power of a bloodline is in the bitches!
One Track Mind (Cricket) finished her championship under Michelle Billings
on the tough Florida January Circuit. Handled by Maigan Harvey, she was our
first Champion of the first version of the new millenium.
The Daughter of Ch. Frakari's Dis Is Fred (Weejun)
and Daitan-Ni Diamonds R Forever (Djinni), Cricket was extremely sound, a
wonderful mover, and exhibited many of the strenghts we hoped to set in our
died unexpectedly on December 15, 2000, in whelp to Ch. Daitan-Ni
and many of our dreams died with her. Her only litter was sired by Daitan-Ni
Different Drummer, an American bred dog of full-import bloodlines.
Painted Lady, from that first litter, will be campaigned, we just don't
It was a pleasure
and delight to know this wonderful lady. Her friends included people, other
Akitas, and a few Shibas. It never occurred to her to start a fight, or even
to fence fight. We will miss her.
Lady is our pick from Cricket's only litter. She has her mother's
wonderful outgoing personality, and loves to be involved in everything,
whether it's dogs shows, planting a garden, or checking out John's
snake colony. She also likes to surprise us. She went into a silent
season at 8 months, and became our only unplanned mom at the tender
age of 10 months. All the professionals (veterinarians, that is)
told us not to interfere - that nature said she was old enough, and
we should just accept the accident and make the best of it.
We did, and she
presented us with the Q litter. We are well pleased! Someday Hook
may get some ring time, but it's likely she'll be at her best late,
like her mom was. We can wait.
Quiet Victory (Shira), shown here winning her first points at 10
months of age, is
our first "plain brown wrapper" Akita in many years. She
has the gentle nature of both her mother (Hooker) and grandmother
(Cricket), and figures prominently
in our plans for the future.
Shira is the result of
an outcross (Drummer x Cricket) followed by a strong linebreeding.
She is sired
by Ch. Sajo's Notrump Grandslam (Dealer), Cricket's brother. Although the
breeding was not planned for the time it took place (!!), it was definitely
planned, and we are more than pleased with the results. Shira's colorful
littermates, both flashy brindles, went to specially selected homes
with known Akita people.
Brother Sajo's Quiet Revolution (Freedom) lives with Richard and Molly
Morgan; sister Jazz, Sajo's Quiet Defiance, makes her home with Lisa
really hated the show ring, and is no at home in Georgia, where she
helps run a day care center! We didn't think she liked children, but
she has proven to be "kid crazy," and a wonderful asset!
Do you believe in magic? We do! We lost Djinni (Daitan-Ni Diamonds
R Forever) on October 3, 2001. Her grandaughter Mandi (Tsunami's Diamonds
28, 2001. Mandi is possessed; she has been and continues to be every bit
as crazy a youngster as her grandmother was, and as I get older, there
are moments when the craziness gets a bit too deep under my skin. There's
one solution (and it's been so powerful I use it very rarely) - I grab
the skin on each side of Mandi's jaws, look deep into those dark brown
and say "Djinni, make her stop before she drives me nuts!" Whatever
the behavior that put me on edge has, it has, to date at least, been PERMANENTLY
Mandi is all the good things that Djinni was, but she seems to be
missing two drives that made Djinni's life difficult at times - "kill
and "kill the competition!" She is every bit as protective, and
every bit as brave, and seems every bit as likely to demand to be the
John and I thank Rita and Shawn Robert's, Tsunami Akitas, for breeding their
wonderful girl, Frakari's Tess Truehart, to our Dealer. We thank them even
more for recognizing the moment she was born that Mandi was a "retread" and
needed to live with us!
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