December 20, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society News
The weimeraner known as the Gray Ghost
Have you noticed the sleek, regal dog in the VW Jetta commercials or seen pictures by the famous photographer William Wegman of dogs in human clothes? Those are weimeraners.
In the early 1800s Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar began developing a “super dog,” a combination of all the best qualities of scent hounds and fowl hunters. Although his records have been lost so it is uncertain exactly which dogs were used in the process, two of the main ones were the red schweiss hound (like a bloodhound) and the Great Dane. The result was the present-day weimeraner.
The weimeraner (weimie for short) today is also called the Gray Ghost because of its unusual short gray coat and those eerie light eyes, which can be light amber, gray or gray-blue. A male stands about 26 inches at the shoulder and weighs 70 to 85 pounds; females are slightly smaller. They are super smart, problem-solving animals and, like all hunters, require lots of exercise. They are intensely loyal to their owners but not stranger-friendly like labs and must be trained early to accept outside people. Since they are bred to be the superlative hunter any small animal that strays into their territory is at risk. They can be trained to abide cats if they are introduced to them as pups.
Training and exercise are the key with these noble animals. They are awkward teenagers, a period which lasts with this breed until they are two, sometimes three years old, not knowing their own strength and into everything from stealing food off the counter to eating furniture. For that reason young dogs are not recommended for families with young children or old or infirm members unless they are closely supervised. Adult weimies, on the other hand, after proper training, are used in therapy with children and old people, and in police work--anything that requires high intelligence and great athletic ability.
Because of their temperament and intelligence weimies must have people. If left without sustained, regular human contact they easily and quickly become neurotic, problem dogs and can be impossible to manage. It is generally understood that if you can’t control your weimie, it will control you.
This all adds up to make the weimeraner presently living at the Marshall County Humane Society Adoption Center a special case. Of course, we want all the little dogs there to find the perfect home, but most of them are happy at the center with the other dogs, a safe, comfortable place to stay and a secure food source. The weimie must have more. If you can handle a dog that may be smarter than you (they are also called the dog with the human brain) and give it the love, guidance and exercise it needs call us at 662-564-2900.
We also have some really cute kittens (not to be used as weimie food). They have already been fixed and their shots are up-to-date. They are just at the right age to grab your heart and adjust to your family. Let us know if you have a spot for any or all of them. (662-564-2900) See the accompanying pictures for a study in cuteness.
To make your appointment with our Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-252-6196. For information on adoptions, fostering or anything but the Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-564-2900.
Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - December 18, 1997
Corey Yates tapped for first team All-District in Class 4A, District II
Corey Yates, the Holly High Hawks senior running back, was selected to the first team in District II. Yates piled up impressive stats this year while carrying the pigskin. He was also tapped for a slot on the All-District Second Team. Lamont Hubbard and Christopher Lyons also received double nods as honorable mentions.
Karen Green selected “coach of the year”
Karen Green, track coach at Potts Camp High School, has been selected as girl’s cross country “Coach of the Year” by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
Galena students win 1998 Energy Poster contest
This year’s winners of the 1998 Energy Poster contest include Thomas Bullock, fourth grade student at Galena School and Amber Davis, sixth grade student at Galena. Their posters will appear on a wall calendar.
25 Years Ago - December 23, 1982
Got their deer
Among those reporting deer to The South Reporter this week were Lee Culver, eight-point; Tim Shaw, six-point; Jerry McCrory, four-point; Preston Knight, six-point; and Barry Smith, eight-point.
Deborah Foster completes B.S.
Deborah Foster of Waterford has completed work toward the Bachelor of Science degree in social work at Jackson State University. She will return in May for commencement exercises. Deborah is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Foster of Waterford.
Annual Thursday Club tea held in Gholson home the 16th
Mrs. Henry Fort Gholson entertained with the annual Christmas tea of the Thursday Club at her lovely home on College Ave. The dining table was centered with an antique crystal and silver epergne arranged with red carnations and fir branches, flanked by silver candelabra holding red tapers and tied with red bows on a runner of green and red taffeta. Old English wassail was served from a silver punch bowl at one end of the table and wine was served from the other end. Mrs. Fort Gholson Jr. assisted in serving.
50 Years Ago - December 19, 1957
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