The rescues

On the left, the gold and white, is Nikita. On the right, the fawn sable and white, is Czar. Both of these boys were rescued within two weeks of each other in the spring of 1989 in my state, Idaho. Nik was the first. Diane R. called me to tell me about a Borzoi who needed a new home, but she wasn't too hopeful as he was almost 8 years old. When I found out he was a full brother to my Dess, of course I had to have him. When I got him, Diane told me he had bitten a small child. No wonder - his ears were so infected! He was sweet and lovable, though, and I cleaned him up (he was a mess!). I didn't know how placeable he was, but no biggie - I would just keep him. Then my friend Rick called and said he needed another Borzoi. I thought about letting Nikita go, as Rick loves and understands our breed, but something very weird happened. The Twin Falls pound called me and begged me to rescue Czar, a young male they had in the pound. Of course, I went down, and out came a very scared but sweet acting young dog. I called Rick and told him he could have his choice of Nik or Czar. He was coming down within the week to pick one (or both! Or none! I was getting VERY attached to both of them!). He ended up with Czar and Nik lived his life out with me, though it wasn't near as long as I would have liked, as he turned out to be witty, smart, and huggable. He died just three months after coming to live with me. The dogs were out running and he just fell over, dead. PM was inconclusive but the vet thought a sudden heart attack. Czar went on to live several happy years with Rick. Czar was one hell of a coursing dog. He lure coursed and open field coursed with the best of them. He also died of a probable heart attack when he was about 7 years old.


Although I loved Nik and Rick loved Czar, I wish the circumstances permitting these dogs to be rescued had never happened. Some breeders are unwilling to take their dogs back. Some owners get tired of their dogs. Some owners don't understand sighthounds (or any dogs, for that matter). Would I live with another rescue? Yes. Would I recommend one to someone? Yes, if placed carefully (remember, some of them have had less than ideal lives before being saved). They are wonderful, just as beautiful, just as loving, just as loveable as that registered pup, in some cases, more so.

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