We were lucky enough to adopt Boris at the age of just five months. He was a big, bouncy boy and the most wonderful dark russet colour – a much deeper shade than Leo. We brought him home a few months before we lost Leo so the old boy was able to teach him a few things before he left us. Boris fitted in perfectly well with our other dogs and took cats, horses and miniature ponies in his stride. He was, however, a terrible chewer in his younger days, with a particular taste for TV remote controllers and mobile phones!
Sadly, at the age of 2½ , Boris became very ill and it transpired that he had Polymyositis – a breed specific immune-deficiency condition which causes muscle wastage and difficulty in swallowing (lots more information on this can be found via the Vizsla Club website). He had to undergo a very aggressive programme of medication and deal with the side effects of the drugs as well as with the illness itself. Luckily, Boris was a fighter and came through, although he will always have the condition and is just in remission. He has subsequently had two minor relapses but these were easily controlled with low doses of drugs. Boris recently celebrated his seventh birthday which at times we did not think he would ever see. He is a little gaunt-looking as he suffered a fair amount of muscle wastage on his head, but is otherwise a normal Vizsla enjoying a normal, active life.
Boris is the softest, sweetest dog we have ever had and enjoys nothing more than climbing onto a lap or squeezing behind you on the sofa. He is not the bravest dog in the world (especially in a thunder storm) but is certainly the cuddliest!