We acquired our first Pharoh Hound, "Fuji" in March of 2002. We had
been researching breeds for some time and were charmed by the elegant
beauty and uniqueness of the Pharaoh Hound. But it was the same old
story--we had no interest in showing and just wanted a companion to share
our home with. Our breeder Lori Evans just asked that we would consider it
In December of that year Lori asked me to bring Fuji to a show in Lehigh
Valley, PA. My cousin and I hopped in our truck and made the long trek
out! I had my doubts about Fuji being able to show because she had always
been a bit on the shy side. But in the skilled hands of handler Joe
Buchanan she looked gorgeous! I was surprised at how exciting the whole
showing thing was. I took a handling class and have been showing Fuji on
and off since then. I've definitely been "bit by the bug".
At several shows we had run into a dog named XO Gold Card that was often
Fuji's competition. I knew she was from the same breeder as Fuji, in fact
the dogs share the same father, and their mother are sisters! My husband
and I were always amused by Goldie's antics at shows--she was the polar
opposite of Fuji, and quite the little goofy showoff.
It was fate that when Goldie's family could not keep her that she would
join our family. Goldie finished her AKC Championship in January of this
year. We are very proud at how far she's come since she joined our
household. She was predominantly shown by Diane Small of Hamburg, NY, who
also helps handle Fuji at some shows. We are very grateful for all of her
All of our Pharaohs live indoors and are considered members of our family.
We also share our home with 4 cats, who cohabitate in peace with our
We never thought we would become this involved with Pharaoh Hounds. My
husband and I have gained an unbelievable love for our dogs and this breed
in general. We're still learning and look forward to a long future with
these wonderful dogs.
Starchild Hounds is located in Colden, NY, just south of Buffalo.
We are Sarah and Darren Heimburg.
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