Our beloved epileptic Vizsla Ziggy, who went to the rainbow bridge in 2019, had a loyal fan club of supporters for Valentine’s Day. Each year, we celebrate his life and memory by choosing a worthy dog who desperately needs our help. This year, we are celebrating SAMPSON’S FLIGHT FOR HOPE and Santa Barbara Vizsla Lovers Rescue, in cooperation with Vizsla Rescue Haven and incredible help from Pilots N Paws, Cane Rosso Rescue, additional support from CO/WY V Rescue and Airsong’s Angels have given him an amazing chance. Sampson is one of the most deserving Valentine’s we have helped.. surrendered to a kill shelter in Texas a year ago, he had already endured an abusive trainer with resulting fear aggression in crates and kennels, when Cane Rosso rescued him. Then suddenly last month his resident trainer had a massive heart attack, leaving Sampson undiscovered tied and muzzled for 5 days without food or water. After two weeks in another shelter, so fearful to Sampson with his kennel trigger, in imminent danger of euthanasia, Vizsla Rescue Haven stepped up to take ownership if we could get him across three states to VRH’s wonderful foster! The Plano Shelter, Cane Russo, Vizsla Rescue Haven, three rescue coordinators including SBVLR and four incredible volunteers worked together enlisting the help of Pilots N Paws, VRH’s trusted former fosters in Tucson, and a remarkable private veterinarian who free of charge went to the shelter parking lot 7:00am day of flight to issue shots and Health Certificate. Whew! Sampson flew into the wild blue yonder! He won’t stop running free on his fenced acres and playing with his new Vizsla friends, but he is going to need medical procedures to improve his health and an intensive positive reinforcement training program with his skilled Academy of Dog Trainers behavioralist to face challenges that were not his fault. We at SBVLR know what Ziggy’s and Tucker’s fan clubs have accomplished with your kind donations. This year, will you be Sampson’s Valentine? SBVLR and VRH have 501C3 status and all donations are tax deductible.


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

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