I signd up with the National Borzoi Rescue Foundation and was beyond excited to finally get a call that "Czar" was available. After a 7 hour drive to New York, I met the most GORGEOUS Borzois at the professional kennel Czar was being fostered at.
When they brought Czar up, my eyes bugged out of my head. He had no fur on 75% of his body, only weighed 47 pounds (36" at the shoulder), had been buckshot so had dozens of incision sites all over his body, and had sarcoptic mange.
He looked over at me, walked right up to me and laid his head in my lap. "I'll take him!" I yelled.
A full year later, Czar had put on 60 pounds, had long flowing silky fur, and had beaten all the odds (my vet told me he wasn't "salvageable" when I brought him in for the first checkup). Czar was with us until his heart gave out - 7 years later.
I've had the honor of living with 13 dogs in my lifetime and am currently owned by "Jake" - a cross between a Boxer and a Shepherd who had one day left at the shelter he was rescued from. (He's in some of my hubs). Jake's been with us for 8 years now.