The Vizslas check out the local wildlife in Richmond Park. Izzy (on the right) is almost five and Ajax is now over a year old.
Took the dogs to the West Beach at Littlehampton. The weather was great and being Vizslas they love the water. I dusted off my trusty Canon 300D because Izzy and Ajax move about so fast that often on a compact digi they just appear as ginger blurs. Got some neat shots of them especially with water frozen as they splash about.
Interestingly Littlehampton is going up in the world as the Heatherwick cafe on the East Beach opens soon. It looks amazing.
Here’s a few more pictures of Ajax as he now approaches 14 weeks old. It looks as if he is going to be not only a handsome fella when he grows up but also pretty big. Izzy is very tolerant of him as he tries to get her to play although when asleep she gets a bit miffed if tries to wake her up. Of course she still looks fantastic.
It’s amazing what has happened in just a week. Ajax has gone from a tiny wrinkle monster to a rather more serious chap.
Ajax the Hungarian Vizsla finally came home with us on Saturday and as these pictures show he redefines cute. He is a confident little fella, almost too confident as Izzy isn’t a big fan as yet as he wants to climb into her bed and steal her food…so she is justifiably grumpy. However dogs are pragmatists and there’ll at least be some kind of quorum in the next few weeks, besides as he get bigger he’ll start understand canine politics.
We went to see Ajax for the last time before he moves to Kingston with us and he has grown a fair bit since we last saw him, in fact all his litter mates are now up and causing chaos. We took Izzy to meet her new house mate, she sniffed him a bit and then pretty much ignored the fella and the rest of the puppies, but I don’t suppose for the moment she had any idea that he’ll be her house mate in three weeks. I’ve added a few pictures here so you can see how great they all are, I’d have taken more but for the battery on the camera running out of juice and me cursing Canon for not having a level indicator on the Ixus 800.
As we’re on the subject of Vizslas I thought I’d post a picture of young Izzy. For some reason I can’t quite fathom she is camera shy and will always walk in the other direction if one is pointed in her general direct so it’s a rare privilege to get a shot this close. Normally it’s down the end of a 300mm lens.
Here is Ajax again now just over two weeks old and the little fella has doubled in size. His eyes are now open and he can toddle around but is still a little unsure on his feet, also surprisingly at this age the pups can even approximate something like a bark. His blue eyes will unfortunately change to brown as he gets older as everything blends into one ginger gundog.
Ajax as it turns out is one lucky chap. When the litter was born seven of the eight pups appeared as expected but one one stuck and was thought to be still born, however the vet could detect a heartbeat and so number eight was born by caesarean and fighting fit. Number eight is in fact Ajax and despite his late start is 2nd largest of the litter and already has the nickname ‘8 Ball’.
In two weeks time we’ll take Izzy the Vizsla to meet him.