the next several years, as "Dragonsong" Akitas, I did
my best blend the lines of the second and third most well-known
Akitas of the day, Ch. Sakusaku's Tom Cat-Go, ROM and Ch. Mitsu
Kumas Tora Oji-Go, ROM (Tora pictured left and right) bought
stock from Lijo and from Sakusaku (Anne Diener), including a
finished brindle bitch, Ch. White Paws Magic of Lijo, a Tora
daughter bred by Bill Burland. I got exactly nowhere with my
breeding program. A friendship developed with Michael Sanders,
and together we became "Miisan" Akitas for a time.
The friendship outlived the partnership, as I just wasn't happy
with the dogs my pups grew up to be.
Int. Ch. Gin Gin Haiyaku-Go of Sakusaku (Chester), a Tom-Cat
son, in Tampa, ~1978? 2) Ketket's Puss 'n Boots (Ch. Sakusaku's
Uncle Louie X Ch. Ketket's the Primrose Path. Puss had stellar
bloodlines, but GAWD she was ugly! 3) Soon to be champion Date
Tensha Ako Roshi, another Tom son. Fran Wasserman in red.
some point, I met the man who was to be my second husband,
and put my Akita dreams on hold. It seemed like a good time
to let my old dogs get older, and give myself some breathing
room. That lasted for about 5 years. In 1984 I learned there
was a dogshow scheduled for the weekend, and decided to go.
I was totally unaware that the Akita Club of America National
Specialty had been right here in Tampa the day before! Fran
Wasserman was showing a lovely red puppy bitch (Ch. Frakari's
Date Tensha Dibotsu X Yuko's Red Red Robin DeAlicia), and I
fell in love! I couldn't have that bitch, but her sister was
still available, and a deal was struck for Ch. Frakari's Class
Act to move to Tampa. We called her Selket, and although my
dictionary fails me, I'm reasonably certain she was named after
the Goddess of Magic. Selket was 13 when she moved on. Selket
was also the birth of Sajo: SAndi and JOhn - no, it's not Japanese,
and the A and O are long - say "Say Joe."
very young Selket; 2) Selket Goes Hollywood with John, and
Maigan Harvey; 3) New Champion Frakari's Class Act
3 - Recent History