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« on: January 31, 2015, 12:40:20 AM »

Well it's been a crazy few months. Lots of stuff has happened for me. I've spent the past while packing, moving, downsizing, bought a place of my own, built many pieces of ikea furniture, and many other projects that have come up along the way. Even have a dog now! I grew up with retrievers in the house the whole time, and have missed having a furry friend who gets excited when I come home after a hard day at work.

Over the past few weeks I've been outside a lot more, but no running due to some wild conditions. Usually it's a tundra here all winter but a couple weeks ago it got really warm, everything started melting, it rained getting everything wet, then it dropped 30 degrees Celsius again so even walking outside is pretty dangerous. I got a set of yaktrax for the mukluks which helps.


Onto my future running buddy. We have been on the wait list for quite some time from a breeder that specializes in a rare breed of dog from Japan. We brought home a Shikoku puppy a month ago. He has been amazing. Hands down the best behaved pup I've ever dealt with. He was essentially housebroken when we got him home, and even now at 16 weeks he is already a great hiking companion. We moved to a condo which backs onto 26k of awesome cross country skiing trails so it's perfect for us. He's already good off-leash. I stopped him from chasing a deer just by calling him once. At 16 weeks he's just shy of 30lbs, heading for 50ish when he's all done growing. I can't wait to bring him to Kootenay national park to hike the rockwall!

His name is Rollo, here's a couple snaps.







I'll definitely upload another album when he has his first expedition with us. I'm excited to have a trail mate!
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 12:28:32 PM »

Awesome looking trail mate!  Enjoy bonding and the unconditional love that follows.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2015, 12:54:58 PM »

He is magnificent. Such a serious little face. He looks like an old soul. Were you able to make sure that he is not out of a puppy mill but a responsible breeder? Nothing is more important to me in life than the welfare of animals.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2015, 03:32:25 PM »

He definitely is an old soul. For a pup he is very calm and high energy comes in spurts. He is a good listener and his off-leash recall is excellent.

Our breeder is a member of the Canadian kennel club, and goes to great lengths to ensure good breeding stock before they breed their adults. His mother was the first ever shikoku imported from Japan to enrich the breeding program here in North America as this is an extremely rare breed on this side of the pond. There is a forum online where I've been able to trace his lineage back a few generations.

When we went to pick him up the couple had taken great care of him, they had a huge fenced in playpen where the puppies could run every day. I got a big package with certificates, lineage, parents history and all that sort of thing the other day in the mail. He had complete vet records and was microchipped when we got him. We got one of our old family retrievers from a shady dealer and picking her up you could feel that something wasn't quite right with the breeder. She had a number of health problems. This experience you could tell the breeder cared deeply for these dogs and went out of his way to make sure the dogs were healthy and happy. We couldn't be happier with this little guy!
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2015, 12:55:13 PM »

Good to know. And he is truly gorgeous. But maybe a rescue next time? Just saying. As much as I would love a Bengal cat for example, I can't justify leaving a rescue cat to die if I could take him in. Of course I can't force everybody to do the same, but I am putting the idea outthere as often as I can. Pls don't hate me.
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2015, 01:11:21 PM »

No hate whatsoever for that comment! Our plan in the future is to foster and eventually keep a rescue as well. It might be a while before we can make that happen as our condo isn't big enough for two medium-large dogs.

I've gone and helped out with a couple of rescue organizations here in town and plan on continuing that.
Just wanted our first pup to be exactly the breed we needed, and learn to train him before moving onto a rescue dog. It's in the cards eventually as I am a sucker for animals, especially dogs that need help.
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2015, 08:16:48 PM »

Good to know. And he is truly gorgeous. But maybe a rescue next time? Just saying. As much as I would love a Bengal cat for example, I can't justify leaving a rescue cat to die if I could take him in. Of course I can't force everybody to do the same, but I am putting the idea outthere as often as I can. Pls don't hate me.

No hate hear either...  We've had our "specialty" breeds, have a wonderful rescue that found his forever home 5 years ago, and also foster/mentor Pit's for our local shelter until they find their forever home.   :-)
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2015, 01:03:51 PM »

Good to know you guys are also animal lovers. Good luck with your pups and keep rescuing.  Wink
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