We heard this afternoon that Stephanie + Manny laid their oldest vizsla, Nike, to rest in the past couple of days. They adopted him 2.5 years ago when he was 10.5 years old -- and probably had either a stroke or brain tumor that took him quickly.
It takes a special family to adopt an older dog like that -- but keep in mind that Stephanie + Manny also own Hollywood's Piros Baron SH,VC, aka. Baron, a dog that won last year's CVVC Hunting Dog Excellent Stake at age 10! We met Nike at last year's VCCNE Pheasant Hunt where he got his first pheasant. This picture is of him with that first pheasant. (Apparently, he was so pleased with himself he wanted to bring the bird back in their truck with him.) However sad it is to see a good friend and companion leave us, it's still better to remember the full life we shared with them.
In the meantime, here's another older vizsla that needs a home. Riley looks a like a great dog for the right home.
So love the dogs you're with. Heaven knows, all they know is how to give it back.