Thank you for visiting my hobby site. I’m the keeper of Borzoi and a few other creatures furred and feathered. 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.


COMMUNITY: Animals have connected me to several interesting activities, causes, and individuals. My dogs are first and foremost beloved companions and muses. A few have done a little theater work and served as models for artists, photographers, and ad agencies. Others have served as Canine Ambassadors, Therapy dogs, and contributed to research/teaching via the LSU School of Veterinary Science.


STEWARDSHIP: I’ve long advocated for responsible dog ownership and to this end, am an AKC Public Education representative and a national rescue representative for multiple breeds/organizations. (Visit Welfare for more information.)


CONFORMATION: I enjoy exhibiting in conformation, competing in performance venues across the country, and taking part in fun activities like barn hunt. l host an annual BCOA trophy supported entry in Gonzales, Louisiana, am a BCOA Breed mentor, and have judged multiple Specialty Sweepstakes as well as the 2016 BCOA Futurity.


READY BORZOI: 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 understanding of environmental issues and disaster preparedness. Ready Borzoi, an initiative of the Borzoi Club of America, was developed based on these experiences. The site was recognized with an AKC Community Achievement Award. Ready Borzoi may be found here.


BREEDING: After some 30 years in the breed and several failed attempts, I whelped two litters. The 2012 Louisiana Red litter boasts Specialty, conformation, and performance titled dogs. The 2016 Louisiana Wild litter has a Specialty WB & class winner, multiple conformation pointed and performance titled youngsters, and a Best in Sweeps winner. Most importantly, all pups from both litters are in super homes with owners who have become extended family.


MEDIA: I’ve enjoyed designing for multiple dog-related organizations and photographing my dogs. This interest evolved into the Facebook group, BorzoiRule! Its primary goal is celebration of the breed and community of Borzoi. The group boasts over 9,600+ members from around the world. I also maintain websites and designed for the International Borzoi Council and the Baton Rouge Kennel Club.


PROFESSION: 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 sibling-owned company created eco-sustainable dog treats using the protein of an invasive species—wild nutria. The dogs of friends and family, as well as my discerning Borzoi, led the way for all “canine conservationists.” In June of 2021 after 10 years creating a unique market for wild nutria, we sold the company to Minnesota-based Chasing Our Tails, a premier dog food company. We’re excited our mission of science-based conservation will live on.


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

Middle left: Far Field Kisatchie after willing wb/bbe/aom at the 2021 LSBC Specialty.

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

Bottom right: Three generations at Far Field–Beau, Rouge, Kiss.

 

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 hobby farm were my heaven. Years later, it seemed an apt name for my hobby.

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