Hungarian Vizslas are a type of Gundog from the Hunt/Point/Retrieve category. Our breed goes back a long way in history; there is some evidence of russet gold Vizslas being used for falconry as far back as the 14th century on the central plains of Hungary. During the world wars, we were almost wiped out but, fortunately, refugees from Hungary took a few dogs with them and it is from this stock that the breed recovered into the growing population of today.
Vizslas are described by the Kennel Club as 'having nobility in their head and carriage'. We make good companions and ideal all-round family dogs, although we can be a little energetic and excitable at times!
I love living in Guernsey and really enjoy my walks around the island. My favourite spots are L'Ancresse Common, the cliffs at Jerbourg and Pleinmont, St Saviour's Reservoir and, of course, running on all the beaches and playing in the sea. I have also been lucky enough to go to Herm and Sark which are equally great for dogs. I want to go to Alderney as well, I just have to work out how to get there!
I have made lots of friends on the island, canine and human, and always like to say hello when I meet people but I apologise in advance if sometimes I can't control myself and jump up to give you a kiss. My tail will always wag when I am greeting you but, be warned, if my bottom starts to wiggle as well then I am probably going to leap! I always get told off though when I do though - maybe I'll learn eventually and get better as I get older!
Every now and then I am allowed to invite all my Vizsla friends and their owners and families to come to Government House for a play and get together. We call these gatherings 'Viz Wizzes' and they are great fun. I think there are around 25-30 Vizslas on Guernsey and we usually get 15 or so coming along, including some really lovely puppies! As you can imagine, it's pretty chaotic because we are one of the fastest dog breeds and love charging around together at over 30mph. The only problem is that sometimes we don't always look where we are going! My friend Peanut and I manage to knock the Governor flat one day as we both ran into him at full speed. Fortunately it was on the soft grass!
Sometimes though, being the Lieutenant-Governor's dog, I do have to play a part in the community as well. I was really honoured to be asked to be the canine patron of a great organisation called Wellbeing Animals Guernsey or WAG. These are a group of dogs and other animals that go to hospitals and homes to provide comfort and animal assisted therapy to people of all ages in a variety of care situations. There is lots of research to show that just stroking or talking to an animal can help in many ways, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving quality of life and wellbeing. If you want to see their great work for yourself, follow this link WAG
It's quite hard work being a patron though. We had a press launch for the charity which was fun but I got very excited and barked all the way through the radio interview. I also had a minor mishap when I mistook the Governor's trousers for a bush! He said it was a 'Blue Peter' moment, I didn't really know what he was talking about, I'm just happy there were no television cameras around, and so was he!
I have to attend the annual general meeting and sit quietly (not my strong point) and I do WAG's 10 walks in 10 parishes. But that's good because I see lots of my WAG friends and it also tires me out and, as my owners always say 'A happy Vizsla is a tired Vizsla!' - plus I do get to wear a fantastic green neckerchief when I am representing WAG.
So I love being in Guernsey, it's a great place for a dog! I have some brilliant friends here and look forward to making many more. See you around!