My name is Bridget and I have been involved with Weimaraner Rescue since 2009. While my involvement has been primarily fostering Weims, I have also transported fosters coming into my home, volunteered at meet-and-greets, provided pro-bono legal services, and now serve as President on IWR’s board. I work as an attorney at my law practice, Bott Law, PLLC, but my true love is the four-legged frenzy which greets me at the door each day when I come home.
I became involved with Weimaraners back in 2005 when a neighbor approached me with a beautiful blue Weim that had been dropped off at her home by a woman who was desperate to get the dog away from an abusive husband. The first day I had her I tried to play fetch with her, and when I raised my arm to throw the stick, she ran under the deck and hid. It took me several hours to coax her out of her hiding place, and her broken heart won mine over instantly. She had papers, and in looking at them I discovered she had been born on Christmas Day the previous winter. I named her Hannah Noel, and she became my Christmas miracle. Hannah went everywhere with me and seemed to understand me in a way no other pet I had previously owned ever had. In researching the breed I discovered many of her traits were characteristic of the breed, and I adored every aspect of her.
Two years later Hannah’s life was cut tragically short in an accident, and I was devastated. I didn’t want to replace her, but missed the breed. I began researching rescue work I could do with Weims and was flabbergasted at the sheer number of Weims who were homeless, in shelters, or had been surrendered into rescue. It was a real eye-opener to discover how uninformed I was about the pet overpopulation problem in our country. I wanted to help, and I felt it was a perfect way to honor my love of the breed, and Hannah’s beautiful memory. I filled out an application to volunteer and have never looked back.
After signing up I was immediately placed with my first ‘foster’. Her name was Sasha, and she gave me the full tutorial on what it means to foster a Weim! Three months later after watching Sasha drive away with her forever family I called Mandy, our Director, and asked her between sniffles, ‘Does it ever get any easier?’… Mandy assured me it did, but was honest with me and said, ‘It’s a hard job, but if we don’t let them go, then we can’t help all the other ones that desperately need us’. Her words of wisdom, are something that I have never forgotten, and am reminded of regularly with rescue work.
A couple of fosters later I eventually adopted an older female, who came into rescue from a bad breeding situation (a puppy mill in Eastern Iowa). Despite the obvious neglect and abuse she had suffered she was the sweetest and gentlest soul I had ever met. My husband named her Maggie, and she joined our crew of two cats (Layla and Kadin), and a German Shorthair (Zion). Maggie still resides with us today, welcoming each new foster with unmatched patience and motherly care.
If you would like to know more about fostering or any other volunteer opportunities please feel free to contact me. We are always looking to add to our wonderful volunteer base! I hope you make the leap, and promise you that you will make the difference in the life of a deserving soul!