I braced myself as I pulled up the driveway in Alpine, CA. “Allison,” I said to myself, “you have a session with four vizslas today. Four of what’s probably the highest-energy breed of dog. You will be tired at the end of the day. Actually, no, you will be exhausted. But that’s why you just had an energy drink. These dogs might run you into the ground – but it’s okay, they’re going to be adorable. Just keep getting up off the ground every time you get tackled.” And so I marched into their house with that determined attitude – and promptly melted into a puddle when I saw two litters of two-week-old puppies. Gahhhh!
My recent session with Vistercil’s Vizslas could simply not have been more fun – or more exhausting, haha! I worked with four dogs: Ruger the old man, Juneau the 5-year-old, Newman the 4-month-old, and Walter the way-too-cute-13-week-old puppy. Our photo session started at their house in Alpine, where I also met the litters of puppies, and then we headed into town for some studio photos! And as much as I advocate for rescue groups, and firmly believe that you can find a spectacular dog at your local shelter, I also know that there’s also an important & invaluable place in our communities for responsible breeding, too. Carrying on the legacy of a breed for future generations is a huge task, and I always enjoy meeting high-quality breeders – and I can definitely say that Peggy & Chuck are wonderful people who raise & care for some incredible & gorgeous dogs (like Prim & Track, for example)!
Here’s old man Ruger! He keeps a watchful eye over the young pups.
Next-oldest is Juneau; and boy is he handsome or what?
Newman, at four months old, is simply a bundle of energy! This was a rare calm moment – he was happier and more often found bounding in all directions across the yard!
Before leaving the house, I made sure to meet Marley the Bengal cat. I think he tried to hide behind the bush from me… I see you, Marley.
And lastly, Walter the 13-week-old puppy turned out to be such a pro at posing that, well, he can do it in his sleep. :)
Peggy & Chuck, thank you for all your invaluable help during our photo session! Working with vizslas is no joke… I’m so happy to have met you and all your dogs! Can’t wait to see you both again soon!