I was going through my blog dashboard tonight and stumbled across this article that I wrote a few months ago but never published. It’s a little rough, but enjoy.
I have the greatest two dogs known to man. Without Tobey, my life wouldn’t be as rich. I wouldn’t have a dedicated running companion and friend, and more importantly, I wouldn’t have met my wife. For those that don’t know the story, we met at the Alum Creek Dog Park during Pupapolooza because she had a weimaraner puppy named Lillian and I had Tobey. We started talking and the next thing we knew, we had a play-date set up and the rest is history.
The problem with the dogs is that they put on a magnificent facade by acting incredibly sweet and innocent while secretly being cold-blooded killers (especially the Blue (Lillian)). Take a look at the pictures below and try to say they aren’t some of the sweetest dogs you’ve ever seen….
As sweet as they are, the pups are still incredibly protective and territorial. So far this year, Lillian has a squirrel and multiple birds under her belt. In his lifetime, Tobey has tree’d multiple cats, chased many many deer, and also has a few birds and field mice on his resume. Their crowning achievement was a groundhog that they combined to kill two days before our wedding. I can say without question, this was the worst wedding present we received.
Tobey after killing a bird… admiring his work
As I mentioned…. worst wedding present ever
As much as I love the dogs, my only wish is that they could dispose of their prey far far away from the house.
Editors note: I had this post written and ready to post and somehow ended up deleting it. I apologize for the delay in posts.
This is part 4 of my ongoing series of some of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken. If you are new to the blog, the previous posts are: Favorite Pictures, Dog Edition, and Tobey and Lillian Part 1. I encourage you to check them out and let me know what you think. I tend to take a lot of pictures of the pups because of how much they mean to my finance’ and I (we met at the dog park so without the pups….). Anyway, without further reading, I present part 2 of my favorite Tobey and Lillian photographs.
The first picture was taken at Christmas in 2011. Everyone was getting ready to open presents. We gave Lillian hers first so she wouldn’t be running around or scared by all the commotion. She didn’t leave her bed until the bully stick was finished. I love the look of pure joy on her face as well as the vibrant color.
The next picture is of Tobey running at full speed. Nothing makes Tobey happier than running at full speed. When he comes back, you can see the pure joy on his face. My finance’ and I think he would be a horrible hunter in the wild because he gets so excited when he sees or starts chasing something that he starts yelping in a really excited high pitched sound. What I like most about this picture is that you can see the pure force and speed. Another cool difference between the two pups… when Tobey runs, he puts every ounce of energy and passion into it… when Lillian runs, she is graceful like a gazelle and is much faster than Tobey. The contrast is really cool to witness.
Tobey absolutely hates baths. I can’t stress that enough. Giving him a bath is a two person job. One to make sure he doesn’t make a run for it and another to clean him…. However, when my niece was visiting and bath time came… all of a sudden, he got really jealous of all the attention she was getting. The look on my niece’s face is absolutely priceless. I don’t think she knows what to make of this big gray monster. I like to think this was Tobey being protective as weimaraners are some of the most loyal dogs there are.
The next picture was taken in a field near the house. I call it ‘See No Evil.’ I’m not sure what they thought they had, but they were fascinated with whatever it was. I like the whimsical nature of this picture. There are a million captions that could be made but really captures the friendship between the two weims.
If you any comments on the pictures or want to drop a note, please feel free to use the comments section.
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This is the third and final post in my series of favorite photographs that I’ve taken. This post will focus exclusively on my two weimaraners, Tobey and Lillian. I’ll follow the same pattern as before where I’ll write about why I enjoy a particular photo. So…. with that said, let’s get started.
This was taken after the 2008 CHA Dog Jog (my first race ever with Tobey). This was also the day after my grandfather passed away so I was incredibly happy to have something to take my mind of grieving. The picture itself was taken outside of Nationwide Arena. I think what I like most is how the photo captured how happy Tobey was to be around all the dogs and people.
The next picture was taken on a trip to the Hocking Hills. We had just got up and the dogs were already anxious to explore and hunt. They immediately went to the window to see if they could catch a glimpse of the wildlife. I love how this picture captures the two wiems standing next to each other as best friends.
The next picture was also taken in the Hocking Hills. I think this was taken on vivid mode and it really brought out the blue coat on Lillian. She is one of the most photogenic dogs I’ve ever seen and also the sweetest weimaraner in the world
The next two pictures are close ups of Tobey running. This could be one of the cool photo sets of nearly the identical situation in each season. I only need Autumn and Spring to complete the set. I love the floppy ears as he runs.
This picture was taken of Lillian a few Christmas’ ago. I grabbed a scarf and put it on her. In this photo, I especially like the expression on her face and the look in her eyes.
This picture was taken in a nearby woods. This is Tobey’s impression of ‘Where’s Waldo’. Like all great animal pictures, it usually takes about 30 pictures to capture a great one.
This picture was taken at a nearby state park. Tobey had a great time retrieving the ball and bringing it back. What I really like about this picture is the contrast of the water. I like the pure blue in the distance and the muddy shore from all the dog activity.
This post is getting unsurprisingly long so I plan to have a future post of additional Weimaraner pictures. In the meantime, if you have any favorite pictures or photos you’d like to share, please drop a note in the comments.
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The weather was perfect on Sunday for a trip to a nearby field with the Weims. I was beating myself up for not bringing the real camera (Canon Powershot ELPH 300) because there were some great shots. Instead, I used my Samsung Galaxy S3 and was pleasantly surprised with the quality.
Tobey & Lili Scoping Everything Out
Tobey Enjoying the Outdoors
I can’t tell if he’s Happy?
Finally got him to sit long enough to take a picture
Lili in all her glory
Side Profile of Lillian
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