Our goal: To leave no Vizsla to die or suffer.
Remember: “No matter how nice, a shelter can never be a home.”
Teila Gilchrist, President/CEO
My name is Teila Gilchrist. I am the President and C.E.O. of Colorado/Wyoming Vizsla Rescue Group, Inc. (CWVRG).
My day job has run the gamut from being an office clerk to a full-charge bookkeeper, a Research Analyst and a Systems Analyst. I have three years of college courses toward a degree in Economics, but would much prefer a degree in Mathematics. However – these are not what define me. What defines me is my love for animals – especially Vizslas.
My experience with Vizslas began in 1990. My father was a nationally known breeder, trainer and boarder of English Shorthair Pointers. By that time he had worked with Pointers for 30+ years but he had learned of the Vizsla breed, studied them and decided he wanted to work with Vizslas. I loved my Dad’s Vizslas. I found them to be a very loving and friendly breed. I had a Chinese Shar-Pei, Oliver, at the time but when Oliver died in 1994, my father gave me his very favorite Vizsla, Babe. She became my best friend and quite possibly the best dog ever.
When my father passed he had a Vizsla that my mother could no longer take care of so my husband and I took Boss. He was a large Vizsla at 70 lbs, but was so very loving and cuddly. He was the largest lap dog. When Boss passed, we decided we wanted another Vizsla in our family and, as coincidence would have it, a young, male Vizsla became available at the local humane society. Of course, hubby and I rushed down and were there waiting at the door for the shelter to open. We adopted Falco immediately. He was a beautiful and obviously well taken care of dog so we thought he must have been lost from his family. I started looking online for Falco’s family and found CWVRG.
I followed the CWVRG website. I visited the website at least 3 times a week to read success stories, Rainbow Bridge stories and profiles of new dogs. Each time I found a Vizsla at the shelter or in a newspaper ad, I would contact CWVRG to let them know. I started doing transports for CWVRG and continued helping in this way for about 4 years. In September 2007, Falco had to be put to sleep suddenly and unexpectedly due to a burst Spleen tumor. Also at this time, Babe’s kidney failure was taking its toll and Babe was not long for this world. I notified CWVRG of Falco’s passing and that my Babe was in failing health and likely had only weeks left. CWVRG had Faith, a 6-month old who had a leg amputated the same day our Falco passed. Polly thought Faith was the perfect fit for our family and encouraged us to adopt Faith. We brought Faith home two weeks later and three weeks after that our beloved Babe passed of kidney failure at 14 ½ years of age. While we greatly missed Falco and Babe the addition of Faith to our Vizsla-empty household helped to heal us.
Three months later we brought home our first foster and it’s been Vizsla after Vizsla ever since. We’ve fostered or transported over 120 dogs since 2007. We’ve had dogs that had no issues, dogs that have had crate issues, heartworms, whip worms, hip dysplasia, and mange. We’ve had dogs that were feral or very un-socialized. We have successfully helped each of these dogs and they went on to loving families.
It took me until the age of 42 (in 2007) to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and that was to help Vizslas. Vizslas have become my passion. I want to help Vizslas and I figured that would be through fostering and transporting however, in 2012 I was elected to the Board of Directors. This would be a new, unexpected way to help Vizslas – to help the group make the best decisions to help Vizslas. In April 2013 I was elected to a 3-year term as President and C.E.O. of CWVRG. This is yet another new way I can help Vizslas. CWVRG has a wonderful Board of Directors and we all want only the best for Vizslas.
Long live the Vizslas! Vizslas Roo-le!!! <3