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Kumi’s Third Litter – 4 Days Old Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Kumi’s third litter has arrived! She gave birth to 3 females and 2 males on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2013. The puppies are now 4 days old. Kumi is a perfect mother, she gave birth to all 5 pups in just a few hours and without any help from us!
The pups are a doing very well and are really nice: good size, healthy, very active, and growing fast. This litter was sired by Akashi.


Puppy One (female)





Puppy Two (male)





Puppy Three (female)





Puppy Four (male)





Puppy Five (female)





You may have noticed a change to our website… Sunday, October 17th, 2010

>You may have noticed that we removed the Shikoku Ken breed from our website. We have decided to take a break from the breed while we focus on our Kai Ken preservation efforts.

We removed Shikoku from our site because our recent efforts to breed Loa didn’t work out. This last breeding attempt was done using frozen semen from Akashima’s stud dog named “Kuma”. Since the semen we used was frozen, Colorado Veterinary Specialists recommended we do a surgical AI.

During the surgical AI they found a number of cysts on both of Loa’s uterine horns. This is typically a sign of Cystic Endometrial Hyperplasia (CEH). CEH is a predisposing factor in a number of reproductive problems including pyometra, failure to become pregnant, or failure to maintain a pregnancy. This condition is typically caused by empty heat cycles.

Unfortunately Loa’s past failed breeding, which resulted in an empty heat, probably lead to this condition. If that’s the case, then another failed breeding would put even more stress on her reproductive system, and she is at high risk of that due to CEH.

Based on the issues they found during the surgical AI, an increased risk of a pyometra and/or puppy death, which are both deadly to Loa, we do not plan to attempt to breed Loa again as we are not willing to put her health at risk. We have an appointment for her to be spayed next month.

That bit of bad news has forced us to take a hard look at our situation. With the loss of Loa from our Shikoku breeding plans, to continue our Shikoku program, it will require us to start from scratch. Because of this, and with our efforts being focused so heavily on our Kai Ken preservation program, we have decided to table our Shikoku plans for now. We will be taking a break from the breed for a few years while we focus on our Kai Ken plans.

Breeding Loa to Akashima’s "Kuma" Thursday, August 19th, 2010

>LoaLoa will be bred to Akashima’s “Kuma” early next week.

This will be our third attempt to breed Loa, and hopefully our final attempt. This breeding is happening right at her 3rd birthday – she will turn 3 years old on 08/21/2010.

We initially planned to breed Loa to O’iKon’s “Aka”, but they were unable to conceive, eventually we learned that it was due to Aka’s low sperm count.

Our next planned breeding was with Airreyalis’s “Shoushuu”, but due to a mismatch in OFA results (both scored “fair”) we decided Loa would be better matched with Kuma who scored “excellent” on his OFA.

We will be sure to update the blog once Loa has been bred.

Mochi has to be spayed. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

>Mochi came into season 30+ days ago, at 5 months of age, she has been bleeding the whole time, a deep dark red color. She never ovulated. This is called “Persistent Estrus”, the cause can only be one of 3 things: 1) Tumor, 2) Cyst, 3) A dog undergoing Estrogen Therapy.

Weeks ago we started running tests to see why she never ovulated, working with Colorado State Repro specialists. After tons of tests, that found nothing, the diagnosis is that she has a cyst on her ovary. She will have to be spayed. We have made her an appointment to be spayed on Thursday.

This is very sad for us, but we want whats best for Mochi, and this is the safest route for her.

Feeding RAW Friday, May 1st, 2009

>My wife and I have always preferred to feed our dogs RAW, but with so many mouths to feed it was very hard for Jen and I to come up with a meal plan for each dog. Then their is the cost, Luytiy and Masha alone eat 5lb of kibble a day! So the cost of feeding them RAW is crazy high.

Since moving to New Mexico, where the climate is MUCH dryer than Georgia and the sun is VERY intense we have found that a few of our dogs’ coats have started to look bad. Specifically Loa’s and Ahi’s; Loa’s started feeling very coarse and Ahi’s has looked horrible.

We made the switch for Loa first, about 2 months ago, and once again were shocked by the difference a RAW diet makes for a dog’s coat. Loa looks AMAZING now! The results were just too good not to switch the smallest family members back to RAW.

So, Jen and I decided to switch Loa, Ahi, Kona, and the Shibas (Maui & Kaia) to a prepared RAW diet. This will bring our monthly costs up some, but we think it’s worth it and at the end of the day the 5 of them eat the least amount of food out of all our dogs.

Our hope is that RAW will help Kaia w/ her back, help Maui with his skin allergies, and help Ahi with her coat. As for Kona, we are just interested to see if it makes a difference for him as his coat looks great anyway.

If there is anyone on the fence about feeding their dogs RAW, I think you should just go ahead and make the switch. This is the third time we have switched to a RAW diet for one of (or a few of) our dogs and once again – for the third time – we were amazed by the results!

I’ll leave with you with a Loa and Kaia pic that shows their lovely new RAW-fed coats…

Shikoku Ken

Kaia: Shiba Inu