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I first met Zorro in January. I saw his picture and had a feeling that we must meet. He had just arrived in the city, and needed a place to stay. I have to admit within moments of meeting, I knew I was taking him home with me.

For those who are trying to place his name, Zorro is really his professional name and Don Diego de la Vega his secret identity.

Zorro

My Zorro is a little bit of a mystery as indeed his name might indicate. He was found wondering about Bakersfield in the Central Valley and picked up by a shelter that has a kill policy. Luckily he was rescued by Northern Family Dog Rescue, brought safely to San Francisco and then to the comfort of my home. The truth is, I can only surmise as to the secret identity of Zorro. What I know is he is about seven years old and is a pure breed Xoloitzcuintle, otherwise known as a Mexican hairless. They are considered sacred by the Aztecs, Toltecs and Maya. Mr. Z is without doubt, a distinguished and dynamic little gentleman. He also makes a fabulous addition to my pack of all black rescue dogs. (See black dog syndrome if you are curious about why I adopt black dogs)

The House Of Hunt by Ezra Yeung

As my dedicated readers know, animals have been the inspiration of my work and art for many years. If you are curious as to what, if anything, biological animals and animal rescue have to do with animal role-play and the performance art of The House of Hunt then the answer is, just about everything.Troy BlackHoof by John Goyer

Over the holidays I was inspired to pull out my photograph album and look at my childhood photographs. As I turned the pages and looked at the images, it struck me that on almost every page there was an animal. Dogs, birds, bunnies, cats and even wild dogs, I was fearless in my pursuit of connecting and engaging with animals. Walking home from school would take me an hour longer than it should of because greeting the neighborhood animals was a required part of my day. Thirty years later The House of Hunt performances almost always contain human animals. War horses, hunting dogs, purple ponies; they are in many ways the stars of our shows.

Liliane Hunt by John Goyer

I am not a fan of biological animal circuses, I have seen too many unethical ones and it is a hard limit, but I am inspired by biological animals on a daily basis and that inspiration permeates my life and work. Each member of my rescue pack comes with a story. Jedidiah Black was rescued on his way to a kill shelter. Sheba Ameera spent two days without food on the side of the road weighing no more than a bag of sugar, and Zorro well; I have already shared the story I have so far.

Many years ago I found myself living in England again after several years out of the country and absolutely flat broke.shutterstock_117995572-700x469 I was living in a tumbled down house in the country that was about three hundred years old without heat or a refrigerator, and a bath tub that had a giant crack that flooded the floor when it was full.
I will never forget the words of a very wise friend who showed up at my door with a bottle of Moet Chandon and a giant fresh salmon, “Never let the circumstances of your life define who you are.”
So we put the salmon in the bathtub, as there wasn’t a refrigerator, and we laughed and drank champagne. I have remembered that advice and taken it with me everywhere.

Liliane Hunt by John Goyer

Personally I find that I have a preference for both people and dogs that come with a story.

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Liliane Hunt and Jessi K by Bob FollettHurrah!  The 2013 event season for The House Of Hunt is finally over.  Aside from the amazing performances, breathtaking clothes, travel and excitement we have also seen the introduction of some talented new artists joining the family.

2013 also marked one year anniversaries with Troy BlackHoof our sleek colt and master crafts pony as well as the Purple Ponies; Sparta and Hexx.  Three years with Jessi K our prey and three years with the one and only Tyke Puppy.  I am tremendously proud of their hard work, passion and loyalty, their team spirit and their willingness to go above and beyond.  Bravo!Tyke Puppy by Donna Bader

Special thanks to the inspiration and exceptional talent of Roger Landon Hall of Infinite Mind Media.  The Folsom video and The Other Side Of The Mirror video from our live performance are his work.  The House Of Hunt aka HOH is my creation and to find someone who is able to not only grasp my vision, but take it to the next level is very exciting.  We look forward to our continued partnership, movie night and more waffles with Infinite Mind Media.

Liliane Hunt and Jessi K by John GoyerManny Montecito,the man behind the camera and the man quite literally handcuffed to the camera!  For all public events Manny is handcuffed to the HOH camera,  strictly for security purposes, I attend to the cuffing personally.  Manny joined The House at the start of event season and has been delivering beautiful footage and that fabulous behind the scenes, “We had no idea Manny was filming us footage!”. In his free time Manny enjoys expressing himself by writing and publishing his poetry.

Onnomon whose fabulously evocative music I first heard twenty years ago, graciously accepted my request to use his music as the soundtrack for our spring/summer 2013 event videos.  I look forward to further collaborations with Onnomon and one or two west coast artists I have had my eye on.  Music has always been a strong element in both our videos and live performances and I can only see that relationship deepening and expanding.The House Of Hunt

Fractal Humphrey and Princess Cream Pie were the ever so devilish Twisted Faeries in The Other Side Of The Mirror.  Both the ladies are deliciously talented and we are delighted to have them in the HOH family.

A huge shout out to Kalib from Audio Terrorist.  Kalib was the wickedly seductive voice of the mirror and the ever so intriguing Wizard.  When Kalib is not donning a pointy hood and giving the Queen a magical night to remember, he can be heard singing and performing with his band Audio Terrorist.

The House Of HuntCollaborating, creating evocative and deviant art and spending quality time with friends and chosen family is at the heart of the HOH events.  For one tiny moment I almost forgot the costumes, probably half of the HOH members would consider themselves fetishists and Goddess bless them for their obsessive attention to detail.

With our last major event of the season completed, the House Of Hunt can now relax and get ready for the holidays, well almost.  Firstly there is movie night, then the planning meeting for the events we will be attending, more filming and more releases, shopping, holiday parties and more shopping.The House Of Hunt

Last and smallest of the HOH members Jed the Chihuahua weighing in at only seven pounds.  Jed hit a home run and made the House proud by winning the Halloween costume competition at Pet Camp.

Jed is also head of the HR department at The House Of Hunt and has done an excellent job since accepting this position a year ago.

Liliane Hunt by John Goyer

I will back soon, posting more images from event season and keeping all of you up to date on what I and the rest of the House are up to over the holidays.

Until Next Time,

Liliane Hunt

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Liliane Hunt by John GoyerThis past weekend I had the pleasure of teaching at The Group In Fresno’s Anniversary Ball (TGIF).  My class was on The Art and History of Fetish Worship, a subject near and dear to my heart . TGIF was celebrating its anniversary with a 1920’s theme and had asked if I would be available and willing to teach a class on Fetishism.

The group was founded fifteen years ago by Mistress Tawnie, a remarkable lady by all accounts and one whom I regret that I never had  the opportunity to meet in person.  She passed away two years ago after a struggle with cancer.  Tyke Puppy is originally from Fresno and has spoken to me often of Mistress Tawnie, her belief in both the necessity of education and building strong community.

Packing for a trip is always a process, packing when I am teaching, attending a ball and doing filming becomes much trickier.  After a couple of false starts we were finally on our way:  myself, Tyke, my bio pups, their food and accessories, my luggage, camera equipment, projector and screen.  Thankfully we were meeting Manny Montecito, our First Unit Director and the rest of the crew in Fresno and didn’t have to squeeze them in the car as well.

29th_st_sb_app_n_stArriving in Fresno you are instantly struck by the wall of heat that is all consuming, acclimatizing your body and mind takes some skill.  Sun block must be frequently reapplied, hats must be worn at all times and water constantly consumed to avoid dehydration.  A jacket should also be carried whenever you are likely to encounter air conditioning.  Baring all my survival tips in mind, I still managed to not drink enough water and get sun burned during our hike through the Tower district, in the full glare of the mid day sun.  How does the song go?  Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun… Thankfully my bio pups have strong survival skills and declined to be a part of Sundays filming project.

M2007_211_336a-b-AV001Teaching this particular Fetish class is always a delight for numerous reasons. In my early twenties whilst living in England, I worked for several museums and heritage sites teaching history through theatre.  Not only did I get to explore fabulous architecture such as a Norman castle, touch things that were roped off, such as a Victorian school room or learn how to cook on a Victorian range.  I am quite serious, my cooking skills with a coal fire stove are far superior to anything I can or would attempt with a  contemporary stove, however I digress, it is not stoves or cooking that I wanted to mention but fashion. M2007_211_367-DL001

One of the highlights of those years was a costume and textile exhibit from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.  To say I was a little obsessed was putting it mildly, I breathed in the clothes, they were magnificent in their construction and endlessly fascinating in their details.  In 2010 I attended an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 amongst its collection were a pair of 19th century European thigh high boots lined in red silk and a black leather corset, clearly identified as fetish items.  My passion for history and fashion and my fetishist soul were fused together at that moment. Scan

Tracing the memories back further, I was fourteen years old when I found a book at a flea market. On the front cover was a Victorian woman in a corset and tightly laced boots pulling up her stockings.  The image captivated me and the fetishist was awakened.  Life having come full circle, my story is now a part of my class as are the stories of the people that attend, who share their own moments of truth their own awakening and in doing so become a part of the wider circle of Fetishistic history.

Intelligent, thought provoking conversation prevailed throughout the weekend.  Saturday night my table companions were delightful and engaging, a beautiful girl with a head full of curls and a knack for a curling iron offered to curl my hair, because I had admired hers.  People dressed for the theme, with a panache and flair that charmed my senses.  The evening was intimate, lively and the company engaging.

Sunday, a hair cut with Lori Nichols followed by filming and browsing through antique shops looking for the perfect thing that I couldn’t live with out.

3:00 pm the car is packed, the goodbyes are said and we leave for San Francisco.

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Liliane Hunt by Michael V5:00 a.m. – Wakeup call for the House of Hunt, enforced by Sheba the chi-weenie.

5.30 a.m. – Showers, breakfast, coffee and more wake up barking and squeaking of toys for the reluctant crew members….you know who you are!

 

6:00 a.m. – Hair begins with the lovely Lori Nichols twisting, braiding and smiling.

7:00 a.m. – Adria Hill arrives armed and inspired to do my make-up.  She is accompanied by another fabulously attired special ops security crew member.Liliane Hunt by Totocebu

8:00 a.m. – The crew starts disappearing to take the Twisted Carriage to the parade site.  The Twisted Carriage is my custom human pony carriage designed by Sex and Metal.  She sleeps in down comforter’s between her appearances and this was her very first outdoor event.  She insists upon traveling with her own security personnel and will not tolerate being left alone.

9:00 a.m. – I am in the car, holding “Seduce Amuse”, my priceless fascinator designed by Mr. Song  and sent to me especially for Pride, with the instruction that “Seduce”, was edgy, glamorous and I needed to wear her.  Mr. Song, I am powerless to resist your hats and fascinators. “Seduce” is another fabulous lady that insists on her own security.Liliane Hunt by Totocebu

9.20 a.m. – Arrive at the destination site.

9.20 a.m. -2.30 p.m. – Checking off the arrivals of the human pony carts and the arrival of the Leather Marshals, making sure everyone is situated and all carts have riders.  Getting video footage of the San Francisco Leather Contingent VIP’s with The House of Hunt cinematographer Manny Montecito.  Performing safety checks on the ponies with boot fetishes, trying to find a bathroom and drink only enough to stay hydrated.  This is not a plan I encourage, but with a priceless fascinator and couture evening dress my options were limited.Liliane Hunt by Jacob T. Meltzer

2.30 p.m. – Finally there was movement ahead, or perhaps a mirage, either way the pony carts moved into their final lineup still surprisingly perky after all of the hours waiting in the mid-day sun.  Trotting along Market Street listening to the crowds cheer, it felt surreal, My House and I were participating and witnessing a defining and wonderful moment in history, people were happy, not everyone, we were celebrating along with them.  Love and marriage and love and marriage, and that was the moment the song cemented itself permanently into my head.

Love and marriage, love and marriage,
Go together like a horse and carriage.
This I tell ya, brother, you can’t have one without the other.

Lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen.

Liliane Hunt by David Oliver

4:30 p.m. – I stagger in through my front door with heat stroke.  The fascinator is safely carried to the mannequin stand, whilst still in motion I start unzipping my boots and taking out hair pins.  I am led to the safety of my chair and hydrated.

Two days later – Still finding hair pins.

Three weeks later- Still singing Love and Marriage.

My thanks to Luke Song for capturing my style so exquisitely, my puppy Tyke for all your hard work, feeding the crew, My House and crew for being fabulous.  Last but not certainly not least, to our two newest members Manny Montecito head cinematographer and Michael V. for your excellent and exciting footage.Liliane Hunt by Mark Coplan

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Northwest Puppy Contest I flew into Oakland airport Monday evening from a remarkable weekend in Seattle, with Tyke Puppy. I was asked to judge at the Northwest Puppy Contest alongside a select panel of phenomenal judges: Daddy Jeff (Head Judge) of Seattle WA, Slavepup Axel International pup 2013 of Richmond VA, Steve Loki of Phoenix AZ and Mitch Kenyon of Vancouver BC.Northwest Puppy Contest

This was the very first Northwest Puppy Contest. The excitement and anticipation of which seemed to permeate the streets of Seattle. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but Capitol Hill had definitely gone to the dogs. Handsomely dressed trainers and pups, strolled along Pike Street from Dog House Leathers to The Cuff. Judges and contestants dashed in and out of The Dog House Bunker for the Saturday morning interviews. The dog days of summer were howling early in Seattle, but beyond the exceptionally sunny weather, defining exactly what was so remarkable about this event is not so easy. The activities can be simply laid out in a list, but the overall energy, now that is harder to explain. NPC was an experience, and for all of us I might surmise, a little life changing. A reaffirmation if you will about what makes puppy play just so incredibly wag-tastic. My observation is that there is something very special happening in the Northwest that the groups of SEA-PAH, PDX-PAH and VAN-PAH, figured out, and Seattle has put down the welcome mat in a way that is all inclusive, dynamic and simply irresistible.
Pup Figaro by MGraves Photography

Throughout the weekend my fellow judges and I got to know the five competitors: Pup Amp, Angel, Figaro, Phoenix and Trix. As well as each other in a variety of venues, from The Meet and Sniff, The Dog House Bunker interviews, the pup-tastic cocktail party and the grand finale of the Saturday night event that included hilarious, onstage show stopping performances. At each of these events the contestants demonstrated their leadership abilities, their love and dedication to pup play and revealed their compassionate and playful natures.Pup Figaro - Northwest Puppy 2014

Our not so easy task was to pick a winner, an alpha who could lead this vibrant and growing community of the Northwest and beyond. We poked and prodded and threw out the occasional bone (both literal and metaphorical) to see what these competitors were really made of. Finally after what seemed like a nail biting finish, the count was tallied and Pup Figaro was the brand new champion. Pup play has grown exponentially over the last few years and I am excited and thrilled by the caliber of the contestants I had the pleasure to meet. I have no doubt that Pup Figaro will make a fabulous ambassador for the Northwest, pup play and frankly just about anything. Oh, did I mention he also sings opera? Welcome to the next generation, the dog house is definitely the place to be.

The Mistress

My gratitude to Pup Gadget and Baus Yukon for producing such a phenomenal event, thank you for the gift basket containing the patch and pin of SEA-PAH, a bone shaped tag engraved with “Mistress” and a handmade blue flower that happens to be the exact color of my Pride dress. I am truly touched by your thoughtfulness.

To the pups and handlers of Portland, Seattle and Vancouver I look forward to many more encounters, it was joy to meet each one of you. Thank you to the lovely Master Blue Wolf president of PDX-PAH, for your gracious welcome and the little pink Tahoe, who reminds me of my bio pup Sheba and who exemplifies that fabulous pups come in all shapes and sizes even pink.

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Liliane Hunt by John Goyer

The House of Hunt will be kicking off event season officially with the San Francisco Pride Parade this coming Sunday June 30th. The Twisted Carriage, will be making her first appearance in the Parade, she was created for me last year by Sex and Metal in time for the House of Hunt performance at the Masquerotica Ball and has been waiting for another opportunity to show of her ever so sexy, sleek black and silver curves.

Tyke Puppy by John Goyer

 

July 19 – July 22 takes me to Seattle Washington, to be a judge at the Northwest Puppy Contest. I am thrilled to be returning to Seattle again and to be asked to be one of the judges. I shall be taking my own little combat pup Tyke Puppy with me, who has informed me that there is a ‘wall of gum’ in Seattle that he wants to visit!

Liliane Hunt by John Goyer Fascinator by Mr.Song

 

July 31, is my birthday, it seems highly appropriate that the party starts in Seattle with human pups and finishes in LA with human ponies. I have yet to announce any further plans, but I shall keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

Troy by John Goyer

 

 

August 2 – August 4 is the North American Pony/Trainer Contest in Los Angeles where I am delighted to of been asked to judge.
Jessi K by John Goyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for exclusive events and behind the scenes footage with Liliane Hunt and The House of Hunt on the Liliane Hunt YouTube Channel.

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2008 Liliane Hunt by David YuI attended my first San Francisco Pride Parade back in 2007 and as 2013 fast approaches I felt the desire to share some of my favorite photographs from those years.  It has been, to put it mildly, a hell of a ride both literally and metaphorically.  Each Pride Parade has marked a significant chapter in my life and being the consummate fetishist that I am, it is the clothes that tell the stories not the years.  I think it is often assumed (I have done nothing to counter this assumption), that I was born with an exceptional closet and a distinctive personal style.  The truth is it happened at the age of five when I was given a box of “dressing up clothes” one of the singularly most valuable gifts I have been given to this date.  2009 Liliane Hunt by Max KooThe other triumph was by the age of eleven my mother  held up the white flag and admitted defeat.  From that point on I bought and chose my own clothes, unfortunately that also means I have only myself to blame for some of the “what the hell was I thinking” moments of the 80’s and 90’s.  However I digress, back to Pride, I don’t have any “what the hell was I thinking” moments when I look at these images.  What I see instead are the memories of who I was with when I bought a certain hat, who made the skirt that I wore, the year the hat got lost (OK so I have a hat thing and so did my great grandmother) and what SF Pride has come to mean to me over the years and how its significance has changed, just as I have. 2010 Liliane Hunt by Paul Burd 

Being surrounded by the vibrant energy of people feeling beautiful and being fabulous has always been a winner for me.  The year Occupy, occupied the parade and we stood waiting to march for hours, certainly gave me time to ponder the significance of Pride and why I was there baking in the midday sun.  One thing that sprung to mind was love.

I have no current plans near or immediate to marry.  However if I did, I sincerely hope that before another Pride goes by I, along with the rest of the world can marry who I damn well please.  

2011 Liliane Hunt and Tyke Puppy

Having emigrated to this country from England I am reminded of the struggle that gay couples face throughout the world who meet and fall in love with someone of the same sex without the same option as a straight couple to get married in order to be in the same country together. Finally starting with ourselves I can think of no better person to quote than Ru Paul, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”        

“As of May 2013, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain,South Africa, Sweden,and several sub-national jurisdictions in Mexico and the United States, allow same-sex couples to marry. Uruguay and New Zealand have both enacted laws to legalize same-sex marriage which will come into force in August 2013.” Thank you to Wikipedia for there up to date information.

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