Tomorrow, Tika will make her final trip to the Vet. It's been pretty emotional around the house the past week or two, but sadly the time has come.
Tika had a heart of gold, a very quiet, gentle way, but was a stubborn as a barnyard mule. Of the 5 Vizslas I have had, she was mentally the toughest. If she decided she wasn't going to do something, she wasn't going to do it. She wasn't mean, or nasty about it. Didn't run away, or whimper on the ground. She would just stand there. An immovable object.
I got her somewhat late in puppyhood, about the 22month mark. Her owner had fallen ill, eventually passed away, and Tika was basically kenneled her first 22months. She had all the tools you could ever want, but she just would not leave my side afield, no matter how much I worked with her. Gunnr would head for the next county, but Tika would just quietly walk along with you. She wasn't gun shy, or anything like that, it was just that there was something, or a piece, I could not fill in for her. All of her training on birds gave no indication I would have this issue.
She was a wonderful companion for Gunnr, whom I lost this past spring. She kind of kept Gunnr grounded as best she could. She was faster, and stronger than Gunnr, and the two of them used to knock the crap out of each other in the yard, but slept in the same bed all the years I had them.
We've had Vizlsas in the house since 1986. All have been Upwind dogs from Lisa Deforrest's Kennel, but with the passing of Gunnr this past spring, and now Tika, there surely can't be very many Upwind dogs left out there, as Lisa passed away in 2009.
It's going to be quiet around the house, that's for **** sure.
We'll see if the quiet is to much and make a decision to get another pup if the quiet becomes to loud. If so, I'll be back here looking for a breeder.
She was good girl, and she will be missed dearly.
(Lee and Mike)
You'll never beat a lesson into a dog, you just beat desire out.