We said goodbye to our Big Dog Shy in late January 2016. We were lucky enough to adopt Shy as a rescue dog in July 2010. Our 9-year-old male Vizsla, Flash, died prematurely from cancer. I looked at all of the Vizsla rescue websites on the West Coast, hoping to find an adoptable dog the same age as Flash. I found Shy on the Utah Idaho Vizsla Rescue website.
Friends of ours from Eastern Washington fostered Shy at the time. When they came to Western Washington from their home in Ephrata for a dog show, we arranged to take Shy for a weekend trial – and ended up keeping him from then on. Surprise, surprise.
Shy was very loving and wanted nothing more than to cuddle up with you on the couch. He was also extremely anxious. Shy’s previous owners apparently put him out in the back yard and didn’t let him back in the house. When Shy first came to live with us, it was difficult to coax him off of his bed to go outside. It was also a challenge to get him to drink enough water. Eventually, he learned that if he went outside to pee, he could usually come right back in, especially in bad weather.