Life with Weimaraners

Weimaraners are active, high energy, medium sized dogs with short hair. But that’s not the whole story.

Allow me to describe what life with Weimaraners is like in a little more detail, and then really think about whether or not this breed’s for you.http://www.barrettweimaraners.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif Warning, this post is a long one; grab a chair and a hot coffee… Or a cold beer.

Let’s start with some Weimaraner truisms.

Weimaraners aren’t your average dog. They have personality; lots of it. Mine are spunky, goofy, tenacious, crafty, sneaky, and quick. Sometimes, I think they’re clowns. They know how to dance, twirl, pirouette, speak, high five, jump, and spin. They perk up their ears when I talk to them. They turn their heads to hear me out. They groan when I scold them. They sulk when I bust them. And they huff when I annoy them. (Every now and again I annoy them on purpose… because I’m a jerk like that). In a way, life with Weimaraners is like life with toddlers. They can communicate, but they don’t always listen… They’re curious, but get into stuff… They’re hyperactive, then sleep like the dead. At the end of the day, I still love them, and they love me back… unconditionally.

Weimaraners are smart. My dogs understand phrases and complete sentences. I can’t say “let’s go to the car” without them freaking out (because they’ll think they get to come, too, and it gets them really, really excited). Instead, when I tell my kids it’s time to go, we have to “go to the c-a-r.” I also have to spell out w-a-l-k or d-i-n-n-e-r if I’m trying to exclude my dogs. They’re also exceptional in problem-solving aptitude and have a knack for opening various cabinets and helping themselves to whatever is edible. On occasion, they’re even sneaky enough to PUT THE EMPTY BOX BACK. They know how to open doors (with handle levers), sneak food off counter tops, and pick tangerines off the tree, peel off (and spit out) the rinds, and snack on the insides.

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This is an ad Miss Britta did for Just Weimaraners. What’s really going on is that her water bowl was dry and she was bringing it to us for a refill. Weims are efficient like that.

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They also use their eyes to communicate. It’s obvious Britta’s trying to get me to pity her here… too bad lady, no room for you!

Weimaraners don’t like to be alone. Dogs are pack animals; they want to belong to a group, whether it’s dogs or people, or both. Weimaraners take it one step farther; they take a very ACTIVE role in being part of the pack. REALLY THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU VALUE YOUR PERSONAL SPACE.

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When I’m hanging out at the house, watching television on the sofa, my dogs aren’t happy just sitting nearby; they have to be on someone, if not wedged next to someone.

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When I’m working at my desk, they’re usually under my feet.

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When I get up to go, ummm… potty, they’ll follow me there, too.

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I even get company at the stove.

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The only success I’ve had with separating myself from my dogs is when I physically build a chairicade to keep them out. Or in. 

Weimaraners like to be included.  Actually, this one’s more on me; I like including my dogs. So we go places, we do things. When I travel, they usually come with me. When they can’t, my first choice is to leave them with other Weimaraner owners (because my average “friend who likes dogs” doesn’t translate into “friend who is qualified to watch Weimaraners”). While I have, in the past, kenneled my dogs, that’s not really the best place for them. Also, my dogs LOVE road trips, and they are really well behaved when we stay in rental cabins, lodges, bed and breakfasts, and hotels. On the occasion that we have to slum it in a motel, they’ve been great there, too.

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When we’re tight on space, someone always has to ride in the trunk. It’s still comfy back there.

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When the pup gets tired of being in the back, he slinks into the middle.

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And then at some point, he slides right off…

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…and falls into the cracks. Dogs can sleep in the weirdest places.

Weimaraners need training. And it may not be easy. Mine can be stubborn and mischievous and have no trouble walking away from me if they’re bored with what I’m doing. My dogs are powerful and strong-willed, ESPECIALLY my girls (they don’t call them bitches for nothing) and they’re constantly testing boundaries. Owners have to be the take charge type, and be a good leader. If you can’t or won’t take charge and lead, then your dog will. Weimaraners are also sensitive, so training should involve a lot of praise, positive reinforcement, and treats. You also have to be confident (fake it if you need to). Note: Harsh discipline will make your dog ignore you. I will also add: Working with a dog trainer, especially if it’s your first time owning a dog, is CRITICAL. Are you willing to hire/work with a dog trainer?

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Commands like “sit” are just the beginning.

Weimaraners need to be socialized. Actually, this is true for all dogs, and Weimaraners are no exception. Well-socialized puppies usually develop into safer, more relaxed and enjoyable pet dogs. This is because they’re more comfortable in a wider variety of situations than poorly socialized dogs, so they’re less likely to behave fearfully or aggressively when faced with something new. The wider the range of experiences you expose your puppy to, the better his/her chances are of being comfortable with a wide variety of situations as an adult. Note: I send my puppies home with a mulit-page socialization checklist. This takes TIME if you commit to doing it well. Are you up for this kind of time commitment?

Weimaraners are slow to mature. Think two, three or even four years. Actually, my girl Britta is FIVE, and sometimes, she still behaves like a puppy. So think about how long you’re willing to live through “the puppy phase.” And really, in a way, they’re puppies all the way to the end. [See also: Weimaraners aren’t your average dog.]

Weimaraners need their own space. I crate train mine and highly encourage everyone else to do the same; the benefits are monumental. My dogs especially enjoy retreating to their crates when I yell at them for doing something bad (…again…) or when I pull out the nail clippers. They hate manicures and know I can’t do their nails if they’re sitting in their crates. [See also: Weimaraners are smart.]

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The crate is not a dungeon. It should be a place your dog likes to go to and spend time in, even with the door wide open.

Weimaraners are protectiveWeimaraners have a more highly developed protective instinct than other sporting breeds. Mine are no exception. Britta and Friday like to stare out the window and will typically bark at strangers, other dogs, the UPS truck, and the UPS man. Speaking of barking…

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“Get off my lawn!!!”

Weimaraners bark. My girls are quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound; I have to be equally quick to stop them. So far, my boy is a silent stalker. (There might be something to the theory that girls are more protective and boys are less weary.) If you’re sensitive to barking, you’ll have to do some training to deter/minimize the behavior; just know they’ll still get a few barks in here and there. Every now and again, my dogs also WHISTLE and WHINE at me, especially when they’re bored. It’s obnoxious. [See also: Weimaraners have personality.] If you work all day and have close neighbors, Weimaraners probably aren’t a good idea.

Weimaraners are hunting dogs. My dogs especially come from a long line of hunting dogs (including some AKC Field Champions and Senior Hunters) and have very strong prey drives. They have no problem going after small dogs, cats, and other little creatures. They also chase off bikers, joggers, and even cars and ATVs; pretty much anything that moves. This is an instinct that cannot be trained out of them, only be managed. I personally don’t trust my dogs alone with small cats (or other dogs).

On occasion, they’ll even bring me prizes. I’ll never forget the weekend I was home alone (husband away on a trip), and Miss Friday brought me not one, not two, not three, but FOUR DEAD BABY ‘POSSUMS. Gutted… on the living room floor. That was fun to clean up. I still get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it.

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Here’s one of my dogs learning how to hunt, for reals.

Weimaraners get along with kids; on the condition they’re either raised together, or acclimated with one another the right way (carefully monitored when they first meet). I have a two year old and a four year old. We have very specific house rules about appropriate and inappropriate kid/dog behaviors. Generally speaking, I don’t let my kids play with my dogs in an unsupervised setting; too many things can go wrong. But overall, everyone in my house gets along together really well.

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Miss Britta being really patient with toddlers.

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She lets them tickle her, and even seems to like it.

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Friday lets the kids lay all over her, and on her bed, too.

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And she puts up with being buried under pillows.

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Even the puppy’s with the program.

Weimaraners knock kids over. As much as my dogs love my kids, they just can’t help the fact that sometimes, they’ll run around the house and knock them over. Every now and again, the kids will cry about it. The dogs aren’t doing it to be mean; that’s just the reality of having Weims and kids. Is that appropriate in your household?

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Two seconds after this shot taken, Boulder knocked my two year old down. Oops.

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And then later… he tried to make it up to her by giving her a hug (and turning himself into a scarf). She wasn’t having any of it.

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Eventually, it was Miss Britta who sat next to her and made her feel better.

Weimaraners knock other things over, too. While this is especially true for puppies, my big dogs still do this from time to time. They can get excited, rambunctious, and every now and again, they’ll get to something… a stack of books, vase on the coffee table, framed-photo on the console, etc. Sometimes, things break. And every time this happens, I kick myself for leaving something in a place where my dogs can get to it. But that’s my fault. Someday, I’ll learn.

Weimaraners need physical exercise. I can’t stress enough how important this is. While walks around the neighborhood are great for an average dog, Weimaraners need room to run, hard and often. In other words, they need a lot of off-leash opportunities where they can get their calories burned. You must have an enclosed space where they can run. And if you don’t, you MUST be committed to giving your dog other opportunities to get their energy out (by taking them to local trails, dog parks, the beach, etc.) Think Energizer Bunny on steroids. How often do you bike, hike, jog, or run? Would you mind taking your dog with you, all the time? Games of fetch are also fun. Note: not all Weimaraners like to fetch; I’m two for three on this one (Miss Friday looks at me like, “no… YOU threw it, YOU go get it. I’m going back to the sofa”). You may have heard the saying; a tired Weim is a happy Weim. This is 100% true.

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Weimaraners love to run and get their energy out…

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In Weim speak, we call it the zoomies.

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They also like to chase other dogs.

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Sometimes, exercise means “full-contact play.” 

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And sometimes, because Weimaraners are so active, playtime gets a little rough. Mine bark, growl, yelp, and nip/bite (without hurting). To me, it’s normal dog behavior. To someone else, it may be a little too much. Would you be comfortable being around a dog that does that?

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Most of them like to play in the water, too.

Weimaraners need mental exercise. Smart dogs also need to exercise their minds. It keeps them happy, engaged, and deters them from being destructive. When I’m at home with my dogs, I hide treats around my house for them to find, fill a Kong or marrow bone with frozen peanut butter for them to work through, and work on short stints of Obedience. Teaching them a few tricks is also a good way to work their brains.

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Proof that Weimaraners can learn dog tricks.

Weimaraners chew on things. Chewing isn’t horrible, as long as they’re chewing on the right kinds of things. I don’t mind when my adult dogs get into sticks when we’re out and about. At home, they get the (occasional) rawhide, antler, Nylabone, or Kong. The goal is to keep them busy on the right stuff, so they don’t start destroying the wrong stuff.

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Sticks are okay.

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Shoes are not.

An important note about chewing; when my dogs get my stuff, it’s not really their fault. It’s actually my fault for leaving things where I shouldn’t be leaving them. However, if I catch my dogs in the act (which doesn’t always happen), I’m quick to tell them that what they have is wrong.

Puppies will get into everything. That’s just how it works. So think about whether or not you’re okay knowing that despite your best efforts, there will be some losses.

Some more things I’ve learned about having Weimaraners.

If you run a tight ship, the following may not apply to you… but this is how it works in my house:

Weimaraners have no respect for personal space. But in their defense, I let them get away it; our “no sofa” rule went out the window years ago… and the “no dogs in the bed” rule was tossed shortly after. Besides, I LOVE that my dogs love being with me, so I’m all good with that. If this isn’t your thing, you can probably set a few boundaries [see also: Weimaraners need training] to keep it in check.

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If I get up for one second, this is what my side of the bed looks when I get back.

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Sometimes, they don’t even respect each other’s personal spaces. 

Weimaraners are crafty. My dogs aren’t asshats on purpose, but sometimes, somebody (Miss Friday) will suck on the corner of her bed until it makes a hole, and then someone else (sister Britta) will step in to shake all the insides out. It happens quite fast, and turns my living room into a winter wonderland.  This is totally avoidable for those of you who choose to forego dog beds.

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It only takes a second… Especially when it involves a pillow and no supervision.

Weimaraners are thieves. They’re big enough dogs that they can easily reach the coffee table, the dining table, and most importantly, the kitchen counter. Mine have mastered the art of counter-surfing and won’t hesitate to take something when I’m not looking. If they’re feeling especially snotty, they’ll even do it right in front of me.

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To be fair, this photo was staged. But you get the point.

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But this one was real… they really did eat my entire batch of chocolate chip cookies. The good news: An occasional dose of chocolate in small batches isn’t enough to wreck them. 

Weimaraners are beggars. In the case I’m actually sitting with my breakfast, my dogs won’t hesitate to give me the look. Pity me… I’m hungry… I want some too. [See also: Weimaraners have no respect for personal space.]

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This also illustrates the following: Weimaraners don’t like to be by themselves.

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…not kidding… it can be a little creepy to have eyes following your every move…

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…even the puppy learned at a young age what the protocol is…

Weimaraners mess up the house. Before dogs (and kids), our house was actually nice. Nowadays, it’s decorated in nose art and scratch marks. The nose art, we can clean with a spray of Windex (which we do really, really fast when we’re expecting people). The scratches on the door… just add to the “rustic charm” that is our house. If you choose not to train your dogs from jumping on the doors and pawing when they want to be let in, are you okay with your house looking like this? Neat freaks need not apply.

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Nose art on the back patio doors. Notice how high they go up. That’s because Weimaraners CAN and WILL jump.

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Here’s another look at one our backyard doors. Scratches and mud stains galore.

Weimaraners get banged up. Active dogs have a knack for getting bumped, bruised, scraped, cut-up, and otherwise; that’s reality. I have a budget set aside for vet visits to get my dogs “repaired” on an as-needed basis. It happens a few times a year. This also brings up the point: Weimaraners aren’t cheap. If finances are tight enough that you don’t have a budget for “unforeseen expenses,” think twice about getting a Weimaraner.

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Boulder Man on the way home from having his nose stitched up at the vet. Bonus points for sitting in the kid’s car seat. #safetyfirst

On the upside…

Weimaraners don’t need a lot of grooming. Monthly visits to the groomers? Not required!!! I also rarely bathe my dogs; they only get hosed off when they step into poop or swim in the ocean. Their nails, however, are the one thing I’m fanatic about. I keep them trimmed, religiously. It’s better for their toes, and better for my wooden floors. Note: My dogs HATE it when I trim their nails… but I do it anyway.

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Miss Friday with her manicure.

Things that happen to Weimaraner owners

Weimaraner owners are a special breed of people, too. If you decide to get one, here are some things that may happen to you:

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You decide you want your dog around all the time, too. So you start to go places where dogs are welcome. This is us at a dog friendly winery in Temecula, CA.

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Sometimes, taking them places backfires. Here are my dogs LAUGHING at me right after they LOCKED ME OUT of my week-long rental cabin up in the mountains. I stood outside, barefoot, with my phone, while my husband drove to town to get the backup keys from the rental office.

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(And then when they’re not looking… I retaliate. Note: I always get the last laugh.) [See also: Weimaraner owners are crafty, too.]

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You start making them homemade treats… and then go out of your way to make them Weimaraner-shaped.

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In extreme circumstances, you’ll wake up one day to find that your purse matches your dog. And you’re actually proud of that. #grayforlife

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When you see your dogs doing cute things, like synchronizing movements, you grab your phone to take a picture.

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…and then you realize that you take a lot of pictures, because they do these silly things, a lot. #identicalfeet

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You think it’s really cute when they “nook.” Nooking is a Weimaraner-specific character trait where they knead and suck on their beds and stuffies. (That’s Friday, nooking on the right.)

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You start making travel/vacation plans around your dogs. This is me and Britta… about 1,000 miles away from home. Hiking… in the middle of NOWHERE… because Britta likes to get out, and who am I to deny her?

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You start to wonder if they’re people in dog suits. Seriously, what other dogs sleep like this? By the way, this is what I see when I open my eyes every morning. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this, people. (!!!)

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You take up the art of photography just so you can memorialize how beautiful they are.

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Weimaraner on the move.

One last note. I love these dogs, and I can’t imagine living my life without them. If you’re brave enough to start the journey, I wish you much love and joy, too.

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My boy, my heart, my love.


'Life with Weimaraners' have 70 comments

  1. August 28, 2014 @ 8:22 pm Marianne/FilbertSheep

    Great description of all their traits! I had thought about the breed after following many a Weim on IG, but as you’ve noted, they don’t seem a good match with kitties. Thanks for the tips and terrific new website!

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    • August 28, 2014 @ 9:49 pm Kim

      Hey Marianne! Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a note! In actuality, some of them are actually okay with kitties… but not “mine.” Mine are pyschos. I’m sure that with a heck of a lot of training, one might be able to get the Weims and kitties to co-exist… but that’s risky, and I wouldn’t recommend it. See ya on IG! 🙂

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      • October 25, 2014 @ 7:10 pm Debbie

        The best way to get kitties and dogs together is either; start both as little ones growing up together or adult dog with a kitten (they seem to know that it’s a baby) or adult cat that will learn to tolerate a puppy. We have used all of the above mentioned and they seem to do fine. That doesn’t mean that occasionally the dogs don’t try to run the cats in the yard, but if the cat wants to stay they just hunker down and the dog blows by.

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        • March 27, 2016 @ 10:56 am Stephanie

          I lost my Weim to cancer at 3 1/2 years old. However, I can say he loved kittens. I fostered a litter of 4 kittens and he would lick them and follow them around all the time. It was pretty amazing. He was so cautious to step around them and would lay down far away to watch them. If one started walking away from the group, he would push it back with his nose with the rest of the group. He did not like little kids though…go figure.

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          • July 13, 2017 @ 8:45 am Shelby

            This is such a great article! We got our Weim as a puppy (Emma), she is 6 months now and we have an adult cat. Emma does okay when she is relaxing but if it’s play time she chases and barks at the cat, he basically hates her but does not back down.. I’m hoping they become best friends. Only time will tell. It’s great to know it could happen though… Emma also seems to be okay with my niece who is 2 years old. In fact when my niece is over, Emma follows her everywhere. However, I would not leave them alone together.. Emma is too hyper for now., but we love her so much!

      • March 29, 2016 @ 9:46 pm Megan Felton

        I have a one year old male Weim named Gannon who lives in a house with 3 kitties. We brought him home when he was 8 weeks old and immediately started working with him and his behaviors around the kitties. They are all BFF’s for the most part and other than the random chasing through the house when they run right past him he is really good with them. One of the cats, Oliver actually sleeps in his bed (crate) with him and I’ve caught him multiple times giving Gannon a bath on his head. They can definitely get along, it just takes a lot of time and patience. (:

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      • July 14, 2017 @ 5:57 pm Maira

        My angel Weim was horrible with cats, she absolutely hated them, Greta was great with small dogs and even a chick we had named Pompom but not cats; as life would have it , a stray cat left four kitties at my house right after Greta’s passing and I took two in , since then I have opened our home to a bouncy (I meant crazy) weim pup we named Agatha and she’s doing beautifully with the cats. I don’t leave them unsupervised (she’s a hunting dog for goodness sake) but they all seem to “get along” rather famously.

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    • October 14, 2015 @ 7:10 am Josh

      My dog Pilatus, aka Pilly, was around kitties from the day we brought him home. He has never had an issue with them, even new ones he experienced when he was older. Just be cautious bringing a mature dog around cats for the first time. I would highly recommend getting a weim from a rescue if possible. Too many people get these dogs without doing their due diligence. There are many weims that need their forever homes because of this.

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      • July 26, 2017 @ 6:10 pm Susan Parkinson

        Have a 13 year old and a 4 year old. Can’t imagine life without a Weim but there are none here in Trinidad where we live (just a handful including my 2) and Florida Weim rescue won’t let any out of state adoptions happen – wish it were different and that I could adopt from Florida

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    • November 28, 2015 @ 9:53 am Nicole

      Our BIG long-haired boy Max came home to a petite adult cat….she would never scratch him (it would have been easier) but had him totally under control….picture him crying on the stairs as she wouldn’t let him up by sitting at the top….every once and a while he would slip and pounce near her as if just discovering a new cat…..as she got older and frailer he got gentler (a real feat as he is set on hurtle most days), when she was gone he actually looked around for her and moped for a few days….so in our experience he is ok with a cat he knew….but the cats outside, or the bunnies…..entirely different story….

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      • October 22, 2016 @ 6:24 pm Shannon

        I have a 4 yr old weimaraner name gunner who loves his cat brother, it just took a few days and patience. People are so quick to judge this breed and assume they don’t get alone with other animals, give them a chance and you absolutely have to treat a weimaraner as a family member or there not content and they won’t truly love you back . There the most honest fun loving dog out there and all they want is to be with you and loved. I have gunner and a yellow lab and two cats and there one big happy family life without gunner would be so boring because he can sure get into some mischief and I love it. He’s great wi th our kids he plays tag with them, hide and go seek ball and always licus the spoon lol and I garuntee you nobody would hurt our kids when gunner was within a hundred yards from them he’s very protective of his family weimaraner dogs are so special. We’re very blessed he’s part of our family

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    • April 8, 2016 @ 1:20 am Michelle Meyering

      I introduced my 9 year old Weimaraner who got scratched in the eye by a cat as a puppy to my husbands 3 cats. At first we had to separate, then one day they all were sitting together waiting for treats. My Weimaraner was smart enough to figure out to be inside all the time he had to get along with the cats. He was such a GREAT Weimaraner, laid and slept with the cats. He would even protect them from bully cats in the neighborhood.

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    • December 21, 2016 @ 7:48 pm Jadyn

      My Weimaraner LOVES kittens 😊

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    • December 26, 2016 @ 11:10 pm Judi Nigh

      My girl has lived with a kitty and a bunny. I put both under my arm (sorry if that is gross) then wrapped them in a towel and held each for her to smell. response: ‘If it’s ok with you, it’s ok with me. ” I’m proud of her.

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    • December 31, 2016 @ 8:39 am Bridget Cockrell

      I have a wiemer male about 4 months acquired miss Sophie our kitty as a new born within days apart he what I consider nips at her she loves it she nips and plays back. Should I be concerned that he later will try to actually eat her? They play and sleep and love on each other everyday . I can’t see him doing that to her but he is still just a puppy. After reading all this I’m now a bit concerned

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    • February 2, 2017 @ 11:28 am Lynda Upton

      I’m on my 3rd Weim. I also have 2 cats. My oldest cat rescued me when I had 2 Weims and I do believe he thinks he’s a Weim. My younger one was rescued as I was waiting for my pup to arrive. He’s a bit skiddish when Dexter chases him but will cuddle with him on his terms. All 3 have the run of the house and there are escape areas for the cats to retreat to if they want!

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      • February 2, 2017 @ 11:46 am Lynda Upton

        Two of my Weims have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. They really are just as your story portrayes them to be. The best of the best♡

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    • February 8, 2017 @ 11:02 pm Crissytsu

      I figured out I had to spell things out so mine didn’t get too excited too… She loves ice but now she even recognizes when u spell I… C… E and gets excited and heads to the fridge. She’s also conceited because if she hears u say “she” she automatically thinks you’re talking about her. No lie. They’re brilliant.

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      • August 7, 2017 @ 9:08 am Charity

        Good article. I do not have a ‘typical’ Weimy so he is not super over the top but does understand complete sentences, lay on everything, and bring the most joy to me in my life. He makes me smile and laugh every day. I am wondering about the meanings behind their ear shapes and movements. I think I know what they mean but would like to hear others. When Riley is trying to get me up and is standing over me and I’m talking to him and laughing, his ears ripple. When a favourite person comes over, they twist out. It’s fascinating!

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    • May 9, 2017 @ 4:04 am Pegge Pherigo

      Everything you described was our baby maggie mae to a t. We love her more every day. Thanks for putting it in to words.

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  2. October 13, 2014 @ 6:39 pm Jayme

    I laughed hysterically at the scarf weim picture! That is just adorable! This made me miss so many things about my baby boy, someday God will bring another baby boy into my life, until then… thanks for sharing your memories #laughingandcrying

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  3. October 16, 2014 @ 12:58 am Hanri

    I was quite lucky to come across your post and am very glad to see we aren’t the only ones who live life with the psychotic yet wonderful dogs that are Weimaraners. After nearly 14 years with our lovely girl we sadly had to say goodbye but now have once again started the wonderful journey with our new puppy. Luckily for us our Persian cat thinks quite highly of himself and made his position known to our puppy from the word go. Instead when it’s dinner time he joins the dogs in the kitchen and rubs himself on our Weim and Duxies, a full member of the pack. And if anyone ever doubted that Weimaraners were intelligent dogs they should see how our puppy plays with the Duxies in order to avoid hurting their backs. What a wonderful breed they are. But, as you stated, unbelievably active and, if you take your eyes off them, sneaky. I guess that’s why we love them so much.

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  4. October 25, 2014 @ 8:04 pm Debbie

    Kim, you write with a flair. I hope the Weimaraner Club of America uses this description of Living with Weims on their website. It completely describes living with a Weim and I hope people really take it to thought so they don’t get one and then later abandon it for doing Weim things. The only thing I would add is that they are incredibly quiet for such a large dog and that they like to follow their noses off of the property even it they have been boundary trained. You have to stay one step ahead of these dogs. Our Weim even learned to “use a tool” He would go to his toy box and pick a bone, place it on the carpet and then roll over the top of it to scratch his back and then trot off.

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    • January 26, 2017 @ 2:33 pm Kristyturner

      I have enjoyed reading your article on wimeran puppies,I’ve learned a lot about the things & noises my black 8 month old wimeran does lol.His name is Jake ,my husband named him from the song Feed Jake.I can’t imagine life without him.the only problem I have with him is he doesn’t like his picture taken lol.

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  5. December 11, 2014 @ 7:26 pm jleacole

    I’m on my second Weim in 7 years (lost Jack at age 5 to cancer

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  6. February 2, 2015 @ 7:50 pm Chrissie

    Such a wonderful description of weimaraners. It gave me a good chuckle. All weims are so much alike. We had 2, but lost one last month at the age of 11. It was truly devastating. Best breed ever as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

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  7. February 7, 2015 @ 7:19 pm jamie robson

    Out first weim has just turned 1, and has done pretty much everything you mentioned, apart from stealing food. He is very well disciplined with food, and he knows he always get my last mouthful, as long as it isn’t a food which is bad for him, but the guilt I feel whilst eating is unbearable sometime, especially when he rests his head on my lap, and those pitiful eyes! Haha!! We can’t wait to get him a little buddy, maybe later this year! Also, you’re so right when you say, Weims aren’t for everyone, but for me, it’s a Weimaraner, or nothing!

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  8. February 9, 2015 @ 1:48 pm Jami

    I just sent this to my husband to read (we have two Weims) and he said – “It sounds like you wrote this!! This is our life!” And I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Weims have such a way of getting into your heart. Nice to see them with your little ones as we are beginning to think about children in our future 🙂

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  9. July 9, 2015 @ 8:07 am Kristin

    We got a new kitten when our Weim was around a year and a half old. It only took a few weeks (Grayson couldn’t get out of the kitty’s personal space), but once they figured out that they were not a threat to each other, it was fine. They LOVE to cuddle and sometimes play chase around the house!

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  10. July 9, 2015 @ 6:09 pm Lauren

    I loved this. When I had a springer I didn’t sit down and read about springers.. Weims are so special. I do have to say, they catch on to the SPELLING of exciting words and at that point you’re left with charades. And that’s just embarrassing

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  11. July 24, 2015 @ 6:19 am Patricia

    LOVE IT! I always tell people weims are like having a teenager and toddler in one body on purpose!! I had a 9 yr old girl, she past…now have a 5 month old blue weim. So far my weims have been good with my free range chickens, our loose rabbits, cat and goats…Great with the kids! WONDERFUL camping, as long as not left in the trailer when awake!! ( A bit of barking) Some doors have marks, good thing we went with rustic decor! JUST LOVE THE BREED!!

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  12. July 30, 2015 @ 3:57 am Barbara E Clowe

    Oh how I have loved reading through ‘Life with Weimaraners’….. it is 100% my life. My Weimaraner, Saffi, is everything you say your article and more. She is now nine and a half and when I first got her, I was lucky enough to be given her at five months, I went to obedience class with her…..sadly the two trainers made it very clear they did not like the breed and so I undertook to do all her training myself and she was totally responsive all that I tried to teach her. Each day I rise at 5.30am and take her out for an hour and a half and then I shower whilst she rests, yes on my bed, then we breakfast together. I continue to go through training with her every couple of days as a means of fun, I hide treats for her, play silly games with her and just totally adore her. Each weekend we take off together for a fun day out where she can run freely and just enjoy, she never runs far from me often coming back to check I am there and then taking off again …. so beautiful to watch a Weimaraner running freely with ears splayed out to the side. She is good with children, always has been, and good with other dogs although does not like small yappy ones. During the last twelve months we were joined by Sniffer the Beagle (my late grandson’s dog) who Saffi has mingled with since Sniffer was a puppy and going through the same training….they rub along nicely together. There is not much more that I can say about my Saffi just that we have great fun together and the love is obvious between us……love, loyalty, companionship and I cannot imagine ever being without her…..I Love Saffi and the breed.

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    • October 22, 2016 @ 6:34 pm Shannon

      I’m sorry but those dog trainers must not of liked the breed because they knew that the breed would outsmart them. There so incrediblysmart which is why there rumored to have almost human brains

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  13. July 30, 2015 @ 2:36 pm Rey

    So I was looking on google for something or other about weimaraners and clicked on your website. This is a gem. I felt like I was reading something about my weim. He’s 6 months and a handful. I want to congratulate you on this excellent website and look forward to reading every section. It also makes me want to get another puppy for my buddy King to play with. Thanks again and goood luck!

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  14. October 14, 2015 @ 6:19 am Elaine Beggs

    The only thing I can see that was left out is the Weimaraner snore and they snore loudly. To love a Weimaraner you must be able to sleep with someone who snores and on occasion drools too. I learned to live with ear plugs.

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  15. October 14, 2015 @ 4:54 pm Jen

    Just wanted you to know that I LOVED your thoughts on “Life with Weimaraners”! It is 100% our life and 100% spot-on!! We currently have 3 Weims and have 2 others in our lives. I can not imagine life without them. They bring us such joy and love!!!

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  16. October 16, 2015 @ 3:52 am Dalija

    I love this page!!! Laughed my heart out while reading your articles. Just got a girl weim two months ago, she’s 1 year old now, and oh, yeah, she’s a handful :). A real piece of work. They don’t call ’em bitches for nothing :))).
    But, oh, do I adore her… Such a special breed. Can’t imagine my life without a weim anymore…

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  17. October 22, 2015 @ 10:04 pm Karen

    I LOVED your article ! We have two weimies – Winston and Miss Emma – both rescues, and every bit as loving, goofy, tenacious, sneaky, sweet and totally adorable as you described. They acclimated well to our two adult kitties – both Siamese – who basically made it clear from the start that they were in charge.
    I adore them. I am a weimie mom, and will forever be a weimie mom.

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    • October 26, 2015 @ 10:10 am Kim

      Hi Karen, thanks for the message! I took in two feral kittens this year (found them living in my backyard), and it’s VERY CLEAR that the kitties are in charge at my house. 🙂 – Kim

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  18. October 24, 2015 @ 5:12 am ORIEL DIXON

    Thank you so much for this information about the weims, we just got a tan year and a half old boy and he is so cute hia name ia Rocco but he is breaking the rules. We have a 4 year old husky Aussie mix names Molly and we got Rocco cause we thought it would be good for the family and for Molly so that she could have a buddy a while in the back yard and playing and things. Well it’s only the 2nd day but they are not getting along so well, but I know it’s going to.take time but my question is do.weims get along with other breeds of dogs they are both med sized dog both young and active and full of love and life. I am a stay at home mommy of 2 year old twins and a 9 month old and the dogs are great with the kids it’s just the other dog I’m worried about. .? I am very active with them they have a big back yard to run ans play and we go on at least one to two walks a day with the dogs and kids, Thanks so much ♡ any advice will help oh and the weim peeled in the house twice they said she was house trained but we got her from the human society so the don’t know much about him, so how do I do that with a older weim not a puppy ..?

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    • October 26, 2015 @ 10:09 am Kim

      Hi Oriel! Thanks for reaching out. Congratulations on the addition of Rocco! I agree that in any ‘transition’ of familiy dynamics, like adding a new dog, there is an adjustment period. Training and patience will go a long way. Since I don’t know Rocco, it’s hard for me to provide much help. Since you got him from the local humane society, they likely don’t have much history on him, either! The best thing to do is to reach out to the local Weimaraner Rescue organizations to where you are, explain to them what you told me, and ask if they have any volunteers who would be willing to meet you and Rocco to help him adjust in his new home. The reason is: rescue organizations are usually run by folks who are very experienced with Weimaraners, so they’d be your best bet at finding a solution. Also, I will add that dogs are like people; they come in all sorts of personalities, and sometimes, two dogs who are put together (like Rocco and Molly) just don’t ‘jive.” And some dogs are more social than others. (And some dogs don’t care for other dogs at all!) Did Molly come to the humane society with you so you could introduce the two of them before you committed to taking Rocco home? It’s possible that over time, they’ll warm up to one another. Only time will tell. Please check back in and keep me posted on what happens! You can also email me directly at trailingfridat [at] gmail [dot] com, anytime. Happy to help. Cheers! – Kim

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  19. October 24, 2015 @ 6:56 am Lindsey Perez

    I was thinking about getting a Weimaraner mix but was unsure of how she would respond to being a pen all day while I was work (it would only be a couple of days) and how they would respond to other people coming and letting her out for a little while. What do you think?

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    • October 26, 2015 @ 10:01 am Kim

      Hi Lindsey! Thanks for the inquiry. Every dog is different, and it’s hard to know how this particular dog would behave without knowing her, her socialization level, her comfort level with strangers, etc. I would recommend establishing a relationship with the person you’re getting the dog from and asking them for their input. Good luck!!! – Kim

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  20. November 5, 2015 @ 8:11 pm Ann

    The best description of Weims ever! We’ve lived with them for 30 years and never want to be without one, even after one of the Weims broke my leg. In our house we have Weim-specific lexicons: Weimarize the house, Weim-me? (Why me?), Weisenheimer and Fartenheimer. They do have digestive challenges.

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  21. November 12, 2015 @ 5:03 pm Marguerite

    I just came across your website. You’ve nailed the life of a Weim to a T. As I write this I am sitting here with Baxter. Our Weim for the past 14 years! He is doing better than okay however declining. My heart is just breaking. Thanks for the smile.

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  22. December 20, 2015 @ 5:38 pm Chesley

    We have a 1 year old wiem..she just started nooking. We have had the heart to get rid of her puppy bed since she carries it around with her all over the house, but now she nooks with it! She never did this as a puppy, that I saw. Will this keep up their entire life or will they grow out of it? Thanks!!!

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    • December 21, 2015 @ 10:16 pm Kim

      I believe that once they’re a nooker, they’re always a nooker! At least, that’s how it works in my house. 🙂

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  23. January 17, 2016 @ 7:18 pm Brandy

    We have a six year old Weimaraner, Shadow. We also have four cats, three birds, and two rats. Our Weim is AMAZING with all of them. He played well with the cats when they were kittens and still cuddles with the youngest. He generally ignores the birds, even when they are flying around the house and land on or near him. The rats crawl on him when they are out of their cage. Of course, like all Weims, he’s a needy, stubborn, gluttonous counter-surfer. His supervillain name would be Doctor Destructo. But I wouldn’t trade him for anything. Am I the only one with a Weim that moos like a cow?

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  24. January 27, 2016 @ 9:29 pm Patti

    I loved your post! I’ve enjoyed the company of Wiems for over 30 years now…. I also can’t imagine my life without a Wiem in it!! They are one of the most loving dogs with the most character. Funny how everyone I’ve had is so much alike. Couldn’t ask for a better companion!

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  25. February 22, 2016 @ 12:09 pm Ashia Harris

    OMG!! I loved this article so much and everything you described is exactly what I am going through right now with my 18 Wk old pup. As annoying as he is sometimes I couldn’t imagine living with out him. He has bought so much joy to my home. Thanks for the information also.

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  26. March 14, 2016 @ 5:11 am Jennifer

    I loved this post

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  27. March 29, 2016 @ 6:43 am Emmalene

    Made my heart go flippity flop at how much I love my Weimaraner while reading this and OMG I’ve just started with the baking treats a few months ago!

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  28. March 29, 2016 @ 9:18 am Tanya Davie

    I cannot express my delight and sadness at reading your wonderful words. We lost out beloved Scooby after ten years just 8 weeks ago. The gap in our lives is enormous. Our two kids have grown up with him and are missing their best friend. You have made us laugh as we recall many mirroring stories to yours. I thank you for reminding us of the special bond and hold this breed have on your heart. We are hoping to get two puppies later in the year once we have fully grieved for Scooby, that dog in a million.

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  29. March 29, 2016 @ 9:44 am Janis Broadhurst

    Just read your article and it made me smile. We shared our home, or should I say shared our Weimaraner’s home for 12 years. So many memories. She was a character and demonstrated every trait you describe. The sofa isn’t the same without her long gangly legs. Having her as our friend enhanced our lives so much.
    Thanks for reminding me of happy days

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  30. March 29, 2016 @ 6:50 pm Christine

    Just loved your article! How true it is! My husband and I were unable to have kids and now we have 2 (weimies anyway) a male and female and we love them to pieces and then some. They are siblings and were surrendered by their breeder to a weim rescue when they were 4. We adopted them when we lost our last dog to cancer. They are our whole lives and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Shomba is the female, she is the boss and Simba is her brother, he is the brains of the operation and too smart for his own good. We had to put child proof locks on our cabinets because they steal treats when we are at work and Simba now knows how to open the gate to let himself out of the yard. They have scratched our doors and ripped up the carpet because they got mad at us for closing the bedroom door…oh well that’s life with a weimie!! I’ll take it every day!!

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  31. April 2, 2016 @ 5:55 am Annette

    I really enjoyed reading your post and as the owner of two Weims can identify with everything you have written. My partner and I work for a Weimaraner Rescue and will be directing people to your site, especially the potential first time owners. However we have come across people who have previously owned a Weim who actually didn’t fit the mould and are staggered when they take on a dog who shows all the triats of a typical Weimaraner.

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    • April 12, 2016 @ 8:28 pm Kim

      Thanks for the kind words, Annette! Happy to help those new Weim owners. 🙂 – Kim

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  32. April 4, 2016 @ 3:04 pm Amanda

    This is lovely and SPOT ON! I am only an owner less than a year but this speaks to me on so many levels – as my wiem sleeps on my feet under my desk while I type. Much respect to you!

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  33. April 8, 2016 @ 1:29 pm Sean

    Hi, great read. I have a 10 month old Weim and already she shows all of the characteristics that you wrote about lol. I just had a Question my girl bites and bites a lot she associates butting with excitement but doesn’t realize it hurts us, do you have any tips? And did you ever hear about this with Weims?

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    • April 12, 2016 @ 8:22 pm Kim

      Yes! I’ll shoot you an email. 🙂

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  34. April 9, 2016 @ 11:34 am Carol Grisotti

    Since having breast cancer I realized that my strength will not fully come back and we’ll have to find a new good home for my beautiful Abby Rose a 15 month old Weimaraner who I’m totally in love with. She is too physically strong for me to handle her should she see something on our walk. She loves running for board with all the big dogs at our new dog park near our home. She has been my greatest joy and my greatest challenge. Hope to find a beautiful family for her who has the strength and time to give her the life she deserves. Your description of a dog owner of this breed is exactly right on. Our previous one Runner was 11 years old when he passed 2 years this August. Leopold was the love of my life and will always hold a spot in my heart. We received a be at 8 weeks 15 months ago and fell head over heels in love with her. It is true that she is a velcro dog and is very strong-willed. It is one of the things that I love about her. But knowing that I am unable to keep her safe as well as myself prompts me to find the very best home for her. We have taken her to two trainings and she does very well at the commands. She is a loving and protective dog of our family. We also have a rescue Kitty who grew up with Leopold and is very well aware of the talent these dogs hold. She plays with Abby well and when she’s had enough she runs to her hiding place on top of her tree. Mind you she’s only about 9 pounds and Abby is a very big girl at approximately 88 pound. I will miss her everyday. We have contacted a rescue organization in Southern California who says they have a wonderful family for her. I did write you earlier requesting information on getting a trainer that had worked with this breed. So many of the trainers have never worked with this large breed and frankly do not understand their natural talents and nature. Your dogs are beautiful and I always enjoy reading about your adventures. God bless you and your dogs Carol 909 993 3220.

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  35. April 9, 2016 @ 11:56 am Carol

    Since having breast cancer I realized that my strength will not fully come back and we’ll have to find a new good home for my beautiful Abby Rose a 15 month old Weimaraner who I’m totally in love with. She is too physically strong for me to handle her should she see something on our walk. She loves running with all the big dogs at our new dog park near our home. She has been my greatest joy and my greatest challenge. Hope to find a beautiful family for her who has the strength and time to give her the life she deserves. Your description of a dog owner of this breed is exactly right on. Our previous weim Leoplod was 11 years old when he passed 2 years this August. Leopold was the love of my life and will always hold a spot in my heart. We received a be at 8 weeks 15 months ago and fell head over heels in love with her. It is true that she is a velcro dog and is very strong-willed. It is one of the things that I love about her. But knowing that I am unable to keep her safe as well as myself prompts me to find the very best home for her. We have taken her to two trainings and she does very well at the commands. She is a loving and protective dog of our family. We also have a rescue Kitty bengel Lexus who grew up with Leopold and is very well aware of the talent these dogs hold. She plays with Abby well and when she’s had enough play she runs to her hiding place on top of her tree. Mind you she’s only about 9 pounds and Abby is a very big girl at approximately 88 pound. I will miss her everyday. We have contacted a rescue organization in Southern California who says they have a wonderful family for her. I did write you earlier requesting information on getting a trainer that had worked with this breed. So many of the trainers have never worked with this large breed Weimaraner and frankly do not understand their natural talents and nature. Your dogs are beautiful and I always enjoy reading about your adventures. God bless you and your dogs Carol 909 993 3220.

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    • April 12, 2016 @ 8:21 pm Kim

      Hi Carol, thank you so much for sharing your story. Abbey will be in great hands through rescue. May you continue to stay healthy so that you can enjoy retirement and spend your days in the great outdoors! Xoxo

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  36. May 16, 2016 @ 8:47 am Ron Schacht

    We have shared our lives with Weims since 1973. Right now we have 3 1/2 (yes, the 1/2 is a half Weim that was at the local shelter. Two are regular gray ghosts and the fourth is a 12 year old blue. Each one has a distinct personality. One loves pickles, one loves pillows, one moans in bed the fourth just steals anything. I had one take a bottle of Snapple, take it on the bed open the cap, which is no easy task,you have to push and turn, then drink the entire bottle without spilling a drop. I came home, the bottle was upright in the middle of the bed. I cant imagine life without them. You have them pegged precisely. By the way, we also have 4 cats that sleep with or on top of the Weims

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  37. July 19, 2016 @ 5:06 am Tony

    Well we’ve taken the plunge and collect puppy Skipper in a few weeks. Looking forward owning this magnificent breed and enjoying the challenges and experiences he will bring us. Your post confirms everything we’ve been told and more. Can’t wait!

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  38. August 11, 2016 @ 1:59 am Nicola

    Loved this post, we have a very intelligent and active 10 month old boy called Brechin. He has always been ver playful and friendly with other dogs and wants to play with everyone, recently however as his adolescence has kicked in he is becoming less responsive when they tell him to go away. He goes on big group walks everyday and will try to play with everyone but now if the older dogs give him a wee bark or snap to tell him they don’t want to play he just continues to chase and mouth at them, do you have any tips for how to stop this behaviour? Thanks

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  39. November 2, 2016 @ 9:22 pm Dorian Dunlap

    My family and I have shared the love of a weim for 8 years. Your experiences with weims are on the nose with mine! She is currently taking up over half of my bed… Earlier she was trying to bribe some Chick-fil-a from me
    I’m currently a full time RVT student, but I am moving out soon to expand my horizons. I am in love with these grey dogs, and I intend on sticking with them. I will be in touch within the next year or so.. hopefully to claim a pup from one of your litters! Your love and devotion to your Weims and family is truly inspiring. I hope your fur children and human children are doing well!

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  40. November 12, 2016 @ 8:11 pm Rachal Sharp

    I just want to say thank you. Your website and that article is what I needed. I was just about to find my 11 month old girl a new home, i felt that I was not giving Karma what she needed. But stumbling across this I realized that its not about giving her what she need, it’s more about BEING what she needs. And that will in turn give her everything. We are so closely bonded I could never imagine a life with out her. And yes, you are right when you say this breed is not for everyone. But I couldn’t imagine ever having any other dog. Thank you, you are truly inspirational as are all the others who have posted their stories on the comments. It has helped me tremendously.

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  41. April 13, 2017 @ 7:04 pm Maddy

    The pictures of your daughter in her car seat are why I’m commenting. She is not secured at all and in one picture the straps aren’t even on her arms. This is SO dangerous because in an accident she would fly out of her seat. Chest clip is supposed to be on the CHEST and the straps should be tight enough to where there’s no slack. I hope you see my post and take my advice.

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  42. June 8, 2017 @ 6:43 pm Ruth Hearn

    These pictures are great. Your site is beautiful. I have a blue 6 month old puppy and a grey 6 year old. This is our family http://pawesomeprices.com/about/ we have a 6 pack. All are rescues except the puppy.

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