Recently we had the pleasure of actually being able to attend a local Vizsla meetup. (back note, I am a member of a facebook group where local DC,MD,VA vizsla owners communicate and often setup meetups for our red dogs) I have wanted to go to them often but between having 1 car during hunting season (= no car for me) , the distance to the meetups… and then Luna going into heat we simply have not been able to make many of them. But finally there was one practically just down the road (20 minutes) so we just HAD to find a way to go. And no worries, wyatt was allowed to join too as an honorary red dog, joined by a GSP as well.
We had upwards of 10 dogs to our group, but all did fantastic. Here is a look at what a meetup like this might look like
Dogs dogs everywhere… That is Gus the GSP to the right heading back out to the lead. Luna is in the front with the big orange collar waiting for her buddy to come back.
Two peas in a pod, both born to hunt. Okay she did not bond and fall madly in love with anyone, I admit it. She is WAY too hunt oriented when she is outdoors but I did not mind in the least. I kind of just encouraged her to stay out of the main mix. We had some rescue dogs in our group, so I did not want to have any confused confrontations.
A sea of red! Can you see wyatt. At first when I let wyatt off leash he simply didn’t know what on earth to do with so many dogs. I have let him play with quite a few of the training dogs in the yard, and he lives among Luna and 6 other dogs upstairs so he knows a sense of pack. But not an unknown pack of Vizslas all at once. At first he ran around checking everyone out, then back to me, then back to them… then off to steal a stick from someone. But after the first initial half hour he settled in to a routine of running ahead, and then checking back with me (or someone he thought was me) only to be off again. Luna would have been happy to just stay in the front, but I made sure to make her check back as well.
I find this picture pretty funny, interpret as you wish.
Overall everyone did fantastic. Those that needed to keep a closer eye on their dog, or keep them out of trouble were in front keeping up with the leaders and keeping a hawk eye on everyone. The two lead dogs had us walking at a pretty good pace for probably 2 hours.
Occasionally we did stop to check the signs and keep on track
Miss Tia decided to pose for me during on of said stops, as we waited for her mom to let us know which direction to go.
Nora stopped to point some birds
And did a great job checking back as well. As I said everyone did great, outside of one minor scuffle (which happened so fast we don’t even know how it started) everyone behaved well. I hope to continue to make meetups as we are able.
I was a little worried about Luna, as she can be a bit of a brat with dogs in her face. But I managed to just keep her moving and she listened well when I would tell her to ignore somebody. My proud moment was when she was right next to the scuffle and called away from it when I asked her to. In the past she might have tried to jump in and see what was going on, but outside of raising her ears she came away nicely for me. Sometimes you just got to bite the bullet and get them out and see what you all are made of. I am so happy I did, despite the big turnout. Both dogs came home tired and happy.
Have a happy weekend all