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I can't agree more.  It irks me when people speak out of ignorance against a breed.  Preferablly against pit bulls  (I'm so sick of hearing that age old debate).  I dont own one nor have I ever, but that doesnt mean I will speak out of foolishiness b/c of some dumb stereo type.   Not every dog is bad b/c of size shape or color.  I have the same problem with people who open their month & assume my pet is aggressive b/c they see a curled tail & think Oh-My an Akita ( and lions & tigers, & bears!).. If those type of people had half a brain they would  research or do their homework before speaking.  Whew I feel better! ;-)

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: Blowing the coat
« on: September 22, 2005, 03:56:46 pm »
I know Im horribly late w/ this reply, but I just had to tell ya, don't make the same mistake I did, lol.  I came home from vacation about two weeks ago & decided it was time for Giz to see a professional groomer as he was just reaking from the kennel smell.  Now mind you I had no idea what I was getting into, being as this was his 1st time w/ a groomer (he refuses to let me give him baths these days) & it never occurred to me that he was going into the seasonal blow-the-coat.   Well the groomers as wonderful as they are & as good smelling as he was... they blow dryed him (possibly w/o a good rake brush down).  Good for him, bad for me... for the last two weeks (its worse then usual during the shedding period) his hair has been everywhere.   I dont know why, but the blow dry part seems to have loosened every single hair on his precious body, I feel like I have been wearing a new fur coat & my vacuum has never seem such a work out,lol.   Stick w/ brush-outs & baths til you get thru the blow-the-coat season, expect it every 6 months or so.  Good luck.  lol.

Akita Discussions / Re: what made you choose?
« on: September 22, 2005, 03:44:13 pm »
I moved to Seattle almost 4 years ago, & coming from a semi-small town everything here was so intimidating & as large as Seattle was I felt so lonely.  Being raised around dogs & being an Akita lover I seized the first oppertunity I had after we moved into a dog friendly apt.  Im not hip or terribly big on buying directly from a breeder or a pet store,  when so many out there need homes.  So I hit the local shelter & low and below there lays Gizmo (Akita/Husky.)  He looked so sad,  he just layed there on the cement floor not interested in the swirl of activity around him, the minute I knew I had to have him was when his eyes lite up & sparkled when I squeezed the squeaky toy.   It's an unreal feeling of emotion that flowed thru me as cheesey as it sounds, that was a moment I wont forget.  Ever since the day we walked out of the shelter we've been best buddies. LOL ok get  your kleenex thats our story ;-)

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Newbie saying hello!
« on: September 22, 2005, 03:24:48 pm »
 Hi There.  I'm new too.  I have to say I'm just loving this website.  It's so refreshing to find a site such as this one.  I'm having a blast.

Akita Discussions / Re: Akita temperment
« on: September 22, 2005, 11:58:41 am »
Your research has proved you right, however its often the dog who proves us somewhat wrong at times.   Gizmo is Akita...& he's fiercely protective of family...altho its more often then not he's more friendly to strangers then Akita traits would lead you to believe.  However, I think dogs reguardless of breed, have great instincts w/ people.  Rather someone is bad news or what not.    My Akita...he's a lover of other dogs, hardly aggressive unless severally corner by two or more aggressive dogs...& as for kids surprisingly he's a lover of them as well. 

I guess I lucked out huh.. too bad he's as stubborn as I am!

Akita Discussions / Re: Akitas and off-leash dog parks?
« on: September 22, 2005, 11:53:21 am »
Hi There,

I have an Akita mix...& the Akita is thru & thru w/ his temper, & traits.  But I personally, wanted to tell you.  That Gizmo loves off-leash parks/areas &  he does well.  Socialize Socialize Socialize.   Now he's not always an angel & yes, we've had time outs, nothing huge.  And yes, other dog owners will get concerned once they see your dog's curled tail & how big she/he is, but that comes w/ the terrority of having an akita is the stereo-type reactions you will recieve from people.   If you train your pet correctly & have faith in her/him, I see no reason why you two can't have a great time @ the park.  Hope you have good time!


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