Shibas North of the Border – November 2010

March 20th, 2011
Thanks to Patricia de Geus for news from Canada! Apparently no good news from Canada in December or January

November 19 to 21 at the Lethbridge and District KC in Lethbridge, Alberta, Koyotes Justin’s Angel Scout took 3 Best Puppy in Groups under judges James Reynolds, Michael Woods and Denise Cornelssen. Scout is owned by Laura McKenna Lange.

Koyotes Justin's Angel Scout (Scout)

November 21st at the Ottawa KC in Kemptville, Ontario, BISS Am/Can Ch. Innisfree Tali-Mon took a group 3rd under judge David Oljavo.

BISS AmCan Ch. Innisfree Tali-Mon

Also on November 21st in Chatham, Ontario at the Kent KC, Wizguy’s Keepsake took a group 4th under Thomas Alexander.
November 26 and 27 at the Calgary KC in Calgary, Alberta, Ch. Timberfox Call Him Docta Jones took a group 4th and a group 2nd under judges Jack Ireland and Patricia Hastings. Indy is owned by Tina Gaudet.

BIS BPIS Ch. Timberfox Call Him Docta Jones (Indy)

Shibas in the Big Rings – December 2010

March 20th, 2011

And thanks to the fact that shibas didn’t seem to place much in November/December (is it all the big winners flying all over for body points or what?), here are December 2010 results!

December 5, 2010
Ingham Co. KC, Lansing, MI
Judge: Mr. Kenneth A. Buxton, Group II

GCH Kumi One Ten Soldier

Ch. Kumi One Ten Soldier, courtesy of owner's website

December 10, 2010
Shoreline DFA of Orange Co., Costa Mesa, CA
Judge: Mrs. Joan P. Scott, Group IVDecember 11, 2010

Shoreline DFA of Orange Co. (2), Costa Mesa, CA
Judge: Mr. Luc Boileau, Group IV

Tenri Go Etchuu Wakasugisou

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December 29, 2010
Santa Cruz KC, San Mateo, CA
Judge: Mr. Chuck Winslow, Group IV

Kuniko’s Fine By Me Master Chief W

Shibas in the Big Rings – November 2010

March 20th, 2011

And here’s November (will be working on Shibas North of the Border and Down Under as soon as I get a chance!). Not nearly as many placements in November as October so no issues with photos (I try to find the silver lining ;) )

November 6, 2010
Marion KC, Ft. Wayne, IN
Judge: Mrs. Nancy Smith Hafner, Group IV

Ch. Fanfair’s Without a Trace at Glenchester (D)

November 6, 2010
Augusta KC 1, North Augusta, SC
Judge: Elaine Mathis, Group II November 7, 2010
Augusta KC 2, North Augusta, SC
Judge: Keke Kahn, Group First

GCH Mo’s Grand Thunderstorm (D)

Ch. Mo's Grand Thunderstorm (borrowed from Mo's FB page :) )

November 14, 2010
Wine Country KC, Napa, CA
Judge: Mrs. Florence A. Males, Group III

Morningstar Dr. McDreamy Chouseisou (D)

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November 14, 2010
Ozark KC, Springfield, MO
Judge: Denny Mounce, Group IIINovember 20, 2010
Canadian Valley KC, Chickasha, OK
Judge: Mrs. Carolyn Herbel, Group III

GCH Sonkei Ichi Ryu at Pendragon

November 20, 2010
San Luis Obispo KC, Paso Robles, CA
Judge: Dr. Klaus Anselm, Group IIINovember 21, 2010
San Luis Obispo KC, Paso Robles, CA
Judge: Mr. David Kirkland, Group III

GCH Jogoso’s Fool For Love

Austin and "Buddy" (a Shibaweb photo from the 2009 National Specialty collection)

November 26, 2010
Golden Valley KC, Turlock, CA
Judge: Mr. William Cunningham, Group IVNovember 27, 2010
Golden Valley KC, Turlock, CA
Judge: Mr. William Usherwood, Group IV

GCH Ryuu No Gen Go Shun You Kensha

November 28, 2010
Upper Marlboro KC (Sun), West Friendship, MD
Judge: James Ham, Group IV

Ch. Yuko’s Chief Red Eagle

Ch. Yuko's Chief Red Eagle, Shibaweb photo from 2009 National weekend

Photos from the October Shows (continued)

March 19th, 2011

For some reason I couldn’t get these photos to work in that table where everyone else was, I tried different things, I tried different photos and I would lose the entire post  … must be some glitch in the HTML I couldn’t see (but it’s small!) So here are the missing photos!


No photo of That Jones Girl (Sandi, please send me one!)


Shibas in the Big Rings – October 2010

March 19th, 2011

Yes, I’m back! After several months of various things preventing me from posting … I finally sat down and started working on the backlog. Sorry for being missing in action.

October 1, 2010
Warrenton KC I, Millwood, VA
Judge: Ms. Carolyn A. Herbel Group III

GCH Tanasea’s Tai-Grr (D)

Tai-Grr (photo courtesy of Debbie Meador)

October 2, 2010
Kanadasaga KC, Romulus, NY
Judge: Jean Fournier Group First

October 16, 2010
Hanover KC, Wilmington, NC
Judge: Susan Carr Group II

October 17, 2010
Hanover KC 2, Wilmington, NC
Judge: Gloria Geringer Group III

GCH Mo’s Grand Thunderstorm (D)

October 3, 2010
Burbank KC (2), Van Nuys, CA
Judge: Mrs. (Toddie) Clark Group III

October 16, 2010
Black MT KC, Primm NV
Judge: Denise Cornelssen Group First

October 17, 2010
Black MT KC, Primm NV
Judge: Stephen J. Hubbell Group II

Ch Jogoso’s Fool for Love (D)

BISS Ch. Jogoso's Fool for Love (courtesy of his owner)

October 9, 2010
Orchid Island DFC, Hilo, HI
Judge: Mr. William Usherwood Group III

October 10, 2010
Kona Coast KC (1), Hilo, HI
Judge: Dr. Gerard Penta Group III

Nic-Reg Kumagoro Edjo (?)

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October 11, 2010
Chaparral KC (2), Alamogordo, NM
Judge: Miss Virginia L. Lyne Group II

October 16, 2010
Lizard Butte KC, Boise, ID
Judge: Mr. John Shoemaker Group III

October 30, 2010
The KC of Riverside (1), Perris, CA
Judge: Mrs. Kathy Beliew Group IV

October 31, 2010
The KC of Riverside (2), Perris, CA
Judge: Dr. Robert D. Smith Group II

Ch. Ryuu No Gen Shun You Kensha (D)

October 15, 2010
Mad River KC, Urbana, OH
Judge: Mr. Norman Kenney, Group III

October 16, 2010
Licking River KC, Urbana, OH
Judge: Ms. Barbara Ann Langlois, Group IV

GCH Kumi One Ten Soldier (D)

Ch. Kumi One Ten Soldier, courtesy of owner's website

October 22, 2010
Gloucester Co. KC (Fri), Buena, NJ
Judge: Keke Kahn, Group III

Ch. Yuko’s Chief Red Cloud (?)

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October 22, 2010
Platte Valley KC of Fremont, NE, Lincoln, NE
Judge: Neil Graves, Group First

October 23, 2010
Cornhusker KC of Lincoln, NE, Lincoln, NE
Judge: Toddie Clark, Group II

October 23, 2010
Cornhusker KC of Lincoln, NE, Lincoln, NE
Judge: Mildred Bryant, Group II

GCH Sonkei Ichi Ryu at Pendragon (D)

October 23, 2010
Rapid City KC, Rapid City, SD
Judge: Mr. Timothy Catterson, Best Junior

Breanne Kuehler

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October 24, 2010
South Jersey KC, Buena, NJ
Judge: Ruth Zimmerman, Group IV

October 30, 2010
Queensboro KC, West Springfield, MA
Judge: Ms. Arlene A. Czech, Group II

GCH Yuko’s Chief Red Eagle (D)

Ch. Yuko's Chief Red Eagle, Shibaweb photo from 2009 National weekend

October 24, 2010
Rapid City KC, Rapid City, SD
Judge: Mrs. Peggy Haas, Group IV

October 25, 2010
Rapid City KC, Rapid City, SD
Judge: Mrs. Patricia Hastings, Group IV

October 29, 2010
Sioux Empire KC, Sioux Falls, SD
Judge: Jean Fournier, Group IV

Ch. Justa Wizard of Oz (D)

Oz - Photo provided by Bill Fletcher

October 30, 2010
Boca Raton DC, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Judge: Mrs. M. Jean Lade, Group III

Ch. Pendragon Making Waves (D)

October 30, 2010
Delaware Ohio KC, Delaware, OH
Judge: Ms. Carolyn A. Herbel, Group IV

October 31, 2010
Delaware Ohio KC (2), Delaware, OH
Judge: Dr. Michael J. Woods, Group IV

GCH Fanfair’s Without a Trace at Glenchester (D)

October 31, 2010
Vancouver KC, Ridgefield, WA
Judge: Joan Frailey, Group IV

Dragon House That Jones Girl (B)

ctober 31, 2010
Sioux Empire KC, Sioux Falls, SD
Judge: Doris Cozart, Group IV

Ch. Justa Massimiliano (D)

Ryder, the Aftermath

November 30th, 2010

I wrote this because a lot of folks wanted to know if I found out anything about what caused Ryder’s death. If you are reading this, you probably know the abbreviated version, but here is the long version in hopes that someone might recognize the symptoms in their dog someday and take action sooner.

Amazingly it’s been only 3 weeks since our hearts were broken when Ryder started having seizures. Two days later Jonathan had to put him to rest at the vet, but I firmly feel that he left us that Tuesday night. I have gone over and over that night in my head trying to find something that we missed that could have changed the outcome.

The night before (Monday), everyone had a nice meaty pork bone … I feed raw and have for several months. However, this was the first time I’ve actually let them have anything larger than a chicken bone. Pork bones are soft and generally thought of as edible. An hour or so later, I went downstairs and was quite surprised that several of the dogs had completely eaten the bone which made me a little nervous because I’m still new to the raw thing. The following morning everyone was fine, Ryder was bouncing about per the usual with absolutely no signs of impending disaster. I went to work, Jonathan happened to be at home that day because he had to burn some vacation days. There was never any unusual noise downstairs on the ground level where the dogs were.

When I came home I immediately noticed a bad smell and Ryder had apparently vomited and rolled in it. It is not particularly unusual for dogs to vomit after a bony meal so the fact that he vomited was not that unusual. However it WAS unusual that he would get any of it on himself and Ryder was an extremely clean dog and my crates are akita-sized so plenty of room to avoid anything like that. I put him outside to run while I cleaned up his kennel. When I was done I called him in and he didn’t come. Again, not entirely unusual if he’s having a good time. I went outside to call him again and he ran toward the door which was closed. When I came over to him, he cowered and barked and growled at me. Very unusual, but I thought perhaps it was because I was coming at him with a light behind me with a coat on and he just didn’t know who it was and was startled … seemed logical at the time.

I sent him upstairs and he was able, at that time, to run up the stairs and jump onto Jonathan’s chair and lay down. It was apparent to me that he might be having some digestive issues, but I had watched him outside and he had pottied and was not having any difficulty eliminating.  I finished feeding everyone and everyone else was fine. I went upstairs and Ryder was resting on the chair. I had wiped him off with a damp washcloth earlier but he was still a bit smelly, so I gave him a quick bath as well and towel dried him. He was still in some discomfort but nothing that I felt warranted a trip to the Emergency Vet.

When things started to go bad, he went downhill quickly. I had him on my lap for a while, just patting his tummy and he seemed to feel more comfortable.  However he shortly decided he wanted to get off my lap and I put him on the floor. Observing him, he was starting to walk into things, within 15 minutes he was starting to knuckle over on his feet. Visions of Mickey at the end came to me. At this point, I called Bonnie because I was really upset and after I got off the phone with her, we packed him up and took him to the vet. While I was calling to tell them we were on our way, Ryder started having what I can only think were multiple seizures.

By the time we got to the ER Vet (less than 20 minutes), he had a temperature of 105.8 (I had taken it maybe an hour earlier and he was normal). Ryder had to be medicated at the ER Vet and received Phenobarbital for the seizures and something else for possible brain swelling. He was there overnight, and did actually try to stand up the next day which gave us some hope. However, by the time Jonathan got him to our regular vet he had crashed again. I had to go to work because we were at an offsite meeting and everything for that meeting was in my car. I’m a temp and if I don’t work, I don’t get paid and I knew we were going to need every penny for Ryder.

I met Jonathan at our vet and Ryder looked bad. Even though he was (and this is from memory) given an injection of Phenobarbital and valium he was still “paddling”, another dose of valium finally made that stop. He was x-rayed and other than some bone fragments in his stomach there was nothing really to be seen. Obviously my vet is not a neurologist and while the ER Vet had suggested that he might have a brain tumor and suggested a visit to the neurologist I didn’t feel brain surgery was an option for us. While I would charge up my credit cards to the max to save one of my dogs, I didn’t feel that I could do that on such a risky surgery. I wasn’t even sure at this point if there was any consciousness left to save.

My vet, during the exam, noticed a heart murmur and as a last ditch effort we had blood drawn to see if we could find anything more definitive about the liver values that were off, and she also wanted to give him antibiotics to see if there was some sort of infection that was there that might be causing the murmur.

Looking at him lying there in the x-ray room broke our hearts, I really felt he was gone already and wanted to put him to sleep right then while I could be there, and despite knowing that we would probably put him down in the morning and I wouldn’t be able to be there, I went ahead and took the chance even though I didn’t have much faith in anything changing. The vet sent us home with some valium in case he started having seizures again.

Ryder spent a quiet night in our bedroom. I brought him out in the living room in the morning and said my goodbyes because I knew in my heart I wouldn’t see him again. Jonathan took him to the vet, and again for just a moment he tried to sit up and then crashed again. He said there really was no visible difference before he was put to sleep and after. His heartbeat was barely there anymore. Poor Jonathan, having to do such a thing on his birthday.

So what happened? We allowed the vet to do a necropsy and frustratingly … we still don’t really know. What I can tell you is that it wasn’t anything below the neck, thus we feel that it definitely was neurological in nature. The necropsy showed nothing (she did not go into the brain or central nervous system), and I have not heard anything about the tissue samples which were sent out which means they were probably clear (as the vet suspected they would be).

When I talked to the vet a week ago she said everything was in working order and healthy, except for the gall bladder which was distended and is probably what was causing the liver values to be a little off.  There were no stones, it was just very full of fluid, but his metabolism had essentially shut down after Tuesday night. He was no longer eliminating despite a lot of fluids being pumped into him and whatever was still left in his stomach on Tuesday was still there.

So what have I learned?  Maybe not to justify things. While I knew he could have rolled in his vomit … I knew it was unlikely. I know he would never ever bark or growl or cower from me, he never had a reason to do that  … but I was coming at him with a light behind me, it seemed a reasonable assumption. Even though he ran upstairs by himself and jumped into the chair, I still felt something was not quite right. Even as I blame myself for not doing more for him, I still wonder what I would have done/said if I had taken him in? He hadn’t continued to vomit, he was eliminating, he just didn’t seem “right.”

They say the good die young and in this case it is certainly true. Bonnie told me before I got him, he is the coolest dog …

Shibas in the Big Rings – August 2010

November 21st, 2010
Shibas were pretty hot in August!
August 1st saw shibas getting two placements in one day, at Lompac Valley KC Kenneth Buxton gave Group III to Ch Cantebriar’s Hot Toddy

Ch. Cantebriar's Hot Toddy, courtesy of his owners

Many miles to the east at Spartanburg KC Mr. Frederick Stephens awarded Group III to Ch. Ranchlakes Aki Kohana

Screen capture from 2008 National Specialty weekend

then it was nearly two weeks until another shiba placed in group! At Mohawk Valley KC on 8/13/2010, Eugene Blake gave a Group II Ch. Yuko’s Chief Red Eagle, but he wasn’t done yet as at Southern Adirondack DC 8/14/2010 Robert Sharp awarded him a Group IV

Ch. Yuko's Chief Red Eagle, Shibaweb photo from 2009 National weekend

Across the continent at South Bay KC on 8/14/2010 Mr. Kenneth D. Falconi gave a Group IV to Ch. Jogoso’s Fool for Love

Austin and "Buddy" (a Shibaweb photo from the 2009 National Specialty collection)

And in the middle of the country at KC of Freeborn County Minnesota on the same day, 8/14/2010, Mrs.Jean Fournier handed out the Group II to Ch. Sonkei Ichi Ryu at Pendragon and the following day at KC of Freeborn County Minnesota II on 8/15/2010 Mrs. Keke Kahn placed him in the group again with a Group IV

Ch. Sonkei Ichi Ryu at Pendragon, photo courtesy of Lori Pendragon

At South Bay KC 8/15/2010 Mrs. Bernadette F. Cox awarded Best Junior Handler to Austin McCarty, so he had a good weekend
The following week at Susque-Nango KC on 8/20/2010 Kathleen Kolbert gave Group III to Ch. Yuko’s Chief Red Eagle and the following day Ruth Zimmerman followed that up with another Group III at Tioga County KC
The same day in St. Clairsville Ohio KC (8/21/2010) Mrs. Paula Hartinger awarded a Group IV to Ch. Fanfair’s Without a Trace at Glenchester
Eagle continued his roll with a Group II at Tioga County KC on 8/22/2010 from Jacqueline Stacy
Heading toward Labor Day weekend shibas found more rosettes. At Conyers KC of GA on 8/29/2010 Mrs. Francine Schwartz gave Group III to Morningstar Fujiwara No Megumi Sou

Morningstar Fujiwara No Megumi Sou courtesy of the owner's website

And again on the left coast, shibas triumphed in the group with Ch. Ryuu No Gen Go Shunyou Kensha placing Group III at Santa Barbara KC (2), the judge was Dr. Richard Meen

Ch. Ryuu No Gen Go Shunyou Kensha, courtesy of the Hitorq website

At the last show of the month where a shiba picked up a rosette, at Conejo KC on  8/30/2010 Mr. Charles E. Trotter picked Ch. Jogoso’s Fool for Love for Group III
I do have a few photos I took from people’s websites because I didn’t have photos of these dogs, or I just liked the other one better. Obviously if you have an objection, please let me know!

Shibas in the Big Rings: July 2010

November 20th, 2010
July 1, 2010 at Chenango Valley KC – Ch. Yuko’s Chief Red Eagle won Group III under Peggy Hauck

Ch. Yuko's Chief Red Eagle, Shibaweb photo from 2009 National weekend

At Mt. Bachelor KC on July 4th, Morningstar’s Red Ballerina Chouseisou was Group II under James E. Frederiksen (No photo available)
Also on July 4 at Lima KC, Miss Dolores Maltz awarded a Group IV to Ch. Kumi One Ten Soldier

Ch. Kumi One Ten Soldier (courtesy of the owner's website)

On July 9th at Jefferson City Missouri KC, Ch. Sonkei Ichi Ryu at Pendragon picked up a Group IV from Charlotte Patterson

CH Sonkei Ichi Ryu at Pendragon

July 10th brought 3 placements for shibas. At Ann Arbor KC, Ch. Mo’s Grand Thunderstorm won a Group IV under Mr. Kenneth D. Falconi

Ch. Mo's Grand Thunderstorm (from owner's website)

At Santa Maria KC, Ch. Jogoso’s Notorious won Group IV from Mr. Charles E. Trotter

a Shibaweb photo from the 2009 Top Twenty competition

Last but not least, at the second Jefferson City show, Ch. Sonkei Ichi Ryu at Pendragon took Group III under David Doane MD
July 11th brought a Group III for Ch. Yuko’s Chief Red Eagle at Holyoke KC from Dr. Steve Keating
then there was a bit of a dry spell, but on July 23 Ch. Yuko’s Chief Red Eagle broke that with a Group III from Mr. Carl E. Gomes at Putnam KC (1)
At Hendersonville KC, on July 30th, Miss Molly Martin awarded a Group IV to GCh Mo’s Grand Thunderstorm
And the next day, 7/31 at Lackawanna KC, Jean Fournier awarded Ch. Yuko’s Chief Red Eagle a Group II
That’s it for July, now working on August!

Shibas in the Big Rings through end of June

November 20th, 2010

Playing catchup here, sorry for the delays, it just seems sometimes that it’s one thing after another. I’m going to work on AKC right now, but then will follow with Shibas North of the Border and Shibas Down Under soon there after. There won’t be as much commenting as I often do, just pretty much results and photos until I get caught up (which I hope to do soon!)

Thanks for your patience.

So here is the rest of June, and onward toward July!

June 26, 2010 at Hawkeye KC, J-Ann’s Queen of the Nile was Group III under Mr. William Usherwood

J-Ann's Queen of the Nile (from the website)

June 27, 2010 at Staten Island KC, Ch. Dengar Dora the Explorer was Group IV under Dr. Bernard E. McGivern, Jr.

I do not currently have a photo of Dora, but will be pleased to post one if provided!

Shibas in the Big Rings week ending June 19, 2010

September 30th, 2010

Moving right along to mid-June, I was ring stewarding at Little Fort KC of Waukegan when a shiba got a placement. Unfortunately I did not see him until afterward because I was still stewarding :-/ but managed to a get a photo right after!

Brenda and Ku victorious at Little Fort

I have some more photos from that show up at

That shiba would be Ku, aka Ch. Roscka’s Bit Jutsu No Sosaku who picked up a Group IV from judge Judy English Murray. She’s a dal breeder and so not so influenced by breeds because they require lotso grooming <grin>

A little bit South, Katrina Nielsen was having a lovely weekend with Draco (dare I mention new Ch. Kanani?) who won his first group placement under Mr. Pete Dawkins at Rolla MO KC. I had to look up his name because AKC did very interesting things to the spelling. Draco’s full name would be (ahem!) Ch. Kobushi Justa Draco Rosso. It might actually have been Gr Ch by that time, but I’m not sure!

Gr Ch. Kobushi Justa Draco Rosso (from Kobushi website, hope Katrina doesn't mind!)

and waaaaaaay to the West, somewhere on the Left Coast, the defending National Specialty Winner known as Buddy to his friends, and Ch. Jogoso’s Fool for Love to everyone else picked up two big rosettes over the weekend at Bahia Sur KC 1 and 2. The first a Group IV was awarded by Mrs. Brenda Newcomb and the other was a Group III from Mrs. Monica Canestrini.

BISS Ch. Jogoso's Fool for Love (courtesy of his owner)

No wins this week “North of the Border” as far as I know from Canada, Patricia, let me know if I’m wrong!

Shibas Down Under (from Orienta)

June 19, 2010
Mackay Kennel Club, Judge: Ms M Hoy, R/U BEST IN GROUP (Group 2), Orienta The Benchmark

Ch Orienta The Benchmark (courtesy of his owner)

Thanks again to Pat & Debbie for their help reporting on shibas in the group rings! Still looking for a European correspondent to send me wins from that area of the globe!