I've really become terrible at updating this news log, but Nami's litter was born on July 9th, late at night, and we welcomed 3 males and 1 female. I ended up with 1 sesame boy, 1 red boy, and 1 white boy, with a sesame female to end the batch. All pups have homes. They are nearly 4 weeks old. The white boy will stay in a local pet home, intact, to evaluate later as a potential stud. Still undecided on the other two boys, but I'm excited to see them develop, too. The little red boy is a carbon copy of his mom's personality. Kissy-to-the-core.
Bubba, "Daikokuten go" (formerly known as "Coyote" under his puppy name) from Fionna's litter is slated to leave on Friday, the 11th, for his new home in Finland. He is our trade for a new import from a mated litter over there, so if everything works out we'll be looking at a new boy at our kennel soon enough, too. Bubba has been growing up pretty nicely, and has really developed well. He's got a great expression, compared to his mom, and has great substance. I really like him. He's a sweet little dog. Not a person comes across him that doesn't want to take him home.
I'm also expecting a female Japanese import come September, so it'll be a year of new and exciting things coming up.
Speaking of new and exciting things, AKC paperwork is finally processing after a long time waiting.
I'll have to make a post about the AKC all of its own.
Litter 3 was confirmed! 5 puppies were seen on our ultrasound on June 1st, 2017. I'm very excited!
If you are looking for an active companion in your Kishu Ken, or looking for a sporting or conformation dog, please contact me via email or my contact form. This will be Nami's final litter so I am putting a heavy emphasis on wanting homes that will be active in sports, shows, or the community and will be amenable to keeping their dogs intact for future preservation.
If you have submitted a puppy application and I have not contacted you, please send me an email and I will catch up with you.
I've been looking up public access spaces/places on Google Maps, rather than going for trailheads, to find some nice "hikes" closer to home. I found an old logging road near the Sandy River that is a decent walk, but wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Took Cuchulainn with me, solo, to burn some energy.
He's a great little dog - he feels very intensely and loudly, and certainly doesn't shirk away from expressing himself, which has become a bit of a double-edged sword. I do like how expressive he is (it reminds me a bit of my late Malamute), but he's sometimes inappropriate.
He's been getting better these last months, and always behaves himself when we're out together in the woods. I think it's where we're all the happiest and most relaxed.