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“THANK YOU, RICH, FOR YOUR SPECIAL WORK WITH DOGS.“
Click the image to read about Rich’s personal pet, Jackson. Jackson spent 5 years unwanted in a no-kill shelter, before Rich rescued him in 2003. Jackson was deemed aggressive (towards dogs and people) and out of control; Jackson now has hundreds of dog, cat and human friends!
Rich and the Hidden Fence Company were Noah’s Ark supporters starting in 1991.
“TAZ Lands a Plum Job”
Originally Published in Ark News : Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association Newsletter
By: Pat Beilot, Vice President
Taz, a Lab/Pit mix was first brought into Noah’s Ark in 1999 after growing up in a home that kept him tethered outdoors instead of raising him in the home with the family. This is harsh treatment for any dog – but especially for a puppy. Puppies crave exercise and mental stimulation and they need to learn social skills with humans and other pets.
Taz missed out on those social opportunities as a puppy and consequently was not a highly desired candidate for adoption by many visitors at Noah’s Ark. He did get to try a few families but this lack of manners often led to assertive handling and then concerns about aggression with people and dogs. His increasingly unruly behavior also made it difficult for sat and volunteers to handle him.
When his behavior became a serious concern for the staff, 15 year Noah’s Ark supporter Rich Weinssen was asked to come in and evaluate Taz. Rich was the first trainer to suggest Taz has the potential to be a truly good companion with proper handling and he offered to foster Taz for a period of time. Some time with Rich would give Taz a far better chance to find a keeper-home.
So “Taz” became “Jackson” and with in a few weeks, Jackson became Rich’s personal dog. Rich’s previous 14 yr old male Corgi had passed on a few months earlier and Jackson entered Rich’s home with great timing. Jackson has flourished with Rich’s training, including becoming very friendly and social with many cats and dogs (after behaving aggressively towards all dogs and cats at the shelter). Jackson helps Rich with his work as both a trainer and with Hidden Fence Company trainings.
Jackson needed a special home and at Noah’s Ark was given that extra time to help to find just the right one.
This past fall the Weinssen family suffered the sudden loss of their beloved 10 year old Labrador Retriever, Emily. In a sympathy card / thank you note from Rich he ended with these remarks“There’s an old saying that goes something like this: I thought I was saving Jackson/Taz…but since my wonderful Emily passed…it is him saving me. Jackson had a two year relationship with Emily, who lived with Yorgi, who knew Eltie, who lived with Nikki, who knew Hubcap. That’s my string of dogs over the last 25 years. For the moment, Jackson is the last link in that chain of love.”
THANK YOU RICH FOR YOUR LOVE AND YOUR SPECIAL WORK WITH DOGS.Thanks comes too, I am sure, from the many animals and their families whose lives you have touched.