Bouriy and Yantar

In a comment to Mark in the post on Lauren below, Constant Commenter and dog- in- law Lane Batot of North Carolina explains that he does not have a computer, but that “Mister Bodio recently got a whole bunch of photos of the pups from me that he perhaps can scan(?) and post(?)”

Asked and done. Bouriy and Yantar (Russian for fawn and amber), his “yeller dogs”, were bred in Virginia by Vladimir Beregovoy, cynologist extraordinaire and translator of Notes of an East Siberian Hunter, out of his Urtak and Bibigul; Mark McBride’s Nura is their aunt, Taik their great aunt, and I refuse to do any more genealogy, though they have relatives everywhere from here to Pakistan. Lane adds: ” Those photos are of the pups at 3-4 months old–they are 5 months old now, adult teeth coming in, and my, have they grown!” A few of many photos below, including one confronting a cement chicken (“… at Vladimir’s, these things were more fun to chase!”).

We must hope that SOMEBODY got photos of Lane’s latest adventure: doing his Sasquatch impression for his friend Jane Goodall and God knows who else when she flew him out to LA last week for the centennial celebration of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan. “My Bigfoot impersonation tales seemed to be most popular with those folks! …and how bizarre and unbelievable (to me) to fly across a continent for the weekend, hob- nob with celebrities at a posh event in L. A., fly all the way back, and the next day be out in the woods with six dogs, little clothing other than my spear and my knife, listening to some of those planes flying high overhead!” More to come, including an old photo of Lane; we WILL have “official” links to the Goodall gala, but maybe someone will send photos as well.

9 thoughts on “Bouriy and Yantar”

  1. Lane, congrats on your pups! They are gorgeous. I especially love the third photo. If they are half as fun as their Uncle Tav, you will have a great time with them.

    Shiri

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  2. Many thanks for the combined effort in posting the photo's Lane/Steve, they look great! I look forward to hearing more as they grow. What area are you in? Will you be hunting with them?

    Nura has been the best dog I've ever had, on every level, whether out hunting or just to generally hang out with, As Shiri says you will have a great time with them.

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  3. Awright! Those photos scanned purty good! And I have ALREADY been having a great time with these pups! They have the most endearing temperments, and are a joy to have around. I needed them like a hole-in-the-head, already having 11 dogs(one over my self-imposed limit of 10), but when Vladimir offered me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I COULDN"T say "no"!(My other dogs include 4 rescued and sled/cart trained Siberian Huskies, a Dutch Salmon sighthound, a Black-and-Tan and a Bluetick coonhounds, A Basenji, A Weimaraner, and 2 small rescued mutts–one a wire-haired terrier cross I refer to as my "Uwharrian Wolverine Terrier X Wire-haired Croatian Pygmy Wolfhound cross", and the other a smooth-coated feist/mini pin(?) I call my "Former Yugoslavian Weasel Hound X Venezuelan Brown Capuchin Monkey Hound cross"–I can make up breed B. S. with the BEST of the AKC breed history writers, as you can tell! And yes, Mark, they WILL be hunted with(already are in a puppyish sort of way–they have already nailed some incautious birds at my feeders, and some mice), but not in a "sporting" sense so much as a let dogs(including sighthounds) be what they want to be, and give them outlets for that, and enjoy observing and learning from THEM, instead of trying to CONTROL every aspect of their lives to suit my repressive human views(yeah, I got some opinions there!). And I certainly won't waste anything they care to share with me!!! We live in midstate N. C., in the last halfway decent semi-wild country anywhere around–the Uwharrie Forest. I used to live in MUCH better, wilder, mountainous country on the Tenn./N.C. border in the Appalachians(sigh) which I miss fiercely. So definetely NOT the best habitat for coursing hounds, but it doesn't keep them from enjoying the heck out of running through the forest, even if they may not be as effective hunters here as in plains or desert country! We do have a few pastures and fields here and there……And yeah, the Tarzan Centennial in L. A. was INCREDIBLE–I'm still kinda in limbo over it all! Let me correct something though–Jane G. didn't fly me out, the celebration's organizers did, at her request when they allowed her a guest/friend to participate. For which I thanked them all repeatedley and profusely, and hope to repay them in some way someday–such wonderful people! I lucked out, I guess, because of all Jane's buhzillion friends, I was the biggest Tarzan/Burroughs fan she knew(as is she, which is why she was one of their guest speakers)–what an experience! I'll let you know when their website has posted their synopsis of the event….L.B.

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  4. Sounds like you have an interesting pack there, I need to see a group pic of them all now lol!!

    I have always had a bit of a hankering for a couple of Coonhounds having watched Where The Red Fern Grow's more times than I care to mention, we just don't have the quarry or county for them here but I do love the look of them and the way they hunt especially the sound! I have also seriously considered a Basenji as well for a number of years, however as the years have passed a Shiba Inu has become more appealing as it is essentially it is a Basenji with a better coat for our winters.

    The Uwharrie Forest sounds great, I love the freedom given across the US to camp, hunt, horse ride over it's public lands. Over here is so much oppression of such things unless you are rich! Not some much as changed here since the times of Noble's and peasants!

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  5. I love all the American trailhound breeds–all 6 types–(what are called "Coonhounds"), but they can indeed be a handful, unless you live in the right place! If you have close neighbors that have no aesthetic understanding of "hound music", you will not be popular! The noise can be off the charts sometimes! But that's why you can hear them trailing and treeing 5 miles away when out hunting! Which is another problem in this modern world–they are far-ranging dogs–it's just what they do, and in areas with busy roads and anal, anti-hound humans, they won't survive long, sadly. But if you can manage those two problems, don't worry about the quarry–these hounds can be trained to trail and tree/bay just about any critter you wish! That's why I'm not really fond of the limiting name "coonhound", as these scent hounds have been used quite successfully for deer, bear, cougar, bobcat, fox(gray and red), coyote, wolf, 'possum, squirrel, rabbit,–I have even witnessed them trailing grouse and turkey! And I knew someone that purposefully hunted and treed and killed every feral cat they could with their "coon"hounds! I let mine trail and tree whatever they wish, and praise them for it all–one can literally tell what they are trailing usually by the tone and cadence of their voice, and speed they are traveling, as well as habitat/terrain they are hunting in–I have learned a heckuva lot about local wildlife and their movements/territories following my hounds over the years! But alas, where I live now is getting far too built up to be a suitable place to cast far-ranging trailhounds, and I may not get anymore myself…..L.B.

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  6. ….I am mighty glad to have the Uwharrie forest to roam in, but I am NOT so free to do so, as I was in the more isolated Appalachian range in the Western part of N. C.(and Tennessee) where I used to live. The Uwharrie "forest" is chopped up with all manner of private land, lumbering operations, and developed, inhabited areas–not unlike the "New Forest" in the south of the U. K. Most of the private land is at least still actually forested, but is owned and managed by deer hunters with leases, and they are more suspiciously and aggressively territorial than New Guinea headhunters! The way I tend to range with my dogs, I cannot but help to "tresspass", and no one would ever believe that I was not poaching(which I'm not!). Only people with a certain excess of disposable income can afford to rent such leases, and then there are the wealthier land owners, of course–so definetely some economic class hierarchy going on here as well! Luckily for me, people are so overly-civilized and dull in the woods, that they cannot even imagine someone like me exists, and I am as cautious and elusive as any of our local Eastern coyotes, so I remain unknown and anonymous. Most of the year, the woods are mine–rarely are there human intruders except on established public trails, which I tend to avoid(more of those rules and regulations–mainly having to keep your dogs on leashes. The main reason I am out rambling is to give my dogs a run!!!..). Only in deer season do I have to be super careful, and even then, I'm more worried about my dogs than myself, which is why I prefer close-ranging dogs nowadays. Sadly, anal human control reaches it's constricting fingers even into the remotest corners. One copes like the trickster coyote….L.B.

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  7. ….and Mark, have you ever read the BOOK "Where The Red Fern Grows" by Wison Rawls?–MUCH better than any of the movies, although the first low budget effort(which was actually narrated by the author Rawls) is still the best(the newer ones, not so much….)–even with that terribly out of place Andy Williams song written by the Osmonds! Didn't fit the story of a backwoods boy in the Ozarks AT ALL!…And Basenjis–SUCH fascinating little boogers–and GREAT pot-hunting field/forest hunting dogs, no matter what the show people try to tell you they can't be trusted off leash! Where I live(Central N. C.), the hot, humid, jungle summers are perfect Basenji hunting grounds and environment, not unlike rain forest in Central Africa where they are from. But they take the cold better than you might think–I've had mine out all day in the snow with no problems–although they need a warm place to sleep/retreat to when done for the day. They certainly PREFER warmer conditions! Shibas ARE rather like Nordic Basenjis(I had a friend who had one that visited a lot), and I think they would make great little bush hunters(despite what the show people try to tell you again…), and they REVEL in the cold!….L.B.

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