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December 19th, 2004
Boris and Logan wish you
Came to George and
Nancy Fishman one hot summer day in June 2003
Let BORIS tell you the story!
HOT MIAMI TO COLD CANADA!
"Hi, I have been named BORIS by a
couple who I have heard are called Guardian Angels, whatever that
I came to their home because I was tired and extremely hot and
thirsty. I had been on the streets for several days. They had a huge
backyard with trees and shade! I walked up to their door and waited
"I could not see out of my right side. My eye was shot. I heard them
say, "Oh my Gosh, he is missing his right eye!"
very, very tired and hungry. George and Nancy allowed me to go to
their yard and rest. I was fed and given water. I could tell at
first I was not trusted, they had never been around a Rottweiler
"But, I smiled at them
and they began feel comfortable with me around."
had "someone" inside their home, I could hear him talk. I also heard
them say that I might hurt "him". I wondered who could that be. From
the tone of his voice I knew "he" was not THAT big, like me. I
spent maybe two or three days begging to let me in and enjoy the
cool air I felt every time they opened the door. All these days
waiting outside and hearing the "little one".
"Then, one day I met "him". He was a tiny fellow, curly gray hair,
but with a "bad attitude". I heard someone say he was a TERRIER
mix. He was a TERROR alright.
tried to tell him to relax but the little one kept telling me "IT'S
"No problem dude, you can still be boss around here, but I need a
place to stay".
understood and allowed me to spend one night inside this home. And
then, another and another..."
"George and Nancy fell in love with me, I could tell. They took me
to the vet and found out that I HAD MY RIGHT EYE in place! I had a
bad eye infection.
contacted a rescue group called
Gulfstream GUARDIAN ANGELS Rottweiler Rescue.
I heard that name again, Guardian Angel. I wondered what it meant.
At the vet the "Guardian Angels" took care of me.
The only thing that scared me a bit was when I heard them say, "he
will not be able to have babies". At my "age", who cared!
to show you a couple of pictures of George, Nancy and I."
"I loved George and Nancy. But, I heard them say they were looking
for a home for me. I was sad."
"Soon, I began to feel better. All I heard them say to me was, how
great my life was going to be and how much they really loved me!
"ME, TOO. ME, TOO. I told them every time I could"
And I began to SMILE AGAIN!
"I gained weight, my eye infection went away and I was happy."
heard George and Nancy say my pictures were everywhere on the
NOW! That, was new word for me!"
"Someone from far, far away, was interested in giving me a home!"
I heard ... CANADA! I had to "fly"?
Gee, I did not know how to do THAT, fly!
This Guardian Angel's name was GWEN HAYNES.
She FELL IN LOVE WITH ME!
I was really impressed because to tell you the truth, I did not
think anyone would have wanted an old guy like me with a missing
SHE WANTED ME! Every single night I heard George and Nancy talk
about me "flying" to Canada."
happened. Gwen sent her adoption form. The Guardian Angels got me a
traveling "home" (crate I heard them say) and plans were made for me
left Miami on a Sunday morning. George, Nancy, Yoly and Grace came
to the airport to say "See you later, Boris". Later?, I thought.
Canada was hours of "flying" away, see you later? I was so confused,
but I trusted George and Nancy.
more confused when I heard, 'he is flying to DENVER, Colorado'. My
fear went away when I learned that Gwen's sister was picking me up
at the Denver airport and driving me into Canada."
know how George and Nancy felt. I felt the same. In the short days
of my life with them I learned how good these people were and I
learned to love them with all of my heart. Then I asked my self,
And the answer I heard it from Grace. She said to me,
'Boris, from day one, when you arrived at
George and Nancy's home, you were in the HANDS OF GOD. Do not fear,
God is with you.'"
said goodbye to my "saviors" and I went to "fly".
following are several emails received before and after Boris went to
live with his new mother Gwen Haynes
On July 27th,
Ramirez writes to the membership of Gulfstream Rottweiler Club.
Today was a BIG DAY for Rescue.
George and Nancy Fishman, took Boris to Continental Airlines at
Miami International Airport. Grace and I were there waiting, I
know was a difficult moment for the Fishman's but they did what
Foster Parents are supposed to do, take good care and them let
Boris went from Miami to Denver. He was picked up by Gwen
Haynes' brother in law. Deborah Haynes and her husband will
drive Boris to Calgary in the next couples of days and Mark and
Gwen can't wait to see him.
Mark called me this afternoon after his brother in law called
him from the Denver Airport. He told me he is a teacher and has
one more month of vacation and that will give him plenty of time
to bond with Boris.
Boris will share his new home with his Step Brother Logan, which
is a 14 months Rottweiler show dog. Logan has a lot to learn
from Boris who is a graduate of THE STREET UNIVERSITY ""LOL""
We can't wait to see pictures of Boris in his new environment.
Gwen even bought him a jacket for the cold Canada weather. He
is going to be one spoiled, Rottenweiler.
Thank you George and Nancy for your great help in taking such a
great care of Boris, he will never forget you.
Thank you Mark and Gwen for want to adopting Boris, even when
you thought he had only one eye.
Boris will be very happy at his new home as soon as he realized
how much is loved there.
On July 27th, 2003
George and Nancy Fishman write...
Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement -- most
especially, of course, to Grace and Yoli - our constant mentors
during Boris' stay with us.
We just spoke with Wes in Denver and he told us that Boris'
introduction to their own rotts went very smoothly and that Boris
has already shown his sweet and tolerant disposition. This
reinforces our confidence that he will get along fine with Logan in
We wish you all the very best with your noble work and wish you all
success and delight with your special companions.
Gwen has promised reports once Boris arrives and starts his new life
with her family. No doubt some of the stories and pics will make it
to the web site.
Bless you all.
George and Nancy
On July 28th,
Gwen Haynes writes...
Just wanted to give you the head's up on Boris. He arrived safe
and sound into the arms of my sister and her husband. I spoke
with my sister last night around 10:00 pm. and Boris was having
a "love session" with my brother-in-law on Braun's dog bed
(Braun is their old boy - 12 3/4 yrs. old). Their other dog -
Tasha - around 8 yrs. old, was flirting like crazy with Boris.
My sister was telling me that Tasha has not flirted with another
dog in a very long time. Boris and her got a long great. When
it came time for dinner time, Boris was quite a talker waiting
for his dinner and very excited. He ate his entire dinner and
spent the rest of the night living it up on the couch with my
sister or her husband. Apparently he is quite a lap dog. They
think he is very sweet and does not want to cause any conflicts
with any of the dogs. He had a great sleep in his crate as they
had to step out for an hour last night when they brought Boris
home. He did not bark or whine and in fact had a fantastic sleep
in his crate.
So all is well. So glad to hear that he has had a nice
transition and gets a little rest before his journey to Canada.
My husband can hardly wait to have him all to himself before he
heads back to school in September. I am sure they will become
best buddies. I think I will know what my poor husband goes
through when I do everything with Logan.
My sister and brother in law have given Boris tons of kisses and
hugs for everyone. Boris has quite a fan club and a huge
We are going to have tons of fun with Boris and he will be so
loved and well cared for. He has an appointment to have his
teeth cleaned and a
geriatric blood panel done on him to make sure all his organs
are functioning normally.
Only three more sleeps before my husband and I finally get to
meet our NEW MAN!!!!
Thank you to everyone who made this happen.
On July 30th, Marie Zeak
Sometime, later on today, you will be receiving wonderful
photos from Cari Hamilton in Denver. What photos you say!
hahaha. Photos of our Mr. Boris and Dante together in Denver.
The timing was down to the wire on this. When I told Cari about
Boris being in Denver yesterday, she wanted to meet him and
suggested a photo shoot. We made it happen. I talked with
Gwen's sister last night and the timing was worked out in the
Denver area while Gwen's sister was heading for Canada.
Cari called me about an hour
ago and was very impressed with our Boris. She had a delightful
visit with Deb Haynes. I will bring you up to speed on Dante
when I can get the computer again. Cari will be sending the
photos to you, me and to Gwen. I can hardly wait. Just hang
on, and I will send you the latest on Dante and since you are so
great with words, you can create a wonderful story about the
Florida dog wanting to meet Dante, or Dante wanting to meet
Boris, which is the "real reason that Boris wanted to go to
Denver first" hahah.
Dante is in his braces and
will have surgery on his front legs in a few weeks. More
later. As you say "It is a small world",
On 8/02 Nancy Fishman
Dear Grace and Yoli,
Boris is safe and sound in Canada. He completed the second leg
of his trip like a champ, and Gwen and her husband have welcomed
him with open arms. More important, so has their dog, Logan.
They have been playing together, and Boris has gone swimming in
the pool. The transition has gone smoothly so far. Gwen is
amazed at how well Boris has fit in.
Boris is eating well, getting exercise, sleeping soundly and
otherwise having the kind of retirement the rest of us can only
Gwen says that she will send out an e-mail update in the next
You all not only rescued Boris, you rescued George and me when a
stray Rottweiler mysteriously appeared on our doorstep. You have
our undying gratitude.
All the best,
Boris story will
And from Canada Gwen Haynes tells us how
August 5, 2003
First I must apologize for not getting back to everyone sooner.
I know some of you were worried because you had not heard from
me BUT NO NEWS IS GREAT NEWS!!!!
It has been a crazy weekend with dog shows and 4 Rottweilers
living in our house (plus two cats). I have to go back to work
just to catch my breath it seems.
Well where do I start?
Boris arrived on Thurs. evening after having traveled a LONG way
to be with us.
We placed Logan in our backyard and then brought Boris in.
Boris and Logan got along famously right from the start. Logan
immediately wanted to play with him. Boris was somewhat
confused by this very eager EXUBERANT young boy. Logan gave
Boris lots of kisses and they looked like they had been together
What pleases us so much about Boris is his ferocious appetite.
THAT BOY CAN EAT!!!!! We have now moved him off kibble and he
is enjoying eating raw. So far there is nothing he won't eat.
I have him on his supplements
and his coat is looking amazing. I can only slightly feel his
ribs which is PERFECT!!!! He still has a little waist and such
a small rear - IT IS SO CUTE!!!!!
We bought him a new collar and leash and fixed up his crate for
him so that it is all comfy and cozy. I have to admit - putting
Boris in his crate for the first few days when we had to be at
the show was like putting a mule in
a trailer. It was a joint effort of two people and lots of
treats. Well, Mr. Boris is so smart now that all you have to
say to him is CRATE and he walks right in. We still give him a
treat for doing this but it requires just one person to shut the
crate door. Is he not amazing!!!! Also he has
learned the word KENNEL as his place for doing his "business" in
the backyard and then he comes running to the back door. He
sits on command and we are teaching him the word DOWN and LEAVE
IT for the cats. I think
the cats will take a bit more time but it is a work in
progress. He really finds them fascinating although the cats
don't think that of Boris.
We are having his teeth cleaned in the next week or two, his eye
looked at and his nails clipped as they are like lethal weapons
right now. His eye seems much better these last couple of days
but I am still worried about it. I have been putting some
antibiotic cream in it and it has made a
difference. He can almost open it fully and I am hoping that he
can see out of it but my husband and I are debating that one.
My husband and I have walked him every night and he loves going
for a walk. He does this great dance of joy when you go for the
leash and his collar. God forbid you mention the word WALK.
Dogs come and go on the street and Boris is not really
interested. His tail wags like crazy or should I say his bum
vibrates like crazy.
He lays beside us whenever we are in the living room or
kitchen. Loves to be loved. He is a big talker and I swear he
PURRS when you pet him.
He absolutely adores the sprinkler and the baby pool we have in
our backyard. Oh and forget about watering your flowers - he is
in my flower bed trying to catch the water from the hose!!!! He
is so silly that I just laugh at him constantly. I can't
believe he is as old as he is. He acts
like a puppy!!!!!
I promise pictures soon. We had no time to take any this
weekend - SORRY ABOUT THAT. But I will get clicking very soon.
We are so happy and pleased with Boris that I can't really
convey it in words. We know it will be a while before we all
click together like a family unit but we are prepared to put in
that time and patience. Once we get Boris feeling 100% he will
be an even happier dog - CAN YOU IMAGINE!!!!! (i.e.: his eye
sight, his teeth cleaned and those nails clipped).
I promise more updates soon AND PICTURES!!!!
Boris's new Mommy and Daddy - Gwen and Mark from Calgary,
BORIS loves his new home!
to read this. It was received on October 2, 2003!
I just wanted to tell you about a very proud moment I had last
night with respect to Boris (it is a little long but it is a
We attended our 3rd obedience class last night (you CAN teach an
old dog new tricks) and they had their very first play session
were about 8 other dogs besides Boris in the class. I was asked
by my instructor how Boris was with other dogs and I told her
that he is
perfectly fine - he whines a little, sniffs and then walks
asked the owner of the two smaller dogs (Min. Pin and a Bischon)
to pick them up and go to the other room to play until the
bigger dogs got use to themselves. On the instructor's command
we were to tell our dogs to GO PLAY. Well I told Boris to GO
PLAY and he just looked at me like "What does that mean Mom".
So I got up and walked to the other dogs and he followed me.
The instructor told every one that Boris is 8 years old and
might be a little grumpy with the younger dogs but he had earned
that right because he is old and that is fine and not to be
alarmed if Boris starts to talk because Rotties do a lot of
sniffed all the dogs and then sniffed all the owners. He stood
on the sidelines and watched all the playing - the younger dogs
were really getting into it with each other and making lots of
noise and Boris decided that the youngsters were getting carried
away so he walked into the middle of them, spoke to them in
words only they could understand. The younger ones immediately
listened to Boris and settled right down. Then Boris let them
start to play again and there was one young boy in particular
that would not settle down enough for Boris, so Boris picked him
out of the herd and pushed him over to one side of the group and
would not allow him go back and play until he had settled down
enough for Boris.
It was amazing
to watch animal communication at its best. They all listened to
Boris, he just had to say a few words, they listened, they
settled and Boris kept his patrol of the group. He mostly
enjoyed visiting with the humans because he figured if he sat
nice, he would get a treat AND HE DID.
Then the little dogs were invited into the group. They placed
them on the ground and Boris came up to them and sniffed them
and gave each of them a
lick - well I am surprised the Min Pin did not get picked up by
Boris's BIG TONGUE. Then the younger guys decided they needed
to check out the small dogs. They came running over to the
little dogs and started to push them around and the little dogs
started to squeak. Boris came running over,
talking loudly to the younger dogs, they dispersed and Boris
spent the remainder of the time lying next to the little dogs to
ensure that the younger ones did not get carried away with them.
At the end of the class, the instructor asked us what we were
most of proud of our dogs this week. I said that I was most
proud of Boris, just now with
the other dogs and how well he handled it all. I have only had
him two months and he constantly ceases to amaze me. Boris
basically cut out the
rest of the class with 15 minutes to spare. He was pretty tired
from having to patrol the pack.
We were out in
the field at the end of class and every
single person from our class, drove past us and rolled down
their windows and said GOODBYE BORIS - SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. I
almost started to cry because these were people who were not too
keen that a Rottie was in their obedience class, and now they
all loved him because they realized that he was a great dog.
Size isn't everything (sorry about that one for the guys on this
Boris did the Rotttweiler Breed PROUD yesterday. I just wanted
to share that with everyone. Sorry I went on a little long but
it was such a great story
that I wanted you to know that these Rescues are very very
special dogs and I thank God everyday for letting Boris escape
from his torment and to be
able to find us at the other side of his world!!!!
Gwen and Boris
On November 6, 2003
we are told
BORIS GRADUATED FROM OBEDIENCE CLASS!
Just wanted to update you on Boris.
Yesterday was Boris's graduation from his first official
Obedience Class. He was feeling pretty sore from our cold
weather when we walked into the building yesterday evening and I
kept thinking that perhaps we should not go.
But I know that this is really important to Boris and to me so I
thought we should go and we would go at Boris's speed through
Well Boris did great. He was the best at our mini-obedience
relay, had the best loose leash walking and the BEST recall. He
loves all the distractions of the dogs but when his Mommy calls
out his name for him to
COME - Boris turns that cute little head of his with those "too
small for his head EARS" and comes trotting as fast as Boris can
to get to me. He was the only dog to do it with all the dogs
When it came time for our diplomas to be handed out, the
instructor called our names and we had to walk over with our dog
and get our Certificates. The instructor called out Boris to
come and get his Certificate - as I was walking up there,
everyone stood up and started clapping for us, I started to cry
as I came up to the instructor and then the instructor started
to cry. She gave us a big hug and bent down to give Boris a big
kiss and hug and tell her how proud she was of him to have
graduated and done so well for being an old dog and having to
tolerate the "youngsters".
I have framed his Certificate already and have hung it by
Logan's stuff on the walls. Now I can start to build Boris's
wall of achievements. I can't wait to keep adding to it.
I just wanted to share with you Boris's graduation day. I am
very very proud of this boy (as if you can't tell that -
P.S. Boris and Logan have been together now for a week - they
are getting along like typical brothers would who have been
apart for a while. Boris wants every toy that Logan has and
does not want Logan to have them back. Boris does not play much
but now that Logan has come into the picture - he wants every
single toy of Logan's and actually waits for Logan to drop it so
that he can go and steal it and run away to the spare room and
hoard them so that Logan can't have them. It is quite funny to
watch my old spoiled brat be such a brat!!!! Thank god Logan is
so easy going about it all. He just runs and gets another toy
to play with. Keeps Boris busy I
Grace - it's me Boris. CHRISTMAS 2003!
I wanted to send you my VERY FIRST Christmas picture with
Santa. It was lots of fun and I was very well behaved. I got
extra cookies because everyone knew I was a rescue and when they
found out that I was all the way from Miami, they gave me lots
of hugs and I got to give them big kisses.
I am also sending you my picture
with my brother Logan - we are starting to get along a lot
better these days. I think we have decided that it is okay to
share toys and that we can have playing by ourselves on our beds
rather then me trying to steal Logan's toys from him when he is
playing. Mom was getting mad at us over our silliness. She was
right - it was silly. Now we play tug with a special toy and
sometimes I win and sometimes Logan wins.
These pics. aren't the best but I do have the originals is you
would like the same sent to you for my website.
Love you Grandma Grace! Bigs hugs and Sloppy Kisses.
from left to
my brother Champion Logan, my mom Gwen Haynes, my dad Mark
Haynes, and of course, me!
It has been a huge
change of life style for me, from the Florida heat to Canada's
snow. But, I am the happiest dog in the world!
- CHRISTMAS 2004!
I wanted to share with
you Boris's second Christmas Picture with Santa. I can't tell
you how adorable and how happy he looks in his picture. I think
he is the most photogenic dog I have seen in a long time (except
The second pic. is one of Boris and Lucy - his new sister.
Logan is in the states so he was not able to be in our group
picture this year. Any how I wanted to share these with you.
Please feel free to share them with the rest of the group as I
know they often wonder how those rescues are doing and all I can
say is that your Canadian Rescue is doing JUST
FINE!!! I know Palena would love to see Boris's pic. but I
don't have her
Gwen -Calgary, AB
BORIS AND LUCY !
If you DON'T RESCUE
Gulfstream GUARDIAN ANGELS
edited December 19, 2004