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!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

NIPPO Grand National 2018

The NIPPO Grand National 2018 will take place in Ome city, Tokyo, on the Meisei University campus.
It will be hosted by the NIPPO Santama branch.
November 17th - Shiba judging
November 18th - Medium/Large breed judging and BIS

Here is the address and map:

 2 Chome-590 Nagabuchi, Oume-shi, Tōkyō-to 198-0052 https://goo.gl/maps/kEWNGnV6xHk



I look forward to seeing you all there. It should be a good national to attend for people overseas seeing as the venue is close to the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Two Shikoku Females Available

EDIT 2018/03/15 Both of these girls have been homed. Thanks for all the mails!

So these two lovely little Shikoku females are available.
Date of birth: 2017 December 21st
If anyone's interested, give me a holler at kato.the.walrus@gmail.com
They're Mikasa Sou lines on one side, and Yano lines on the other.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kishu Registration Decline

Sounds like I'm beating an ever dying drum here, but by the numbers the Kishu decline is now worse than the Shikoku's. The numbers were there in my last post about the Hokkaido, but I thought I'd put them here too just so everyone's aware.

January of 2011  Kishu 700-900

NIPPO registrations in 2017
Kishu: 372 (JKC 2 probably exports, not pups)

So we've basically lost 50 percent of Kishu registrations in 6 years. In comparison, the Shikoku we've managed to keep the decline to a more manageable number, and I think there's a lot of awareness about the low numbers.


We're basically seeing extremely dangerous decline in registration numbers for all the medium size Japanese breeds other than the Kai. I'm thinking I'm going to turn my new Awa Yamainu blog into a mostly Japanese blog and see if I can bang up some interest here in Japan.

I'm thinking I'll breed Baron's daughter Karen on her next heat to do my part.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NIPPO DUES, KKA DUES

Hey everyone, it's that time of year. Time to pay your NIPPO/KKA/AKIHO membership fees. Since so many people ask me to pay for them, I've decided this year I'm going to do it in one shot in order to save me time.

Just send you renewal fee to my PayPal at kato.the.walrus@gmail.com and include your name and membership number (if you know it), and which club the fees are for, and I will pay in bulk around March 1st. So please, send the fees before the end of February. If you're unsure what the membership fee is, just drop me an email and ask.

Cheers everyone, and Happy New Year!