My husband and I bought a Weim puppy from a breeder 9 years ago when we were in college. She was our baby for 6 years and then she seemed to slow down a bit and get bored easily. We thought bringing in another Weim for her to play with would be a good thing for her. We searched for a long time at different breeders and then came upon a website for a Weim rescue. We worked with the Heartland Weim rescue group and they helped us select a dog that would be a good fit for Bailey.
We rescued a large male Weim named Ike. He had significant separation anxiety and was unable to be crated. Ike also lacked socialization and was scared of everything at first, especially men. He became glued to Bailey and was very dependent on her being with him. It took about 6 months for Ike to transition in and become more secure and less scared of thing(?), and within 6 months he was a completely different dog.
Ike and Bailey became inseparable and adding another dog proved to be an excellent decision for our family. We had Ike and Bailey as a pair for two years and loved the pieces out of both of them.
Last July, 2011 we decided to add another Weim to our pack. Bailey was beginning to slow down again and we wanted to transition in another dog before anything happened to Bailey since Ike was so dependent on her. We contacted the Heartland Weim rescue group and discovered that Iowa had recently branched out on their own with the newly established Iowa Weim Rescue Organization. We worked with Mandy, the director, and let her know the personalities of our current dogs and that we were looking for a dog that would be able to hunt, since Ike is gun-shy. They picked out Chancellor for us. Chance has the most fun personality of any Weim I have ever met. All three of our dogs have very different personalities, but they have blended into a tight-knit pack. Chance was extremely high energy and destructive, so we ran him twice/day and worked through the destructiveness. Once we got Chance crate trained, our house has been peaceful and calm. He enjoys his kennel and goes in willingly. He is no longer getting into trouble because he is able to be safe and secure in his kennel.
Chance has even brought Ike out of his shell and has made him be more independent and secure. We love our two rescue Weims and Bailey so much and feel amazing that we have been able to provide two displaced Weims a loving, secure, forever home and family.
The Iowa Weim Rescue Organization has many amazingly caring, talented, organized, and knowledgeable volunteers and members. We became volunteers for IWR shortly after adopting Chance and have fostered three dogs over this summer. This organization is topnotch and has such a wealth of knowledge about the Weim breed and training Weims amongst its many members. We feel like we have extended Weim family with the IWR group and have a network of people that are just as crazy about Weims as we are.