Over 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.

1) 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.

At 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."

1)A very young Selket; 2) Selket Goes Hollywood with John, and Maigan Harvey; 3) New Champion Frakari's Class Act

Part 3 - Recent History