NBRF Year End 2014 Report

 

 

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National Borzoi Rescue Foundation
Report to BCOA January 16, 2015
 

National Borzoi Rescue Foundation

Report to BCOA Liaison Dee Jones

January 16, 2015

 

The National Borzoi Rescue Foundation (NBRF) is dedicated to the rescue and permanent placement of all displaced borzoi across the United States.  All borzoi are spayed/neutered and fully vetted prior to placement.  Adoption applications, references checked and home visits are required prior to placement with emphasis placed on the quality of life, and special needs, of each individual borzoi.

 

For the year 2014, NBRF  had 39 borzoi come into rescue and has successfully placed 37 of those borzoi in loving forever homes, one is a permanent foster due to a chronic medical issue that does not affect the quality of life for the dog and the other will be going to its forever home in mid-January 2015.   

Since NBRF’s last report to BCOA in October 2014, NBRF has; worked with Saluki Tree of Life Rescue (STOLA) to locate breeder of a borzoi x saluki cross, performed a home check for a breeder, assisted a breeder in search of a wet nurse and volunteer nannies for her motherless litter of 11 puppies, worked with a breeder on placement of a borzoi returned to the breeder, assisted Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia in locating the owner of a borzoi that had been turned in to them, worked with various all breed shelters to determine if dogs that they had were actually borzoi and ensured shelters had our contact information for future assistance, gave advice and solicited search volunteers and shared information on five lost borzoi for breeders/owners in various parts of the United States, established NBRF fundraiser with walking application for smartphones from wooftrax.com and have over 20 walkers walking to raise money for NBRF, obtained award contact information for Jennie Viles of Australia who obtained the RSPCA Animal Achievement Award for her borzoi Lara, answered inquiries and provided information on borzoi for 3 persons interested in borzoi in the future, provided information to 3 persons overseas on who they may contact for a borzoi in need in their respective areas, shared over 50 informative health related articles on NBRF Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nationalborzoirescuefoundation , established NBRF memorial pendant/bookmark fundraiser, received multiple volunteer applications, established donation program in memory of Borzoi at the Bridge where recipients receives a letter of condolence indicating donation made to NBRF in the name of their beloved, requested and located a volunteer to compose NBRF “Happy” video posted on the home page of our website at www.nbrf.org , shared information on sighthounds in need from other sighthound rescue groups on our facebook page, and mailed out approximately 245 newsletters to our adopters, foster people and BCOA BoD.

NBRF also covered extensive vet expenses for a young female borzoi named Alice that was placed in a forever home by NBRF.  Rescue Alice’s antibiotic resistant bacteria lung infection was missed by NBRF’s initial treating veterinarian and at the time of her adoption she was ill but showing no clinical signs of illness or infection.  It soon became apparent in her new home that Rescue Alice was ill and after exhaustive veterinarian care and incredible love, care, and affection given to Rescue Alice by her new family, she was quickly became deathly ill and succumbed to the infection. 

NBRF’s 4th Quarter Income Statement is attached.  Our 2014 Income Statement will be posted on our website by this month’s end.

NBRF encourages ALL breeders to permanently identify their borzoi and puppies with mircochips or tattoos. 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Liz A. Duncan-Burge, Secretary/Treasurer

National Borzoi Rescue Foundation

 

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NBRF Year End 2013 Report

 

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National Borzoi Rescue Foundation
Report to BCOA October 8, 2013

To date in 2013, NBRF has taken in a total of 53 borzoi into rescue; some borzoi are in rescue due to deaths of owners, critical illnesses of owners, and owners no longer wanting, or unable to care for, the dogs.

We currently have several borzoi available for adoption. There is a lovely black masked red young female that is being fostered in PA and will either need to go in an only pet home or a very experienced sighthound home. She is GREAT with people of all ages and both genders however her foster is still working on her interactive skills with other dogs. We do not believe she will ever be small dog or cat safe but with the right owner can likely be introduced into a home with a large male dog who is not a marshmallow. We also have an 8 year old girl that is starting to grow her hair back in. She had one of the worse cases of flea dermatitis and was hairless! It looks like she is going to be a cream and white girl and she is being fostered, and treated for Leptospirosis, in Ohio. There is also a lovely black and white yearling male at Edna Hanley’s in Ohio, he is from Bob Torquato’s and is ready for his new forever home!

NBRF put out their first mailed newsletter the beginning of September, mailing it to all their adoptive homes over the past several years. We got wonderful feedback from many adopters, sold several limited edition borzoi prints that were advertised, and got some volunteers for upcoming fundraising ideas. The envelopes, paper, mailing labels, ink and printing costs were all donated for this first newsletter and are pleased to say that the proceeds from the print sales alone, not to include donations received due to the newsletter, paid for all the postage on this mailing and our next.

NBRF is proud to announce that we have partnered with Benefit Wines. We are very excited about this fundraising opportunity and hope that it is very successful for us. There is no out of pocket expense for NBRF and we are proud of the 6 varieties of “Howling Borzoi Vineyard” wines that carry labels of 6 of our rescues! You can see our wines at http://www.benefitwines.com/borzoi_s/571.htm

Keep an eye out for new and exciting fundraisers by NBRF in the future.

Update on Rescue Borzoi Ditto and his Buddy, a boxer mix

As reported in our July 2013 report, NBRF does not spend its funds on non-borzoi rescues, however we had a successful fundraiser for Rescue Borzoi Ditto and his Buddy, a boxer mix that were found running loose in the Snohomish area of Washington state in July. The funds went specifically for the veterinary and foster care of Buddy. As the breeder of Ditto would not provide us contact information for the father of the owner, a homeless veteran, nor have him call NBRF, we found a wonderful loving home for this tightly bonded pair. They are remaining in the Snohomish area and are thriving in their new home.

Update on Two Seized Borzoi that were Evidence

As reported in our July report, NBRF was asked to care for, house and provide veterinary care for two borzoi that were seized by authorities in Vermont on an animal neglect case. Both dogs were heavily matted with sores and lesions, one was matted so bad that he could not completely stand up unrestricted, were weak and poorly muscled, both had severe urinary tract infections and both tested positive for Leptospirosis. NBRF and the attending veterinary in Ohio documented the physical, mental and medical condition of both dogs however the Vermont authorities decided not to prosecute based on the medical condition of the other breeds of dogs that were seized from the property at the same time. NBRF contacted the Vermont authorities, as well as a private attorney in Vermont, in an attempt to permanently secure the dogs and not have to return them. Unfortunately, NBRF was ordered to return the dogs and Carol Backers made the sad and arduous drive to do so. If anyone is contacted by a person in Vermont, PLEASE contact NBRF to ensure you are not selling or placing a dog with this person. As criminal charges were not ultimately filed, and this individual is not a BCOA member, we are not making the owner of these dogs name public in this report.

From January 1st, 2013 to October 8, 2013 our total veterinary expenses have been $16,711.34 and we are waiting on a few more veterinary bills to come in on our current dogs.

NBRF encourages ALL breeders to permanently identify their borzoi and puppies with mircochips or tattoos. Without such identification, we are unable to contact YOU if your dog should ever end up in rescue.

Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/nationalborzoirescuefoundation or visit our website at www.nbrf.org.

Always hug your hounds!

Respectfully submitted,
Liz A. Duncan-Burge Secretary/Treasurer

 


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National Borzoi Rescue Foundation
Report to BCOA Liaison Dee Jones
July 29, 2013

The NBRF Board has gone through some recent and exciting changes. Mary Childs has resigned from the board and no longer has any association with NBRF, nor represents NBRF in any way. Effective July 11th, 2013 Sally Hennessey of Geneva, Ohio is our new Vice-Director. Sally got her first borzoi from NBRF in 2000 and currently has two rescue Italian Greyhounds, one Greyhound, and 5 Borzoi. Sally brings over 34 years of paralegal experience and more than 10 years of experience running Lake Erie Greyhound Rescue, which she founded, to the Board of NBRF. We are very pleased and thrilled to have her as part of our team. Carol Backers remains as the Director and Liz A. Duncan-Burge remains as the Secretary/Treasurer.

To date in 2013, NBRF has taken in a total of 34 borzoi into rescue; some borzoi are in rescue due to deaths of owners, critical illnesses of owners, and owners no longer wanting, or unable to care for, the dogs. Four are being fostered by Lorrie Scott and are awaiting their spays/neuters before being placed in their forever homes which are waiting for them; these are from the Bob Torquato, O’Bobtor Borzoi, estate. Other borzoi are being fostered in various states awaiting their forever homes; one in Ohio, one in Tennessee, one in Georgia and one in Alabama.

As NBRF does not spend its funds on non-borzoi rescues, we are currently doing a fundraiser for Rescue Borzoi Ditto and his Buddy, a boxer mix. The funds are going specifically for the veterinary and foster care of Buddy. Ditto and Buddy are a tightly bonded pair and were found running loose in the Snohomish area of Washington state on July 16th. Ditto’s breeder was located and, due to financial reasons, she said she could not pay to transport him back across country. The breeder did say that she contacted the father of the person she placed the dog with and found out that the owner, a veteran, was now homeless. Apparently the owner had traveled halfway across the country with her two dogs before they got loose. There has been an outpouring of sympathy and caring for the dogs, their owner, and her situation. Cathy Gilles stepped to the plate and is willing to long term foster the two dogs together if the owner can be located. To date, the breeder of Ditto has been unwilling to provide NBRF with any further information so we can attempt to contact the owner, or her father, to offer assistance and let her know where and how her dogs are. The fundraising has covered all of Buddy’s veterinarian expenses to date.

We also have two borzoi that are being housed and cared for by NBRF and NBRF fosters as they are evidence in an animal abuse/neglect case in which NBRF is assisting the prosecuting body. Both dogs had severe urinary tract infections, sores and lesions due to matting, were dehydrated and had little muscle tone. We are not allowed to spay/neuter them under they are turned over to NBRF in entirety and are no longer considered evidence. Due to the case being pending, we are not releasing information on the suspect, her location, or the location of the dogs, but know that she is not a BCOA member. We will release more information when we may do so without jeopardizing any ongoing investigation.

From January 1st, 2013 to July 29, 2013 our total veterinary expenses have been $9,619.00. Note that this does include any discounts given by the providing veterinarian to a 501c3 Rescue. However, this total does NOT include the vetting of the 4 borzoi in California nor the 2 borzoi that are evidence.

NBRF encourages ALL breeders to permanently identify their borzoi and puppies with mircochips or tattoos. Without such identification, we are unable to contact YOU if your dog should ever end up in rescue.

Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/nationalborzoirescuefoundation or visit our website at www.nbrf.org .

Always hug your hounds!

Respectfully submitted,
Liz A. Duncan-Burge Secretary/Treasurer

 


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National Borzoi Rescue Foundation
Report to BCOA Liaison Dee Jones
May 1, 2013

The National Borzoi Rescue Foundation (NBRF) is dedicated to the rescue and permanent placement of all displaced borzoi across the United States. All borzoi are spayed/neutered and fully vetted prior to placement. Adoption applications, references checked and home visits are required prior to placement with emphasis placed on the quality of life, and special needs, of each individual borzoi.

The NBRF Board has gone through some recent changes. Effective April 13, 2013, Mary Childs is now Vice-Director and Liz Duncan-Burge is the Secretary/Treasurer. Carol Backers remains as Director.

To date for 2013, NBRF has taken in a total of 8 borzoi with only two remaining in foster care and they have a home together waiting for them pending an in home visit.

Also, Tala, the last of our Pickle Hill Rescues, has made it to her forever home in Atlanta, Georgia and is thriving in her new environment.

The Arizona senior lady, Sascha, after healing from having multiple tumors removed, has found a permanent home with her foster family in Sedona, Arizona.

From January 1st, 2013 to April 30, 2013 our total veterinary expenses have been $3,556.25. Note that this does include any discounts given by the providing veterinarian to a 501c3 Rescue.

We would like to thank the Beverly Taylor Trust Fund Committee for continuing to ensure that Ms. Taylor’s wishes and dreams are being carried out and for the $11,250.00 for the operating year 2013.

NBRF encourages ALL breeders to permanently identify their borzoi and puppies with mircochips or tattoos. Without such identification, we are unable to contact YOU if your dog should ever end up in rescue.

Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/nationalborzoirescuefoundation or visit our website at www.nbrf.org .

Always hug your hounds!

Respectfully submitted,
Liz A. Duncan-Burge Secretary/Treasurer

 


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National Borzoi Rescue Foundation
Report to BCOA Liaison Dee Jones
February 14, 2013

The National Borzoi Rescue Foundation (NBRF) is dedicated to the rescue and permanent placement of all displaced borzoi across the United States. All borzoi are spayed/neutered and fully vetted prior to placement. Adoption applications, references checked and home visits are required prior to placement with emphasis placed on the quality of life, and special needs, of each individual borzoi.

2012 ended with 47 borzoi coming into NBRF. Of those, 4 were still looking for their forever home as 2013 began. To date for 2013, 4 additional borzoi have come into rescue and two have been placed in homes, 6 borzoi remain in foster homes and are available for adoption.

NBRF’s Valentine’s Day EBay Fundraiser is winding down at the writing of this report and to date, after ebay and paypal fees, $1,488.23 has been raised by gracious donors, bidders, and our EBay volunteer who has done all the listings for us.

We are still awaiting the veterinary bill for our senior rescue in Arizona who came through surgery yesterday with flying colors after having 4 mammary tumors removed and a large fibrous tumor removed from the inside of her mouth. Prior to surgery it was confirmed that her lungs were clear of any growths or tumors so we, and the veterinarian, have great expectations for a comfortable quality life for this old gal. We are hoping that the Valentine’s Day Fundraiser will cover her veterinary expenses.

NBRF encourages ALL breeders to permanently identify their borzoi and puppies with mircochips or tattoos. Without such identification, we are unable to contact YOU if your dog should ever end up in rescue.

Always hug your hounds!

Respectfully submitted,
Liz A. Duncan-Burge Vice-Director

 

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Submitted  to the Beverly Taylor Trust Committee by Carol Backers, NBRF Director May 16, 2012

 

Dear Beverly Taylor Committee Board Members,

 

NBRF again wishes to sincerely thank you all for your continued support and diligence in handling the Beverly Taylor Trust account. Because of your efforts, we are able to continue the highest level of care for our Borzoi in need of rescue. This year's distribution of the interest on the trust is significant and is the majority of our funding for expenses.

 

2012 has been a busy year with NBRF handling twenty three dogs so far this year, some a carry over from 2011. Things have not slowed down and I expect the Summer months to be busy ones for rescue. We received four Borzoi into rescue we had previously placed into loving homes, one of which whose owner had to go into a nursing home and two other seniors whose owner had died. The fourth was returned when the owner lost her job and she was being evicted from her home.

 

NBRF has been dealing with a situation concerning a MD breeder, not a BCOA member. We have been involved with the placement of several of her Borzoi and stand on call with the local Animal Control to receive the Borzoi should they decide to seize the dogs. At the moment that number is over forty Borzoi of all ages.

 

There were two Borzoi who were abandon at their Veterinarian's offices. We were able to find out who the breeder of one of the dogs was and contact them. The breeder was standing by to pick this Borzoi up when at the very last minute the owner did come for the dog and paid his bill in full. There is a lengthy procedure any boarding facility must follow before releasing a dog to either a shelter, a rescue or any other person other than the owner. The second Borzoi was a ten year old male and had been at their facility for months. The Veterinary office followed all the correct procedure before releasing this Borzoi to NBRF. Apollo is now in a loving home and doing well. These were two separate Veterinary offices, both in NY state.

 

Again, we thank the board members of the Beverly Taylor Trust Committee for their continued support. Because of Beverly Taylor's love of the Borzoi, her final wish that no Borzoi be left behind because of lack of funds for their care, is being carried out. Thank you all for helping to make this happen.

 

Yours In Rescue,

 

Carol Backers
Director: NBRF

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Submitted to BCOA by Carol Backers, NBRF Director
July 2011

Currently for 2011 NBRF has had 17 Borzoi go through rescue. We have learned through Teresa Burk, DVM a litter of puppies were born at Pickle Hill in MO under the watch of Lou Lofgrem. Teresa was able to get the puppies and is placing them once they are altered. NBRF has sent her a home for one of them and will continue to do so as we can. We again offered to take all the remaining Borzoi on the Pickle Hill property and were again refused.

I am most upset that the Board has chosen to censor the reports NBRF sends upon request. Therefore, NBRF will no longer send reports to the BCOA Board. The general membership has the right to know what is happening with rescue yet the board has continued to censor the reports made. It is not up to the board to decide what the membership have the right to know and what they do not have the right to know. Rescue concerns everyone. It is not privileged information unless otherwise stated.

NBRF will make a yearly report to the Beverly Taylor Committee.

The Boards continued censorship of NBRF's reports leads one to question what else the Board is not making public to the membership. Neither this or any other Board has the right to keep information that affects the membership private. I, as a dues paying member of BCOA, have the right as does every other member, to know what goes on at the board meetings. It is time this board understands that and realizes that BCOA belongs to the members, not the Board members.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carol Backers

 




 

Submitted to BCOA by Carol Backers, NBRF Director
January 23, 2011

In October 2010 NBRF got 3 borzoi in from a no kill shelter in Vermont that were owner turn ins. We understand that this owner in Burlington,VT is in violation of her kennel permit and has at least another 10 borzoi, however the local jurisdiction is not acting upon this violation. We have found that the owner has imported multiple dogs into the USA and has not registered her dogs with the AKC, though she has had at least 2 litters over the past 2 years. We anticipate getting more borzoi from this location though not from the owner herself but again from a shelter where she dumps what she apparently no longer wants.

In October 2010 I was contacted by Name Removed From Report via email. She stated that she wanted to surrender 24 Borzoi to NBRF, 12 now and another 12 a short time later. She stated that her husband had just passed away and she could no longer afford to feed all the dogs she had. I returned her email stating that NBRF would be happy to assist her, however before taking any dogs, any and all co-owners, co-breeders and those dogs bred by others would need to be returned to those people as NBRF could not take dogs co-owned by others or where the breeders or co-breeders were known. I also understood that many of the co-owners, co-breeders and breeders of dogs that she had/has are BCOA members. I never heard back from her and NBRF did not receive any of her dogs. I understand that She is still traveling to coursing events and is able to afford entries and travel expenses, and has another litter planned if not already on the ground.

NBRF is most happy to help any breeder finding themselves in need of help for their Borzoi but, it needs to be understood that NBRF is not a dumping ground for breeder's unwanted dogs so they may continue to breed.

As you all know, Fern Lockrem died in September 2010 leaving her husband, Lou who is in his 80’s, to care for their Borzoi. NBRF immediately offered help but the offer was refused. At the time of Fern's death there were between 116 to 130 Borzoi at Pickle Hill in Garden City, Missouri. Friends of the Lockrems’ posted to various Borzoi email lists that Lou Lockrem could no longer afford to feed the dogs since Fern’s death and financial help was needed. It was requested that people send money to the feed store where Lou purchased dog food. I understand that Amy Balthrop and Bonnie Dalzell were at Pickle Hill shortly after Fern’s death, as well as some other people, and were helping Lou care for the dogs. I understand that many dogs were given away, sold and/or placed in homes. I later heard that Lou had hired some Hispanic workers to assist in the care of the dogs.

Shortly after Fern’s death, Mark Nickle of Meadowbrook Dog Rescue out of Kansas was given 10 of the dogs from PH (Pickle Hill), those being the Borzoi that were in the worst condition. While there, Mark Nickle also bought a young puppy for $300 and left a donation of several hundred pounds of Iams dog food. Mark stated to me that he had been told that the people at Pickle Hill wanted these dogs out of there before a Veterinarian came onto the property and saw their poor condition.

Meadowbrook Dog Rescue temporarily placed 8 of the 10 dogs they took with their volunteer, Linda Bean. I am including the photos of the dogs that were taken to Linda Bean’s in a separate email. As you can see in the photos, one of the dogs was immediately euthanized because it was suffering so badly and it was the kindest thing that could be done for the dog. The other 7 were treated for fleas, were de-wormed and seen by Linda’s vet for basic medical triage. A short time later, Linda Bean suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized.

On November 8, 2010, an NBRF volunteer, who is also a veterinarian, picked up the 7 Borzoi from Linda Bean’s, and these were the first Pickle Hill dogs to officially come into NBRF.

The Borzoi picked up from Linda Bean were in very bad shape. A male Borzoi, identified as “Flash” Pickle Hill’s Flash HM89622704, who was later dubbed “Charlie Brown” by the Iowa vet, was in the worse condition. When Charlie Brown was picked up by a representative of Meadowbrook Dog Rescue at Pickle Hill, he could not stand up without assistance and when standing could barely support his weight. He was matted to his bedding with dried blood and half of his tail was missing and had a bloody stub on the end. One other Borzoi could not stand without assistance either.

The trip from Linda Bean’s to the veterinary clinic in Iowa was long for these poor souls and at one point the two volunteers had thought 2 of the dogs had died in the back seat of the truck but all the Borzoi did survive the trip and arrived safely in Iowa. At the veterinary clinic the work began. The Borzoi were bathed, fed, given love, attention, and dry bedding. It was found that one of the Borzoi had three fused and one deformed vertebrae in his neck and was in severe pain. After consultation with the University of Iowa Veterinary specialists, he was euthanized in loving hands as there was nothing that could be done to relieve his pain and suffering.

Charlie Brown was literally x-rayed from stem to stern to figure out what skeletal malformation caused his inability to get up or stand. All his bones and joints were as they should be and further testing ensued. Besides being extremely hypothyroid, Charlie Brown was found to have a systemic infection, oozing sores including pressure sores on his joints, no hair, urine and fecal burns and many rotten teeth with tooth roots exposed and abscesses. I have included pictures of Charlie Brown so you may all see his progress.
I contacted Teresa Burk, DVM and friend of the Lockrem’s and offered NBRF assistance as I was told she had been going to PH regularly and was giving basic medical care to the dogs and had microchipped all the Borzoi that had not been microchipped prior to Fern’s death. I also contacted Claudia Cullison who lives in California and knew the Lockrems and offered NBRF assistance. Claudia had already been in touch with Lou and was making plans to go to PH as a friend to Lou and to as an attorney on his behalf. Once at PH, Claudia told me Lou was convinced NBRF would take all the Borzoi and put them to sleep and therefore he was refusing to allow NBRF to help.

Liz Duncan-Burge, Vice-Director of NBRF, suggested that I, Carol Backers Director of NBRF, step down from this particular rescue effort and allow her to take the lead. Claudia relayed this information to Lou Lockrem and he accepted that stipulation and requested NBRF and Liz Duncan-Burge to assist him with the remaining Borzoi. NBRF was told there were around 60 Borzoi left at PH. Liz coordinated the efforts and volunteers to take approximately 60 Borzoi with Sue Breaz volunteering to take up to 30 Borzoi for staging, vetting and fostering. NBRF stipulated that NBRF would get all the remaining Borzoi with the exception of two older female Borzoi who would be left with Lou. This was made very clear and Lou agreed, signing an NBRF surrender agreement. A copy of which was scanned and emailed to NBRF by Claudia Cullison. Persons at PH kept putting back the date that NBRF would be allowed on to the property to pick up the Borzoi. Several weeks went by and with the impending winter weather moving in, Liz Duncan-Burge advised Claudia Cullison, as Lou’s representative, that a date had to be set post haste for NBRF to start removing the dogs at PH.

On November 10th, 2010, Liz Duncan-Burge borrowed a truck and horse trailer and made the first trip to pick up Borzoi at PH. Bonnie Dalzell and veterinarian Teresa Burk met with Liz at PH to assist in the identification and loading of the dogs. Three additional NBRF volunteers arrived on the same afternoon and with Liz taking 17 Borzoi, and the three volunteers taking 10, there was a total of 27 dogs that came into NBRF care on that day. When Liz left, she made arrangements with Lou Lockrem and Bonnie Dalzell to return on November 12th, 2010 to pick up the remaining Borzoi and noted that there were approximately 30 to 35 Borzoi still at PH with at least 3 Borzoi being visibly pregnant bitches.

The night before the return trip, Liz received an email from Bonnie Dalzell stating that NBRF would only be allowed to take 10 more Borzoi. It was discovered that Lou Lockrem had promised a Russian contingency of individuals from the Kansas City area that at least 3 Borzoi that would remain on Lou’s property for the dogs’ lifetime to preserve the breed. In dog vernacular, “preservation of the breed” is equivalent to stating one is going to breed and whelp puppies.

Liz called and asked me what to do if Lou would not surrender the Borzoi as agreed to NBRF and I, Carol Backers, told her to leave PH empty and not bring any additional dogs back from PH if the pregnant bitches and as many of the intact dogs that Lou had initially agreed to release to NBRF were not released to NBRF on that day. I take full responsibility for that decision. Furthermore Bonnie Dalzell and Lou Lockrem had been made aware that the timing of this rescue was important not only because of the impending winter season but as NBRF was able to borrow trucks and trailers and several volunteers had already taken days off of work to assist, transport, and receive dogs.

Liz arrived at PH on November 12th, 2010 and she was told by Bonnie Dalzell that there were only 10 dogs that NBRF could have. When Liz asked about the remaining approximate 20 other dogs, Bonnie stated some dogs were promised to the Russian people and Lou wanted to keep the rest. One of the dogs that was to remain at PH was an obviously pregnant bitch and when Liz asked about that Borzoi specifically she was told by Lou that his wife's legacy was going to live on and that Fern had had the best Borzoi out there. When further queried by Liz, Lou stated he would have puppies in his sun room and do whatever he pleased with his dogs. At that point, Liz told Lou that if the pregnant bitches did not go on this date, as well as as many dogs that could safely fit in the truck and trailer then NBRF was not taking any dogs. She told Lou and Bonnie that she could return at a later date to take additional dogs but that all of the visibly pregnant bitches would have to leave on this day with Liz. Lou told Liz to leave as he was not letting NBRF take anything but the dogs he no longer wanted. Liz left empty. I personally feel that Bonnie Dalzell could have done more to convince Lou to allow the dogs to leave with Liz but Bonnie neither did nor said anything to facilitate the dogs leaving.

During this time, I was contacted by Maggie Rice of Colorado and she stated that she could take 5 of the PH dogs. She at first offered to take 5 of the Borzoi NBRF had already gotten but I told her to call Bonnie Dalzell and get dogs directly from PH as at that point it would be easier to move dogs west from the Kansas City, MO area than move dogs that were by that time in NBRF and already 400 plus miles east of Kansas City. Maggie contacted Bonnie Dalzell and I understand that 7 Borzoi from PH went to CO with Maggie taking 5 and 2 others going to homes in that area.

In December of 2010, NBRF received 3 more PH Borzoi. These dogs had been given to a Poodle breeder in Missouri by an unidentified person at PH. The Borzoi were given to this Poodle breeder with no signed contract, unaltered, no vet records, no safety net, no back up plan if the home changed it’s mind, and with not even a verbal commitment from the Poodle breeder. The Poodle breeder decided that Borzoi were not a bred for her and she surrendered them to NBRF, which brought NBRF’s total of PH borzoi up to 37 dogs.

As of today’s date, all of the PH Borzoi under NBRF care have been altered and have had all of their medical needs met. Those medical needs have included mammary tumors removed, extensive dentals with multiple extractions, cysts removed, systemic infections treated, chronic ear infections treated, anal fistulas treated, hypothydroidism treated and maintenance medication provided. Only 1 of the 37 in NBRF care had to be euthanized due his medical condition. 20 have found forever homes, with 16 still in foster care. There are three who are still extremely shy but they are making progress in their foster homes.

NBRF has no idea where all the other PH dogs are or how many are still at PH. There are still, to our knowledge, intact males and females at PH. I was eventually told by Teresa Burk that at least one of the three pregnant bitches at PH had been spayed with no puppies born. NBRF was prepared and able to take ALL the dogs at the time of Fern’s death.

Pickle Hill is a situation that NBRF will be cleaning up after for years to come, just THINK of the additional 77 to 91 borzoi that were at PH at Fern’s death. Where did they all go? We know they were not all altered, are there already puppies on the ground from these dogs? Where is their safety net? Will some of them end up in kill shelters because the new owners don’t know about rescue or can no longer care for them? Yes NBRF will be there to clean it up the Borzoi but what happens when NBRF is not called and the situation is allowed to continue or deteriorate – what about those dogs then?

In November 2010, NBRF also took in two borzoi that were owner turn-ins from North Carolina and were in pretty rough shape. The owner contacted us again in December and turned over her last two borzoi on January 1st, 2011.

Liz has done and is continuing to do an outstanding job of dealing with everything concerning the PH Borzoi from placement into foster homes, payment of the bills associated with the dogs, finding foster and permanent homes, keeping track of everything concerning the dogs and keeping me informed. It is Liz who deserves all the credit for this rescue going as smoothly as it has and it has gone very smoothly. Had Liz not stepped up and taken the lead in this, NBRF would not have been able to help and save these Borzoi. It is liz Duncan-Burge who is deserving all the credit for for 20 of the PH Borzoi already being placed into their new homes in such a short time and all, to date, smooth transitions for the dogs and homes. Thank you Liz!

Carol Backers
Director: NBRF

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