimaraner Rescue of the North is a small group attempting to save weimaraners that would otherwise be in danger. We work with other weimaraner rescues and try to assist when they cannot help. Serving NY/PA/OH. All adopters are thoroughly screened

terawrn@yahoo.com   http://weimaranerrescue.weebly.com/

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CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE THEIR ADOPTABLE WEIMARANERS

Senior Weims Slumber Party

Slumber party!!!! I’ve been such a good girl at my new foster home that my foster Mom let me have a boy/girl slumber party! This picture is of Holly (left), Gilbert (in yellow slippers) and me (Beauty).

We had a great time and, given that one of us is 14 years old (Holly), one is recovering from major surgery Gilbert) and one (me) is dealing with terminal cancer, we actually slept! Nothing like those “slumber” parties that human kids have.

The doctor says I don’t have a lot of time left on this earth, but I’m enjoying the heck out of the days I have left. Carpe Diem and all.

If you’d like to read my whole story, see more pictures and check out my Amazon wish list, click here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.383898955072705.1073741828.238962312899704&type=3

Anybody up for popcorn and a movie marathon?

Love to you all, Beauty

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Senior Moments Weimaraners, Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization helping senior Weimaraners to have safe, full, love-filled lives.  We take in homeless Weims age 10 and up and give them love and vet care while they wait for their forever families to adopt them.

We are foster-home based, we do not have a facility.  We are only able to help these older Weims when we have foster homes available.  If you have room in your heart and home to help a senior Weim, please contact us today!

Our service area is currently limited to Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois and will expand as we develop our network of foster homes.

We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and we are qualified to accept tax-deductible contributions, bequests, devices, transfers and gifts. Please consult your tax preparer regarding how this applies to you.

http://senior-moments-weimaraners.com/who-we-are/weims-looking-for-love/

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Gilbert Grape and The 12lb Tumor

We hope that you enjoy this great story about Gilbert Grape.

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/09/twelve-pound-tumor-removed-from-rescued-weimaraner/

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A Weimaraner rescued from a kill shelter has been given a chance at a normal life after having a cumbersome, watermelon-sized tumor removed from his chest/abdominal area.

A few days ago, a dog was brought into the Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue in New Mexico after being left at a kill shelter. They had seen bad cases before, but staff members could not believe their eyes when they saw the downtrodden dog, encumbered with such a massive tumor.

“We feel sympathy for him while at the same time we struggle with the fact he was so neglected. How could he have survived all of this time? All we can hope for any animal who is being given a second chance is that it’s not too late; this dog is no exception,” their Facebook page read.

The six-year-old was named Gilbert Grape, and the nonprofit organization took him to the emergency room. He was given pain medicine and antibiotics, and put on an IV catheter. Blood and urine were tested, and an ultrasound performed. He also needed a blood transfusion. He was made comfortable, and vets were consulted about the tumor.

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“We consulted 4 veterinarians and a board-certified surgeon. The consensus is that the tumor very well could be benign, as it is pedunculated, meaning it is a stalk of tissue growing independent of other tissue. Yes, it could be malignant as well, there is always that chance. His blood work is relatively normal (with the exception of elevated white cells from the infectious, necrotic tumor) and he is otherwise seemingly healthy, even though we are aware there could be malignancy not showing up on blood work.”

Tickled Pink didn’t want to wait, and prolong Gilbert’s suffering. Their choices were to go ahead with surgery, or humanely euthanize him. It was a difficult decision, one they felt was unfair for them to make after only knowing him a few hours – who were they to decide?

“After all of our consults and a few hours of iv treatment, the Weimaraner stood up and walked towards our volunteers looking us in the eyes. We felt that he was telling us he’s not ready to go; he’s fighting to live and we want to help join him in his fight.”

Gilbert is looking much happier, and doing one of his favorite things, that he hasn't been able to do in more than a year - lie on his belly!

Gilbert is looking much happier, and doing one of his favorite things, that he hasn’t been able to do in more than a year – lie on his belly!

Surgery it was. They began a fundraiser with a goal of $6,800 for medical expenses. People touched by Gilbert’s story rallied and nearly $12,000 was donated.

He made it through the surgery and has spent the last few days recovering. But it will take more than just rest; Gilbert is believed to have been living with the tumor for over a year, and has a hard time walking without it. His center of gravity was affected by it, and his weight distribution is unbalanced. He requires some physical therapy, but will likely learn how to walk normally.

Gilbert Grape-less is currently in a loving foster home, and some have already expressed interest in adopting him. The gratitude and sparkle in his eyes has overwhelmed Tickled Pink staff and supporters with happiness.

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UPDATE: Gilbert is healing well and looking happy with his new bed and toys, thanks to the generosity of strangers who sent them to him!

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Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue
12231 Academy Road NE  #301-214
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TickledPinkWeimaranerRescue?ref=br_tf

Website: http://www.weimaranerrescue.org/

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Rehoming Your Weimaraner

POTENTIAL FORMS TO HELP YOU

ADOPTION APPLICATION FOR REHOMING YOUR WEIMARANER – WORD

ADOPTION APPLICATION FOR REHOMING YOUR WEIMARANER – PDF

REHOMING HOME INSPECTION LIABILITY FORMS – WEIMARANER – PDF

REHOMING HOME INSPECTION LIABILITY FORMS – WEIMARANER – WORD

WHEN YOU CAN’T KEEP YOUR WEIM

ADAPTED FROM CHOW CHOW RESCUE, WITH THANKS TO THE AUTHORS: KAREN DeBOER, BARBARA MALONE, AND LISA HRICO AND THE CHOW CHOW CLUB, INC. WELFARE COMMITTEE

Not long ago, you were thrilled to have a Weimaraner puppy of your very own. You never dreamed that you might have to give him up someday. Your Weim still depends on you to do what is best for him, just like he depended on you when he was a puppy. Now, more than ever, he needs you to take time to think things through and make the right choices for his future. WEIMARANER RESCUE helps to find new homes for Weims. Rescuers are unpaid volunteers with full time jobs and families to care for, just like you. They usually do not have kennel facilities nor do they receive financial help from the government. The cost to care for rescued Weims comes out of their own pockets and through the participation of their individual breed clubs. Rescue works with Weims that are given up for adoption by their owners, with dogs that are given up to shelters, or with dogs that are picked up as strays. Shelter dogs are in need of immediate attention, therefore, private releases (those dogs who are given up by their owners) are given secondary importance in the adoption chain. Why? They already have a home and an owner.you. Your Weimaraner is your responsibility. Most of the work in finding him a new, loving, permanent home is up to you. If your dog came from a private breeder or individual, your first recourse should be in contacting that breeder or individual immediately. Although he or she may not choose to help you, he has a moral obligation to do so. Members of the Weimaraner Club of America agree to this service when they adhere to the Code of Ethics as set forward by our parent Club. An ethical, responsible breeder/fancier will want to help you and has a right to know what is about to happen to the dog that he or she brought into this world. Finding a new home will not be quick or easy. It takes patience and hard work. This booklet is designed to help you decide what is best for your dog, how to prepare him for adoption and how to choose the correct new owner for him. Finding a new home involves several steps, but before you start here are a few things you should know:

ABOUT ANIMAL SHELTERS

Shelters and Humane Societies were created to take care of the needs of stray and abused animals. They were not intended to be the dumping grounds for people whose pets are no longer convenient, but that is what they have become. Shelters today are so overcrowded that many dogs are destroyed on the same day that they arrive. Stray animals must be kept several days for their owners to reclaim them, by law. However, not protected by this law is the dog turned in by its owner. Only 1 in 10 animals that enter a shelter will come out alive. Shelters do not want to kill all these animals but they have no choice. For every child born on this day – there will be 15 puppies and 45 kittens born as well. There are just not enough homes for all of these animals. Being a purebred will not help a dog’s chances of adoption – 40% of the dogs in shelters are purebreds. Sending your Weimaraner to a shelter in the hopes that he will find a good home is wishful thinking … you could in reality be signing his death warrant.

STEP ONE: SOUL SEARCHING

There’s a big difference between being forced to give up your dog and wanting to “get rid of it.” Search your heart for the real reason why your dog can no longer live with you. Your answer will probably fall into one of two categories:

PEOPLE PROBLEMS or DOG PROBLEMS

People Problems include moving, death of an owner, divorce, a new baby, allergies, etc… With some planning and forethought, People Problems don’t always mean having to give up your dog. It is possible to find rental dwellings that accept pets, kids and dogs can be raised together, allergies can be controlled with medication, etc. If you are not sure if you have considered all of the options, call us. We may be able to give you some ideas or send information that will help you keep your dog. Sometimes you can make temporary living arrangements for your pet that will buy you both a little time to find alternatives. Dog Problems include aggression, house soiling, destructiveness, barking, fighting, bad manners or other undesirable behavior. If you got your dog as a puppy, you must accept the fact that you are at least partly responsible for the way your dog acts now. An owner, whose dog has a behavior problem, always has four options: 1) continue to live with the dog as he is, 2) hire a trainer or attend classes to alter his behavior, 3) give your problem to someone else, 4) have the dog euthanized. Most behavior problems can be worked out if YOU, the owner, are willing to make the effort. Don’t make the mistake of trading this dog for another one that you think will be easier to work with. If you didn’t train this one properly, you won’t train the next one either. If you are willing to keep your dog if only he was better behaved, call us – we can help. We have a strong network of Club Members, and all of us, at one time or another, have faced the same problems as you are having now. We can provide training advice, reading material and refer you to qualified trainers or animal behaviorists to help you with your dog’s problems.

STEP TWO: TEMPERMENT EVALUATION

Your dog’s adoption potential depends mostly on his temperament or “personality.” Weimaraners are usually friendly, outgoing dogs with few, if any temperament problems. However, there are Weims that due to lack of early socialization or other factors my have temperament or personality disorders. You must be realistic about your own dog. Is he outgoing and friendly to almost everyone? Is he unpleasant or aggressive towards strangers? Does he adjust easily to new situations? Has he been exposed to a variety of situations during his lifetime? Has he been raised with children, other dogs, cats? Is he protective of you and your home or is he overly protective? The majority of people who will be looking at your dog, as a prospective pet, will never have owned a Weimaraner before. Their mental picture of the breed will be from a magazine picture or a book illustration — a large, friendly gray dog that approaches with his eyes shining and his tail wagging. When you love your dog, it is easy to think that everyone else will love him, too. But think, if you were meeting him for the first time, what kind of an impression would he make? Would you want to adopt him?

STEP THREE: PREPARING YOUR DOG FOR ADOPTION

Having decided that your dog must really have a new home, and that his temperament is suitable for a new owner, you should take him to your veterinarian for a complete checkup and any necessary vaccinations. Some behavior problems occur because of physical problems and are easily treatable. For example: worms, urinary infections, or diabetes may be the cause of soiling in the house. There may be other physical causes as well. Bring all vaccinations up to date — not just rabies. Your dog should also have a heartworm check, be heartworm negative and be on heartworm preventative as well as having a stool check for worms.

IF YOUR DOG HAS NOT BEEN NEUTERED OR SPAYED DO IT NOW!

Placing your Weimaraner without being neutered could put his life and well being in serious jeopardy. No reputable breeder would be caught dead adding your dog to his or her breeding program. The only kind of breeder who’ll be interested in your dog will be a puppymill. Wholesale dog brokers seek out free or cheap un-neutered purebreds for resale to puppymills or research laboratories. Watch out also for private owners looking for a “mate” for their own dog. Is this what you want for your Weimaraner? Spaying or neutering guarantees that your dog will not end up in a puppymill or in the hands of a backyard breeder. By doing this your dog will be adopted by a family which wants him as a best friend and member of the family. Give your dog a chance at a brighter future — make your spay/neuter appointment today! Groom and bathe your dog. Get rid of any fleas. If you can not do this yourself, take him to a grooming parlor. Get rid of that old, frayed, or rusted collar and buy him some “new clothes.” You want him to look his best in order to make a nice impression on prospective adopters.

STEP FOUR: WRITING AN AD

There’s a trick to writing a good ad that will generate interest in your dog while not misrepresenting him and which will also do some preliminary screening for you. At the very least, the ad needs to give a concise description of your dog, his needs, requirements for a home, and of course your telephone number. The description should include his breed, sex, the fact that he is neutered (you did do that, didn’t you?) and an indication of his age. Hint: if your dog is under a year and a half old, state his age in months so that he will be perceived as the young dog that he is. If he is over three, state his age as “adult”. Many people believe that an older dog won’t adjust to a new home. This is far from true. There are definite advantages to an older dog: “what you see is what you get”, they are over the chewing stage, they are already housebroken, etc. I always point out to prospective adopters who bring up the age issue, that. most working dogs, i.e. Seeing Eye, handicap helpers, hearing aid dogs, seldom, if ever, begin their career until they are over three years of age. Emphasize your dog’s good points. Is he well mannered? Acts friendly? Loves kids? Try to state these in a positive way, i.e. “Kids over 10” sounds better than “No children under 10”. Pre-qualify homes by stating any definite needs, i.e. fenced yard, no cats, etc. This lets people know that you are going to be selective, want to do what’s right for your dog and prepares callers for the fact that you will be asking a lot more questions of them. NEVER include the phrase “FREE TO GOOD HOME” in your ad even if it is true. If possible, do not put in any reference to price at all. While “free,” will generate a lot of calls, most of them will not offer the kind of home that you are looking for. Save yourself the trouble of sorting out the wheat from the chaff right from the beginning. Not specifying a price will give you a lot of latitude. You can easily discourage an unsuitable prospect by stating the you want $700 for the dog, and then just as easily give the dog free to that perfect family, should you so desire. Set a reasonable adoption fee in your mind. “Reasonable”‘ is the key word here. Don’t expect a new owner to give you the total “investment” you have in your dog. By the same token, someone who is not willing to pay a small amount my not be able to afford the dog’s future upkeep and care. A reasonable range may be between $100-$200.

Your ad should look something like this: WEIMARANER:

WEIMARANER: Young adult male, neutered, friendly, likes children, no cats. Needs fenced yard. Vet references required. Contact Barbara Days: (800) 555-5555, Eve: (609) 555-5555

Call your local newspapers and place your ad. It can take up to 6-8 weeks to find a suitable home for your dog, so plan on advertising for several weeks. If you can’t afford that, nearly every community has “shopper” publications offering low cost or free classified advertising. Make flyers with a good photo of your dog and post them on community & grocery bulletin boards, at vet’s offices, pet supply stores, grooming shops, etc. Get the word out amongst your friends, relatives and coworkers. Be patient, persistent and creative.

STEP FIVE – SCREENING CALLERS

Talking to prospective adopters can be frustrating and time consuming. To help you along we have included a copy of the adoption application that our rescue group uses. Make copies and fill in the information as you are speaking to the caller. It’s easy to get people talking about dogs and you can use this information to help you choose the right family. To save time, you can also mail this application to prospective adopters for them to fill out and return to you. Be sure to provide a self-addressed envelope. If the caller has no pets at the present time, find out about past pets … What happened to them . did they run away, get hit by a car, were they given away, or were they given up to a shelter? Avoid anyone who gives any of the above answers if possible. They are a good indication of how your dog will end up. If they do have a pet at present, find out what kind, sex, etc. This is sometimes an indicator that the interested party will want to use your pet for breeding purposes … but of course, this won’t happen because you have already altered your pet, right? Are there children in the family, how old, how many … None? Young married couples sometimes want a pet as a child replacement and end up dumping the dog as soon as the first baby arrives. Qualify these people carefully. Does the prospective adopter own their own home or are they renters? Do they have landlord approval for a pet? Fenced yard, somewhere to exercise the dog, type of area in which they live … rural, suburban, urban? Can you make a house check? Has the adopter ever owned a Weimaraner before (Rescue gives preference to former Weimaraner owners because they know the breed and are willing to take in a second, third or sometimes even fourth Weim into their lives). Many people have no idea what constitutes a Weimaraner and even less of an idea about their personality and traits. Are they looking for a hunting dog? Even though Weimaraners are part of the Sporting Breed Group, not all Weims are created equal in the field. If you tell the adopter that your dog hunts well, don’t mean that he points “tweetie birds” in your back yard or chases the neighbors cat up a tree. If a hunter wants a hunting dog and gets a Weim with no ability, you can bet your bottom dollar that your sweetie-pie will be back to you, or worse, in a shelter right after the next hunting season opens. Have these folks ever owned any kind of a dog before? If not, are you willing to help them over the rough spots and can they call you when a problem arises?

References:

Get the phone number of their vet and two personal references. When calling to check references, explain that John and Mary Doe are interested in adopting your dog and that you love your dog and want to make sure that John and Mary will give it a good home. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Were former pets given annual checkups, vaccinations, heartworm preventative? How did their former pets die? How long have they known John and Mary? Do John and Mary have a fenced yard? If they were placing a pet, would they feel comfortable placing it with the Does? You may get different answers than what you expect, so plan on investigating the prospect further … or crossing them off your list!

STEP SIX THE PERSONAL INTERVIEW

Most of your callers won’t make it past the telephone interview. Once you’ve chosen a family that you feel is a good candidate, you can set up an appointment with them to see the dog. Actually, two appointments are in order – one at your home and then, one at THEIRS. Going to their home lets you see whether their situation is as they told you it was and whether your dog will do well there. It also gives you the opportunity to call off the adoption and take the dog back home with you if things aren’t as represented. If they already have another dog, make arrangements to meet in a “neutral” territory, such as a park or playground. Most dogs are territorial and resent a strange dog coming into their home. If the family has children, have them bring the children to your home, where you are in control of the situation. Some allowances should be made for kid’s natural enthusiasm, however if the children are unruly and undisciplined and are not kept in hand by their parents, you are asking for trouble. Watch how the people and the children interact with your dog, keeping a watchful eye at all times and keeping your dog under control, even by lead if necessary. Do you like these people? Do you have a “good” feeling about them? Are you comfortable having them as guests in your home? If not, don’t give them the dog. Trust your instincts! Wait for another family. If you are not sure about someone, call your rescue representative, we’ll try to help you make a decision based on our experiences.

THE LAST STEP – SAYING GOODBYE

Congratulations! You’ve found the perfect home for your Weimaraner. We know it wasn’t easy. After all of the soul searching, preparations, advertising, and interviews, your dog is ready to go to his new family. Set aside some private time for you and your dog. We know that you may cry, too. Do it now, in private so that you are clearheaded when it is time for him to leave. He may be confused about being left with strangers and you don’t want your emotions to upset him further.

What goes with your dog to his new home:

  • His medical records, vaccination records, and spay/neuter certificate
  • Name, address, and phone number of your vet
  • Your name, address, and phone number (new address if you are moving)
  • Your dog’s toys, bedding, or special belongings
  • A week’s supply of food, a gallon of water, and treats that he especially loves
  • An instruction sheet of special needs, feeding, etc.
  • A collar and lead with ID tag (if he has one)
  • Reading material or sources on Weimaraners (Including the book by Carole Lea Benjamin “Second Hand Dogs-How to make yours a First Rate Pet”)
  • Copy of the Release Form (attached)
  • Copy of the Adoption Agreement and Liability Waiver (attached)
  • The Telephone Number of Weimaraner Rescue (215 504-0230)
  • Any other relevant paperwork on your dog

There are a few things that the new owners should be aware of. Even the best behaved and well-mannered dog is going to have a period of adjustment at his new home. He may even have an accident or two in the house. This period usually lasts for a few weeks until the dog becomes accustomed to his new owners and mourns the loss of his old family. During this time it is important for the new owners to adhere to the dogs old schedule and to try not to force the dog into anything unpleasant, such as a bath or a change of food, etc. Have them wait until he settles in a bit and has time to bond with them. Advise them not to let the dog off lead in an unsecured area until it has been trained to come when called 100% of the time, or you may find your Weimaraner in the Lost & Found section of the newspaper. Make sure that the adoptive family knows they can return your dog if things to do not work out as expected all around. Inform them that you will keep in touch and call in a few days to follow up and see how the dog is doing. Make sure they have Weimaraner Rescue’s telephone number, as we will always be here to provide help and advice.

WHAT RESCUE DOES

Rescue helps to find new homes for abandoned, unwanted and stray Weimaraners. Information and education is given to Weimaraner owners considering giving up their dog for adoption. If this fails and the dog is given up, Weimaraner Rescue has the present owner sign a release form giving up ownership of the dog to Weimaraner Rescue. Rescue then does the job of screening prospective owners and placing the dog for adoption. A mandatory spay/neuter clause is included with our Adoption Agreement. If you have done everything you could to find a suitable home for your pet and everything has failed, Weimaraner Rescue will help. But, bear in mind that we have our limitations. If you need to give your dog up to Weimaraner Rescue, we ask that you bring the dog to a foster home where he will stay until he’s ready to go on to his adoptive home.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO FIND A RESCUE IN YOUR AREA.

Bloat Survey Incoming Results

Please see below for incoming results from our survey.  Last Updated 3/24/12

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Human Name: Keri

Dog’s Name:    Jubilee

Breed:       Weimaraner          Age: 7 at time of bloat/gdv

Did they eat from an elevated bowl? No

Do you use a slow feeder bowl? Yes- stainless steel with bubble in the middle (smallest one)

What food did they have last before they bloated? Innova Evo Reduced Fat formula

How long before your dog bloated did your dog eat?   15 minutes

Did they have water on their food?    No

Did they drink a large amount of water before or after eating?   No

How often do you normally feed your pet? 2 x daily

Please list supplements / vitamins you give your pet on a normal daily basis?  at that time none

Did your dog exercise before they ate or after they ate? No

When was the last time your dog exercised before the bloat onset?    3 hours

What was the going on around the dog prior to the onset of bloating? She had finished eating and was walking
around the living room before I heard the first retching noise

What were the symptoms your dog was having?   She coughed and tried to vomit twice. I knew the sound
was not right immediately. I was able to get her to the hospital within 15 minutes

Was your veterinarian able to diagnose your dog quickly? Yes

Did your dog have Emergency Surgery? Yes

Did your dog have a Gastropexy? Yes

Has your dog had any reoccurring issues or bloated more than once? No

We are so sorry that we have to ask this question. Did your dog survive bloat? Yes

Do you have any advice or suggestions for dog owners?   Feed 3 times per day, not once or twice. Make
sure the dog does not partake in any physical activities for one hour before and one hour after eating. Any
stressful situations for the dog can lead to bloat. The day my Jubilee bloated and torsed she had been to the
vet for her anal glands to be expressed. This was in the morning and she bloated at dinner. She had still been
stressed. Do not put your dog in the car and drive until at least 45 minutes after eating.

Do you think that the chart below would have been helpful to you? Yes

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