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Meet Shiloh

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Shiloh is one of the remaining  FL 14 who are available for adoption. I will be traveling to FL in the near future and will be able to bring them back with me to meet their new homes on my way North from FL .

I have done my best to explain their personalities and needs (scroll down for specifics), and trust me they do have needs, but these dogs will make the adjustment to new homes, It will, however take love, time and patience on the new home's part. These Borzoi will likely never be "normal". In their previous life, they learned not to trust and to fear human touch. They didn't even know how to want to be loved. They only knew fear of everything and everyone.

To be quite honest, we have never before encountered the level of fear these dogs present and it has been a difficult and long road to bring them around to where they are today. Thank you Sharon & Jim Anthony foster parents extraordinaire We expect they will step back considerably in their new homes. They will be fearful of everything and everyone. Their new homes will have to work to gain their trust. One very odd thing about these Borzoi is that they seem to forget from one day to the next who they trust and if someone in the home is gone for say a weekend, they will not necessarily remember them. That person will have to start over but, each time gets easier and they remember quicker. If a stranger comes into the home they will flee from the room. These Borzoi are not by any means dumb or unintelligent. They are very smart and learn other things quickly but their fear is so strong it overcomes them. Structure and consistency as well as love and patience will be key to success with all of these Borzoi.

It is likely these dogs will never be comfortable or happy outside their homes. Strangers coming into their homes will probably always strike fear into their hearts but that is OK. They will just go into another room until the stranger leaves. If someone visits regularly, they will probably, in time, get used to them and hopefully make friends but this will take lots of time.
I personally have lived with a Borzoi who displayed some of their fear related issues. She had other issues as well to overcome . Abuse being one of them. It took us a long time to gain her complete trust but we did and I can honestly say, we were never sorry for one minute we did. Each step forward brought smiles and joy to us.

Sometimes there were two steps forward and one backwards but, Willie never stopped trying. We loved her all the more for her courage. She never did get over her fear of strangers and would just retreat to her room ( my office) when company came. So be it. Not the end of the world. No we didn't take her places, she was quite happy to be left home. I expect that will likely be the case for these Borzoi but we also know they have learned to want love and they now are trying to trust.

Believe me when I say, the love of a Borzoi this needy is different because you really have to work for it. It is earned, not given freely as from a normal Borzoi or even a normal rescue. As they take steps forward you will take pride in their courage and accomplishments. When they finally make that big break through, you will want to jump for joy. We all appreciate more what we have to work for than what is given. If you are considering adopting one of our FL 14, know you are in for a ride. You will have to pour your heart and soul into the dog. Please be honest with yourself. Do you really have the time, love and patience to put into a Borzoi who will at first run from you? If not, that is OK, trust me! But if you really do, than what I can say is you will be greatly rewarded.

Today, one of the WVA Rescues was sent to the bridge. Triss was with me for 8 weeks before I let her go to her new home. Triss was the worst off of the WVA rescues mentally. Her home, Sally and Pat Hennessey had their hands full and it took them a LONG time to make progress but what she wrote me today brought tears to my eyes. She said " I have never loved any dog as deeply as I loved Triss" and she thanked me for trusting her with Triss. This will be the reward of adopting one of our FL 14.

If you believe you are up for a ride and the rewards at the end of that ride, please fill out our adoption application and email it to me. or contact me at
Thank you,
Carol Backers


Shiloh is a 7 or 8 year old male Borzoi. He is house/crate trained, gets along with other dogs and cats and rides well in a car. He is also cute as a bug and is finally starting to grow some fur!! There is an area on the top on his neck that likely will never fill in as it looks to have been burned. We honestly have no clue what could have happened, could possibly be a chemical burn from a strong solution of dip or something before we got him. We think when his coat does finally grow in, it will cover that area. Shiloh also had tumors in his ears which were extremely painful to him and both ears were infected when we got him. We have had the tumors removed and now are treating his ears for the infection. This was a pretty big and invasive surgery but he is healing well and feeling SO much better! Shioh is running and playing with the other dogs and eating well. He really enjoys the company of the other dogs and we feel he will need a home with other dogs. He does have trust issues and will take time, patience and love but he will come around and be a happy Borzoi. Shiloh really wants to be loved and is so sweet. He just has a hard time trusting new people.

Strangers will scare him and as with the others a firm hold of his lead is required as he will try to flee if something scares him. Should he get away, he will not be caught. He will need to be walked in his new home's yard until he is secure in him new surroundings. We feel it may take two months for him to get over his fears of strangers and learn to trust his new owners but, we know he will. Shiloh can not be bounced so please consider carefully before making your decision. Shiloh can not be shipped.

Shiloh was one of the worst off when we first got the FL 14. He has come so far in the two months we have had him, has put on weight, is growing fur, running and playing and eating like a horse. This boy really deserves a wonderful, loving, patient home who will love him for who he is. We were not sure he was even going to make it when we first got him but, he did not give up and fought so hard for every step forward he has made. Shiloh didn't give up and neither are we. If you have room in your home and heart for a very special Older Gentleman, please consider our Shiloh. With time, love and patience, we believe you will see why we think he is so special.