Saturday, October 20, 2007

Happy Birthday to my Jack!

(Updated 11-13-07)

3 years ago today (October 19th) my little Jack was born. He's not so little anymore at 120 lbs though! He is my 3rd akita and I have to admit probably the most perfect. Not that I am biased or anything. VBG His temperment is just fabulous, thanks to the hard work of his breeders. (Thank you Donna and Mike!!!!) I cannot put into words how much I love this dog. Here are just some of my favorite pics of him. Be warned, this post is VERY photo heavy.

Here he was at 6 weeks at the breeders. How cute is that?

With my first akita Kuma who was 13 years old at the time.

At his first playgroup meeting trying to coax a lab out to play.

Back when he could still fit in Missys crate. (she was none to thrilled with sharing it either)

He got big really fast. I just love the diva look he has in this shot.

Another playdate with Tomo and Nani, other akita friends.

Showing off his beautiful wollie coat.

Yard time with a chow friend.
Oh to be young and flexible!

He loves the snow.

Together at tracking practice.

He surprised me by going for a dip in the ocean during a playdate walk. I didn't think he would go in on his own. He saw the other dog and played monkey see,monkey do though.

Cuddle time with DD.
I wish I had more pics of him with his cat. Sadly he passed away.
With a sleepover friend Izzy.He seems to make a great pillow.

A family pic. Notice his paw over Missy.
Another chow chow playtime.
With some dog walk buddies.

These chows are like parasites around here! (I work with a reputable chow breeder friend so we get alot of puppies through for socialization.)

Another cuddle time.

And more pillow time too.

The patient boy. You can see how he fits the stereotype of the vicious akita can't you?

Happy Birthday Jack! May there be many, many more.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Of dogs and commenting

This is Sadie. She is learning how to walk calmly past other dogs when on walks. Sadie is 6, so yes you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. It just might take a little longer since they have had all that previous time to practice the inappropriate behavior.

Unfortunatly I forgot to post Sadie the week I saw her. Better late than never though!

I have to point out that someone has decided to use my comment section to advertise products. This is NOT something I welcome. I find them doing this without permission offensive and akin to an assault on this site. If you see ads and website links in my comment section PLEASE ignore them. If I believe in a product then I will mention it here personally. I WILL delete comments I do not wish in my comment section. Again, ads for ANYTHING are not welcome here. If you would like to e-mail me directly to recommend a product feel free to do so. I will then decide if it is something I want to mention. I still welcome all other comments from my readers, but I am hoping that this will stop any advertising these people are attempting. If it continues to be a problem I may have to turn off my comment area which I am loathe to do.

Sorry for any inconvience!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Grizz enjoys a visitor

This is my first try at uploading a blogger video clip. Hopefully it works.

Here are Grizzly the new prison dog and Holly one of the shelters pit bulls playing today. Griz is much more at ease with another dog around so I decided to add some play sessions as much as possible to the mix. My girls like to get to know a dog well before they will play and Jack can be a brat with other male dogs at times. So I decided to bring a dog that I knew loved to play to give him some one on one doggy playtime that would be stress free. The only dog that fit the bill at the shelter today was Holly. As you will see she did the job quite nicely. (and she is available for adoption by the way @

And here are my feeble attempts at some regular camera pics with the two of them racing by at breakneck speeds.

Saying hello.

Some action shots.

It got easier to get pics once they were tired.

Did someone say treats?

Holly decides she is done.

She is such a lovely girl. Very friendly to everyone and loves to rub up against people whenever possible for hugs. Unfortunately she was slightly stinky from rolling in something in the shelter play yard earlier. I'm sure Grizz appreciated her fragrance much more than us. Dogs seem to really love stinky things. I on the other hand had to change my clothes upon returning home.

Have I mentioned she is available for adoption? Grizz will be too as soon as we get him more comfortable with people. At this point I think his ideal home would be with another dog in residence. I think it would really help to keep his stress levels down.

I hope you enjoy the video. Who couldn't use some play therapy now and then?

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Just pics

A few cute pics to share. Jenny likes her perch.

Notice she has wedged herself in between her boys pillows.

Jack wants to play tug!
Jenny takes up the challenge.

Even Missy gets in on the game.