The newest member of the Wegman family: Flo!
Flo is eight weeks old, and was brought to the studio by breeder Brian Meany for a photo shoot. She turned out to be such a star, we couldn't bear to let her leave!
Because of their close friendship, Brian had named Flo's dam after Virginia Alexander. Flo's official pedigree is Axel's Peerless Ginny von Upland x Ch. Weatherrun's Six Pack Hemi.
Flo is having a wonderful time exploring her new home and getting to know the other dogs, Bobbin, Candy and Penny. She is a natural in front of the camera, as you can see from the photos above. She is a happy and confident girl who fits in perfectly with her new family.
We are all thrilled to have Flo join us here at the studio!
Check back next week for stories and pictures from the puppy shoot, featuring Flo and her sisters.
We were saddened to hear that Virginia Alexander passed away this morning. Jinny was the queen mother of weimaraners in America. Her book Weimaraner Ways, which she wrote with Jackie Isabel, is the seminal guide to the breed. The world of weimaraners, and of all dogs, has lost a beloved advocate and friend.
For those who knew Jinny, the loss is magnified.
I will always be grateful to Jinny for arranging the "marriage" of my dog Fay with her German-born Arco. Fay and Arco had eight puppies, among them Chundo, Batty and Crooky.
I am also grateful for all the love and advice along the way. Jinny knew more than anyone else the ways of the weimaraner. Whenever I had a question about dogs I asked Jinny.
Last summer Jinny came to our house in Maine with a litter of puppies. We had no idea it would be our last photo shoot together.
Jason, Gene, Atlas, Renee, Lola and Jinny, 2010
Jinny will be greatly missed by us, and all of the weimaraner community.
Terri Saunders asked: "I have a 19 month old Weim "Gunner". Got him when he was 6 weeks old. Loves the camera. When you were filming the Weims what age did you find it easiest to work with them and what did you use for motivation? How long are/were their attention spans when filming. They are such an intelligent breed."
WW answers: When I photographed 6 week old puppies for my Cinderella book, I went crazy trying to get them to behave. After a few days of frantic attempts it dawned on me: puppies at this age all fall asleep and awake at the same time, together. If I set them in position just before or right after sleeping they stay right in place.