Utah/Idaho Vizsla Rescue

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Murphy Brown is a graceful lady who needs a place to hang her hat for retirement. She was found as a stray in Ogden UT. She had tags on but the family would not come claim her. Vet records reveal that she was born in October of 1992, was spayed before she was a year old, had regular shots and vet care for 10 years. She was an escape artist at a young age and was claimed many times from animal control. She is housetrained and seems to have no issues with any other dogs - in fact she attended our annual picnic with some 35 other dogs and had a ball. She is in foster care with older children and dogs large and small. She is as sweet as they come. She is crated while the family is gone and she loves her doggie bed in her crate. Murphy is a girl with a lot of character and she will dance around like a puppy for people food. She is a picky eater and is fairly thin as a result. She does seem to be hard of hearing and might also might have some diminished sight due to age. We had 2 lumps removed, teeth cleaned, and she has a clean bill of health as a very healthy senior (blood work was all great and heartworm negative). We simply cannot understand not wanting this girl and hope that someone will open their hearts to this grand gal for her remaining years. Murphy does need a fenced yard and she likes to take strolls alone if not contained.

Jan 2004 update: After being in foster care since August of 2003, Murphy finally found a home and family with a heart as big as hers. Beth and Bob in AZ saw a post about Murphy on VTalk and contacted us. They offered her a retirement home and we arranged to meet them in So. UT. So on 1/25/04 Murphy joined another V girl and a GWP as the "senior" of the house. Her new family reports that she is just fascinated by the cat and wants to play. Murphy might be the incentive to get a doggie door as she tries to let them know she has to go out by sticking her head through the cat door. Her new family agrees with us that we just cannot imagine her family knowing that she was in the shelter and not claiming her -- but they did know and decided not to go get her. She has been deemed by some of her new AZ friends to be "a cutie-patootie"!

March 2004: Beth writes: Here are some photos of Murphy. She's gaining weight and becoming more vizsla-esque every day. (Translation: more demanding of affection, lap time, petting, cuddles, etc!) What a joy!

April 2004: Murphy became suddenly ill this weekend and passed away with her family at her side. It is a sad day in AZ to have lost her only after 3 months of loving her and her silly ways. Murphy made herself right at home and loved to play with her human and doggie family. Her foster family in UT, the Clark's, will always smile as they remember her dance for food and her wonderful smiling grace.

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