Robert Ziegelmair grew up, battled cancer, recovered from disease and loss, and emerged stronger due to his canine companions. The cancer survivor stopped hunting the day he got diagnosed and hasn't hurt an animal since. He wants nothing more than for the activity to be banned.

Who is Robert Ziegelmair?

Life hasn't always been fair to Robert Ziegelmair. Robert is an ordinary man who has undergone extraordinary trials. He has always taken what life has thrown at him and is stronger for it. He has his family and pets to thank for that.

One would imagine a person born with a club foot who learned to walk and talk later than everyone else and lost his elder sibling—his best friend—early on to be jaded. Robert is nothing like that. If anything, he is the opposite of what he could have let his loss and cancer diagnosis turn him into.

Why we do it?

If someone asked Robert why he looks at life with a glass-half-full approach, he would redirect you to where his father grew up. Robert, like his father, comes from a place of love.

Robert's parents emigrated to the United States in their 20s. His father was surrounded by animals when he was born in North Eastern Europe. He played with goats, geese, ducks, chickens, and gorgeous German Shepherds. Animals were a way of the country life in which Robert's father was raised. His mother had more of a suburban upbringing. 

All to say, Robert's love for animals, zest for life, and turn-the-other-cheek attitude come from way back. Call it generational optimism, if you will.

 

5

animal varieties


The number of animals Robert's dad grew up with.
2

years


The number of high school years Robert spent in Colorado.
200

lbs.


Robert's weight as a teenager before his cancer diagnosis.
18

years


Robert's age when he got his first cancer diagnosis.

Robert's Life with Canines

Although Robert wrestled and played football, being 6'4 tall and weighing 200lbs kept others from picking a fight with him. While he stopped hunting after his cancer diagnosis, he was an animal lover since he was old enough to remember. Robert's family always had dogs. Like his family, they returned his love, especially a beautiful Red Doberman. Robert remembers him because he was his companion throughout his harrowing cancer battle. Robert also had a female German Shepherd in his early teens, who he would frequently go camping on Clear Creek. He has never known a life without canines.

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