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Jan 2021: Rosie turned 1 yr old in December. She reportedly spent a lot of her life in a crate since 12 weeks old. At some point in her early puppy life she experienced a skull fracture and brain injury and didn't receive medical treatment. (CT scan when she came into rescue confirmed the injury and cause of her neurological problems.) Effects of this relate to clumsiness, close up vision and depth perception difficulties, some sound sensitivities that make her feel uneasy sometimes. Her back legs have improved in strength and mobility since she has been in foster care but she still has some deficits there making traversing staircases hazardous for her. She's great with people and dogs and good off leash. Because of her vision and balance difficulties she can sometimes trip people up, run into things and fall. Rosie also needs work on bite inhibition as she doesn’t appear to have learned this much in puppyhood. When she starts baby shark biting people we are working on redirecting her to bite on toys, bones or other dog related objects. Because of bite inhibition issues and vision difficulties she doesn't take treats nicely and can clamp down very hard and sometimes have a sustained hold of your hand in her efforts. Food guarding at feeding time is also an issue that needs to be managed. Her foster home has navigated this with her to avoid this behavior and we have some videos to show how she does. Rosie does great crating and sleeps in one at night which is her preference when given other options. Wire crates are not a good choice for Rosie due to her vision and mobility struggles. Rosie is currently taking inexpensive medications every 8-10hrs: trazodone and gabapentin. Working with a veterinarian the adopter can determine future needs of these meds. She has not been spayed yet and we will coordinate with her new home to take care of that when the time is right. (Rosie is in Bozeman MT) More photos here.

For more information contact Laurie at vizsla234@yahoo.com. Click here to fill out an application online.


Copper is a gorgeous 4 yr pure bred Vizsla who came to the attention of Vizsla Rescue Haven and Santa Barbara Vizsla Rescue when contacted by a young couple who had saved Copper in April from a horrid situation. He was placed on Facebook by his "owner" who knew little about him, could not identify the breeder, vet/vaccine information, or even brand of food. He claimed he got Copper as a pup from LA, trained to German commands but Copper did not respond to either German or English. Copper was filthy, skinny, covered in ticks, his pads actually torn and bloody. According to a former neighbor, Copper was trapped in a garage for days at a time and would escape whenever he could. The "owner" told the neighbor to keep him, "do whatever you want with him."

The kind couple took Copper to get him away from the abuse and neglect and they have provided a good loving home for Copper. They found Copper walks nicely on a leash with no aggression to humans or dogs, he is Velcro, affectionate and playful, does not escalate discord with the couple’s other Vizsla, and is crate trained, enjoying his crate as a refuge; he is not destructive. Unfortunately, they cannot keep him due to incompatibility with their female Vizsla (she snaps at him and he plays too rough for her), and their extended family situation (many small children).

Copper appears to have been a victim of severe abuse which has caused him to exhibit some resource guarding, in-home stranger aggression and he has bitten on four occasions (all level 2, one level 3 at a relative's house not needing treatment). Vizsla Rescue Haven has provided Copper with a professional behavioral assessment by a graduate of the Academy of Dog Training, Tim Steele who believes Copper is so worthy of a chance to be trained, change. Our problem: Vizsla Rescue Haven is downsizing so there is no room but VRH has agreed to take ownership of Copper if the right foster steps up for him.

Copper needs: a foster (or foster to adopt) for Vizsla Rescue Haven, a calm household EXPERIENCED with special needs Vs and willing to work with an experienced positive reinforcement training specialist. His main issue seems to be resource guarding and reactivity to collar grabbing which is common in Vizsla’s and can be worked on in the right home. He would benefit from exercise (he's not aggressive on leash to dogs or people), land or a big yard, not a lot of strangers coming and going and just for safety, no small children. Any other dogs in the home should big or hearty and able to actively play. Vizsla Rescue Haven, with SBVLR’s help as a courtesy, will raise funds to cover the cost of his in-home training and can set up transport anywhere (he is in Northern CA). WE NEED COMPASSION, IDEAS, AND HELP TO SAVE COPPER ASAP. What would we all do without second chances? Copper has had such a hard beginning, let’s save him from a bad end. Contact Rescue Coordinators: Christine, sbolivers@verizon.net, Kay, Kay123@vizsladogs.com, Val, mccarthy.valeriek@gmail.com.
(Copper is in northern California)

TANNER - Adopted!
Jul 2020: Tanner is a happy 12 yr old (b.3/2008) owner surrendered by his second home due to a busy family environment. His original home gave him up at 10 yrs when their family grew. Now Tanner is looking for a quiet retirement home where he can snuggle on the couch and help you with your morning coffee. He is long and lanky with a gentle temperament, good with dogs and people, loves car rides and comes to call although he might be a little hard of hearing. He is too focused on cats. He is thin but not emaciated and he is not as fragile as he looks. He loves to run and body slam with other dogs and does well at doggie daycare. (Tanner is in Boise ID) More photos here.

For more information contact Penny at pfenton3@aol.com, 208.859.5698 c. Click here to fill out an application online.

GINGER - Adopted!
Aug 2019: Ginger is a 3 yr old Wirehaired Vizsla in need of a special, very dog experienced home. She is very toy motivated and has good food drive as well. She has a fair amount of energy and loves to play fetch bordering on obsession. She has been moved around way too much during her young life and is not good with female dogs or children. She reacts initially to strangers and strange situations with growling and barking but with a little patience she adjusts and is fine. However a small child will send her over the top, she isn't comfortable with them in any way. She uses her mouth often to communicate, either by taking your hand in her mouth in affection or she will nip you when she is excited or wants something from you, not malicious but without inhibition. (As an example, she wasn't ready to stop playing with her ball.) She plays well with the foster's male dogs, even enjoys their company but does not get along with females. More photos here.


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Please check here for vizsla rescues in other regions:
Vizsla Club of America rescue contacts by region
CO-WY: Colorado/Wyoming Vizsla Rescue Group
CO-WY: 2nd Chance Vizsla Rescue
No CA: Northern California Vizsla Rescue
So CA: Southern California Vizsla Rescue
TX: North Texas Vizsla Rescue
TX: Texas Panhandle/Oklahoma/New Mexico Vizsla Rescue