It is always extremely hard when we welcome a new dog into our care for rehoming. Their whole world as they know it has been turned upside down and they are now with new people, in a new environment.
Younger dogs quickly adapt to their new world and soon start bouncing around greeting us like best friends. However, it is the older dogs many seem to forget – after having lived many years in the comfort of their own home, with their family, their known routine, familiar smells and sounds they are suddenly removed to a new place, with new people, new sounds and a different routine.
We always ensure the transition for every dog is as smooth and comfortable as possible – showering them lots of attention and love but we find due to the older ages 7+ of these dogs not many people enquire about them.
They still need love, plenty of walks and a comfy sofa to snuggle on and as we all know, this breed doesn’t lack energy which is still plentiful even with a grey face.
If you are thinking about offering a home to a Vizsla – please don’t forget about the oldies.
For years now I have loved writing and I have always wanted to write a Children’s book.
About 2 years ago I was feeling creative so I sat down one day and wrote the words to a picture book called ‘It all started with a sneeze’ staring my very own Olive dog!
Bearing in mind it was something written as a bit of fun I put the draft away and did not think very much more about it. I also needed an illustrator and as I can just about draw a stick man I did not think it would turn into much more than my scribbles.
However, after joining Vizsla Rescue, I saw and heard first-hand the amazing work Sylvia and the others do for this breed that we all love so much and not forgetting the added financial strain that goes with it, I therefore decided to get to work turning these scribbles into a book. The plan was that I would donate all proceeds it generated to Vizsla Rescue.
I went on the mission to find an illustrator and luckily for me Adele Jackson was just around the corner. Adele has known my mum and aunt for many years and as well as rescuing her own dog she also once knew a Vizsla so she was more than happy to help with my project.
I took my manuscript over to Adele’s house along with pictures of Olive and a few scribbled notes of my visions for illustrations and how I had imagined the book to look. I had never seen anything Adele had drawn and although I was assured her drawings were amazing, nothing could prepare me for how fantastically talented she really was. Adele showed me drawing after drawing and also Children’s book illustrations she had created on a course she did in Italy a few years earlier…To put it lightly – I was blown away!
Fast forward to now and we have now completed this amazing project, with the books printed and available to buy. It has been a great journey, one that has created friendships and taught me a great deal about a new process and the willingness of people to help this fabulous breed.
The book was created as a little bit of fun and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed making it.
Emily & Olive
This morning (1st Feb 2016) we received an extremely generous donation of £400 from the North East Vizsla Group. Thank you to everyone who contributed towards this amazing donation! Love the Rescue Team x
As part of our new charity status, new website and the New Year, we have set ourselves a New Year’s resolution…
We appreciate every donation that comes to us big or small – every little helps and goes towards the many costs we have. For example last year our vets fees alone were nearly £12,500 and our food costs were around £1,500 (and not all food is claimed by coordinators). Therefore as a New Year’s Resolution we are going to do our upmost to post thankyous, thanking as many donators as we can on not just our Facebook page, but also our website. We do try and send reply’s after receiving donations that come in but we want to thank everyone just that a little bit more.
A few recent donations have come in from the following: Alison Forbes, Hazel Crawford-Senior, Jo Hicklin and the South Warwickshire Viz Whizzers.
Thank you to everyone for their continued support.
Love the Rescue Team x