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Introducing Saki: NASC First Import

After much work and discussion, we have finally come to the point of being able to import a Shikoku from Japan.  I would like to thank all of those who have donated and everyone else working behind the scenes to make this possible.

Saki is a black sesame female who was born November 11th, 2010.  She is fairly unrelated to the Shikoku already imported into North America, so will make a nice out-cross from the lines already established here.

Quoted from her posting on the Nihonken Blog:

“Temperament wise she seems like the typical high strung young Shikoku female, fairly vocal. I took a video of her coming out of her kennel, she was worked up until we got out on the road. She was fine with approaching me and sniffing, and a little contact. She also did not seem to be aggressive toward other dogs. I spoke with her owners, and of course she has been kenneled singly her whole life, and not raised as a pet, so they can make no assurances about how she’ll fare with other dogs or people.”

 

Saki’s pedigree can be found here: http://www.shikoku-pedigree.com/details.php?id=63386  She is still in Japan, but hopefully we can bring her over soon.  If you would like to find out more information or help contribute, feel free to contact the club for more details.  Stay tuned for Thank you!




Congratulations to Airreyalis Kennels

The NASC would like to congratulate Aireyalis Kennels for their two recent litters.

 

Kotomi x Kaiju

Sakura x Shoushuu

Sakura x Shoushuu

 

If you would like to congratulate them or receive more information about the litters, feel free to check out their website or Facebook page.




NASC Board Members Needed

NASC is looking to add three board members to help further develop and improve the club.  We’re looking for someone who is willing to be an active part of the club and has a desire to help the Shikoku Ken breed as a whole.  Previous dog club experience is a plus but not necessary.  If you would like to be considered for a board member position, please send an email with why you would be a good fit for the club and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.   Thank you!




Shikoku Preservation Update & T-Shirt Order

Over the pass few months we have made great progress with raising up money for the importation of a Shikoku Ken into the US.  Currently we have raised up $1,450 between donations and auctions.  This is not enough to bring in a puppy yet, but as we continue to work together we’ll be able to bring in a puppy in no time.  Auctions will start back up next week, so keep an eye out for them.

We are also looking for homes for the future imports, so anyone who has questions or would like to take part in raising up a Shikoku Ken that may potentially be bred in the future can email a request for an import application to preservation@shikokuclub.org.  Some preference will be given to those who has had previous dog experience.

 

We will be placing another order of club t-shirts at the end of June, for a $30 donation you can get the NASC logo on both sides, with the front being on the left breast pocket side.  Shipping is included in the donation so ordering several t-shirts will allow for us to apply more of the donation towards our Preservation Effort. Made of a light cotton based fabric, these t-shirts are incredibly comfortable and stylish.  To be included in this t-shirt order, please have your donation sent via Paypal to young_serenity@yahoo.com by Saturday, June 30th. When sending your t-shirt donation, please specify your desired size and if it is for a man, woman, or child. Click here to see a sizing chart.  Also be sure to include the address you would like it shipped to.

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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 April 14th 11:59pm [EST]

Here we have a beautiful leash custom made by Pam of Bark And Giggle Boutique.  This 6ft leash is made of nylon with a beautiful patterned, cotton fabric sewn around it.  It is 1 inch wide and contains a trigger snap clip, perfect for those dogs who manage to escape other clip types.  These pictures do not give the leash justice, the craftsmanship and quality are flawless.

 

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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.




Leash Auction: Ending March 25th 11:59pm [EST]

Next up for auction is another beautiful paracord leash custom made by Tony Cariño.  This handcrafted leash is made from blue, teal, green and yellow paracord.  It is 100 inches long and approximately a half inch thick.  This leash contains a special O-ring at the handle, which makes it convenient and easy to carry when not in use.

 

Leash

 

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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.




Shikoku Preservation: Do Your Part to Help!!

Hello all,

I am contacting you today in regards to the Shikoku Ken breed and its status in Japan. Due to the lack of local interest in the breed within its home country, breeders aren’t encouraged to breed, which in turn risks the loss of genetic diversity in the breed. Surprisingly enough, there are approximately 10 Shikoku Ken puppies available at this time, a rare amount for a rare breed. With so many available, why not take advantage of it and ensure that at least 2 of these puppies are imported into the US.

I come to you today to request your assistance in making the importation of 2 puppies possible. With your contribution, these puppies can be brought to the US and not only help the genetic diversity locally, but also help show the Japanese breeders that there is still interest in the breed. With this, more litters will become available in Japan for future importation. Japanese breeders will become more comfortable with sending puppies out to other countries, not just to the US.

When the pups are brought over, they will be temporarily housed and evaluated to ensure that there is a match between them and their new home. The puppies will be unrelated and both female, coat color to be determined. If you would like to be considered as a new home for one of these puppies, please contact me privately for further details.

The goal amount is $6000 to get these two puppies to the US, with over $500 already raised. This may sound like a significant amount, but if we all pitch in, we will hit that goal in no time.  For an idea of the cost breakdown, please check out this link:

http://www.nihonken.org/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/5541/exporting-dogs-from-japan/#Item_18

To contribute, you can send your paypal payment to: young_serenity@yahoo.com. If you have a verified Paypal account, the Paypal fees can be waived if you transfer the money directly from your bank account or Paypal funds instead of through a credit or debit card.   If you do not have a Paypal account, you can click on the Donate button below and Contribute with a credit/debit card or bank transfer:

 

 

Feel free to spread the word about this effort to help preserve the Shikoku Ken. Updates of the progress will be shared when applicable, and I hope to get out pictures of the puppies once they are in the US. Any extra amount collected will go towards the future importation of puppies through the North American Shikoku Club. If you have any additional questions, don’t be afraid to ask.

Thank you,

Beth Bennett
Shikoku Ken owner and enthusiast