Howlin’ Wolfhounds is the kennel name of David and Risha Berzins.
Their journey into loving Irish Wolfhounds began in 1996. Living in New Orleans, and wanting to add another dog to their home of two older Yorkies, they drove to Dallas, TX, to see their friends, Ann & Dick, who are involved in Irish Wolfhound rescue. Maggie, one of their hounds, promptly placed herself across Dave’s lap for 2 hours. They were completely hooked on the breed.
After months of research on breeders and hounds, in August of 1996 they brought home their first little hound, Maeve, a red-wheaten girl from Windfern Kennels in Houston, TX. Maeve was careful and gentle, bonding quickly with the Yorkies, though it took a while for the Yorkies to bond with Maeve. Dave and Risha received much guidance from Zoe Bradstreet, their breeder, and their friends in New Orleans, who never had less than 4 Wolfhounds roaming around their house.
Maeve was the perfect little girl and set the stage for them being “owned” by Irish Wolfhounds for (hopefully) the remainder of their lives. Neither of them can imagine not having at least two or more at all times. When they got Maeve, they had no idea that she would change their lives forever, shape who they would grow into and what they love to do with their time.
In 2003 they moved to Milwaukee, WI, with 3 Wolfhounds and a Yorkie. They enjoy competing in AKC Agility, Conformation, Rally, Obedience and more with the dogs. Each year since 2004 they have been honored to be invited to share their hounds and knowledge with festival-goers at Irish Fest Milwaukee and the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Milwaukee. Their main interest is the breed; it’s health and longevity. They ensure training, socialization, exercise, enrichment, quality food, proper healthcare and love for their dogs.
They are members of US, Canadian, European, and regional Irish Wolfhound clubs as well as members of local All-Breed dog clubs.