One Family Finds their Perfect Match – TWICE – at Great Plains SPCA

By: Andrea Steinbreuck

Obi Brandi 2014We love hearing stories of people finding the perfect addition to their family, and recently we received an e-mail from the Wiemann family that found their “perfect match” at Great Plains SPCA – TWICE!

In December of 2011, Mica and Jake Wiemann visited our Merriam location searching for a new companion for them and their two young boys, ages 2 and 5. After meeting several adoptable dogs, they still had not found the perfect match for their family. That’s when one of Great Plains SPCA’s Adoption Counselors suggested they meet with Brandi, a staff-favorite who also happened to be pit bull mix.

At first, Mica and Jake were hesitant to even consider a pit bull. “We have heard all the hype and stories in the media about ‘violent, aggressive pit bulls.’ We went home, did our research, and learned more about what the breed is like without the bias.” After talking it over, they agreed to meet Brandi.

Brandi instantly stole their hearts. She was exactly what the family had been looking for. “She was an immediate hit – full of energy to keep up with my two boys, but very loving and so sweet-natured.” Brandi helped break down the pit bull stereotype and opened the family’s eyes to what wonderful dogs they are.

Obi Cooper 2014

After a couple years with Brandi, the Wiemanns decided it was time to add another pup into the mix. They visited Great Plains SPCA’s Independence Campus in 2013, and this time, were specifically looking for a pit bull. That is when they fell in love with a large brindle boy, whom they named Obi wan Kenobi, since their sons are big Star Wars fans. “He lives up to his name of a courageous Jedi,”  Mica explains “and Obi adores our boys.”

Thanks to the recommendation of the Adoption Counselor, who was able to match the needs of the family to the perfect dog, Mica and Jake Wiemann are now self-proclaimed pit bull advocates. They strongly encourage those looking for a new family member to consider adopting a pit bull, as they now have two that have shown them more love than they could have ever imagined. “I just encourage everyone that I meet to have an open mind,” Mica explains “because every dog (breed) is capable of love – and pit bulls are no exception.”

Mark Obi Dec 4 2013Please check out our website to see our many amazing dogs available for adoption – including many pit bull mixes! We have Adoption Counselors on-site that can help you find the perfect pet for your family.

Thank you to the Wiemann family for sharing their story and for being advocates for pit bulls!


Mica Wiemann

Thanks for sharing our sweet story- hoping it encourages others considering adoption! 🙂


Great story! It’s wonderful to see minds changing. We own a pit mix and she’s the sweetest thing! Love her dearly!


As a fellow pit bull owner, I commend them on their open mindedness! So many people would hear the breed and pass it by without doing any research and it is so great that they took that extra step. And to now be a breed advocate is so wonderful! Pit bulls need all the help they can get. Everyone who has met my girls (including my stubborn mother) has fallen in love with them and has realized that what they see in the news is NOT the real story.


Thank you for sharing your story. I adopted my 6 1/2 year pit bull, Brandy, from the Independence Campus (it’s a 2 hour drive for me) in February. I took her back to the campus a month later for a visit to let staff know she’s doing great. (She had been a “long termer” at Great Plains SPCA.) I can’t say enough about the staff and volunteers there 🙂


Leave a Reply