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In June 2017, my wife Dana and I got a call from Borzoi Rescue about an older girl in a shelter in Kentucky, about two hours from our home in Indiana.
She had been living with an elderly couple her whole life, and the couple both died within a few months of each other, leaving the borzoi and eight
other dogs in the care of the couple's adult children. Sadly, that care involved leaving them in their parents' house alone, allowing them access to the
backyard to relieve themselves, and coming by once a week to refill large buckets of food and water. Borzoi Rescue asked if we would take her, and we
said yes. We didn't know her name or how old she was, only that she was in need. Dana drove down to the shelter, and it was love at first sight. A scan
of the microchip told us she was nine years old, but she was healthy and feisty. We named her Vastra, a warrior's name, and she became part of our pack.
Dana died that September, just three months after bringing Vastra home, but I promised to give this sweet girl a safe and happy place to live out her life.
I was blessed that life went on for five more years until, at fourteen, she told me she was ready to go. I held her in my arms as she slipped gently across
the bridge. I've been raising rescue borzois for 30 years, and I loved her as much as any dog I've ever had. She was a gift from the universe. Joel and Dana Pierson

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