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Super cute, petite, young Vizsla Darcy is a sweet, smart and independent girl who has angel wings on her chest and snowflakes on her little feet (possibly a mix with a smaller breed or just out of standard).  Darcy is wonderful!  She will run for miles and create her own track! She loves chasing after birds, squirrels… any fast moving object, just a great activity partner.  She loves playing tag, tug-of-war, and frisbee. She could be brave enough to be a biking partner and is already a great running team mate.  Darcy has the potential to be what Vizsla’s do best….that magical combination of lover and athlete.  Darcy’s sad past: in her original home, on 2 acres roaming free, untrained and neglected for her first 1.5 years, she developed a habit of eating things she shouldn't, clinically called “pica” (eating inappropriate items).  Ultimately, she swallowed a lamb plushy toy causing a bad blockage requiring emergency surgery. Darcy’s wonderful veterinarian insisted on taking ownership and her kind vet assistant is her current foster. Though the pica has improved since her surgery, Darcy will need patient new owners who will be around to supervise and monitor Darcy, making sure she continues to improve and positive reinforcement training for the condition would be best (SBVLR can recommend). Many positive things about Darcy:  spayed, vaccinated (Rabies/DA2PP/Bordetella/Leptospirosis), on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and has current health records from her vet/savior. Darcy is crate trained, sleeps well overnight, appears to be housebroken. She seems to do well with other dogs (positive friendships with a German Shepard and Papillon) and possibly could be good with older children.  In foster care she has never been aggressive and has a sweet temperament.  Darcy would thrive with an owner who is active, home most of the time, patient with a BIG heart.   Experience with the exercise needs of a Vizsla is mandatory, and commitment/experience with special needs dogs is super helpful.  Santa Barbara Vizsla Lovers Rescue thinks Darcy is very special and is offering a helping hand of a kind veterinarian and foster Jennifer to find just the right loving home so young Darcy can improve and shine.  Please fill out an application at, call Rescue Coordinator Christine at 805-680-6524, email at or email foster Jennifer at  Darcy is currently in the Palmdale area of Southern CA.

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Update on Sampson: Thank you all so very much for your incredible kindness. Sampson has such abuse and misfortune in his life, but now he is relishing the compassion and good fortune in his life. He is settling in with his special needs foster and, after two weeks of evaluation, is working with his positive reinforcement trainer on getting along with his fellow canines. He has already made one special Vizsla friend as you can see. One area of marked improvement is human relations. With fear and aggression in his past, here he seems to know he can trust these gentle people. He particularly enjoys his prescribed hot towel massages with gentle all over touch which relaxes and builds trust. He will soon go for his complete medical checkup. Sampson is arguably one of the saddest cases we have helped but with your continued support, he has his best chance to trust again and achieve a real home. We are shy of our goal for his special medical care and training program but we have faith in his Valentine's. Thank YOU with LOVE!


"Kids and Dogs"
By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

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