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Shikoku Ken Show Strongly at America’s Family Pet Expo, Costa Mesa, CA

2012 OC Pet Expo

Shoushuu and Kurenai

On April 20-22, the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA was teeming with hundreds of pet lovers as they descended upon America’s Family Pet Expo. The Shikoku Ken has been well represented at this expo but it all began in 2008 with the sole efforts of Corina Gonzalez of Airreyalis Kennels showing her black-sesame (kurogoma) male, Shoushuu. One year later, she added her female, Kotomi and soldiered on to represent Shikoku Ken at the Pet Expo for the next 2 years.

2011 Blog Post on Shikoku Ken from the Daily Toki

In 2011, the representative Shikoku Ken doubled in population as Shuran and Kurenai joined the ranks. People continued to stop in awe at their striking coat and were entranced by their sanguine disposition. With the growing support of the group being bolstered by NASC and Nihonken.org, 2012 was the biggest representation of Shikoku yet as 5 dogs showed up to represent the breed: Shoushuu, Kotomi, Kurenai, and Sakura of Airreyalis Kennels and Kaiju, a sesame (goma) imported from Japan with the assistance of Yamabushi Kennels.

I was able to attend on Saturday and was greeted with a pack of dogs greater than I had ever seen before since the history of Shikoku Ken showing at America’s Family Pet Expo. Four Kai Ken, two Kishu Ken, and the five Shikoku Ken were assembled as a culmination of the efforts of NASC and Nihonken.org to assist and educate Southern California’s Pet Expo attendees of 3 of the 4 spitz-type Japanese breeds that are book-ended by their more popular kinsmen, the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu.

NASC member, Theresa Dinh, did a great job in designing a great handout to spectators as they stopped by the booths. Special thanks to Julie Vu and her brother-in-law, Robert Archey of Print5k for assisting in the production of the handouts. Theresa created an info card of the 4 medium-sized breeds (chu-ken) that could also be cut up to be used as bookmarks. Click on the links to view the front and back.

Many people came by and asked about the Shikoku and the other breeds, “Are they mixed?”, “Are they a new breed?”, “How come I’ve never heard about them?” “How are their temperments?” and, my personal favorite, “How much do they cost?”. Our members stood firm and diplomatic regarding the information about the breed (though the day wore out even the hardiest of road warriors and veterans). But our explanation was something along the lines of the following:

The Shikoku (and the other 3 breeds) are breeds that were borne for a specific purpose (hunting big game) for their specific region. The Shikoku were developed in relative isolation in the Kochi prefecture on the island of Shikoku, and consequently are rare and less known even to some of their own countrymen.

…But you know this already otherwise you wouldn’t be on this site.

Regardless, the show was an excellent platform to elevate the exposure of the breed. We were very proud of all the Shikoku doing what they do best (playing “hard” and looking adorable doing it).




Leash Auction: Ending March 18th 11:59pm [EST]

Our first auction item is a beautiful paracord leash custom made by Tony Cariño.  This handcrafted leash, made from red and orange paracord, is 70 inches long and approximately a half inch thick.
 

leash
Closeup
 

It contains a spring clip, which is overall beefier than the snap clips traditionally used, and perfect for bigger dogs.
 

clip
 

This is a silent auction, each bid must be submitted by email to preservation@shikokuclub.org or Facebook message to my personal Facebook account (Beth Bennett).   The latest time to bid is March 18 at 11:59pm(EST).  At the end of each day, I shall announce the name of the highest bidder and possibly the name of the second highest bidder.

The shipping price for this auction item is $5, which is added to the winning bid.

 

Auction Terms and Conditions:

-You must be 18yrs or older to bid without parental consent.

-Each bid must contain the bid amount, the bidder’s first and last name, the “name” to announce should they be the highest bidder, and a means of contacting the bidder should there be a need to do so (such as being the winning bidder).

-After the winner has been announced, I shall contact the winner to determine which payment method they would like to go with.  Payments can be made through PayPal or with a mailed check, and must include an address to ship to.   Payment must be given within a week of the auction closing date.  The item will not ship until payment is made.

-If not satisfied with the item, it can be returned for the winning bid amount.  Refunds will not be given until the item has been received.

-Most importantly, these auctions are meant to be fun and for a good cause, so let’s try to keep it that way.

 

Feel free to contact me or comment on this post if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.  If you would like to donate items for future auctions, feel free to email preservation@shikokuclub.org with what you would like to donate and for instructions on where to send it.




Auction Sneak Peak and Rules

On Monday, March 12th, I shall be posting the first auction.  The first few auction items are  lovely custom paracord leashes made and donated by Tony Cariño:
 
SneakPeak
 
For now, we will be doing silent auctions, but changes may occur depending on how these auctions go.   Each bid must be submitted by email to preservation@shikokuclub.org or Facebook message to my personal Facebook account (Beth Bennett).  Each auction shall be up for 7 days, with the latest time to bid being 11:59pm(EST) on the 7th day.  Near the end of each auction day, I shall announce the name of the highest bidder and possibly the name of the second highest bidder.

 

Auction Terms and Conditions:

-You must be 18yrs or older to bid without parental consent.

-Each bid must contain the bid amount, the bidder’s first and last name, the “name” to announce should they be the highest bidder, and a means of contacting the bidder should there be a need to do so (such as being the winning bidder).

-After the winner has been announced, I shall contact the winner to determine which payment method they would like to go with.  Payments can be made through PayPal or with a mailed check, and must include an address to ship to.   Payment must be given within a week of the auction closing date.  The item will not ship until payment is made.

-Shipping will be additional, price varying depending on the item auctioned.  Shipping price listed reflects standard 5-7 business day shipment to the US or Canada, please contact me for a shipping price to other countries.

-If not satisfied with the item, it can be returned for the winning bid amount.  Refunds will not be given until the item has been received.

-Most importantly, these auctions are meant to be fun and for a good cause, so let’s try to keep it that way.

 

Feel free to contact me or comment on this post if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.  If you would like to donate items for future auctions, feel free to email preservation@shikokuclub.org with what you would like to donate and for instructions on where to send it.