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Blaze II


Our motto: “Heal the body, heal the mind then find the Vizsla within!” – Lee Mahlman
Our goal: To leave no Vizsla to die or suffer.
Remember: “No matter how nice, a shelter can never be a home.”
  • November 11, 2007 – November 30, 2007

  • I have the honor of telling you the story of Blaze II. Blaze II was dearly loved by his family and well cared for. Blaze had guarding issues that would result in his biting behavior. His family so dearly loved him that they decided to take him to a trainer, who did in fact train him, but used the wrong methods for a Vizsla. His family contacted me for help. He was well trained but still had the guarding issue; this is how I met Blaze. I explained to the family how to stop the guarding, because they really wanted to keep Blaze, my instructions were followed to the letter and Blaze’s behavior greatly improved. This was not to last. I received a panicked call that Blaze had once again bitten a child, there was no injury, but they could no longer keep him. The cause of this bite was unclear to the family and to me. Blaze had just gotten up from his dog bed and attacked the child sitting in a chair. The family drove him to KS that same day. Something just didn’t seem right with Blaze, he not only showed signs of stress, but also pain. I got his medical records and took them to my vet; there it was in black and white, Blaze had been run over by an SUV. He wasn’t hit, he was run over. The point of impact was his head, his upper jaw had been broken. The family had their vet repair the damaged jaw. They had done everything right, but years later, it had all gone wrong. The sight of the old fracture had become infected; the jawbone itself was turning to mush for a lack of a better way to explain it. Blaze would have had to be on painkillers, antibiotics and other medications for the rest of his life just make him comfortable. Blaze could not lead a normal life. No matter the medications, he would still be in pain for the rest of his life. He was a young dog and he would not be able to experience off lead runs, chew bone treats or a home of his own. It was not an easy decision to make, but I had to help free him from his pain. I held him in my arms until he was gone, and told him to run free, pain free. Blaze is waiting at the bridge for his family who misses him and I hope he will greet me also. Run free sweet Blaze, I did my best to help you. - Polly