Hello there. Let
me introduce myself. My name is Rufus and I am a distinguished
gentleman Vizsla around 11 years old. I was picked up as a stray by
Colorado Springs Humane Society and they think I was probably dumped
as no one came to claim me. I sat at the shelter for over two weeks
-- sad, alone, and confused as to why I was there. Then my world
changed again and this time for the better!
I was rescued by a wonderful 2nd Chance Vizsla Rescue foster
volunteer. I have been eternally grateful ever since that day and I
am rarely more than a few feet away from her when we're at home. The
first day I was with them I jumped into the shower with my foster
mom (my homage to the movie “Psycho”) but since then I have learned
to stay outside the tub; parking myself between the shower curtain
and the liner and sitting patiently 'til she is done.
My vision and hearing are on the wane, and I have degeneration of my
facial muscles – which gives me a very old and wise look. I do have
one bad habit and that is that I am a world class counter surfer.
But despite my 'quirks', my foster mom says I am the most caring,
gentle, loving foster dog she has EVER had. She has seen my talent
as a nurse and how I seem to know when someone is hurting. I will
snuggle up with my chin on my patient’s back or will be wrapped
around cold feet and I will lie there quietly for hours, willing my
patient to get better. I rarely bark, but can be coaxed into a
roo-roo duet with the other V while my foster parents howl backup.
My biggest thrill in life is snuggling and getting an occasional
From Dani - When Rita asked us to foster an older dog who had been
picked up as a stray (read dump job) we were reluctant. This dog
sounded like he had lots of issues, he was old; no one wants old
dogs, and we'd just come off five months of stressful fostering of
another Vizsla. My husband stated very emphatically, "we are NOT
keeping this dog." "Of course not, honey," I mumbled.
So, I picked up this very bizarre looking, old man Vizsla, who had
horrid breath, ear infections, eye infections, a gimpy back leg, and
possibly polymyositis, a facial muscular degenerative condition
unique to Vizslas. Who knew that he would fit right into our family
and daily routine?! Yup, even with all those issues to be addressed,
Rufus (we named him because of his long suffering, pained expression
and somber demeanor) this dog made himself right at home and after a
few weeks and a half-hearted attempt at putting him up for adoption,
we realized Rufus was right where he needs to be...with us.
He is my devoted companion - rarely leaves my side when I'm home -
cuddles me when I'm feeling unwell, surfs our counters with a
stealthy talent that leaves us speechless, sits sentinel when we
take showers, and makes friends with all the dogs and people we meet
on daily walks. We don't know if he has five months or five years
left. It doesn't matter. We do know that he is happy, getting good
care, and his final time will be joyful for all of us. – Dani & Mark