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Being a Foster Parent Means Saying Goodbyevcli rescue dog brandy on a nebulizer

Brandy came to us in January a thin, delicate female Vizsla with seriously advanced pneumonia.  As foster parents we took her to the vet, nursed her, gave her pills and nebulizer treatments, loved and comforted her and saw her recover and go from desperately ill to a healthy, playful loving girl.

Now it is June and a forever family has been found.  Our work is done and we will be turning Brandy over to her new family today.  This is always a hard time for me.  I am pulled in two directions.  I am happy to see the excitement as the family and their dog meet Brandy.  The family seems to be a good fit for playful, busy Brandy.  The other side of me says “We love her!  I don’t want her to leave.”

Fostering Vs is about caring for Vs in need.  We work with Vizsla rescue groups and offer temporary homes for the Vs.  We take them to vets and assess the dog’s temperament so that the rescue group can place the dog in a forever home that matches the dog’s personality.  We provide a safe loving place for a dog to heal before meeting a forever family.

vcli rescue dog brandy in the hospitalI am sad to see Brandy leave, but I know there is another V sitting in a shelter, another phone call with someone saying “Can you help another V needing love, attention and healing?”  We are waiting here, happy and sad, but content in our satisfying duty of saving one precious Vizsla at a time.




Brandy/Roux Adoption Storyvcli rescue dog brandy before the hospital

Well, for my family, this was our first time to participate in the adoption of a Viszla rescue.  Our love for Viszlas started 9 years ago when we brought our first “child” home – our four legged, furry Jake.  His mother was a Viszla and his father was a Weimeraner.  Jake’s personality is IDENTICAL to Viszlas.  I would read so many blogs, websites, books, searching out any information possible to help raise him to the best of our ability and still fitting with the way God designed him.  We were instantly HOOKED!  As all of you know, the V has a very unique personality.  My husband and I were married for one year when we brought Jake home and hadn’t had children yet.  Nine years after bringing Jake home, three children later (Kennedy – 6, Jackson – 4, and Jude – 20 months), and a cross-country move from Baton Rouge, LA to Buffalo, NY – we were finally ready to adopt another furry family member into our home.  My family will forever have Viszlas as our family pets, but I knew realistically that bringing a puppy home would be too much for our family now with such young children, and with 9 year old Jake – that would be too much of an adjustment for him.  My family back in LA works in rescue and I have always had a heart to restore back the life that these sweet animals so deserve but unfortunately through their lives’ journeys were left abandoned and distressed.  I did a random google search on the internet and came across LIVC Rescue and emailed Stephanie Fischer our story.  I quickly got a response from Stephanie to giver her a call.  We INSTANTLY hit it off – you know when “you get it, you just get it.”  We spoke “Viszla” – I hadn’t really known another Viszla owner and it was so much fun to get to banter back and forth about our beloved doggies.  I so appreciated her “to the point attitude, no fluff, no bones about it” kind of dialogue.  It is refreshing to just get to the point – and that “point” was that it might not even be a possibility for our family to be placed with a V because our children were so young.  I fully understood – I had this innate trust in her judgment after only a couple conversations.  I didn’t inquire anywhere else for Viszla rescue and knew that if our future family member was out there, then when the timing was right, we would be together.

vcli rescue dog brandy after the hospitalAlong came Brandy 😉 and her story.  When Stephanie first called me to tell me about Brandy, my heart was instantly broken for her and the way her life had turned for the absolute worst.  “Tied to a pole?  Starving? Life-Threatening Pneumonia?”  What type of human does that to an animal?  And then to find out what a sweet little angel dog she is – how could they have done that to her?  Well, her story had already began to redeem itself when Jim and Chris brought her into their home and restored her body and spirit back to her original self – the way God designed it to be.  I will be forever grateful to them for very literally bringing her back to life again.  When they realized that she was great with children and with other dogs, Stephanie thought of our family.  I am so grateful she did!  When she was “officially” offered to us for adoption – there was no hesitation.  YES!  A thousand times over – YES!  I was anxious to give her a home that loved her unconditionally, a family where she knows she is WANTED and is a MEMBER of the family, and another dog playmate that she could romp around and be the silly V she was meant to be.

My daughter, Kennedy, my friend Morgan, and our dog Jake and I took the long road trip to vcli rescue dog brandy after the hospital sitting on a chairPrinceton, New Jersey from Buffalo, NY (7 hours!) to meet and hopefully adopt our Brandy.  We decided to spend the night with her foster family, Jim and Chris Pyle – we had instantly hit it off on the phone and thought it would be a lot of fun to get some time with them and to give Brandy time to adjust to our family and to Jake.  When we first arrived, Brandy came and greeted us with her happy, smiling face, and wiggling body and tail!  A few hours later, we were all in the back bedroom unpacking and she came back by herself and just sat down to watch and listen – she stayed there for a long while as if knowing “ok, these are my people now – time to get to know them now ;).”  We had a wonderful visit with Jim and Chris, their two other V’s (Bailey and Tia) and Brandy.  We all felt very comfortable with the transition.  My heart was burdened for Jim and Chris because I saw the unconditional love and care they poured into Brandy.  It was evident she had touched their lives for a lifetime.  She is that kind of dog – she touches people, she makes people smile, she loves recklessly – it’s quite amazing to watch.  So, with tears, we left early that morning.  Jim assured me that there were more smiles then tears because he knew how right this was for all involved.

We had a wonderful drive back – when I would walk them together, Jake and Brandy walked stride in stride, they did their doggie “business” at the same time!  They were like a little old married couple – like I said, it was meant to be.

vcli rescue dog brandy sitting on a chair with two other v'sShe has adjusted absolutely perfectly.  There has not been ONE issue – it’s nothing short of miraculous and fully “meant to be.”  Jake smiles when he plays with her. They have such a lighthearted friendship and I can tell Jake isn’t as lonely when I leave to run an errand.  All three of the children are beyond thrilled to have her in our home.  She has a special and unique relationship with each of us.  It’s so interesting to observe.  For instance, with me, she comes for lots of loving, hugs, and is my kitchen and bike companion.  At night, she doesn’t leave Josh’s side (my husband) and is curled up next to him until bedtime.  With my daughter, she is often found in her bedroom having “tea” with Kennedy.  Kennedy makes her a “bed” with her blankets, gives her a pillow, and covers her body with a blanket and lets her pretend “sip tea” from her tea cup – and Brandy is just lying down or rolled over on her side with her tail wagging and tapping the floor with a huge smile on her face!  She gets up early (and then after an hour usually goes back to sleep!) with my early bird, Jackson (4 year old).  The two of them go downstairs, eat cereal together (he sneaks her some!) and they watch cartoons together side by side ;).  vcli rescue dog brandy with his new young friend(Meanwhile, Jake is still under the covers – fast asleep!)  Jackson is most protective of her and can often be heard saying to guests coming in the house – “You need to be ‘bery bery’ gentle with her and nice to her because she is a ‘wescue’ dog and she has been through a lot.”  And he has whispered in my ear, “mommy, she is my favorite because I can tell that she really loves me a lot.”  She just has that way about her – that’s what I mean – she has a “reckless abandonment” kind of love about her – something I think we all could learn from her.  And then my youngest, Jude (20 months) has always been in love with Jake from a very young age.  One of his first words was “Jaaaaa”  “Baaaall” knowing Jake loves his ball.  I knew he would be in love with Brandy.  And the feeling is mutual – Jude is very gentle around her and will frequently be giving her open mouth kisses on her back and face and Brandy will just lie down and roll over, tail wagging, smile on her face!  And at night, Brandy will walk in his nursery, Jude is fast asleep, she just walks in to check on him (each of the kids rooms she does this at night!) and will watch him sleep for a few seconds until I call her to bed and say “He is ok, he is fast asleep and safe.”  She has taken her job very seriously – to love our family well.  I only hope we can repay the favor every, single day and redeem back the life that she deserves as her “forever family.”

As a side note –  just a few days ago, the family has decided to change Brandy’s name.  We vcli rescue dog brandy with her new familyhad no intention of doing so originally, but the kids really wanted her to have something Louisiana in her name – something that was a piece of our family.  Roux is a very popular pet name in LA, and it’s a Creole and French base for cooking many dishes.  Roux comes in different brown tones, from the light caramel color to a dark brown coloring.  And Brandy/Roux is a “roo-er” – she talks and roos all the time.   We have already been calling her our “Roo-Roo girl.”  So, remarkably, she already knew her name!  It was an easy, smooth transition for all J.  Roux is officially a Jersey/New Yorker/Creole Girl!

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