Saturday, August 11, 2018

Traits and Faults

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This is a young female out of Chouhou (Nidai Iwahori Sou) and Kaori (Awa Yamainu Sou). She's on the small side, and has some marking issues (socks), but also has some lovely traits like her color and face. She's short in the torso as well.
It's tough trying to breed dogs to a high standard, but that's probably part of what keeps us going.



Friday, August 3, 2018

Sweaty Summer

 Judging from my Facebook feed, it looks like it's been an insanely hot summer just about everywhere. If it hasn't been that hot where you are, feel free to correct me. Over here, the heat and humidity have been off the charts. Literally record breaking. A week or two ago we had a typhoon come through, and for 2 or 3 days everything cooled down, but here we are today at 34 degrees and 92 percent humidity (and it's sunny!).

The dogs are making it through the summer, just barely. We humans are just trying to jump from aircon to aircon to beach. Anyway, since I haven't posted much this year, just working on getting back in the groove of blogging. I've got more about the Nihon Ken to say.

I don't think I put this picture up yet, but this is a Kai male I saw at the KKA national show in April. For the first time in a long time I saw a Kai I quite liked in type.

And just throwing these pics in here from a month or so ago. This is Koto, a female out of Bunta x Chacha (born here at my house). Hopefully she can be shown at the Grand National this year. Prep for that is already in full swing...



It sure ain't easy to produce the type of dogs you want, and it surely takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I guess that's a large part of what keeps us going though.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Little Prince

We've had Ken here at the house since he was a crazy mouthy drama queen of a 2 month old Shiba pup. Now he's quite a nice little 8 month old that does less of the naughty things. He's at around 39cm now at the withers, has all his teeth and testicles. Maybe we'll show him for fun haha. He was originally slated to go elsewhere, but here he is 6 months later. Just sharing the pics so everyone else can share in the maturation process (and so I have a record of it).







Dogumentary TV

I've known about Dogumentary TV since they interviewed my good friend Brad Anderson over at Yamabushi Kennel. I was just click clacking through Youtube today and watched some of their newest videos and really enjoyed the quality they are putting out there.

Just thought I'd put it up here on the blog and recommend Dogumentary TV for all the other dog lovers out there. Here's their channel link:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpejL4mTlUJ_hfQY1PiCW6Q


And for everyone wondering, the dogs and I are doing well. I just haven't felt like blogging much recently. Maybe that will change once we get through this scorcher of a summer!

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Grand Disconnect

I get to travel a lot, love it, but more and more I'm getting tired of the cities. The New York's, the Barcelona's, the Tokyo's, these massive temples to consumerism. I love the people, love the craziness, the art, but I hate the disconnect with anything natural. I just shake my head and wonder what everyone's doing, and if anyone really sees how broken a system of greed rewarded, consumption triggered, and dog eat dog worship is. I remember when we had the earthquake here in 2011, the cities started to run out of everything extremely quickly. Picture a city of millions running out of basic necessities like food due to an infrastructure breakdown.

I see this disconnect everywhere, and tonight I was reminded of it again as one of my friend's posted a link to this blog post with its ever so tantalizing click-baiting title.


https://medium.com/@drewfrench/grass-fed-beef-the-most-vegan-item-in-the-supermarket-8c46b45a0d47

But read it. I read it. While I'm sure there are things we can nitpick in the reasoning, I've been saying a lot of these things for a long time. The vast deserts we create when we cut everything down to plant a single type of plant, destroying the ecosystem, and then violently guarding it so no other animal can get in or feed... Let's just think about that. So while my answer is to eat wild game meat and not grass fed beef, I'm giving a big ol' thumbs up to this blog post. And here I am, finally blogging again.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Available Shikoku Male

EDIT: Thanks for all the mails. This guy has found a home.
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I think I posted one pic of this guy a while back.
He was born on December 27th, and is out of Bunta x Kaori (Kaori is a Kuromasa x Chacha pup). He's a friendly pup, with a very nice temperament. If anyone's interested, mail me at kato.the.walrus@gmail.com




Here's pics from when the litter was younger.






Monday, March 19, 2018

Another Shikoku Database

So we already have a beautiful user generated pedigree database for the Shikoku Ken over at www.shikoku-pedigree.com that was put together by Nico over at Kasatori Sou in the Netherlands. I have however wanted a database to track COI, AVK, health issues, that sort of thing. The current Shikoku Pedigree site is great for a quick look up of a dog, get some good info and pictures, or putting pedigree information up quickly. It's user friendly.

What I've been working on for a while is a separate database that simply put will be less user friendly. And less friendly to me as well. I'm going through my excel database in Japanese with 96,000 entries, weeding out the dogs with not enough information, or double entries etc and am going to try to make it useful to track the past and current Shikoku gene pool.


https://shikokuken.pedigreedatabaseonline.com/en/ is where the data will be. I've currently put a bit of test data in there to see how it all comes up and calculates, how it handles Japanese kanji and searches, and so far all is good. I like the functionality of seeing the COI/AVK calculations, and being able to search for common ancestors in the pedigrees of multiple dogs (say you're looking for some connection concerning a genetic health issue).



Anyway, not sure how soon it will be before I get all the data up, but I reckon if I blog about it it will happen sooner!