Dennis was found wandering in a canyon with his two brothers and sister. At the time, he had a bad case of mange (60-70% hair loss) and was seriously underweight. He was afraid of everything in the house and would run outside to hide whenever there was the slightest noise. Since we adopted him in November, he has put on 15 pounds or so, regrown a lot of fur (not all of it), and turned into a house dog, as vizslas are meant to be.
This page was called “Dennis’s Diary of Destruction” because at first it was a catalog of all the things in the house that he had shredded, chewed, or otherwise obliterated, once he had the energy to be a dog again. Since we got a new crate for him, he hasn’t been destroying much, but the name is too catchy to abandon.
Dennis: October 14, 2007 — Skinny, Mangy, and Scared
Dennis: February 23, 2008 — Sleek and Happy … Still A Little Mangy Though
Dennis was once recognized as the fastest vizsla in the UFLI flyball league, and as a breed ambassador to boot!
My wife put together a little Keynote slideshow of Dennis’s progress over the last few years.
After battling inflammatory bowel disease for about eighteen months and a pelvic osteosarcoma for nearly eleven months, Dennis peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge to rejoin the rest of his beloved pack on October 31st, 2018, without pain or fear, while eating delicious snacks of forbidden foods such as steak, cheese, and butter-baked chicken.
Thank you to Petcretary Ingrid of Meezer’s Mews & Terrieristical Woofs
for creating this memorial image of Dennis the Vizsla Dog