Monday, March 22, 2010

New Kishu

So I know my blog is titled Tora Inu, but I've gotten another Kishu. She's a 3 year old female Kishu. Her previous owner decided he wasn't going to hunt, so though she's not a 'finished' dog, she's had some experience on pigs. I haven't taken her out yet but from what I've seen her drive is off the hook.

Had a bit of drama picking her up at the airport. She tore up the crate she was in leaving her in a sorry state, a few cracked teeth, and one lost molar. She doesn't do well being confined at all. She tried to chew through a doorway the other day. She's had very little socialization or training (by my standards anyway) but we're taking it day by day. Mainly I have to be comfortable with letting her loose in the mountains, so most of the training revolves around that.

She's not in the greatest of shape, had a bad UTI and is a bit haggard, so I'm working on bulking her up. She's not the greatest with dogs she meets, but I managed to work through the first few days and now her and Baron are best buddies. She does well with Haru as well, but they don't play as much. Course it may have to do with Haru going into heat and pulling Momo into heat as well.

Things are going crazy here at the moment. I've got the usual gang of Haru/Baron and now Momo, plus the Kai pups. Loads of fun, but loads of work.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


So today I picked up the two Kai girls. There's such a size discrepancy it's hilarious. Will try and get some pictures up tomorrow. For now I'm going to try to get some sleep in a room with 3 cats and 7 dogs. Nuts!

And I've got the Chiba regional Nippo show to go to tomorrow. Busy day. Oh, and Haru and Momo are in heat and Baron's got an upset stomach.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Boys Today

Took the boys with me to the hardware store for some socialization yesterday and today. Of course everyone loves these little bear cubs. I've also got them some collars and will get them used to leashes in the next few days. They've passed the 5kg mark.



Sunday, March 7, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Boys

So we've got 2 temporary additions to the pack. These two little brothers were born in Shizuoka prefecture on December 30th. Their sire is Tone-no-Isshin a past tenrankai overall winner. Their mother comes from some famous lines as well.

Now as to why they're here temporarily, while I will be adding more Kai in the future, at least one of these pups is going overseas. They'll be here for around a month, and Haru and Baron are doing great as baby sitters.

Most of the work I do now involves translation and import/export. Since I've been receiving a lot of correspondence from overseas about exporting Nihon Ken, finding available pups is beginning to take up a good portion of my time. I'm definitely not complaining as being around dogs 24/7 is alright by me.

Course with these new boys around my sleep schedule has gone to the dogs (lame pun intended). They're lively little ones, very outgoing and friendly toward people and dogs. They are as yet un-named so I just call them 'chibi' (lil' one), and they both respond to that. I slept with them in their little enclosure the first night, but they're doing fine sleeping on their own now.

All the pups in this litter were very similar in type/size/temperament. It was really difficult to pick 2 out. There were 4 boys and 1 girl and luckily I had first pick. They are kuro-tora, but their brindling is already slightly visible, and it will mostly increase as they get older.

Of the two boys, one looks thinner, but I've realized that he's actually taller and longer than his brother. He has more brindling, a slightly thinner head, thinner more erect tail, but wider muzzle.

The other pup was I thought the better of the two pups at first, but after seeing them for a week I think they're pretty even. This pup is thicker all around, wide head, darker coloration, thicker tail, thinner muzzle, and a little shorter than his brother.

Temperament wise, they're both pretty similar, outgoing, energetic, fearless. However I think the thicker pup pays a bit more attention to people, while the thinner one likes other dogs attention more.

Almost forgot, the thicker pup has a patch of around 10 white hairs on his chest.

I apologize for the picture quality, they were taken on a mobile.