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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Our 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
(caged exotics are also welcome) for your most treasured
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
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
Borzoi Breeders Since 1969
Pet Care Leaders Since 1973
Pet Industry Leaders Since 1983
our entire lives
The Smith Family owns and
following business operations:
KennelSoft Software Systems
Bokhara Pet Resort & Spa
The Kitty Cottage
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
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!
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
All-Breed & Specialty Show
Midwest Borzoi Club
Specialty Show (4)
Borzoi Club of
National Specialty Show (1)
Kennel Club -
All-Breed Show Chairman
Dog Club Service
Midwest Borzoi Club
President, Recording Secretary, & Board
Borzoi Club of America
President, Recording Secretary, Vice President, &
Grand Traverse Kennel Club
President and Board Member
Cherryland Humane Society
Board of Directors
Committees & Conferences
International Borzoi Conference Co-Chairman.
AKC Dog Museum - Michigan Start-Up
Liaison to the AKC Dog Museum.
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