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Akita Discussions / Hachiko Movie Release Date Announced!
« on: June 05, 2009, 04:25:54 pm »
I know I have been MIA lately, but I promise I will post soon, about my dogs and how we are doing. Just been extra busy lastly but I promise I will post soon. :)

Anyhow wheres some great news :)

Hachiko Movie Release Date Announced!
The first US release date has been announced. It will be shown June 13 at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Hopefully some of our Seattle forum members can attend and give us the scoop... :) :)

Seattle International Film Festival calendar:

I have been eagerly waiting for this movie to come out for some time.  It looks like it will not disappoint from what I can tell.

I agree with your concerns on the breed.  I can only hope that not much of a frenzy is created, such as when Winn Dixie came out.......I did not hear of many who went out and got picardy shepherds.

I cant wait for this movie to come out either, I know it wont disappoint me. Just watching the trailer to the movie makes me tear up.

I am very concerned, because this is a absolutely stunning breed and people will just see the beauty in the breed and want one just to have one. I do agree with you, that when winn dixie came out you never heard about anyone getting one.

I just hope the movie does not explode into everyone wanting one, for the sake of the breed.....

i couldnt agree more Amy!

I double agree!!


Thank You Kristi! :) :)

i couldnt agree more Amy!

Thank You, glad you agree! :)

Hachiko: A Dog's Story -- Trailer to the movie--
I cant wait to see Hachiko: A Dog's Story, but with that said there comes a down fall...this could be the worst thing to ever happen to the Akita breed.  Because every kid and or person that see's this is going to want an Akita. Although beloved by many as a family pet (as myself), Akitas are recommended for dedicated and experienced dog owners. The Akita breed is NOT for everyone!!!
I just don't want a bunch of idiots going out and buying a akita for breeding and other negative purpose's we dont need ANY more Akitas in rescue groups or animal shelters. My Akita resuce friends have so much on their plate already with the Akitas that need homes this movie will probably triple their orphans.
Also you have people just thinking this movie is so sweet and heart warming, so they go out and get an Akita and they don't know how to train nor take care of this breed. The Akita ends up attacking people, kids, other dogs, and other animals and have to be put down. That just makes my breed sound even more dangerous.  This movie will make so many BYB jump on this movie as well  like they did with the 101 Dalmatians movie and so many other dog movies. Akitas are a dog most wanted by the people least able to handle them. 
Already Hachiko getting early buzz -- From a tv site --
"Certainly dogs are big this fall with Disney's hit comedy, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," the Nov. 21 animated entry "Bolt," and "Marley," which is Fox's Christmas entry. But none may be better than the independently made "Hachiko: A Dog's Story," a film that screened at the Crest Westwood on Sunday morning for foreign buyers attending the American Film Market. There wasn't a dry eye in the house for this beautiful and touching American remake of a Japanese film (based on an incredible true story) that stars Richard Gere and Joan Allen. It is perhaps director Lasse Hallstrom's best film since "My Life As A Dog" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" (and yes, that includes his two best picture nominees,"The Cider House Rules" and "Chocolat"). A smart American distributor should start thinking about the 2009 Oscar race and snatch up this potential contender immediately."
Its a lovely tribute to my breed and I am proud to see it but I also see the other side of it and know this will impact my breed greatly. I am just OVERLY worried that the popularity will explode in the wrong direction. 
Some what good news from my Akita friends at the ACA- along with the owners of akitas who acted in the movie were able to get a short disclaimer about the breed into the credits of the movie...I doubt that will be enough though.  My akita friends are doing their BEST to get the word out and trying to contact the major film company to see if they can do anything to get the word out. They are certainly going to try...but this is the film industry we are talking about, They are in the business of entertaining not educating. 
I hate to be cynical, but I'm afraid that people will see a movie, fall in love with the Akita breed, and do something stupid. The popularity of pet shops, sites like PuppyFind, and backyard breeders would support the fact that by and large, we're a disposable, instant-gratification society. I have talked with some members of the board of ACA and they say we (including myself) will try and hand out flyers at some movie theaters when this movie comes out. I know it may seem like a long shot and in hopes to educate the public but to be honest -- people will take what they want from this movie no matter what all we do -- sadly the buying public today want what they want when they want it no matter what is explained to them. I do hope it gets to some people and the word is spread out. The only good thing I can say about this movie (besides actually hoping to see a honest realistic portrayal of my breed, which I think they have done) is that the economy is now so bad, hopefully no one will have the money to go buy an expensive Akita puppy!!! I and my Akita friends can only hope people won't want to feed a dog this size, vet a dog this size and train a dog this size in today's economy.
Wish we could control the backyard breeders and horrible puppymills but we all know that ain't the way it is....
Please pass this along to ALL other forums you are a memeber of and e-mail this to every person you know so the word can be spread around.
To learn more about the breed, please visit these helpful sites-- (Let people see these sites too)
Let people also see this video as well ---

Ok, sorry such a long rant. But i really want to get the word out and I know it always helps to post on forums like these. So please for the sake of my beloved breed pass this along to anyone you can friends, family, co-workers, other forums and all just pass this along. Thank You so much from me, Akita Club of America, Fellow akita owners and last but NOT least all the Akita rescue groups all over the world.
I hope you all go and see it when it comes out, Its going to be one amazing movie. The trailer to the movie alone brings tears to my eyes. Its such a heart warming film, I am dying to see it.

Giant Schnauzer Pictures / Re: Shelby Flower
« on: April 16, 2009, 03:07:59 pm »
Shelby is adorable!! :)

Australian Shepherd Discussions & Pictures / Re: Its LUCKY!!!!
« on: February 01, 2009, 06:43:04 pm »
Congratulations Kedge is a beauty!  :-* Love the snow picture and look at those eyes...Simply Stunning. :) I bet you are so overly excited and grinning all day till he gets there. I love the Reg. name as well. :) Great sideshow too!

Yep mine is always the Clydesdale ad as well. :) :)
*Go Stellers! :)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: identification help?
« on: February 01, 2009, 06:34:12 pm »
You are so welcome. :) Thank You so much. The Akita breed is one amazing breed and yes they are so sweet. :)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Oooops I finished another one.
« on: February 01, 2009, 06:11:59 pm »
Beautiful! :)
I want to make a Akita quilt. :)
Just have to learn how to make one.
But very pretty quilt, great job.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: identification help?
« on: February 01, 2009, 06:07:50 pm »
He looks like a Golden retriever to me! :) He is just big for his breed and there is nothing wrong with that. :) He is one beautiful boy.  :-* My friend had a Golden retriever that weighed 105 pounds so its not uncommon.

Very Handsome boy and welcome to the BP! :)

Here are some i found on Petfinder::

Female-- Jack Russell Terrier -- Westerville, OH
Female-- Jack Russell Terrier -- Powell, OH

Male-- Jack Russell Terrier -- Rossford, OH

I think the caps would not scratch the floor (don't take my word for that though).  I know a couple who used them on their bichon when they moved into a new place.

However, I will tell you that most dogs absolutely HATE having them on their feet. This bichon will chew them off his feet and now hates having his feet touched.

Thanks "zoocrew"! :) I think i will give the caps a try. My dogs dont mind their paws touched. :) so i will see how they do with the caps.

I have completely ruined walnut flooring in my foyer.  It was ruined by my springers, the same day it was laid.  We just call it antique now.  If you buff or sand it down, you will have to refinish it.  I have seen the caps, but never tried them.  Good luck.

Thank You "Maxsmom"! My floors are only 2 years old and have scratches everywhere but they are not deep scratches but you can see them when the light hits them and it looks so bad. I think i am going to get the caps and try them out (never hurts to try). lol! But thanks i will need all the luck i can get. lol! :)

Well i have hardwood floors in the living room and soon or later will be getting hardwood floors in all the bedrooms as well. I have tile floors in the kitchen and foyer but the poor hardwood floors are getting scratches all over them from my big paw dogs and the floors are not looking to pretty anymore. So i am looking for something to save my hardwood floors. I have been doing some research and i came across these Soft Claws Nail Caps for Dogs. And was wondering do you think they will work? Have any of you used these? Also does anyone know what will get scratches off wood floors? Cant i rent a wood floor buffer? Will that help?

Here is what the Nail Caps look like and some info on the product as well:::

*Thanks For Your Help!! :) :)

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