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de la Houssaye's Catahoulas

In 1986, I built a houseboat and moved to the Atchafalaya Basin near Charenton, Louisiana. As luck would have it my closest neighbor had a very interesting dog named Chief. I liked Chief so much, I found a female catahoula and bred it to my neighbors dog. Until I met Chief, I had never seen, but had only heard of a Catahoula.

Their descendants were purchased by friends of mine who claim to this day were the best hog dogs they have ever owned. Until my friends bought my dogs I had never heard of a hog dog.

I began to inquire as to what were they doing with these "hog dogs." It wasn't long before I was hunting feral hogs in the woods near my houseboat, and later subscribed to Bayed Solid magazine. That led to me being at the Louisiana Dog Festival in Ashland in September, 1995. There I met Jimmy Young, publisher of Bayed Solid magazine.

Jimmy had a hog there for "demonstration" purposes, and invited me to work my dogs on his hog. After observing Maurice baying, Jimmy commented that I should enter him into some baying contests because "He would win."

Soon after that, I traveled to Wills Point, Texas and entered into a baying contest run by Dave and Phyliss Alexander. Maurice tied for first place in the one dog bay.

In March, 1996, I attended my first Uncle Earl's hog dog trial, with Frank and Maurice. What a delightful experience to be in the midst of what seemed like thousands of hog dogs and hundreds of hog hunters from Hawaii to the Carolinas. I was hooked and haven't missed an Uncle's Earl's since. Because of this annual event, I have met some of the finest people in my networking and socializing during the annual 5 days of hog baying.

Through my association with hog hunters, cowboys, and breeders; I have been very fortunate to find high performance cow dog and hog dog bloodlines to bring into my kennel, and maintain the old Louisiana working dog bloodlines. Many hog hunters claim that field trial champions don't hunt. Well they never knew Maurice. To this day almost every puppy born in my kennel is a decendant of Maurice.

Here I am with Bobalou, My Favorite Swamp Tour Guide Dog
Photos by Andre Comeaux


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