A Borzoi Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas
And all round the North Pole
Poor Santa was moping...
Cause he had reindeer woes

The reindeer were ill;
All come down with the flu.
Poor old fat Santa
Didn’t know what to do

He had to find replacements
To pull his sleigh
If he didn't find the best
There’d be no Christmas day

There were horses and hares
Both fast to be sure
And the Cheetah and wolf
Brave beyond compare

The dolphin would be perfect
If it could land on a roof
And the sure footed cat
Just didn't give a hoot

He thought of the creatures
Who could handle the feat?
Only one came to mind
That couldn't be beat

It would have to be Borzoi
The best animal it seemed
So Santa made a few calls
To find a Borzoi team

The response was amazing
The Borzoi were true
To their legend of bravery
And history of daring-do

There are so many to choose from;
Santa thought with a smile
Then organized the very first
Christmas Lure Coursing Trials

Of speed there was plenty
And agility too
And of desire and heart
There was lots of that too

The field was huge
And the competition fierce
But Santa's ability to choose
Was still very scarce

Santa sat down
With his head in his hands
And then out of the crowd
There came a small band

They were worried 'bout Santa
Sitting there unawares
And lay their heads on his lap
Trying to ease all his cares

They weren't all the fastest
But they all had one trait
They had loved without caring
If they even won the race

Santa scratched all their ears
And in his eye was a gleam
There was no doubt in his mind
He'd found his sleigh team.

The others came close
To wish the new team best luck
And would all stay awake
To see them fly up

Then the first Borzoi sleigh team
Went to the North Pole
To get into their gear
And get ready to go

The Excitement was high
The hounds couldn't believe
They’d be flying with Santa
On this Christmas Eve

The sleigh was all loaded
And from the line they all flew
The fastest of sleigh teams
That Santa had used

And at every stop
They landed with grace
And waited for Santa
To get back in his place

The night was pure magic;
A true Borzoi dream
And those who did see it
Marveled at Santa's new team

And all swore they could hear
As Santa drove out of sight
A Borzoi Christmas to all
And to all a good night

                                                       Connie Taylor 2001


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Some of our wonderful rescues grace the bottles of some great wine.  A portion of the proceeds for each bottle (or variety pack) purchased supports NBRF and helps to get rescue borzoi the care they need.

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Any person with a Borzoi in need of help please contact Carol Backers at the phone number or email shown below!

BorzoiRescue@Reagan.com, 1-888-264-8898


A Note About Borzoi Rescue Organizations

The Borzoi community is fortunate to have a low rate of dogs needing rescue and excellent homes waiting to adopt them. Any web site or organization offering a large number of rescue Borzoi should be researched thoroughly if you are considering acquiring a dog from them. In addition, there are now quite a few 'pets for profit' organizations nationwide. These organizations often incorporate the word 'rescue' into their company names and marketing materials, and their fees are typically very high compared to legitimate 501(c)3 rescue groups.

We wish to help potential owners discern 'pets for profit' from true breed or all-breed rescue organizations. Click on our links page for the Borzoi Rescue organizations in California and Canada. Please feel free to contact us for background information on any other organization which may be offering Borzoi as rescues.


Please watch this video before considering adoping a rescue
or buying from a breeder


courtesty Golden Retriever Rescue of Colorado

Thank you for visiting the National Borzoi Rescue Foundation on the web. We were formed in December of 1994.   N.B.R.F. is dedicated to the rescue and placement of all displaced borzoi into good, permanent homes through our adoption program.

The Rescue operation is costly, but the need is urgent and, unfortunately, ongoing. The N.B.R.F. is made possible with the continuing efforts of our many supporters and donations from Borzoi Breed Clubs across the country, individuals, fund raisers and adoption fees.

Since you will be making a ten to fifteen year commitment, please consider carefully before adopting a borzoi. Please feel free to contact the N.B.R.F. at any time. We will be happy to answer all your questions or assist you in finding the right Borzoi for your particular situation.



Please see our Alerts page for new Lost/Found Borzoi alerts.



We would like to thank Shirley Grissom (seller "delilahwhispers" on Ebay) for her continued generous support of NBRF!!! Shirley kindly donates 20% of her ebay sales to NBRF and we so appreciate it!!!  Check out her items that change weekly!... Many of these she has collected in her travels throughout Europe too.


Shirley has had many NBRF rescue Borzoi & her current one is a beautiful tri named Cairo. Thank you so much Shirley!!!



(In Memory of Kirill)

WHEN will the pain stop,
HOW long will I stay numb?
JUST when the crying eases,
MEMORIES flow back and more tears come.

WHEN will my broken heart begin to mend,
WHEN will I start to feel whole again?
NOTHING but emptiness all around,
WITHOUT a single Borzoi sound.

OVER 36 years and 6 Zois by name,
(Czar, Hope, Chelsea, Rosie, Nicki and Kirill)
EACH one on their own
CLAIMED a piece of my heart when they came.

WHEN they left for the "Bridge", each in their own time,
"I can't do this again", was what always came to mind.
THE grieving process is just too much, I would say,
THEN Rescue would call and tell me, "I have another on the way".

MAYBE that's what we're here for, after all,
BECAUSE when Borzoi Rescue phones, we always take the call.
KIRILL was my latest who stole my heart and for whom I now weep,
BUT I know when the time is right, he'll send another for me to keep.