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Billie Jean

Hi Carol. It is with a heavy heart that I write this email to tell you of the loss of another NBRF Borzoi. Billy Jean (micro chip # 0A135A1E75) came to me from the Tennessee hoarding situation in 2013. She was 18 months old at the time and badly scarred by her experience. It took almost two years of gentle handling to overcome most of her physical and psychological issues and I think she was happy in my home with my other Zois.

Six months ago Billy Jean began limping and was eventually diagnosed with bone cancer. Over the months we tried rear leg amputation and chemo however, as I’m sure you know, bone cancer is very aggressive and horribly painful. Last Friday, April 27, 2018, I decided it was time to let her go. The vet came to my home and I held her close as he ended her suffering.

So once again I find myself grieving the loss of one of these lovely creatures. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not about me though. I take these animals into my home knowing in the end my heart will be broken. But what I receive from them while they’re with me is priceless. I truly believe that Billy Jean is now with the boys I lost last year (Toby and Jesse). In fact during the last few hours with her, while I held her in my arms waiting for the vet to come, I suddenly had an image of my Jesse sitting out on the back deck, waiting. That thought brings me great peace. Judy McHale

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