Bodi with his first Christmas tree with us

Bodi with his first Christmas tree with us

This was Bodi’s first trip to the Christmas Tree Farm (with us)… a tradition that we had shared with Tucker for 12 blissful years! It was emotional.. to say the least.. as we had always had the Tuckman with us.

As we pulled into the tree farm parking lot… an overwhelming feeling of joy and warmth and happiness as well as sorrow and sadness had filled us both. As the tears began to well up in our eyes, I said to Jim… “I can just see Tucker, running through the Christmas trees.. helping us in our quest to find the perfect tree”!

Our little Bodi was thrilled to be a part of this tradition! He had a blast at the Christmas tree farm.. and didn’t pee on any trees!!

Bodi and Daddy and the Christmas tree

Bodi and Daddy and the Christmas tree

As you can see… Bodi O thoroughly enjoyed posing with his Daddy. So proud of that Christmas tree …that would soon be home, all decorated and filled with presents for Bodi!! Life is good!

What a happy (and very lucky) puppy this is! Bodi is awesome and we feel very fortunate to have him in our lives. He is now a huge part of everything we do.

Mommy and Tucker, Christmas 2008

Mommy and Tucker, Christmas 2008

This time of year… is a time to reflect.. and a time to celebrate the good in our lives. And it is a time to be so very thankful for what we have today… including sweet memories of a loved one lost. Even though that loved one has left this life, their sweet, beautiful soul will remain in our hearts forever!

8 Responses

  1. What fun! Makes me wish we had a real tree this year. I don’t think Mia would have peed on any of the trees, but she might have tried to eat them! 😉

  2. What a beautiful day… and what beautiful boys they are – That Vizsla Red really goes well with the fresh green trees…

  3. hello bodi its dennis the vizsla dog hay wot??? yoo didnt pee on enny trees??? wot is that abowt??? i hope yoo at leest did sum skratch marking on the grownd otherwise how wil all the other dogs no yoo own the hole playse??? ok bye

  4. Dear Dennis (from Bodi)… “I tried to pee on one tree and my mommy and daddy stopped me!… Yes, I know.. what’s up with that?  After all, I am a dog, dog’s pee on trees!  And yes… I did some scratch markings with my back feet on the ground… you betcha”!!  Cheers and woof-woof from Bodi in California!

  5. My husband and I both grew up with dogs and we’re preparing to get our first dog together. We both love Vs and have done quite a bit of research on the breed, but I have a few concerns about whether or not we’d make the best Vizsla parents. Though we’re extremely active and spend much of our free time outdoors, we live in a yard-less condo. We’re also both teachers and are unfortunately going to be out of the house from about 7-3:30 M-F during most of the year. I don’t want to to bring a wonderful dog into our home and leave him feeling abandoned during the day, and I’m worried that a Vizsla might struggle with our work schedule and living situation. At the same time, the V’s energy level, hardiness, and love of people are three of the main qualities that have attracted us to the breed.

    I’m hoping that those of you who have a Vizsla in your life might be able to offer some insight! I would love to bring a V into the family, but it just might not be the right fit. What do you think? Will a Vizsla do OK in our condo if we can provide lots of exercise and attention after work and on the weekends?

    Thanks for your thoughts!

  6. Dear Kate,

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

    It sounds like you and your husband would make great Vizsla parents!  And the fact that you are very concerned about the dog’s well being, before you even have a dog, tells me that you will be a very responsible dog owner. 

    You are right about the Vizslas… they crave companionship and need lots of love and affection as well as LOTS of exercise.  They need to be a part of the family!  This breed is extremely sensitive and is not the type of dog can be put out in the backyard all day… alone.  Again, they need to be with someone.  They are a very loving, caring and affectionate breed. 

    We have always kept our V’s indoors while we are gone… (and while we’re home.. of course)!  We have our own business and I often work out of my office at the house, so I’m home with Bodi (our second Vizsla) a lot.  We did this with Tucker (our first V), for the 12 wonderful years that we had him!  So the fact that we were home with the pups made the training a little easier, in the fact that we could reinforce that training, if we happened to catch them doing something that they shouldn’t be doing!  The Vizslas are EXTREMELY smart (scary smart) and they learn very quickly. So training is highly recommended as it is very effective.  You will be thankful in the years to come…that you worked so hard at the training, it will help to make an awesome dog!

    My feeling for you guys… if you can take the time to REALLY work with your Vizsla, make him understand the rules and know the boundries in your home/condo, I do think you can make it work.  They can be left inside, for a long period of time (up to 8 hours, once they have been potty trained of course), but you must again, teach them that there are boundries.  They WILL learn, but it is a major commitment on your part, so you have to be prepared for that!  Even if it gets frustrating (and it will)! 

    Make sure that you take them out to go potty, and praise them when they do go outside.  This will help them to learn that they can’t go inside, but be consistant with that.  Always, always praise them when they go potty outside.  We praised Tucker for the 12 years we had him, every time he went potty outside.  We got him when he was only 8 weeks old and we had him potty trained within a week!  So this is important.  Also, it’s good that you both are active and willing to exercise the dog.  This is VERY necessary!!  Since the V’s are so smart.. if they do not get their exercise, they will get bored and that’s when you may run into trouble.  My suggestion would be… if you can take your V out, early in the morning, before you go to work and give him a good 30 to 45 minutes of exercise, then they will be more inclined to “relax” for the time that you are at work.  Then make sure that you take them out when you get home, and they’ll need a good hour of exercise. 

    My husband and I have always said, a V is not for everyone.  It takes a special kind of person to have a Vizsla and make him or her the best dog ever!  You have to know and be prepared, that this dog will stick to you like glue!  They are nicknamed “the velcro dog”!  They want to be with you all of the time and they will follow you around the house, they will want to cuddle with you, they sometimes will try to get in the middle of you and your husband… especially if you want to be romantic!  But, again, you’ll have to teach your V the boundries.  I’m just giving you some info, based on my experience with the breed. 

    Bottom line is… the Vizslas are awesome dogs!!! Very loving, very sweet, very smart, very sensitive, energetic, and extremely loyal.  My husband and I will ALWAYS have a V in our lives! 

    Good luck Kate, I do hope that my input has helped!  Feel free to write back anytime… I will try to answer you in a timely manner!

    Take care,



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