Happy 3rd Birthday to Ayu's Magnificent Seven! (Nio x Ayu Litter)
  • Happy 1 st Birthday to Misaki, Sumiko, Kona, Shelby, Genko, Orry and Matsu!
    Everybody post a recent picture of your Nio x Ayu pup for a Birthday Photo Reunion Party right here in this thread!
    Let's see them all grown up and hear what you've been up to!

    Brothers and sisters, here's your host, Matsumori-Go

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    He is 41 lbs, and in his first year done a lot of snowshoeing, hiking and hunting. He has climbed 3 summits, won a ribbon at Nippo Classic, got his CGC, won the 'big dogs' group in a Barn Hunt fun match, and taken Puppy K, Foundations 1, and is currently in an Agility Games class, but finding it a bit distracting with the cute aussie shep girl in class. We will probably not do more formal classes or dog sports though and just focus mostly on just hiking and social exposure as he is naturally good at these and its easy for me to do where I live. I may try him at hunting this year as he has shown great grouse-flushing motivation and ability, like Juno. I have not exposed him to shotgun fire so there's some groundwork that needs to happen first.

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    Come share! @montanakai, @mdokic (I have to figure out everyone's handles...) @myabee09 @nrmorris @mysticrythyms @knecha
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    Post edited by WrylyBrindle at 2015-09-24 14:11:34
  • CaliaCalia
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    Happy Birthday Matsu and the rest of the Nio x Ayu litter!!! He's turned into a wonderful pup and is definitely my favorite kai boy.
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  • mdokicmdokic
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    AH!! Matsu, Matsu MAAN! Man so handsome :) We are so lucky to have such great pups...i hope everyone posts up some pictures! Luckily Brad shot some nice photos of Kona (i use my phone. LOL), but here are a few of her!

    She's steady so far at around 22.6 lbs, and we've had quite a few adventures together in this year, from puppy classes to agility, hiking and beaching, to my last set of classes at UCSD as well as my graduation..it's been a fun year! :D And now with Kimber, it should be ANOTHER crazy year as well haha!

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    Happy birthday to our 7!
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  • SangmortSangmort
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    I love these pups! <3 Misaki was soooooo adorable when I got to meet her. Totally was going to steal her off of Mandi :D Happy birthday pups! :) ~<div class="UserSignature">- Osy ~
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  • Hinata23Hinata23
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    Happy Birthday to Ayu's second litter!! Awesome pups with awesome owners!
  • Happy Birthday! Sumiko is such a joy! She's 31 pounds of cuteness, and enjoys meeting new people and dogs every day. We're training for her CGC, but her friendliness is her biggest challenge! Haha! By the end of the month she should complete her therapy dog requirements and graduate, while at the same time begin an agility class. She loves climbing and jumping. We think she'll love it.If I were computer savvy I'd attach pictures. image
    Living with a dog is messy, like living with an idealist...ah but every dog must have it's day!
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    This litter is so much fun to watch develop! Happy birthday pups! :)
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    Shelby is 36 pounds (could still stand to gain a few..) of Kai happiness!!!! She is still recovering from her anxiety, but doing really great with it. We had a party for her Sunday and she did great with all the people that came over! She is still a terrible thief and loves to run and swim. We are going to start working to take her and Mya hiking this spring. Anyways... Pics!

    Shelby a few months after we got her... just chilling with her bestie :)
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    She got so big so fast!
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    Such a big girl counter surfing with Mya! (and the ever present toy in her mouth..so cute!)
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    Lauren
  • AraksAraks
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    Happy Birthday to some of my fav forum Kai :)

    @mdokic I still want to steal Kona ;)
  • SangmortSangmort
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    @Araks - Im going to steal Kona & Misaki & Goro D< Those are MY kai! You can't have them! :p LOL ~
  • All right-- the sisters are here in the Birthday thread, NOW it's a party! They look terrific! and it's great to hear about Sumiko's world, too! We have to find a way to get a picture of her up...

    Let's see Orry! Genko! Saki!
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  • Hi all! Sorry I missed this yesterday. We had a serious celebration for Orry. He even had his own cake...so spoiled. A couple neighborhood dogs, including his favorite pug, joined him.

    All of the pups look great! Orry is doing well. He's still hiking a bunch and seems to be enjoying life in Montana. He's not quite through his naughty "puppy" phases, but for the most part he's a great dog!

    I only have one picture of Orry that I took a few days ago. I'll have to update his thread soon with some Montana Fall hiking pics.

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  • wow! Orry looks fantastic! I love his stripes...He's just a handsome handsome dog...happy birthday, brother! :)
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  • mdokicmdokic
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    The boys of this litter are so handsome :)
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  • It's a bit blurry, but @mysticrythyms sent me a pic of Sumiko! Here's our other sister!
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    She looks so glossy, doesn't she? Sumiko and Matsu flew together to Boston, they were so cute and happy together coming out of that crate, defiintely no worse for the flight- I hope they get to meet up again! :)
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    Post edited by WrylyBrindle at 2013-09-25 15:35:40
  • Gotta Catch Em All! Who's left? Ginko and Saki- I saw Saki's pics on FB...
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  • mdokicmdokic
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    Sumiko is such a cutie!!! All the girls really remind me of each other, it's so cute! :)
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  • Aww! Orry is a handsome dude and Sumiko is do cute! How big are they now?
    Shelby didn't have cake, but we had puppy ice cream at her party! I'll have to post a pic of her chowing down!
    Lauren
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Here's one of Ginko that @nrmorris shared with me...

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  • mdokicmdokic
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    Oh GINKOOO!!! Such a CUTIE!! :D Love our babies :x
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  • Man, they all look great! The boys are super handsome and the girls are all very pretty. This turned out to be a great litter. Happy B-day again to Ayu's Magnificent 7!
  • Socker-Boom-Boom! Misaki is IN the room! I just got permission to share this photo of Misaki by Blake and Mandi, so now the Brothers and Sisters are ALL in the house! What a great litter of pups! Good job, Mama Ayu and Papa Nio- and Thanks so much for your good work rearing these puppies, Brad and Jen...they all look wonderful, healthy and much loved! Stay in touch and keep up the good work and adventure.

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    Tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu yo, you Kai dogs!
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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    The litter is amazingly consistent across all the pups. Rare to see that with such an outcrossed breeding. Very cool!
  • AraksAraks
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    @sangmort keep your hands off of Kona, she's mine. ;)

    If all else fails, I'll just drive to Colorado and steal @brada1878 's Nami haha
  • mdokicmdokic
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    LOL @Araks! xP I would totally steal NamNam too...she's just too freaking loving and cute. !!!
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  • MirkaMMirkaM
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    Happy Birthday to all. They all are looking really good :).
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  • HAPPY 2nd Birthday, Magnificent Seven!

    Time to Party in this thread- Let's get pics of all 7 again!

    Matsu has been enjoying hiking and social things- we hosted the NorthEast NK meetup last fall where he got to play with Miyu again, he and I took a trip to Toronto to visit his girlfriend Hana, and as read in other threads he passed the ATTS test, which features 10 stations of various levels of stress on a dog to evaluate their response and recovery. He's had a lot of his pre-breeding health tests completed. He killed a young porcupine, but had to be sedated for removal of over 100 quills from his face and mouth- during a subsequent porcupine encounter he recalled back to me, so I feel pretty good that he may have learned to not bother those. This fall we are gearing up for ruffed grouse hunting again, to build on last year's work for both of us and see if I can hit one for him. He is very good at finding and flushing- I gotta do my part :) Matsu weighs 45 lbs.


    Matsu then and now
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    and we happen to have a had a reunion with sister Sumiko last weekend- they hadn't seen each other since we met them at the airport and they both scampered out of the crate to play. Sumiko looks fantastic - she has a soft coat, longer than Matsu's, and a curly tail. She's a perfect kai diplomat, very social and patient and playful. Sumiko is a therapy dog and goes to work at a clinic with her owner some days, and enjoys dog friends at the park and in class- she doesn't like water/swimming much, but she loves to play and ambush and run. She has a funny airbite that teases with in play. Sumiko is 36 lbs.
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    kisses for brother!
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    Happy Birthday, Sumiko, Matsu, Orry, Ginko, Kona, Shelby and Misaki!! Post up, @mdokic, @mysticrhthyms @montanakai @myabee @nrmorris @knecha
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    Post edited by WrylyBrindle at 2014-09-24 15:48:01
  • sunyatasunyata
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    Happy Birthday, pups! :-D
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    Casey, with Bella and Nola, hanging out in the mountains of Virginia.
  • Happy birthday to all the pups!
    Shelby is by far the sweetest dog I've ever met. She has an amazingly happy disposition and she is such a loving girl.
    Shelby is 21" tall at the withers and weighs about 40 lbs now that were finally figured out what food she will eat...
    Anyways, pics!
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    And a couple of throwback pics from right after we got her.
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  • CrispyCrispy
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    Happy birthday everyone!
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  • mdokicmdokic
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    I can't believe they're two already *sigh*...they grow up so fast, and time just flies. Kona's still the little runt of the litter, at 17" tall and 22 lbs hehe.. Lot's of things i've experienced and learned with Kona over the last year...but mostly, we've found how much she really does appreciate quality time with , so Kona and I do daily hikes with everyone, as well as some longer solo hikes. She's a great hiking buddy :) We've also discovered her LOVE for lure coursing, and we've signed her up for an AKC event for Oct 4th and 5th, where i'm hoping she can earn herself her CA title (but i've come to find it's pricey entering them in for those runs, so i may just stick to the fun runs monthly!) :P It is fun when people go "holy COW that dog is fast! what IS it?!"...coursing is DEFINITELY not just for sight hounds! ;)

    Here we go into a little time warp!

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    These are some recent ones from coursing...@zandrame took these shots, she's amazing!
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    And, Kona and Kimber are still BFFs...they're truly Yin and Yang, in every aspect.
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    Happy birthday to our litter!! We've got an awesome pack! :D
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    Post edited by mdokic at 2014-09-24 15:35:45
  • that Scarf picture *kills* me every time. That and puppy Goro milk-whiskers picture. Those are in my "in case of sadness emergency" folder :)
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  • mdokicmdokic
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    Awweee!!! I added that one in there just for you @WrylyBrindle ;)
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  • Everyone looks great! I'll be celebrating with Ginko a bit later tonight. We'll see if I can wrestle a party hat on him.

    I will post new pictures on here soon.

    Neil
  • mdokicmdokic
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    Ah, I can't wait to see @nrmorris!! :D
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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Happy birthday to all of our Nio x Ayu pups! :)
  • @WrylyBrindle So Orry definitely hasn't passed the ATTS test as you may be able to tell from this first video, lol! Easily blamed on my training efforts though!

    I don't have any new pics at the moment so I posted these videos which were on my phone from a few months back. They give a pretty good view of how Orry turned out as a 2 year old. He's a stud for sure (in my opinion of course), and he is such an awesome dog.

    I'll try to post some actually pics later this evening when I get home.

    All of the other pups from this litter look great! Thanks all for sharing updates.










    Oh and here's a throwback for fun

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  • Aw! Orry *IS* a hunk! :)
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  • mdokicmdokic
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    LOL!! I like his scoot version of "stay" @MontanaKai! xP Orry is a hunk for sure, all the boys are! (They had a hunk for a dad ;) ) And the baby Orry picture KILLED me. Literally killed me, so thank you for that :P

    How do all our pups look so much alike?! I was scrolling through pictures to show my Nate, and he goes "awe is that kona?!" to baby Matsu picture where he's looking up at the camera. lol. he's done that at least a dozen times :P
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  • They do look so much alike! If i just glance a picture I think, "i don't remember this picture of Shelby!"
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  • sunyatasunyata
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    It has been so awesome to see this litter grow up and turn into amazing dogs. :) So thank you guys so much for sharing!
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  • Thanks to all the littermates' families for answering the call when I say "Happy Birthday! it's time to share pictures again!" I really love being connected with you all and seeing our dogs grow up- they really are all beautiful, healthy, funny, smart, loving Kai dogs :)

    still excited to see Ginko and Saki's photos come along in this thread- the fun's not over yet! :)
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  • mdokicmdokic
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    I feel the same @WrylyBrindle...it's really neat to stay connected and watch them grow, share stories, etc.. Im glad to see so many people connected! :D
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  • WhoBitMeWhoBitMe
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    Happy belated Birthday to all these pups! I love all the new pictures and video. You guys have some awesome NK. :)
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    But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”
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  • This really means a lot to me to be able to connect with everyone. I've adopted all my other pets, so there's no sense of family with their litters because I don't know where they came from. Yay for brothers and sisters!
    Lauren
  • @mdokic @WrlyBrindle @Myabee09 @nrmorris

    I've been pretty busy this past year without much time for posting, but I did remember this thread. Hope all the pups from this litter are still doing well!! Orry says hello from Montana. He's a country dog now with lots of extra space to roam and cause trouble!

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    Post edited by MontanaKai at 2015-09-24 12:16:52
  • mdokicmdokic
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    Awe @MontanaKai !! Orry looks like he's stoked, and super handsome! Beautiful scenery, happy bday bro and every pup in the litter! ♥

    Here's a pic of Kona (right) and sister Saki (left) from a lure coursing event this year (since mandi isn't on the forum):
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    And a couple pics of Kona doing her favorite things this year.. hiking and coursing!

    Kona (right) with "sister" Kimber on the left out hiking :)
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    Michelle, with Kai girls Kona and Kimber
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  • They look great Michelle! Good to hear from you. I'll try to post an update on Orry on his thread soon, maybe today. Glad Kona (and Kimber of course) are doing well. Kona looks a ton like Orry in the hiking pic btw.
  • mdokicmdokic
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    Yeah, I see Orry in her face and eyes for sure! I'm looking forward to the update to his thread, wish I could meet all the pups from this litter! ♥

    It's nice Saki lives closer now, (and I've only met ginko and Shelby as babies haha).. hopefully things go right and i'll be able to go on work travel to Massachusetts and take a couple days off to see chrystal and matsu man! :D
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    Post edited by mdokic at 2015-09-24 12:59:58
  • Well let us know if you're ever near Bozeman. You'd definitely need to stop by to meet Orry!
  • Happy Birthday, Orry! and Kona! and Misaki! and Sumiko! and Shelby! and Ginko!
    love Matsu!
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    He has been a really great boy this year- lots of hikes, swims, and snowshoeing. Grouse season starts tomorrow, too, so we'll see what he flushes up for me this year- very excited! Matsu continues to be really attentive, with good recall and checkins- and very hot for finding grouse and turkeys. He's just a good solid partner all around, and is my go-to dog for a lot of activities just because he is relaxing to be around, never too barky, keeps his brain checked-in. His coat is feeling very very nice lately, winter coat is coming in nicely!

    I hope all of the Nio - Ayu pups are having a great day today! I'm attaching this picture of Nio river rafting so we can appreciate old Pops and the adventure dog he is, like his kids! photo Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 12.01.27 PM_zpsjwh1jjsj.png

    I don't have a recent photo of Mama Ayu- she should be invited to the party, too!
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  • my most recent pic of Matsu-man!
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  • mdokicmdokic
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    Matsu, Matsu MAN! Looking good as always! and I love that you added Nio to the party too! :D
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  • Matsu is a stud and I also love the picture of Nio! I haven't seen one for a long time.

    I'm not surprised to hear that Matsu is doing so well. Great dog plus great handler usually means good things!
  • @mdokic @WrylyBrindle Alright, I did it. I updated Orry's thread. It's been too long!
  • You are inspiring me- I should add to Matsu's thread.
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  • I think you should too!
  • Taka says Happy Birthday
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