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NEW HOME URGENTLY NEEDED FOR 2 YR OLD GUNNER.  Have you heard The Story of Ferdinand? If so, you have an idea of who Gunner is. Gunner does not enjoy too much commotion, preferring instead to sit under a cork tree smelling the flowers :) He is a lover with the biggest heart he is now looking for his forever home.  Gunner is a 2 year Vizsla in perfect health, maybe a bit heavy right now, unable to receive the regular exercise he received in the past.  Due to an unfortunate change in his family, Gunner is now experiencing city living and having neighbors, lots of dogs just a few feet away which he does not enjoy; he loves musing while sitting in the window but high traffic of passing people and dogs make Gunner anxious. He was also attacked by a Husky on the beach which has made him fearful of large, fast moving dogs, and sometimes even taking a walk in congestion.  His best moments have been out hiking, camping in the mountains or early morning runs on the beach with very few other dogs and people.  Gunner lives up to the Vizsla reputation of being “Velcro.” He wants to sit, eat and sleep next to you, preferably with some sort of body contact. He has grown up in a loving home and remains companion to another younger Vizsla, but now we believe Gunner would be best as a single dog  or with one other adult/older dog; no cats or small animals, please.  So are you looking for a loving companion that can sleep next to you, go run with you and explore the outback, Gunner is your guy. He would probably also appreciate a  big yard with space to explore and snoop as well and of course a patient loving human or two to help Gunner become his best self.  


Note from SBVLR:  Please read the attached evaluation by Academy for Dog Trainers, Jennifer Joyce, before applying for Gunner.  Jennifer will offer an initial consult and materials to Gunner’s new owners.  Willingness to continue positive reinforcement only training with Gunner will be given preference.  Please contact owner Krister at (819-699-9955), or rescue coordinator Christine, (805-680-6524).


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Sweet 10 yr old Vizsla Holly, who lived the last four years of her life outside 24/7 was surrendered just 3 weeks ago to Santa Barbara Vizsla Lovers Rescue. Now with her loving foster, she enjoys warmth by the fire, 3 good meals a day (to put some weight on), runs her new green yard, even visits the barn to see her new horse friend Rush.


Many of you have sent good wishes to Holly and offered her foster care or adoption. While updating her health care, unexpectedly a tumor has been discovered on Holly’s spleen. Without immediate surgery, she is in danger of sudden painful death. We scrambled to find quick, competent surgery (wait lists are so long). Wonderful foster Pam and SBVLR have miraculously been able to arrange for a skilled surgeon to remove Holly’s tumor/spleen Monday, December 13 before she has a tragic end she does not deserve. The surgeon expects the procedure to be routine, recovery swift, biopsy results come after we save Holly’s life. Holly came originally from a loving home but suffered being outside and alone much of the time this past year plus her chronic ear condition was painful without timely treatment. Through it all she retained her youthful and sweet personality…Pam says she is just “SUCH A GOOD GIRL, like a 4 yr old in a sugar suit.”


We did not expect this sudden expense when we took her in, but we are committed to humane and loving treatment so Holly does not come to a bad end. You have been our fan club in the past for Ziggy, Trooper, Ranger and many more Vizslas needing medical and behavioral help. Surgery is approx. $4900 with rescue discounts which will completely deplete our Ziggy Memorial Medical Fund.


Isn’t it strange a Vizsla named Holly would need your help at the holidays…PLEASE, PLEASE GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE FOR OUR SWEET GIRL’S “HOLLY DAYS” AHEAD.


SBVLR is a 501C3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.🚨


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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!



Shao has been well cared for by his family since the age of 1 but they have both lost their jobs due to the COVID crisis and with a toddler at home in a small apartment, and twins on the way, they feel Shao deserves more attention and playtime than they can offer in these trying times. Shao is small, 35 lb., fully house trained, healthy (up to date shots and microchipped), and energetic. His owners describe him as “half human” loving to cuddle and lounge at home next to his owner’s feet. He is always super happy and ready to go for a walk. 


Shao is very smart and knows lots of fun tricks: sit, lay, stay, wait, dance, yoga, and bang-bang; he can hold a treat on his nose then catch on the count of 3! He is good with children approx. 4 and older but would also make a great companion for a single person or couple and he’s used to smaller quarters if he gets walks and companionship; he is ok being left alone for 4 – 5 hrs. per day. In the first puppy year before he was adopted, he was abused by large dogs and he remains anxious when approached by large, pushy dogs, or groups of dogs though he enjoys some trusted dog friends. He has never bitten a person or a dog, but he is uncomfortable when charged or sniffed so his owners wisely muzzle trained him with special treats only when he goes to dog parks. At dog parks, Shao actually prefers cuddling and playing with all the people but he plays with dog friends too. Daycare would make him too anxious so he would need an in-home sitter or trusted friend to care for him during times his owner is on vacation. Shao will not do well in the commotion of a shelter with many dogs so please, please can you offer Shao a home for his active, positive years ahead rather than a bad end he doesn’t deserve.


Requesting a $200 rehoming fee (negotiable) which includes a $100 donation to Vizsla Rescue. Call Ani at 310-308-3055,

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