The people of OESR are what make this organization so unique. There are many ways to help English Setters in need. Here are some of the setter loving folks who make this group so spectacular. Want to join Our Pack? We need volunteers - see our "How to Help" section for more details.
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A successful healthcare administrator and nurse practitioner, Dodie finds working with animals on many levels to be a key in assisting them to better lives. She shares her home with adopted OESR setters Pete, Joey and Walter and her sweet boxer Sophie. Dodie will often use complementary methods such as reiki and animal massage practitioners as a way to help her foster dogs relax and be more open. When not helping her setter friends, Dodie is the proud Mom to 3 adults and one adorable grandchild who has the distinction of being the best and smartest grandchild in the history of grandchildren everywhere. She also enjoys reading, gardening, cooking.
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Pat is a lover of many sporting breeds and through the years has shared her life with curly coated retrievers, draathars , Irish Setters and English Setters. She claims to have many more sporting breeds to go and wishes she had all the time and money in the world to share with these amazing dogs. Pat works in the medical field and uses her strong organizational skills to keep finances smoothly running for OESR. Pat relishes her free time at her cabin and where you can see her smiling broadly is when she is with one of her dogs or in her kayak.
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Nikki came to OESR in 2009 having never met an English setter in her life. She had Australian shepherds growing up and had lost her 17 year old Aussie, Dingo, in June of 2008. The day after saying goodbye to her canine best friend, Nikki’s life changed forever. A business trip to Morehead, Kentucky took her past a car pool lot on a rural highway intersection near the town of Grayson. As she passed the gravel lot, she spotted a dog under a car that seemed to be waiting for someone to come back to get him. Six hours later, as Nikki was returning to Ohio, she knew fate had a plan for her when she saw the same dog standing alone in the empty lot. No one came for him. He was waiting for her.
That skinny, tick infested, scruffy dog became known as Grayson and as he got healthy, it was clear that he was a Golden Retriever mix, but the other half was still a mystery. By chance, someone mentioned that his markings were reminiscent of an English setter. That was all it took for Nikki, she researched the breed, fell in love, and found OESR. She volunteered to transport for us, but we needed a foster for the next dog waiting to come in to our rescue. The dog in need happened to be in Morehead and had just had its hind leg amputated by the veterinarian that Nikki had visited the day she found Grayson. Given her soft spot for amputees and the obvious coincidences that aligned with the path that brought her to us, Nikki volunteered to foster and transport the little setter from Morehead and has been a full time foster home ever since.
Nikki is the proud dog mom to Grayson, Colleen (her 14th foster, and her first foster failure), and any OESR dog that needs a place to land on their way to a forever home. Her three cats have adjusted to the swinging door of setters and are hopeful that one day their home will not be the official “cat testing” spot for the Columbus chapter of OESR. In her free time, Nikki is enjoys birding, baking, and getting the dogs out for play time at the local dog park.
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Marcie has been an avid animal advocate since she was a young girl, often rehabbing injured wildlife with the help of her mother from whom she inherited her love of animals.
Marcie has been involved with English Setter rescue for over 10 years wearing many hats to help save the breed she loves so much. She enjoys fostering and meeting new dogs. and she believes that dogs need to be given a chance to be dogs and to enjoy the things they were bred to do in order to bloom into beautiful flowers.
In her spare time she enjoys quilting, photography , and various out door activities. She currently resides in NE Ohio with a couple of wonderful setters.
Kathy Edington is known for being a loving wife, mother of four, grandmother to ten, and angel to countless animals. Her desire to adopt and foster is best described as a calling because of her intense passion to make a difference one dog at a time. Kathy knows that saving them all is impossible, but she is determined to reach out by fostering, transporting and adopting. Kathy fostered and adopted Poppy and Booker from OESR to join Lucy her other rescued English Setter. Having three English Setters is rewarding and makes each day an adventure. Kathy has been affiliated with the OESR for three years now and would like to acknowledge the support her husband, Eric, provides which enables her to remain active with the rescue.
Lisa first fell in love with Setters at 12 yrs. old, when she got her first one, it’s been a love affair ever since! Lisa also has always loved horses, and currently has two Paint horses that she trail rides, shows in pleasure and games and rides in parades. She shares her home with three dogs she adores, Indy - a 15 year old Yellow Lab, Trinity - a 4 yr. old Irish Setter, and Sebastian - a 2 yr. old English Setter adopted from Our English Setter Rescue. Lisa and her husband Brent also have a cat named Oreo. They live in Northern Minnesota, where Lisa is a stay at home mom to Aiden, their young son. Lisa and the whole family love to spend time at their cabin fishing and enjoying nature, the best part of these getaways is the dogs are part of them and that is just the way the family likes it! Lisa is our new rescue “Sunshine Sally” and sends cards and letters of thanks and encouragement to our volunteers and supporters.
Ever since she was a child, Nancy has had a dog or two. Her mother let her drag home strays! Nancy is an admitted pushover for a puppy. In March of 2011, the Roddys lost Toby, their beloved 15 year old English Setter. They raised him from a puppy. Nancy vowed to never having a dog again, because it hurt too badly to lose him. But, Nancy found herself searching the internet and came across the Ohio English Setter Rescue website. She couldn’t help herself, she kept going back to the website and within a short time, and they adopted Wyatt who was obviously treated harshly in his other life. Nancy was very grateful to someone for fostering him, so she decided to foster for OESR. She failed….Abby is her diva princess dog, Nancy says Abby is such a sweetheart… Even though Wyatt is a dog desiring to be loved, it has taken Wyatt almost 2 years to completely trust the Roddys. Just recently, they feel as if he is more relaxed and more trusting. Wyatt and Abby bonded instantly. They are inseparable. Wyatt likes to go hunting; Abby likes to sleep on the bed!!
Nancy is delighted to be able to help pups and families connect.
Transporter/Wisconsin Regional Coordinator
Kathy and her husband (who also assists on transports) have had English Setters for over 30 years. Currently they share their lives with two females, Paige and Pepper. Kathy’s love of English Setters started when she met her husband who at the time had an orange belton ES, from that point on it was the dog for both of them. Her personal favorite is Tricolor or Blue Belton Setters.
Kathy adores setters because they are so loving, smart, silly, beautiful, sensitive and just so easy to be around. One of Kathy’s favorite ways to relax is to be outside in the garden or yard, walking the setters or just watching them play. She also enjoys reading, counted cross-stitch, cooking, red wine and traveling.
Kathy is volunteering because she thinks that OESR is one of the greatest volunteer organizations, and unfortunately there is a huge demand for rescuing our beloved setters and not enough people to help. Kathy hopes to be able to promote setter rescue and setter education more in the state of Wisconsin; she is new in her role as a regional coordinator and xcited to do what she can, whenever she can. Kathy says it warms her heart every time she see a success story of another OESR setter going to its furever home and that makes being involved all the more rewarding.
Amanda and Dave
Amanda Chappell and Dave Dula
Web Development and Graphics Team
Amanda and Dave started following OESR because they lived with their own beloved English Setter, King Spaz, and wanted to follow other setters and groups on Facebook. When a setter in need turned up practically on their doorstep in Atlanta, GA, they went down to pull that poor boy from a shelter and give him a temporary home, which, in just one night became his permanent home. This was Buckley Duke, who they officially adopted the day after rescuing him in June 2012. After the passing of old King Spaz, they decided to foster, and met their latest “foster fail”, the beloved and crazy family member who joined them in 2014, Callie Craken, a 30lb "pocket setter".
Under the guise of running their own website development business, they are fortunate to be able to spend their days with each other, the two setters and their cat, Rolo, who just turned up one day and decided to live with them. Amanda and Dave have helped OESR with website design and development, as well as graphic design support. They also get involved with transports and home visits.
In 2013, Dave rescued and fostered a heavily pregnant English Setter, Taegan, and helped her birth 5 setter mix puppies who, with Amanda’s help, were all raised and then successfully adopted through OESR.