Awe...thats a tear jerking story. I'm 38 and had dogs all my life and some damn fine dogs but this Weim is the most amazing animal I've ever ben around. If she's representative of the breed then the Duke of Weim that created the breed was a sharp SOB, lol. They are amazing, mine follows me around like a shadow. She catches, fetches, retrieves in water or otherwise...just incredible dogs and I hesitate to call her a dog because she sure doesn't know she is, lol.