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New Addition 19 Dec 2012 21:44 #7618

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We are now a 2 Akita household; 'junior' pictured below at one day old.


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The grand plan, which has been shot down in flames, illustrates how having pups can be very expensive, frustrating, very messy and exhausting and needs very careful thought and might very well not work out as you thought. We pumped £2500 into all the tests, top stud dog, loads of travel and expectations, not counting all the time we are taking off work to make sure junior thrives. Had homes lined up. Result after 55 days was one lucky-to-be -viable cute perfect bitch (difficult birth) and one stillborn dog. Had no sleep for 36 hours.

It was never a financial venture, and we are glad to have something for all our (and Rubes) efforts, a new addition to the household.

With all the effort and emotional investment, it looks as if junior will end up staying with us, making her a very special expensive pup,

We are not 'breeders', this was to be a one-off backed up by careful thorough responsible planning, and I know Akita Rescue discourages discussion of breeding and posts by breeders. This shows however the expenses and potential pitfalls and how you can end up very out of pocket and not with the expected result. As such our experience is useful to illustrate its not all Roses and I hope this post will be seen as exemplary and useful. The Pup is not for sale.

Cant see us trying this again, but at least we have a new addition to the household who will be spoilt rotten.

Re: New Addition 19 Dec 2012 22:04 #7619

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Oh, I'm so sorry to hear of all the turmoil you've all been through, it must have been an exhausting experience. Yes, I can imagine that the one survivor is going to be one spoilt little bear, but Im sure you will get so much pleasure from her. Look forward to getting more updates on the little one and mum Ruby.

Re: New Addition 19 Dec 2012 22:54 #7622

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Thanks, but I'm not going to give the impression its been a wonderful experience as that simply aint true. Rubes needs watching very carefully. Her first reaction to unexpectedly dropping a bundle 8 days early on my mess covered bed after a tricky breach birth was to run out of the room. Fortunately I'd read as much info as I could get and knew how to cope. Rubes had to be dragged back as I got it out of the sack and rubbed vigourously to try and get it breathing- which was touch and go as they were so premature. If she'd been left to it, there wouldn't be any live pups. I'm calm in a crisis but think many people couldn't have handled it. Certainly not if your house proud! There are stains, glop and chaos everywhere, not to mention the stillborn puppy in the freezer.

At first it freaked her and we had to watch Rubes like a hawk until she got used to suckling, she didnt know what it is and thought it might be a squeaky toy. After 24 hours she'd started to clean it and show some attachment, but still has moments of disinterest and impatience. If 'pups' is to make it to maturity, we will be exhausted and mustnt let our concentration drop for a 'moment.

That explains why as I type this message there are three of us and a laptop in the carefully prepared wooden 4 ft square 'cave' I built for her, which of course Rubes ignored, preferring my bed. Remember when we were kids and built 'dens'? - Well its just like that again, but unfortunately I'm six feet plus and the house is four feet square. Gets a bit cramped after a four hour shift, although I am lying on the floor with my feet out of the door.

A curious experience, after all this I don't think we could trust anyone else with our 'baby', so it'll have to fit in the household somehow, although it'll make life a bit more complicated.....

'Costs' so far-

Stud fee £1200
Progesterone and Relaxin tests £600 (last years attempt didnt take, by the way)
Hipscoring, eyes and other vet treatments £700
Petrol to cover 1200 miles travel for three matings £180
Speeding fine during above £85
Bottles, beds, bits and bobs £100

- One expensive puppy !!

Re: New Addition 20 Dec 2012 09:47 #7626

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A better night as we all settle into a routine. Monkey has put on 15% weight gain in two days. Not only have I birthed a puppy but have also had instruction on using the dishwasher and washing machine and have found the mythical towel cupboard.


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Re: New Addition 20 Dec 2012 14:23 #7634

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Oh, she's beautiful! I really hope all turns out well with her.
Yes, it's a warning to all those who are trying to make a fast buck out of breeding for profit, which unfortunately the BYB are all about. I hope that anyone reading about your experiences and thinking of breeding might think twice now. You obviously took measures to ensure that at least all the health checks etc had been done, but in the end nature intervened.
Is the name Monkey for keeps, or are you still debating a name for her? Monkey in Japanese is Saru, or how about another precious jewel name, like her mother. At the moment it looks as though she is going to look just like Ruby, other than the white collar!

Re: New Addition 20 Dec 2012 15:11 #7638

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BYB's don't use hipscoring, health tests, or top stud dogs. They just borrow or hook up with anything available, even an immediate relative.

We thought it OK to go for it as Rubes has great hips, never been ill, has a superb temperament and most of all because we had good homes lined up.

But, we are happy with Madam and she's extra special.

She is lighter than Mum with more distinct markings, white tummy, 'tabby cat' stripes on the head and a lovely white necklace which looks strung round- which neither Mum or Dad have. Dad has more Red, and I'm not going to give a name to him so as not to break the rules, just to say he's very pretty and also a wonderful temperament. He's not in the UK and came from abroad for the rendezvous- his owners will be surprised and dissapointed too. Its the only time I can remember paying over a thousand quid for 5 minutes sex in a Motorway Service Station. Is that what this 'dogging' business I hear about is? Can't think what else it could be.

A Gem- themed name, maybe. Cos of the necklace, seems sensible. How about Pearl ? Suggestions welcomed.
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