• HeidiHeidi
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    Whew! 5am and we're finally all home and settled into bed. I'm really glad the older two kids spent the night with the grandparents, because that trip would have been murder with them. Sosuke was supposed to arrive just after 9pm, but he got there around 10:30. Then, we had to take all this paperwork through customs, which was way the heck in a different building, where we had to drive there and then do a lot of walking. There was this lady just ahead of me who was picking up a cat and she was yelling and holding everyone up, which was ironic because she was yelling about how it was taking so long. Once we got the paperwork through customs, we could FINALLY get Sosuke around midnight. So, that whole process was a real pain, but as soon as I saw the little pup, I forgot about all that.

    He's sooo sweet. We took him out for a little stroll around the cargo area, although it was the middle of the night and it was raining/snowing, so we didn't do that for too long. Rakka came up with us, so they met each other in the parking lot and went for a pee break together. Sosuke's first reaction upon seeing Rakka was to run up to her waving his paws and wagging his tail. He's really friendly. Rakka was weirded out by the whole thing, and was acting like she was afraid of him. She snarked at him a bit, and he was totally unphased. Every time he sees her, he's like, "Friend!" and acts all playful. I don't think Rakka knows quite what to make of the whole thing just yet.

    The ride home was really bad, in terms of weather. We didn't get home until 4:30am, whereas in good weather, we would have been home by 2:00-2:30am. Giant snow wads were falling and ruining the visibility and the roads were all half frozen, half wet. But, it was fun spending that time with our new pup. From the very start, he was wagging his tail and licking us, and just being so friendly. We gave him some water, some food, and he just cuddled right into my lap and went to sleep. When we got home, we played. As soon as I put him in his crate for the night, he was asleep. Almost faster than I could turn around. A very long and eventful day!

    I only managed one picture, but it's not a very good one. This was taken in the light from the headlights. See those big gobs of snow?

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    I was really cold in this picture because Sosuke had peed on my lap. Whoops!
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  • CaliaCalia
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    OMG, he is so cute...Congratulations Heidi!!
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  • sjp051993sjp051993
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    He is adorable!!!!!
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  • MirkaMMirkaM
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    Gongrats, he is so cute.
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  • baantonbaanton
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    Heidi, glad all is well! What a journey, but Sosuke is so worth it! Thanks for the pic and the story of his arrival... A night you will never forget! Take care and enjoy your new pup! He is adorable!
  • HeidiHeidi
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    Alright, people. You asked for it!

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  • EdgewoodEdgewood
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    Very cute! Too bad about peeing on your lap though. Must have made it a bit uncomfortable for sure!

    You were crossposting the same time as me. Very nice photos now Heidi!
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  • CrispyCrispy
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    Augh! He is TOO cute with all the snow all over him, I can't stand it. :(
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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    He looks great! Sucks about the trip and customs and all - that really blows. Is there something we could have done to make it easier with customs?

    The picks look great, Rakka seems to like him now... or am I making an incorrect assumption?

    Thanks for the pics!

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  • HeidiHeidi
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    @brada1878 I don't think there's anything you could have done. Customs will do what customs does. It would have been nice if you could have changed the weather for me, though. ;o) Really, though, the trip was fun. I was way too excited about getting Sosuke for any of that stuff to bother me.

    One thing I have thought about though, is that it may have been easier to ship him to Montana and I could have crossed the border to pick him up. There's an airport in Great Falls, for instance, and according to google maps, it only takes 20 minutes longer to get to Great Falls than it does to get to Calgary. Bringing dogs across the border in car is no big deal at all. I brought Rakka across. They only want a rabies certificate (unless they're under 3 months - which Sosuke is) and they make you pay GST, but even the GST you can get out of if you just don't tell them you got the dog while you were down there. It might be a lot less expensive, too. I'm not sure how much shipping to MT would cost, but with fees and tax and actual shipping, and everything, this was about $450. So if shipping within the States is any cheaper than that, than crossing the border by road is probably the way to go.

    Also, yes, Rakka likes him. :o) I think she still thinks his presence is weird, but they're having fun.
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  • AraksAraks
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    Yay Congrats Heidi! He's super cute.
  • shishiinushishiinu
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    Congrats Heidi! That pup is uber cute.
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  • cmptekicmpteki
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    Awesome pics - Thanks for sharing! :)
  • jujeejujee
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    He looks so cute! How is Naomi enjoying her birthday with a new puppy? :]
  • sunyatasunyata
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    So glad he made it safe and sound!

    And sucks about being peed on... First Brad, now you... I am waiting for a post any minute from Julie/Kevin and Chrystal. :-P
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  • kaiyakkaiyak
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    love the snow pics....cooool pup
  • kait0585kait0585
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    Congrats! He is very cute :) Love the pics of him and Rakka!
  • HeidiHeidi
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    Thanks everyone! I can't believe how good he is. Nothing phases him, he's just taking everything in stride. He's so good with Naomi, he's so good with Rakka, no accidents, he's learning the rules so quickly, and he makes no fuss about going in his crate. A very good first day indeed. Let's hope he's not just luring me into a false sense of security with all this good behaviour.

    @jujee The birthday girl is having a lot of fun with her puppy friend. Oh, it's so adorable. I'm up to my ears in cute! She likes to lay down next to him and pet his soft fur.

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  • He's cute as can be! Love the baby pics too (puppy and human baby) and I wonder if it makes him feel at home to have another little human to play with....

    My Akita pup peed on my lap on the way home too....sigh...Luckily for me it was summer, so it wasn't that cold.
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  • Aaaww too cute! I'm glad to hear he's taking it all calmly. What a good boy :)
    Really gorgeous pics...

    Haha, yeah he's jus being easy now, so he can really freak you out when he starts his teenage antics later on :P
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  • MirkaMMirkaM
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    Those baby pics are too cute!
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  • WrylyBrindleWrylyBrindle
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    :) Hooray! I love these pictures, Heidi! Sosuke is super! :) Our pups were so well prepared for our homes, I think. Well chosen,too!
  • CaliaCalia
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    Those pics are great Heidi, it's amazing how dog friendly Naomi is.
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    he is totally gorgeous and your daughter is adorable as well.
  • HeidiHeidi
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    Sosuke slept through Isaac's tantrum. That's very good. :o)
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  • jujeejujee
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    Is he sleeping throughout the night? Kyuubi didn't the first night, but the last two nights, full on 8 hours! Wooo! Brad and Jen definitely did very good with these pups!
  • HeidiHeidi
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    Yep, he sleeps through the night. Naomi could take some pointers from him.
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  • jujeejujee
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    Heidi, I don't know how you do it. 3 kids and 2 dogs. Supermom!! :P
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    You wouldn't say that if you saw my house right now. Yikes. Doesn't help that I have strep throat.
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  • WCPWCP
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    cool thread. great you made it home safe in that crazy weather. those are some great pictures too, so cute

  • MrMcFlyMrMcFly
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    good to know he's doing so well with the baby. @jujee and i have a few babies in our families now so i think kyuubi should do fine with them as well. when you get a chance, keep the pics coming!
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    Congrats! The new family member is looking like he's fitting right in! Bummers about the strep! :(
  • HeidiHeidi
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    I noticed today that Sosuke's getting some very handsome brindling on his muzzle. I'm not sure I could get on camera, because it's very faint, but I see where it's getting lighter. I'm excited to see how it will turn out. I think it will be very handsome, to have that all the way down the muzzle.

    He's got a pretty reliable schedule now, too. He wakes up, goes out to pee, then plays in the living room until he gets tired. When he gets tired, I put him in his crate (which he doesn't mind at all), then we start the whole thing over again. Now that we're into that groove, it's pretty easy. He also whines when he needs to poop, so that's nice.

    And I think the "puppymoon" is over, lol. Sosuke's starting being a punk sometimes, but it's not a big deal. He decided that Naomi was about puppy-sized, and he was going to play with her like a puppy. I just shove a toy in his face and he usually gets distracted by that. If he's persistently trying to jump on Naomi, I just persistently shove the toy in his face. He eventually either becomes interested in the toy, or gets sufficiently annoyed by having something shoved in his face that he stops. I couldn't help but think that this is one of those things that some people might say, "We have to get rid of the dog because he's attacking the baby."

    Naomi's got this face that she does all the time, and that's always what she does when Sosuke gets in her space. Check it out.

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    The big kids came home Sunday evening, and they were really excited to see Sosuke. I've been telling them that he's coming and showing them pictures, so they walked in the recognized him right away. Isaac said, "Sosuke is here in zero days!" because he kept asking me how many days until Sosuke gets here.

    And, some Rakka on Sosuke action:

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  • Awww lovely photos Heidi, he is stunning! :D
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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Taka can get a little nuts with Chase sometimes too, but she is easy to redirect. It's not mean, its certainly play, but I see what you mean. I could see someone being like "watch that puppy around that baby, she's aggressive."

    About the brindle on his muzzle, that's a good thing. KKA Kai Ken shouldn't have masks, but if the brindle develops into the mask, like you are describing, then it's not considered a mask. On the other hand, Shigeru told me that in NIPPO, they actually like the mask - which is odd IMHO.

    Haru and Ayu both have the same brindle in their mask. They're masks started very dark and distinct but over time their masks have disappeared into their brindle coloring. I suspect the same will happen with these pups.

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  • WCPWCP
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    ^ Reminds me of that great photo of Haru in that magazine which shows the brindle in her mask so well. IMO one of the best aesthetic features of Kai Ken
  • TheWalrusTheWalrus
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    @Brada1878 it's not necessarily preferred in Nippo, it's just not frowned upon like it is in KKA. Black masking in the other NK breeds in Nippo is a fault, so stands to reason that it's better if it's not present.
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    @TheWalrus - Ah, ok, thanks for clarifying. My mistake.

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  • baantonbaanton
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    I suspect you will soon have the first known-bike riding Kai doggie, the way that Sosuke is stroking that bike of Isaac's! LOL... Sweet pictures, all of them! I love Naomi and her patience with the puppy!
  • HeidiHeidi
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    I really messed up on the crate training this morning. Sosuke woke up at 5:30am to go out, and naturally, I wanted to put him back in his crate and get that extra hour of sleep, but he started screaming. I took him back outside to make sure he was done, and he did poop, so I thought that's what the problem was. Then he was still screaming, so I gave him some water. He drank it, so I thought that must have been the problem. He kept screaming, so I gave him some food. He ate some, but kept screaming. Then, I was moving him around the house to find the most sound-proof spot, because everyone else was asleep and I didn't want him waking everyone up. So, I think all this giving him things and moving him around really reinforced the whining, and when I finally did find a relatively sound-proof spot, he kept screaming for half an hour. Probably because I kept giving him things before.

    Hopefully I can nip that in the bud.
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  • CrispyCrispy
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    What a smart little guy! Sorry for your crate-training ordeal this morning. Hopefully, it won't be a hard fix!

    I really like his (and Haru's) brindling. I normally don't like brindle dogs (which I think... may be the... only reason I've never really SERIOUSLY considered a Kai - shame on me) because the color tends to look "muddy", but he's got a color that really catches my eye. Good luck with him! :)
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  • jujeejujee
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    Looks like we both had problems this morning! Except Kyuubi didn't cry, he just went in his crate! I was half awake and all I heard was him tinkling! Then he whined to come out and play. After I cleaned his crate I made him go back in to sleep.
  • WrylyBrindleWrylyBrindle
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    "Brindle is Better" I love brindle dogs of any stripe. :) That's why I have 3 of them. I will admit they are hard to see in the woods though.

    Juno tinkled in her crate when I had her in a large crate, but since I put her back in the little cozy crate for bedtime, she's batting 1000!

    Love the picture of Sosuke and Naomi!
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Well, if it makes you guys feel any better, Taka will "hold it" all night like a good girl and then as soon as I go to open the crate to let her out she pees (before she comes out)! She's done this for several mornings in a row now. How about that for potty training fail? LOL

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    Sorry about the crate stuff. Saya shiba screamed in her crate I didn't give in and she eventually stopped, but mine my ears ranged then. lol

    She used to whine thinking a different approach would work. lol
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  • LosechLosech
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    Man, I hate it when crate training goes wrong.
    The first night I had Conker he let out the worst most creepy howl I'd ever heard in my life. When he was done, about 30 seconds later, Fred said "I never want to hear that again." That sound scared us both, and thankfully that was the only time Conker ever did it.
    He did and still will do these super high-pitched chirps if he wants something though, and I had to hammer it into Fred's head that you DO NOT let the pup out if he's chirping. Ever. Period.
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  • EdgewoodEdgewood
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    Heidi, your photos are precious! Love Naomi's face in that one. Rakka is making a funny face in another too.

    Oh, the joys of potty/crate training....feel for you all!
  • @brada1878 -haha that is too funny,

    Puppies are hard work, Kagome was difficult with crate and potting training, "shy pooper."

    I bet Rakka is pretty happy, Christmas come early.
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  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    I'm going crazy for all of these Kai puppy pics. I'm so happy for you all!
  • Hahah, ( @hondru ) Heidi, it sounds like Sosuke has you very well trained already! =p

    Good thing he is super adorable.
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  • HeidiHeidi
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    Okay, puppy grunts are so cute. So are little puppy whiskers. Sooo cute!

    I keep forgetting certain things about puppies, lol. For instance, I put a leash on Sosuke and tried walking a bit with him and he just plopped down and wouldn't move. I was expecting him to at least walk with me, or walk in some direction, even if with poor leash manners. Then I thought, "Oh yeah, you don't know anything yet." And various other scenarios where I remember, "Oh yeah, I need to teach you that."

    I'm also starting to wonder if Sosuke wants any kind of blanket or bed in his crate. At first, he had some cushy fleece in there, but he was always digging it out of the crate, so I switched it with just a folded towel, because I thought maybe the fleece was too hot. But, now he just digs the towel to one end and sleeps on the bare plastic. It just doesn't seem right not to have something on there, lol.

    The brindle on his muzzle looks really nice. I really should try to get a picture, although I may have to just wait until it's lighter.
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  • "Try" and get a photo of his brindled muzzle. If it doesn't turn out...just spam us with his photos anyways. And how about a video?
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    I took some pictures of his muzzle and I think they'll show up well, but I need to let my sd drive dry out. The sd card will only read for a few seconds at a time, and when I pulled it out it was really moist. I guess it's from when the kids dumped water on my computer. Whoops.

    I'll also have to take pictures of his nesting material. Since he likes digging around his bedding so much, I cut strips of fleece so he'd have something he could dig around in more and make a proper nest for himself. He seems to really like it!
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    Saya loves to moving her blankets around making her bed out it's cute, one time I caught her under the blanket. lol

    Sosuke sounds so cute.
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    The pup!

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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    He looks great!
  • dlrobertsdlroberts
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    Adorable! He's a pretty independent little man huh?
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  • MirkaMMirkaM
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    Wow, that brindle is amazing!
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  • WCPWCP
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    thanks for all the pics and the video, he's very handsome
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    Sosuke is so cute! I like his name too Ponyo was a cute movie. =)
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    what a little cutie pie!
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    He looks so much like his sister! The same tail, too- Juno has that dark spot halfway down and the black tip. Love and chin scratches to Sosuke!
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    Okay, I tried to get a shot of Sosuke's brindle muzzle.

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    And here's his favourite toy - the 16 squeaker dragon! The kids are always taking this. It's a lot easier to get the dogs to leave the kids' toys alone than vice versa. But at least it has drawn their attention away from his Skineez squirrel, which they named "Haw."

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    Oh yeah, and here's his nest: his crate filled with pieces of fleece.

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  • jujeejujee
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    Wow! Can really see the brindle coming in on his muzzle! What a handsome little man. Lol! Gotta love the squeaker toys!
  • SangmortSangmort
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    Man, he's just too cute! Love the brindle muzzle! [ & wow, does he look "naughty!" haha ] ~
  • Aww...he is too freakin precious!

    Yes, I can see some brindle on his muzzle. That is an adorable shot!
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  • kaiyakkaiyak
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    congrats ...your babies look beautiful together
  • cmptekicmpteki
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    Great looking pup!
  • AraksAraks
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    He's such a stinkin cute pup! And the brindle is showing up nicely :)

    I also really love the nesting picture, it reminds me of how Sevuk sleeps.
  • baantonbaanton
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    Love the videos and pics! Sosuke is adorable! As to the crating dilemma's, I remember when Josephine was a pup she seemed to be fine with it when we were around (overnight sleeping, but we had the crate in our room). However, when we left the house and crated her to save the furniture, shoes and other stuff she would the entire time we were gone (per our neighbors who were sometimes annoyed due to windows being open in the spring and summer). We do not use a crate now, and have not since we got past the "chewing things up" era.
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    This picture would be so much better without the clutter.
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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    He's so cute. :o)
  • TaraATaraA
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    Sosuke's adorable! I love all the pics!
  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    He's adorable! I want to steal him so bad.
  • baantonbaanton
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    As to the clutter... hmm, a few less dogs and kids might cure that problem but life wouldn't be nearly as much fun! Enjoy... you can declutter later sometime...
  • HeidiHeidi
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    Thanks for the compliments!

    @baanton - yeah, that's exactly right! That's the carpet shampooer and vacuum in the background. No sense putting those away for a while, lol.
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  • SayaSaya
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    Awesome pictures I love the last one.

    Crate picture reminds me of Saya's crate she loves to move her blankets around.
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  • dlrobertsdlroberts
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    What clutter? All I saw was a cute puppy face! ;-)
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  • He's so cute! I love that pic of him with Naomi, too--her facial expression is just priceless.

    And yes, the "puppy is being aggressive with the baby!" thing....well, as you saw, some people DO think that. Pretty sad, really.
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  • HeidiHeidi
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    There's a park near my house, so I took the pups to the field. I was thinking I'd go here instead of the dog run, to lessen the risk of catching a disease, but there was a whole lot of dog poop there, so I guess that was pointless. It's right next to an apartment complex that allows dogs, so I should have figured that all the yardless dog owners would come here. Oh well!

    hehehe, it says Japan
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    I scooped the poop and then threw the bag toward the garbage can so I wouldn't have to hold it the whole time and Sosuke brought it back to me. He looked at me like, "Here's the poop! I brought it back for you! I'm such a good boy!"
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  • WrylyBrindleWrylyBrindle
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    Awesome! and hSosuke is working on his ABC's, too. I think we have the cutest kai pups out there...
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    wow, he is looking really good! I like how the brindle is developing on his tail and muzzle.

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  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    He's beautiful! Now I know I say that with a lot of pups, but these are amazing. For the first time, I really am sad that I don't have a Haru pup too.

    LOL Koda and I play on playgrounds and climb the jungle gyms and structures together. He likes it so much.
  • jujeejujee
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    Kyuubi's younger brother is lookin' good! :D

    He looks like he's having so much fun on the playgrounds!
  • JennABJennAB
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    Heidi, do you live close to lethbridge? I have never seen a kai in person and would love to meet one (and see your shika too). Let me know, if you do, we could do a doggie play date!

    Jenn, family and the Shiba pack.
  • HeidiHeidi
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    Yeah, I live in Lethbridge. You can come out here, or I could go to you. My yard is really small (well, the part that's fenced in is), so if you have more room, then I could come to you, or we can go somewhere else all together. Park or something?
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  • SayaSaya
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    Great pictures Bella loves playing on the play ground too.

    Sosuke's brindle is coming nicely.
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  • Nice!

    I love his "two-faced" brindle contrast.
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  • cmptekicmpteki
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    Great lookin' pair; they seem to get along very well together.
  • HeidiHeidi
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    I got in touch with the local SAR organization about evaluation and right off the bat, they asked me what breed he was. That makes me nervous, even though they say they're open to all breeds, because I'm sure they have biases. I had thought about lying and saying I don't know what breed he is, but I told them the truth. We'll see what happens.
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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Tell them they use Kai Ken (from the same lines as Sosuke) in Japan as SAR dogs.

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  • HeidiHeidi
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    @brada1878 I did tell them that. I think it will probably be okay. They used to do evaluations every Fall, but now their website says the evaluations are ongoing, so we might be able to get started much sooner. That would be awesome. I'm waiting to hear back from someone else.

    So, Sosuke's really quite good on the leash, but walking him can be a pain because there are pine cones all over the place right now and he's obsessed with pine cones. Our walks are mostly me throwing pine cones along so he'll chase them and we can keep going, lol. He is learning that leash=we're doing things and going places together, though, so many times he compromises by carrying the pine cone in his mouth for a while, then stopping to play. It's really precious.

    Also, socialization win! Tonight we came across two people on motor scooters and one of them had a big, white beard. They loved him! And I got the guy who delivers flyers to give him a treat because he had two huge bags full of flyers hanging off him.

    The other day I saw this guy with a huge beard, and he had those earrings that stretch out your earlobes, and a bunch of tattoos, so I really wanted Sosuke to meet him because he hasn't met someone with those features yet. But then the guy got in his truck before I could run over and tell him to pet my dog, lol.

    Sosuke makes socialization too easy because he loves everyone and everyone loves him. Also, I cut Sosuke's nails and I didn't meet anyone else to help me. Which is awesome, because for once I really would like a dog whose nails are easy to clip. With Rakka it's a 2 (and preferably 3 or 4) person job and even then it's not easy.

    Yep, we're pretty happy. :o)
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  • HeidiHeidi
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    Sosuke's testicles have been spotted. Not quite descended yet, but they're making their way down. Hopefully they'll be down where they're supposed to be in no time.
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  • HeidiHeidi
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    cuuuuute!

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  • dlrobertsdlroberts
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    ADORABLE!
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  • AraksAraks
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    That's so cute! :D
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Hooray for testicles! :o)

    That pic is very cute. :o)

    I'm glad he is so easy to socialize, I'm please with Haru's first litter so far.

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  • SayaSaya
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    So adorable together!

    Saya loves pine cones leaves anything that looks like a toy to her also couple days ago she carried a corn husk thing home it was so cute if she dropped it she'd rush at it to pick it up again.

    Good luck with the SAR stuff.
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  • WCPWCP
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    @brad they're all mighty cute too. thanks to all the owners for taking loads of great pics for us all to enjoy. sosuke in particular has such a beautiful colour

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