Yes, we had her checked out and she is not chipped.
Thank you so much, both of you, for responding! I have (tried to) attach a photo of her tail. I hope it worked.
If she is a Vizsla, I do not know if I can provide her with the kind of home she needs. Those internet sites scared me a lot. We live in a very street laden area and there isn't much in the way of roaming space for her to run off leash. She is also very curious about everything, including cars, which always makes me nervous while leading her on a retractable leash. I would be willing to try to get her to listen off leash, although it would be tricky in such an urban setting. If it is purely a question of that, I would say yes. If you can guide me to resources for that, I would be very grateful!
I will also get her a Bully Stick! The fact that you, 1stVizsla, can leave your dog unattended for that long gives me hope. Although my dog is older than yours, she was a stray and I have no idea how long she was out on the streets. So she might be a little more complicated with her adjustment.
The things that scare me, for example, are sites that state Vizsla's require over 2 hours of vigorous running off leash. I rarely walk more than 30 minutes, I don't have 2 hours of time to walk in the evenings when I get home. Usually she gets a 30 minute walk before bedtime and the other sessions are more "around the block" for potty needs. My husband is usually dead tired from work (manual labor which causes a lot of his aches and pains) when he gets home and my schedule is not exactly reliable, as I do research in a lab. We can cover the 4 shifts of potty and walk as we do at the moment, but nothing more extensive. These sites suggest that anything less than 2 hours of full out dog running and the Vizsla will destroy everything and become extremely unhappy!
If she is a Vizsla and this is really untrue and shorter walks off leash will do the trick, then all should be okay once recall is trained. That would be fine!
If, however, this lifestyle will cause her to become disturbed, bored and unhealthy, it is probably best for her to find a home better suited to her needs now, before she gets older and the damage has been done. If you think it is necessary, then yes, perhaps contact with a rescue is in order. I would prefer this be a last resort, but I am also very realistic and know that I cannot turn into the type of Vizsla owner described by the frightening resources I have found online. I have seen people in denial about their dog's needs before and what it can do to a dog's health. That kind of thing was not what I planned for this poor innocent animal.
What you guys are saying, however, makes me hopeful that we may not need to. Right now she is lying pressed up against my lower back, all cuddled and warm.... moments like these make it hard to imagine having to give her up.
If she is not a Vizsla, then these "Vizsla like" tendencies should wear off with age. If that is the case, I guess she is still very young and needs some time to adjust and calm down. We are perfectly okay with that, as long as we know that she won't suffer from our type of lifestyle. We can definitely wait it out in the case of another breed.
Thank you so much for everything! I am so glad we have somewhere to turn to.