The fields and forests of upstate New York is no place for a dog, especially a breed that lacks an undercoat and thrives on human companionship, yet that is exactly where a lost female Vizsla named Brownie Baby spent several years of her life – freezing, scrounging for food, birthing pups – and running.

A few kind hands stepped in to feed the flighty canine and eventually earned her trust enough to capture her.  From there, Brownie Baby found herself in a state-of-the-art vet clinic where all of her physical needs were taken care of before she was sent to live with Lesli Hyland, a qualified foster home mom appointed by the Vizsla Club of Central New England. After spending a month with Lesli learning how Vizslas were meant to live, she was renamed and put up for adoption.

“Meadow” was chosen as her new name, because according to Lesli, she was “Wild, yet peaceful.”

From the moment we stumbled upon Meadow’s photo and read her plight on, Nick and I knew she was meant to be ours, and through a combined effort between the VCCNE and the Vizsla Club of Long Island, Meadow joined our family a short time later in June of 2010, when she was thought to be around three and a half years old.

Initially, Meadow reacted by either freezing or bolting when confronted by loud noises or changes in her environment. Since she was reported to be able to scale seven foot fences, we found double leashes, long lines, and crates to be indispensable in preventing escape until she had fully bonded with us. Despite several setbacks, she slowly but steadily improved.

Through Nick’s patient guidance, Meadow earned her Canine Good Citizen in 2011, and has also taken classes in beginner’s obedience, Rally obedience and K9 Nose Work. With the classes behind her, Meadow has grown into a wonderful walking companion for me – as long as we follow the same routes. She has also become quite the traveler, and has made trips to Florida, Vermont, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and her hometown – upstate New York.

On the trail to Hooker Falls

On the trail to Hooker Falls, Dupont State Park, NC.

Meadow is also a fighter, who has been battling mast cell tumors. She has had three removed to date, one in 2011, one in 2012, and one in 2013. If you’d like to know more about her health, and the steps we’ve taken to try and prevent a fourth tumor, please read my three part series: Mysteries of the Mast Cell Tumor, which you can find by clicking HERE, HERE, and HERE.


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