I have been very tardy to post updates in the last few weeks….I was injured on the job (whiplash) and have been off work for a few months. I recently returned for a few hours a day, with injury rehab and chiropractic visits in between that so time is flying and I have a photo bomb on the way, but until then, here are some just now updates from 1am (since I’m too sore to sleep). Puppies are all fine and good btw and will be 4 weeks old on Tuesday:
Had a little Northwest Hokkaido get together and puppy shower while it stormed outside.
The extended Hokkaido family (Umma, Genji and Ashi) had fun playing in the rain while the humans ogled the new babies, with mom Kurasi keeping a watchful eye.
I’m so lucky to have so many wonderful puppy owners and Hokkaido friends close by!
All puppies gaining about 1.5 ounces a day and the 2 larger boys are now over 1 pound. Mom Kurasi has decided she will eat regular meals again…she is getting Orijen puppy with fresh goat milk, probios, rice cereal and a squirt of salmon oil along with whatever nibbles I’m making for the people. Too early to tell about personalities now, but I’ve had to rescue brindle boy several times after he has escaped from the crate, and little girl is determined not to let her big brothers elbow her aside.
Puppies are all gaining and doing well!
Hokkaido babies are over 24 hours old and are hitting their milestones, top of their class for nursing and crawling, and all gaining weight. To be honest, I was sort of dreading managing another huge Hokkaido litter, but 4 is a perfectly manageable amount and not too much for mom Kurasi to take care of in her own.
In fact, Kurasi is excelling at being a mom and it suits her. She is quiet, undemanding, devoted and careful with them and doesn’t care if I am there or not (although she loves the extra attention). I thought she would be extra clingy like her mom was with the first Hokkaido litter, but nope! She is doing super. I also battled constant diarrhea with Genko until the puppies were weaned, so implemented my strategies I already learned early on for Kurasi, and so far, it’s working well.
This litter experience is so far quite enjoyable (minus lack of sleep), and I hope the trend continues!
Hokkaido litter #2 has safely arrived the day before Valentine’s, making this the second North American litter, adding 4 new Hokkaido to the population from Kurasi and Ashi. More updates coming soon as the puppies grow. 3 boys (2 Black and Tan, 1 brindle) and 1 Black and Tan girl. All puppies are reserved. Mom and babies doing well!
My good friend Mr. Shigeru Kato over at the Nihon Ken Blog has updated registration numbers of the native Japanese Nihon Ken breeds in their home country. Hokkaido numbers are desperately in decline and anybody interested in the breed needs to demonstrate that the demand exists overseas or breeders there will simply fade out of breeding them all together. If you are considering Hokkaido as a potential breed, you will have lots of support from the breed club here I promise if you decide to import! This is a great moment in breed development here to actively contribute to breed preservation and growth before they become extinct.
I owe an enormous thank you to Mr. Kato for his efforts helping the Hokkaido and medium breeds in the US become established. Thank you so much for writing this and helping the US Hokkaido breed club HANA gain momentum. It has been my special project since I became interested in Shibas 10 years ago and as I am sorting through all of my Hokkaido registrations, AKC information, upcoming Open shows, DNA samples to submit and puppy requests, I do feel there has been steady progress year to year in the US. But we NEED more dogs (and more homes) to diversify the gene pool.
And yes I’m one of the people bugging him for a male lol, so if anyone is interested in importing and being apart of something rewarding, I’m willing to work out an arraignment as I have with several of my other excellent Hokkaido homes. This would typically involve the import puppy living full time as a pet with the new owner (not me), with me sharing import fees in exchange for breeding when the puppy is older. Or, this could mean me offering a puppy back to a potential importing home using one of my own dogs in a breeding to said import. Or however we arrange it. Bottom line, importing helps drive demand and results in a nice puppy getting a good home here and the satisfaction of contributing to the breed in a big way.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on importing a Hokkaido.