Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kai Puppies Over in Saitama

Had a few hours open up in my schedule, so I drove up to Saitama to take a look at some new Kai pups over at a friend's kennel.

Their mother Peromi is the most famous Kai in Japan. She was raised on a television show that was promoting the 6 Japanese breeds. A google search brings up a lot of different stuff https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%E3%81%BA%E3%82%8D%E3%81%BF&rlz=1C1GIWA_enJP629JP629&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLqNWuievWAhUTh7wKHXlrBgoQ_AUICigB&biw=1920&bih=949#imgrc=1nZeuiR8iOYlVM:
She's got a nice temperament as well as some mad mothering skills. There are 8 pups in the litter! They were born on September 17th I believe.

Their father Asahi I like quite a bit. He's sired several litters now, and his nice even temperament seems to carry over a lot.



That's two of the boys there, and one of the females. All the pups look to have some brindle, but will be black brindle (kuro-tora), and the pups were quite friendly. I snapped some video as well and will get that uploaded somewhere if I have the time.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

21 Days Old

The pups have hit three weeks, and are getting right to getting into mom's food.


 It's a lot of work this eating thing...

I was in a bit of a rush to get out the door, so only snapped a pic of my favorite female. I plan to keep both the females here, or at one of the kennels in our breeder group. This one especially is looking quite nice.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Chacha x Bunta

 On the 18th of September Chacha gave birth to 5 pups, 2 males and 3 females. All the pups look to be red sesame, though female 3 might be red. Unfortunately on day 2 female number 2 was accidentally smothered. I'd put a towel in the kennel, one of the pups crawled under it, and Chacha and the pups were on top of her by the time I got back from walking the other dogs. It was a matter of around 45minutes that I was gone, but resuscitation failed. It was a hard thing to accept, but I'm just focusing on the fact that I have 4 healthy pups.

The above is male number 1.

This is male number 2. 

Female 1.

 Female 3.

 These pictures were taken at 2 days old. I'll keep updating as I always do, so everyone can see the pups maturing, and hopefully learn about more about the breed (as I do every time I get to see a litter of pups change as they grow).

Monday, September 18, 2017

Amazing Recoveries

Nearly lost one of my Shikoku girls this month. Mumu was bred on her heat (last attempt before retiring her), didn't look pregnant one month on, and that was when everything started. She started losing appetite a bit. Usually she's a pretty voracious eater. When I started to worry was one day when she didn't want to walk up hill. At first I thought maybe her hips were starting to bother her (she's got pretty poor hips), but after she left all her food a few days later I took her in to the vet.

A sonogram showed the womb slightly enlarged, but normal considering she could have been pregnant. We got some light meds to treat possible pyometra which was my main concern. Her heat before this she had been bred as well, and got quite large, but turned out to either have absorbed the pups or not to have been pregnant at all. Anyway, she started eating grass and vomiting daily, and continued to not eat. After a few days I took her in again, and we drew some blood. The results showed her kidney function was poor, but again not too much clarity on how her womb was doing. We ramped up meds, and my vet finally got me to agree to learn how to put an IV in. That's one of those things I've always just taken my dogs in for, but every so often it's a necessary and quick fix for issues, and if I'm already able to sew up my dogs every now and again, putting an IV in is another good skill to have.


With a new slew of drugs and a box full of IV, I moved Mumu into the house so she could enjoy the airconditioning. There was really no change. She slept all day, wouldn't eat, vomited a lot, and just started wasting away. All in all she stopped eating for around 3 weeks, got rail thin, and I made my peace with the fact that she was not going to make it. I'd carry her outside to urinate, and we'd walk around on the lawn for a while.

Well she was really starting to weaken, and it was hard to watch her in such obvious pain for so long. I remember thinking I'd maybe take her in to the vet the next day to have them put her to sleep. Well next morning I let her out in the back yard while I got everyone's breakfast ready, and all of a sudden she started eating some of the leftover kibble. After so many weeks of trying to make so many tasty thing for her to eat even a few bites of, and now she's just gone for the dry kibble! Anyway, it was fast after that. She's back to normal now, aside from loss of weight and muscle definition, she's back to being the same old beautiful dog.

My vets were shocked when I told them yesterday that she came around. We were all sure it was just a matter of time. But hey, I guess Mumu wasn't ready to kick it just yet. I'll be waiting till she's put on a bit more weight, and then I'll be spaying her and looking for a retirement home.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Banryuu

This little guy was born over at Sai no Kuni Inoue Sou in Saitama. The Inoue's are good friends of mine, and I really like the sire (Asahi) of these pups. Their mother, Kurumi, is the daughter of Peromi. Peromi is the most famous Kai in Japan, as she was raised on a national TV show along with 5 other pups representing all the Japanese breeds.


I'll say it again, I love Kai pups. For anyone thinking of getting a Nihon Ken as a companion, seriously consider a Kai. The ease of ownership has them tops in my book.

This little guy is just staying here for 2 weeks, but I picked him up Saturday, had him in the house meeting Baron in the evening. Of course he's still a pup, but the Kai's dog social nature was already on show. Lot's of really good communication going on, and understanding boundaries. I took him outside, he did his business. I put a couple absorbent sheets down in a corner of the kitchen (the same ones that I put in his crate when we drove home from his breeder), and later on he walked over and peed on them.

From there, he's been great. No accidents. Business is done outside, with some pee on the sheets. I haven't had to crate him at all, he just plays with his toys and Baron. He's quickly learning what is not to be chewed, and that when we go on walks we'll come back. Kai do often suffer from separation anxiety, but I think that's part of the package with a dog that chooses you as their person. The initial few days are important with a Kai pup, and slow comfortable socialization is key. They're very smart little thinkers, and their flight response to things can be very high. Don't scare them, always be their protector and be in control of situations, and they'll learn to trust you. Once they do, it's all gold from there.

Well, at least till adolescence. That's another journey.

For anyone that's wondering, I shot this video on my recently acquired Sony Nex. It's a digital mirrorless camera, and I can't recommend it enough. It's tiny. TINY. Goodbye DSLR, this tiny little camera shooting amazing still and video, with fun little adaptors which allow you to use old lenses (I have several now including a 50mm 1.8 Minolta which is amazing) has you beat. I picked up this cam to snap some good quality dog and surf videos, and I could not be happier with it.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

NIPPO Show Dates Autumn 2017

Here are the dates for all the NIPPO branch shows for the coming autumn season. They will culminate in the grand national which will be held in Wakayama this year. I've already blogged the location here http://nihonken.blogspot.jp/2017/05/2017-nippo-grand-national-location.html

September 10th: Tochigi, Ishikawa
September 17th: Hokkaido, Ibaragi, Yamanashi, Niigata, Shiga, Miyazaki
September 24th: Miyagi, Saitama, Shizuoka, Fukui, Nara, Tottori, Ehime
October 1st: Aomori, Chiba, Aichi, Hyogo, Shimane, Kochi, Oita
October 8th: Yamagata, Santama, Nagano, Osaka, Okayama
October 15th: Iwate, Kanagawa, Mie, Tsuyama, Kagawa, Nagasaki
October 22nd: Akita, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hokuriku Regional (Toyama)
October 29th: Kumamoto, Tohoku Regional (Fukushima),Chugoku Regional (Yamaguchi), Shikoku Regional (Tokushima)
November 3rd: Kinki Regional (Wakayama)
November 5th: Kanto Regional (Gunma), Chubu Regional (Gifu), Kyushu Regional (Kagoshima)

I should be at most of the Kanto branch shows. Now that I've typed this I'm realizing it's time to start the process of getting everyone show ready. It's still damn hot out here, over 30 degrees celsius.