Lisa Spakowski, Illinois Birddog Rescue Founder and President mourns the loss of her beloved English Pointer boy Westleigh---otherwise knows as Wes, Wubbies, Wubs. After the adoption of her Pointer, Wes, in 1999, Lisa learned about the wonderful world of Birddogs and Field Training. This passion also helped her to create Illinois Birddog Rescue which is a Pointer and Setter Adoption Foundation in the Chicagoland area. “
Allison Brudney, Lisa’s close friend and fellow board member writes: “Wes was the reason Lisa started IBR, the reason we all have that special pointer or setter (or blend) in our lives, and the reason we are all friends! In lieu of sending flowers, we would like to set up the Wubbies Memorial Fund.”
Lisa’s Own Words: “Wes was a gift and it was an honor to have had him in my life. He was such a blessing. Through him and the love of the breed I started IBR and because of him my extended family is big and wonderful. I love you Wes- forever and always. Thanks for 8 wonderful happy years; your spirit and zest for life will always be a comfort to me.”Lisa Flores, an IBR volunteer wrote the following upon hearing of Lisa's loss:
"I just want you to know this...and I don't want to make you
sad...We never met Wes but he is part of our family. Sofia
(my 2 year old daughter) watches the NATCH video several
times a day. She wakes up and says good morning to our
dogs and then says "WES" and runs to the computer!
She can navigate the IBR site to get to the videos! He has
brought so much joy to Sofia and to us! I wish you could
see her reaction and hear her cheering him on! We are
so glad that we are a part of the IBR family!"