Yesterday I drove to Pickering/Oshawa (east of Toronto) with my 3 Vizslas (Miska, Tyro & Diva) to visit Karen Johnston & her Vizslas "Bob" and "Rita". Bob (Varazs Summer Solstice) is out of our 2nd litter born August 22, 1995 between Can/Am CH Harann Envoy to Earnescliffe ("Mac") and Am/Can CH Maritza of Kezdet Nekah Am/Can CD CGC ("Nekah"). Earlier I blogged about Bob and Karen's book, Mr. Bob's Magic Ride In The Sky, for which Bob was the inspiration. http://varazsvizslas.blogspot.com/2008/11/mr-bob-his-magic-ride.html
You guessed it. Bob turns 14 years old this month so I was really anxious to see him again. My last visit with Bob was about 3.5 years ago when he came to celebrate my Sasha's 12th birthday. Bob and Sasha are half-brothers on their dam Nekah's side. Behind Bob on his sire's side is BIS CH Dirigo Gambler's Marker HOF who lived to the age of 20!!!! "Marker" is Bob's great-grandfather. So those longevity genes are certainly being passed on to many of Marker's descendents although I haven't heard of any living to quite the ripe old age that Marker did. Twenty is exceptionally old for a Vizsla. Fourteen is still quite old and it's wonderful that Bob is so close to that milestone.
Bob is now quite frail and is covered in lumps and bumps but he managed to give me lots and lots of kisses. The dogs in his litter were extremely affectionate and all had wonderful temperaments and Bob is certainly no exception. While it's still a little early in the month, I just want to wish Bob the biggest Happy Birthday ever!!!!!!!!
HAPPY 14TH BIRTHDAY BOB!!!!!
Miska & her Uncle Bob
Diva with her Great-Uncle Bob