I want to introduce you guys to the new addition to our family. Meet Fay. She was picked up by the humane society about a week ago wandering around Wenatchee with a little terrier mix (about 3 hrs away from me). She weighs 45 lbs, and she is very boney. All the folks at the shelter said that she was a sweetie. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence and is very timid. Since the shelter insisted on spaying her before I brought her home 3 hrs away, she has had a very rough week. I don’t know what she went through before the shelter picked her up, but I don’t think it was good. She was definitely slowly starving to death, and I think she was attacked several times by humans just because of the way she acts sometimes around me. The shelter thinks she is 1-2 years old.
The shelter says she is a purebred which is why I find it odd that she was never microchipped. Since she was never spayed, I’m thinking maybe the previous owners wanted to breed her. The whole thing is just sad.
I didn’t think I could love any other dog as much as I love Kai, but I was wrong. Remember when we brought Kai home?
That 4 pound bundle of joy turned into a 75 pound dog who turns 1 year old in about a week.
After puking the entire night after I brought her home (from the spaying and subsequent medication), she finally started eating yesterday afternoon. She has eaten more today. We have her on puppy food even though she is older than Kai. The vet said that will help her put some meat on her bones. I can’t even tell you how delicate she feels. When I pet her, all I feel is fur and bones. She should be 15 pounds heavier.
I had no idea if she was housebroken when I brought her home, and she seems to know what to do so far. We have only had one accident in the house, but I think it was because she was scared and hurting from the first night she was at our house.
I was really worried about how she would do with Kai the day after I brought her home because I had to work that day. I came home to them rolling around in the grass together!! Kai has about 30 pounds on her, and I keep telling him to be careful. She is a little fighter though. She definitely snaps at him when he gets too rough– which he needs!
After sleeping on the couch Tuesday night, I wanted to sleep in my bed. Fay’s stomach seemed to calm down so I carried her into my bed with Kai and me. They took up the entire bed!! This won’t be a normal occurrence since I need my sleep, but it was cute that they are bonding so much.
Why another weim?? We LOVE the breed. We understand the breed. AND we are active enough for this breed. A lot of people want to adopt a Weimaraner just because they look so different from other dogs. They also act differently. They are often called the “Gray Ghost.” because they are literally attached to your hip wherever you let them go with you. Once they get attached to their “human,” it is a bond for life. They are great little runners and VERY protective. Weims LOVE to cuddle and are very intelligent.
The downside: Since they are very intelligent, they can get into a lot of trouble around the house. Our house is torn up because of Kai. Oye. Don’t get me started. He is finally starting to listen to me and not chew up EVERYTHING after a year. They have severe separation anxiety. You can’t just leave them alone for 12 hours a day. They will miss you too much. They have TONS of energy. We have been running Kai 3 miles/ day or hanging out at the dog park for an hour or two. Sometimes we throw in a 4-6 miler in there depending on how hyper he is. The vet didn’t want us to run him more than that within the first year.
I put in a search on petfinder.com a few months ago for a purebred weim within 6 hours driving distance from our house. Our first weim, Oliver, was a rescue. We wanted a weim puppy after he passed away and got Kai. We went with the rescue dog route again for Fay. One look at her pathetic (even more than the pics above of her) pic, and I knew we had to save her.
I don’t know if she is even leash trained, and I won’t get to find that out for another two weeks while she heals. We might go on a few walks here and there though until she gets her stitches out. Then, it will be a slow progression with the running to be able to keep up with her brother. I know she is gonna love the trails around our house as much as Kai does.
I kept whispering to her on the car ride home on Tuesday, “Don’t worry, little girl. You are safe now.”