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The Weimaraner I Call My Best Friend

Updated on July 26, 2012
The day I brought her home
The day I brought her home
Kina at 6 months old
Kina at 6 months old

A Weim Named Kina

Sadly enough, she wasn't even supposed to be my dog, I never really cared for big 70 lb dogs. My roommate at the time loved this breed of dog and she was just diagnosed at age 28 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Well coincidentally, right about that time, a woman I worked with was expecting a litter of Weimaraner puppies later on in the year, so I asked if I could have one when they got here as a present for my roommate because of her ordeal with cancer. And, even though I offered to pay for the pup, she wouldn't let me so I ended up scoring an expensive dog with a pedigree for free.

Since the wait was such a long time, my friend was on her last stretch of chemo and actually beat her cancer a week before the puppy was ready to bring home. Now, as you might already know, Weimaraners are smart dogs and you have to be on your toes or they will completely have the upper hand and rule the house. So, I read all the books about socializing, house breaking, crate training, and was ready for the challenge.

The day arrived when she was ready to come home, so after work I drove as fast as I could 30 minutes after getting off work at 6, picked her out (I already had an idea of which one I wanted because we'd agreed on the cute littlest girl)...On the car ride home I instantly feel in love with this sweet, affectionate puppy. Weimaraners aren't all that small when their 6 weeks old, compared to other breeds. She was about the length of my thigh and slept on it the whole way back.

Then we started having alpha problems around the house shortly after that. Kina took to my roommate more than she did me and absolutely refused to submit to me like I was the "pack leader". So we struggled with this for about a week. She wouldn't let me in bed with my partner/roommate, in fact she even tried to get in the middle of us and shove her paws in my back all night long. And all the while I was the one who was house training her, had her on a schedule and had her practically clicker trained already (they're highly intelligent dogs--we had ours potty trained completely in two weeks time by using a bell tied to the front door and crate training while we were at work).

Kina at 5 years
Kina at 5 years

So basically after months of having no life for myself because I had to be responsible for this poor puppy who was going to suffer a horrible quality of life, if I'm not there for her, she became my best friend--almost a child type responsibility for someone in their 20's. I mean Weims are very clingy, demanding, and need to be close to their owners.

Anyway, the situation with the roommate/partner/ex (whatever you want to call her) gradually went from bad to worse and we parted ways, but she waited until I wasn't home and STOLE my dog. (At this point I considered the dog mine because I put in all the work)...The AKC papers were in my name so I had no problem going to a lawyer to get her back but I settled for "joint custody" for about a year, where we swapped out every week and I didn't trust her with my dog one bit. But I figured she'd flake eventually and she did. She ended up telling me she didn't want her anymore. It kind of made me sad for Kina that she wouldn't get to see her anymore but, I'm so tired of dealing with my ex that I don't care at this point.

Anyway once the other person was out of the picture, the dog and I get along great. She is the most loyal, loving dog I have ever owned in my life. She is well behaved. We do absolutely everything together. Her favorite thing to do is go through the drive thru with me at McDonalds. She has such a funny attitude. If you aren't paying special attention to her she will go get a napkin out of the trash and just stand there in your peripheral vision where you can see she has it and wait on you to look at her. She cracks me up.

So, in conclusion, I guess the moral of the story is that you never know what you're gonna miss out on if you don't stick it out through the rough times. I'm so glad I didn't just give up on this dog when we were struggling in the beginning because she is such a loyal companion now.


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    • crissytsu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Yeah that unfortunately happens a lot...not many people fully understand how demanding and strong willed they are before they get one and just like the way they look..they say you should take them to obedience school early on (or do it yourself and establish yourself as the "boss") or they will run all over you. Even though mine knows I'm the boss she is still a master manipulator and keeps me on my toes...I enjoy her so much though, she has such a cool personality, it's almost human like. Thanks for the vote!

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      I love Weimaraners they are so pretty. Yours is beautiful. My sister-in-law once had one she took back she just could not handle her. I don't think she tried very hard. Voted Up.

    • crissytsu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Bob, I appreciate your kind words and the vote. Hope you have a great day.

    • Bob Bamberg profile image

      Bob Bamberg 

      6 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Heartwarming story, Crissy. You did Yeoman's work. Not only were you holding down a full time job, training Kina and helping her adapt to her new life, but also supporting your partner through her ordeal. You get a super-sized Attagirl.

      No matter what, though, you'll always be able to count on Kina's love and devotion. Voted up/interesting. Regards, Bob

    • crissytsu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by Dr. Mark...You can't really see the scars where she was mauled by the chow but she has marks on the corners of each eye (it almost ripped her eyes out if it had been a millimeter closer)...She was a lucky pooch.

      That's so funny about you deleting the half the pics...I do the same thing. LOL

    • DrMark1961 profile image

      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I just read your comment at "Five Dog Breeds..." so I had to pop over here and see if you had posted a photo of her. She is really gorgeous. They are a regal looking breed, and it sounds like you can handle her. So many of them are just TOO active, and beyond the capacity of their owners. I am glad you got her out of "joint custody".

      My Pit Bull mix is the same way with photos. I take a ton and delete most of them. Oh well!

    • crissytsu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks! She is a lot of fun...She hates the camera though. I literally have to take 300 pics just to get one where she isn't deliberately looking away. Hehe.

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Our loyal friends are fun and do have wonderful personalities and quirks.

      Kina is awesome and takes a great picture.

    • crissytsu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Maria

    • Maria Cecilia profile image

      Maria Cecilia 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      pretty dog, she looks rare....


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