Our Success with Iowa Weimaraner Rescue
We rescued our first dog Beau, a Weimaraner, from a humane society at 1 year old. He was a typical Weimaraner with all of their positive characteristics. He was extremely loyal, loved to cuddle, great hunter, and very smart. He also had ALL of the so-called negative traits: high separation anxiety, not kennel trained, opened cupboards, and counter surfed. Out of all his traits, he had the biggest heart. That’s where our love for Weimaraners started. We had Beau for 6 years and he had many health issues. At age 2 he had an internal hernia which required an extensive surgery. At 5 we discovered he had heart failure and heart disease. He was given 2 months to 1 year to live. This was extremely tough as he was a very active dog and loved to hunt. His exercise was now to be limited. Our life changed after we found this out. Besides work, nothing was done without Beau being there with us. The doctors were able to get his heart issues under control, but 15 months later he started to have seizures. The doctors were unable to find the cause of the seizures and unfortunately could not do any tests with his heart condition. 6 months after his first seizure, Beau ended up having 5 seizures in one night. Being on seizure medication and having no other options, we had to make the hard decision to put him down. He was only 7 years old. It is to this day the one of the hardest things we have ever gone through. It was so painful saying goodbye to our first dog. Not a day goes by where we don’t think about him.
After Beau passed, we decided to wait to get another dog. We still had very heavy hearts and were not ready. Four months went by and we started to talk about getting another Weimaraner. We felt that we needed to rescue again and help out a dog in need. We emailed Mandy with Iowa Weim Rescue, filled out an application, and set up a time to talk. We ended up talking for over an hour and she felt that she had a fit for us. We still remember the excitement we had after that phone call and the possibility of getting a new dog. Everything Mandy said about Jadie seemed too good to be true (especially for a Weimaraner). She sounded so well behaved and like a great dog. Mandy chose us and we were to meet Jadie in 2 weeks, after she was spayed and our references were checked. It was a long 2 weeks, but Mandy sent us many pictures which we loved to look at. We live in the Minneapolis area and drove down to meet her. Jadie came out of the house and we had the same feeling as when we met Beau for the first time; we knew right away. We spent an hour there and when we went to leave, Jadie hopped right in the car and was ready for her new home.
Later that day Jadie became Maddi. She caught on to her new name instantly. We have now had her for four months. She is a sweet and gentle dog full of energy. All she wants to do is please us. She loves hunting and is a great running partner! She listens extremely well and has had zero accidents in the house. Mandy was correct when she kept telling us that she is very well behaved. We got very lucky in finding her and can’t thank Iowa Weim Rescue enough for placing her with us. I feel Maddi would say the same as she is spoiled beyond belief. To show our gratitude for finding us our new Weim and all of the good that Iowa Weim Rescue does, we have taken it upon ourselves to help out in any way that we can. We are not in a place to help by fostering, but have helped by sending supplies down such as kennels, collars, leashes, etc, and will continue to help out in any way we can. Thanks Iowa Weimaraner Rescue!!!
Chad, Melissa, and Maddi