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On the Side of Weims

More Information about owning weimariners


    Melissa Hampton

Vice President:
    Beth Hacker

    Britt Emanuel

    John Bonner

Board Members:
    Sue Ramspacher
    Kim Petri
    Terry Groman

Weimaraner in woods

A Dog is for Life, Not Just for A Holiday!
Thinking About Buying A Dog?

So, you think you would like to purchase a dog. Owning a dog is a responsibility that can be the beginning of years of happiness or the beginning of an overwhelming relationship. Consider these questions seriously and honestly to help you determine if you are ready for such a job.

  • Do we really want a dog?
  • Can we afford to keep a dog?
  • Will we make time to train, groom, and exercise a dog?
  • Will a dog fit into our lifestyle today and years from now?

If you have answered, No, or, I don't know, then this is not the time to welcome a dog into your home.

If you answered, Yes, continue to investigate your options. Why? A recent survey indicates that 90% of pet owners hug their pet daily, 89% played with them daily, and about 65% groomed their pets at least once a week. However, 30% of dog owners have removed a dog from their house because of problem biting, and 85% report some behavior problems, yet only 19% take their dogs to obedience training! Fourteen percent of dog owners do no take their pet to the veterinarian for annual vaccinations, and only 29% visited their veterinarian when their pet had a health problem. Therefore, talk to the experts at the veterinarian's office, SPCA, Humane Society, animal shelter, American Kennel Club, local breed club members, and friends. Ask them about their experiences and responsibilities of owning a dog.

Did you have a breed in mind? Remember to consider the dog's lifestyle. Each breed has been specifically developed for unique characteristics, temperament, and interests. Are you aware o f puppymills and some of the inherent problems for these dogs? Where will you look for your new family member? Think about the size of your house or apartment. Many landlords do not permit dogs, or will ask for a pet security deposit. Think about the amount of space needed for appropriate exercise. Is your yard fenced? Can you afford to install a fence? Can your budget include all of the care that a dog requires and deserves? How much will it cost for food, toys, bedding, crates, leashes, bowls, training classes, vaccinations, routine visits to a veterinarian, other medical considerations?

It is best to make an educated decision; it is okay to change your mind about which breed you want or if you want the responsibility of owning a dog at all, before you buy the dog. A dog is more than man's best friend, it is also a huge responsibility for many years to come, and a holiday is not the appropriate time to bring your new friend into the family. If you have decided to get a dog, consider a symbolic gift at this time-a leash and bowl- while you continue your search for your perfect dog.

We recommend the following references for you to investigate:

A New Best Friend - Where Do I Begin? Available from the Women's Humane Society at (215)750-3100 ext.241 (There is a nominal charge for the booklet.)

The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Dog Love by Marion S. Lane

Doctors Foster and Smith Online pet care infocenter: www.peteducation.com

Humane Society of The United States: www.hsus.org

American Kennel Club: www.akc.org

Petfinder postings: www.petfinder.org

Puppy Referral

The DVWC makes available names of individuals who have puppies (and sometimes adults) available or are planning a future litter. All people referred are members of the DVWC and/or Weimaraner Club of America which has a breeder’s code of ethics. While not endorsing any particular breeder we have personal knowledge of these people who are active in the AKC’s sport of dogs.

For names and other information about owning a Weimaraner contact:
Carole Richards, Public Education and Breeder Referral, 856-854-6336 or email: zarasweimaraners@yahoo.com