Monday, July 14, 2008

a life lived loved and loving

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.


Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about Nike. Riley looks like a sweet boy; I hope he finds a good home soon.

Rocket said...

We bid Nike farewell but know that his paw print was left on hearts.

Shawn K. Wayment, DVM said...

I'm sorry for your loss of Nike! Empty collars on my topself at home remind me that their lives are to short...losing them is part of gaining them. Thank heavens for the Rainbow Bridge!

Kim said...

Nike was a great dog, and Stephanie and Manny were great people to allow him to enter their lives! The best years of his life were spent with them!

mdmnm said...

Condolences to Stephanie and Manny. How very cool that they introduced their senior adoptee to hunting!