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Weimaraner Stories

  • Rescue at Rainbow Bridge
  • Billy
  • New Baby Syndrome
  • Exercise Program
  • Truth or Dare

Rescue at Rainbow Bridge

Unlike most of the days filled at Rainbow bridge, this particular day dawned cold and grey, damp as a swamp and as dismal as any day could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to the Rainbow bridge.

It was not long before an elderly dog came into view, his head hung low, and his tail was dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while knew what his story was right away. They had seen this happen far, far too often. The dog approached slowly and was obviously in great emotional pain but with no sign of illness or injury. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at the bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked slowly to the Rainbow bridge, he saw all the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But alas, it was not to be. As he approached the bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who sadly apologised to him and told him he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with people could pass over the bridge.

With no place else to turn to, the elderly dog went towards the field before the bridge and saw a group of other animals staring at him forlornly. He took his place amongst them. One of the newest arrivals did not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of his friends who had been with him a while to explain. 'Well, you see that poor dog over there and the others, they are rescues. He was turned into a rescue just as you see him now, an older dog with his fur greying and his eyes clouding. He passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence'. Because he had no family to give him love, he has no one to escort him over the bridge. The first dog thought about this for a minute and then asked 'so what will happen now?'

As he was about to receive his answer the clouds parted and the gloom lifted with an almighty wind. Approaching the bridge could be seen a single person and the group of rescued animals were bathed in a glorious golden light. They were once again young and healthy, just as they were in the prime of life.
'Watch and see' said the second dog. Another group of animals waiting came to the pathway and bowed their heads ever so low as the person came closer. At each bowed head the person offered a pat on their heads and a scratch to their ears. One by one the newly restored animals fell into line and followed the rescuer towards the Rainbow bridge. They all crossed the bridge together. 'What just happened?' asked the first dog.

That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing their heads in respect were those who found new homes because of all the work the rescue do. They will all cross the Bridge when a rescuer arrives because they are allowed to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals, that had no place on Earth, across the Rainbow bridge.

'I like rescuers' said the first dog.

' So does God' was the reply from the second animal, 'So does God.

God bless them all.


Billy is now an deaf old man and is never more content that lying on his back on the sofa with all four legs in the air with his head on his precious cushion. You meet Billy, you meet his cushion!! As Billy says ‘Nobody’s perfect!!!’

Among the Area Officers, a new phrase has emerged. ‘The New Baby Syndrome’. People who suffer from this syndrome are young and usually in full-time employment. If already born, the baby goes to a nursery. The mother is often under pressure from the future grandparents. ‘When the baby comes, the dog will HAVE to go.’ If this is resisted, the mother can often last till the baby is 8 months, but, by that time, the dog is simply in the way and too much trouble.

At times, with the first baby, ‘N.B.S.’ displays limited symptoms only to re-emerge with a full-blown attack when subsequent babies arrive. The most common symptoms are fear of fresh air and inability to transport oneself without the use of four wheels and a metal cage. This affects mainly women and is considered to be inherited. Any Weimaraner requiring a walk will, of course, aggravate the symptoms. It is to be expected that the progeny will also be affected, mainly showing extreme reluctance to exercise, with mobility being restricted to climbing into the car seat and, later on, displaying the characteristic square eyes.

Although as yet not medically recognised, N.B.S. is on the increase with new cases being reported on a national scale. Support groups are now being established in order that sufferers may learn to cope with their lack of feelings of guilt. In time, it is hoped that they will come to terms with the fact that, as they loved this dog so VERY much, their ‘disease’ affected their dialling fingers so much that it became physically impossible for them to lift the telephone to find out if the dog was well.

Volunteers are NOT required, as this disease is highly contagious. If you think you know someone who might have contracted it, the first sign will be an inability to seek or take advice. This can often be apparent BEFORE a puppy is bought.

From a personal point of view, I am always wary of people who laugh at my jokes!!!



You’ve seen those ads on TV promising amazing results from all sorts of contraptions.   Well there’s no need to invest in fancy equipment.   If you have (or can borrow) a dog, you have everything you need.

The following exercises can (and will) be done anytime, anywhere.

Inner thighs:

Place the dog’s favourite toy between thighs.   Press tighter than the dog can pull.   Do not attempt barelegged – dogs who favour shortcuts to success will just dig the toy out.   You could be damaged.

Upper body strength:

Lift the dog – off the couch, off the bed.   Repeat.   Repeat.   Repeat.   As the dog ages, the process is reversed – onto the couch, onto the bed, and so on!

Balance and co-ordination:

Exercise 1:  Remove your puppy from unsuitable tight places.   If they’re too small for him, they’re certainly too small for you.   Do it anyway.   Repeat.   Repeat.   Repeat.

Exercise 2:  Practice not falling when your dog bounds across the full length of the room, sails through the air and slams both paws into the back of your knees.

Exercise 3:  (for use with multiple dogs)   Remove all dogs from lap and answer the phone before it stops ringing.
Alternate:  For older dogs – attempt to cross a room without tripping over the dog.   Get off your couch without crushing any part of a sleeping elder-dog.

Upper Arms:

Throw the ball.   Throw the squeaky toy.   Throw the Frisbee.   Repeat till nauseous.
Alternate:  Tug the rope.   Tug the pull toy.   Tug the sock.   Repeat until your shoulder is dislocated or the dog gives up (we all know which comes first).

Hand co-ordination:

Remove foreign object from locked jaw.   This exercise is especially popular with puppy owners.   Repeat.   Repeat.   Repeat.
Remember this is a timed exercise.   Movements must be quick and precise (think concert pianist) to prevent trips to the vet which only offer the minimal exercise benefit of jaw firming clenches.


After the dog has worn out the rest of your body, hang a circular toy on your ankle and let the dog tug while you tug back.   Warning:  this is feasible only for those with strong bones and small dogs.   Have you taken your calcium supplement today?
Alternate:  Run after the dog – pick any reason, there are plenty.   Dogs of any size can be used for this exercise.   Greyhounds are inadvisable.

Neck Muscles:

Attempt to outmanoeuvre the canine tongue headed for your ear, mouth, or eyeball.   This is a lifelong fitness programme.   A dog is never too old or feeble to lick the inside of your nostril when you least expect it.

When I was a child a few centuries ago, I would play ‘Truth or Dare’.

It was usually something silly and nobody cared or, as we got older, it always seemed more embarrassing but still nobody really cared. So now it’s your turn, go on – is it to be Truth or Dare?

Do you dare to look at the picture below and not care? Do you dare to accept that this starvation goes on in this country in the new Millennium and sit back in apathy? Do you dare not shed a tear for a baby such as this? And the Truth?

This we see regularly. Perhaps not quite so young, but skeletons covered in skin just the same. This is the reason we, in Rescue, cringe whenever a Weimaraner is used in an advertising campaign or as the BBC Watchdog mascot. This is the reason we try desperately hard to stop the media attention. Unfortunately, we are a small voice

Together we can be a BIG voice.  When next you see a Weimaraner used by the media as the ‘latest fashion’. Remember this photograph and