I am relatively new to rescue as I started volunteering in December 2011. I have been active fostering dogs, transporting dogs coming into rescue, attending book club learning events, and I try to attend as many social outings as possible.
I became involved in rescue after we lost our first Weim of 7 years due to renal failure (Feb 2011). I soon discovered the house was just too quiet and lonely without the warmth and family atmosphere that a Weim brings to any household. My beautiful blue Sarah found her forever home with us in April 2011 through Weimaraner Rescue. I am forever indebted to the Rescue for bringing Sarah into our family, and I will do whatever I can to support the rescue’s efforts to help other wonderful Weims find their own family who is deserving of one of these fabulous dogs. Around Christmas 2012, my local vet clinic contacted me regarding an abandoned Weim, knowing that I would take him in. Max was my first foster for IWR. What a wonderful experience that was! He now has a beautiful family and home in Omaha. It was a little hard letting go, especially my first foster, but what a great dog he was and I just knew he deserved a home all his own.
My home includes Sarah, my beautiful blue baby. She started out with 2 separate families that just did not have the time to give her. She was left alone in a pen for up to 18 hours a day. She is now the pampered princess of our acreage. She graciously shares her home with my fosters and is eager to teach them how to look for rodent hideouts in the tall grass and find fish swimming just off the dock at the pond. Sarah took “Most Improved” in the obedience class we attended and she loves to be a “show off/know-it-all” when training with the foster dogs. She is much more obedient when there is another dog that she can out preform! I also have a very Weim savvy cat, Tommy. He is quite the training tool for my foster dogs. Frequently the dogs make bookends around me on the couch while Tommy lies directly on top of me. He loves to be the centerpiece for testing their resolve to “leave it.”
Sarah and I enjoy long, frequent walks around our acreage, swimming, and watching fish in the pond. Sarah is sure she will catch one someday, but she is usually better at catching baby rabbits and mice. Sarah loves to be a lap dog and is also the biggest bed hog ever!
My family consists of my son, Tony, 23, who serves in the US Army. He assists me with fostering/training (and sharing his bed) when he comes home on leave. He is also a Weim lover. In fact, his high school senior picture was taken with our beloved Weim, Edgar. It is the focal point of our living room.
My boyfriend, Brent, is a great help, allowing me to assist with Rescue. He started out as not much of a dog person, until he met what he soon called the “Coolest Dog,” Edgar. Our experience in adopting Sarah has been absolutely perfect and he knows the passion I have for this breed and the Rescue that supports them. He has repeatedly encouraged me to consider adopting both my first foster Max, and my current foster, Maggie as he is now a true Weim lover as well. He assists me with training and has opened his home to our lively visits to Des Moines (his cat, Sparky, is less than thrilled).
We enjoy riding motorcycles; although most of my time is consumed by the dogs…they are my true passion. I am a helicopter EMS Flight RN for Air Evac EMS Inc. I tell people that I have spent my entire professional career saving people’s lives, I VOLUNTEER to save these dogs.