Welcome! Thank you for visiting my hobby site. I’m the keeper of Borzoi and a few other creatures furred and feathered in the city of Baton Rouge,. My home is 3 miles from the mighty Mississippi river, an hour upriver of New Orleans, 50’ above sea level, and 150 miles from the Gulf of Mexico—deep in the heart of beautiful and historic south Louisiana.


Animals of all kinds have fascinated and taught me about the world in which we live. I’ve kept and illustrated everything from chickens and horses to orphaned squirrels and blue jays. I was especially drawn to dogs. Growing up, our family had a few purebreds (Poodles, Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes) and numerous “multi-cultural” pets. As a teen, I spied a Borzoi in Mom’s big dog book. Their beauty, grace, and noble appearance captured my imagination.


In February of 1984, I acquired my first Borzoi—a black pup with rusty points from the Vermont kennel of Kostenov. Because of Isadora I became forever smitten. Over time I added more Borzoi, met others who were equally smitten, and began an earnest study and enjoyment of the breed.


My dogs are first and foremost beloved companions and muses. I enjoy exhibiting in the conformation
ring and attend performance venues when possible. The hounds and I have participated in numerous community education/outreach activities, responsible dog ownership events, senior therapy visits, and even a little theater work. They’ve also served as models for artists, photographers, and ad agencies. After some 30 years in the breed, and several failed attempts, I whelped two litters. The 2012 Louisiana Red boasts Specialty, conformation, and performance titled dogs. The 2016 Louisiana Wild litter shows great promise.


Borzoi have connected me to several interesting activities, causes, and a wonderful community of dedicated individuals. I created the Ready Borzoi as a resource to BCOA, maintain the International Borzoi Council and Baton Rouge KC websites, and host an annual BCOA trophy supported entry in Louisiana. It’s been my privilege to judge multiple Specialty Sweepstakes and the 2016 BCOA Futurity. I’ve also enjoyed designing for multiple dog-related organizations and events, most recently, the logo for the 2016 BCOA National. Because I enjoy photographing my dogs and seeing images of other Borzoi, I created the Facebook group, BorzoiRule! Its primary goal is celebration of the breed and currently boasts over 5,000 members from around the world.


The disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the Macondo oil spill, drew me into domestic and wildlife rehab/rescue/foster activities in unprecedented ways. As a result of these experiences, I sought a deeper study of environmental issues and disaster preparedness for pet owners. I was a grad assistant when Macondo hit. My students were working on branding wild Louisiana shrimp. The project took on greater meaning due to this horrific environmental crisis. I could not have been more proud of how the students, university, city, and state rose to the challenge. The following year I chose the Louisiana Black bear as the focus of my graduate thesis. The in-depth study of a mega species broadened my understanding of our fragile and connected environment.


Professionally, I’m a creative (veniharlan.com). My interest in the environment, animals, design, and advocacy coalesced in the co-founding of Marsh Dog. Our company produces dog treats made with wild Nutria (an invasive species that destroys wetlands that is a healthy, eco-sustainable protein source). We’re in the process of scaling production. My Borzoi are now fondly referred to as “canine conservationists.” Dogs not only connect us to the environment but also make excellent ambassadors for science-based stewardship.


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Top: Baby Luna (Specialty RWB CH Nonsuch Lac du Lune v Far Field, CGC).

Middle left: Three generations at Far Field–Beau, Rouge, Kiss.

Middle right: One of my first dogs, a black poodle named Fifi.

 

Some of the fondest memories of my youth are riding horses bareback through field and wood, soaked in sun and rain, without a care in the world. The far fields of our family farm were my heaven. Years later, it seemed an apt name for my hobby.

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