Welcome to Bokhara Pet Resort & Spa - providing a clean, safe and healthy environment for your pet

We Serve Traverse City, Williamsburg, Elk Rapids
Grand Traverse, Antrim, and Kalkaska Counties
Elk Lake, Torch Lake, Grand Traverse Bay Area Residents
plus all of the surrounding Grand Traverse Bay areas

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About UsOur pet care services have spanned three generations of the Smith Family.  Bokhara has a commitment to make your pet feel  right at home when you're away for we pride ourselves in the wonderful services as well as our excellent pet care.  From our pet boarding, doggie day, and swim camp, to our qualified professional grooming salon and spa employees - we are a full service boarding service for dogs and cats (caged exotics are also welcome) for your most treasured pets! 

Rick Smith & Bubba

Our goal at Bokhara is to provide a environment that nurtures both the emotional and physical needs of our guests while keeping them safe and secure.  From our double fenced floor to roofline perimeter fencing, our keypad locking systems, to the individual snaps on each indoor run - safety of your pet is always first in our minds.  Cats have a completely separate antique cottage all to themselves with two large free roaming suites, and a multitude of extra large kitty runs - totally separate from any of the dog areas. We strive to be the stress-free option for times when you have to be separated from your four-legged family member.

Bokhara Founders, Owners & Management Team

Borzoi Breeders        Since 1969
Pet Care Leaders      Since 1973
Pet Industry Leaders Since 1983
Pet Lovers our entire lives

The Smith Family owns and manages the following business operations:
KennelSoft Software Systems
Bokhara Pet Resort & Spa 
The Kitty Cottage



Richard Smith,  Rick's has 30+ years in business management, sales, and business development which are great assets as he trains and leads a team of dedicated personnel. His focus is on providing a great experience for your pets, and ease of mind for you.

Rick & Shen Smith are also feline lovers as well as dog lovers.  Animals and our pets have always been a most important part of our whole family - just the same as needing air and water to survive, this is the way we feel about our family and our pets!

At Bokhara - We love what we do, and where we are - which you will see immediately once you have visited our resort and spa facility - Welcome!


Shen Smith, enjoys breeding dogs, showing dogs, and occasionally dog show judging, she became an AKC Licensed Borzoi Judge in 2000, and has judged Borzoi Specialty events and International Specialty shows. 

Shen is currently active in all phases of dogs & dog shows.  She enjoys and is active daily working with dogs, and has served the in the dog show world through various and multiple capacities throughout the years.

All-Breed & Specialty Show Chairman/Co-Chairman
Midwest Borzoi Club - Regional Specialty Show (4)
Borzoi Club of America - National Specialty Show (1)
Grand Traverse Kennel Club - All-Breed Show Chairman (5)

Dog Club Service

Midwest Borzoi Club
    President, Recording Secretary, & Board Member

Borzoi Club of America

    President, Recording Secretary, Vice President, & Treasurer 
Grand Traverse Kennel Club
    President and Board Member

Charitable Service

    Cherryland Humane Society
    Board of Directors

Committees & Conferences
International Borzoi Conference Co-Chairman.
AKC Dog Museum - Michigan Start-Up Committee Liaison to the AKC Dog Museum. 

OUR DOGS:  Rick & Shen Smith started showing Borzoi (Russian Wolfhounds) under the kennel name of BOKHARA in 1969, and breeding since 1973.   Through limited breeding they have over 80 AKC championship titles on dogs they have owned, and many field coursing titles on their dogs.  The name "Bokhara" comes from a city in Russia.  The Smith family always has one or two Welsh Corgi, a couple of felines in addition to the Borzoi.

Champion Bokhara Borzoi

Three Bokhara Home-Bred Champion Beauties



Bokhara Pet Resort & Grooming Spa
Serving the Greater Traverse City, Williamsburg & Elk Rapids Areas

Grand Traverse County - Antrim County - Kalkaska County

Under the Ownership & Management of the Smith Family "Since 1973"
11535 S. Elk Lake Road - Williamsburg, Michigan 49690

Mailing Address:  PO Box 175, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629
Phone - (231) 264-5855  Fax - (231) 264-6667
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