We have learned that “Little Red Girl” will become our Roxie. We only have 17 more days until Roxie comes home. Since I last wrote, all of the puppies have been evaluated and have been through temperament tests. According to the evaluator (who is also a professional handler), Roxie is absolutely gorgeous and is her pick of the litter. In fact, had she not been blue in color, she would have wanted to take her for herself! Remember, blue Weimaraner\’s can\’t be shown in the confirmation ring but they can compete if field and obedience trials, which is what we will be going for. In addition, we will be working to compete in an international conformation show in September. The blue isn\’t a disqualification internationally. So we\’ll see how it goes.
Last weekend, all the puppies went through temperament testing and Roxie scored mostly 3\’s. What does that mean? Well basically, they are tests to determine, the bold, independent, shy, aggressive personality traits in a puppy. Here is the website that describes what kind of tests they do: http://www.canadawestieclub.ca/westies/temp2.html And here is what \”Mostly 3\’s\” means:
Mostly 3\’s This pup is outgoing and friendly and will adjust well in situations in which she receives regular training and exercise. She has a flexible temperament that adapts well to different types of environment, provided she is handled correctly. May be too much dog for a family with small children or an elderly couple who are sedentary.
We are very excited about this news. This means that more than likely, Roxie will do well in training and competitions.
Mom has been to visit Roxie a couple of times now and you can scroll down to the \”First Visit to See the Puppies\” blog and see the slide show with newly added photos. We are hoping to visit her this weekend. She will be 8 weeks old on Friday and technically, time to go home. But as most of you know, we will be on vacation for the 2nd annual Shasta houseboat trip the following week. So she will stay with Liz until we get back.
Once Roxie is home and settled in, we will be having a \”Puppy Training Party\” in which we will invite a bunch of people over to help us train her to act appropriately when someone comes to the door, as well as around a crowd of people. Of course food and beverages will be served. If you would like to participate, let me know! It should be lots of fun and will probably be your first chance to meet her.
Well, I think that\’s all for now. I\’ll be sure to send an update if we get to see her this weekend. Otherwise, my next posting will probably be after we return from vacation and Roxie comes home.