Special Visitors, and Puppy Names

We have had some very special visitors the last few weeks.

Thank you Jennifer for  bringing Kiba and Taro (Kai and Shiba) over to play with the dogs and for taking Shiba puppy photos.

Also thanks to CJ for stopping by with her Kishu Krew and Kamera…She got some wonderful shots of momma Genko and babies:



Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 are now “Rakko” and “Kurasi”

Rakko is the smaller brindle boy, and his name means “Otter”, and it’s a great name for this guy who is a little survivor.

Kurasi is Ainu for dark. She is the darkest puppy.


Puppy 6, the very white male on the left, is now “Retar”, the Ainu word for white.

His brother puppy 4, the white pup with lots of red, is named “Yukar”, who Meitou the white Hokkaido picked out 🙂 Yukar are Ainu heroic/epic stories. Yukar is sure to have some of those about him.


Puppy 3, the large black/tan/brindle girl, is now “Kunne”, which is Ainu for black.

And lastly, her brindle sister, puppy 5, is the largest girl of the litter, and we decided to name her “Umma”, which means horse. I think it’s a very pretty name for this not so little girl. These two girls will be staying on a bit longer so I can evaluate which is the better fit to take over for Genko.


I checked several of the available online dictionaries for Ainu translations…I hope they were accurate! If you the readers see an error there, please let me know. I would hope I am not unknowingly calling any of them “Bilge water” or “Outhouse” or something unflattering lol.

One more thing, thank you SO MUCH for those who have helped me fulfill some of the Hokkaido Puppy Amazon Wishlist https://amzn.com/w/35CA4TV83KTJO

We got a couple orders already, and another big box of puppy pads!



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