First news: the club has ordered some promotional materials for the upcoming Nihon Ken Invitational. It will be the first time a Hokkaido has ever been shown in the US, which is exciting.
Genko is getting her pre-baby body back, but the hairs are slow coming in. She enjoys wearing her Ruffwear coat from her perch on top of the car after a round of chase with her Shiba friend, Marko:
And in continuation of last weeks post, here are the nice photos from the 6-week puppy parteh:
Uncle Meitou and Retar
Sweet little Umma
Kunne and Umma
Kunne and Umma
Kunne, Retar and Uncle Meitou
Yukar and Umma
Rakko and Yukar
And lastly, our Amazon wishlist link https://amzn.com/w/35CA4TV83KTJO. This week we are running low on extra large puppy pads, and will be needing some bully sticks for the rainy days that have hit us. Puppies (and the poor Shiba toys) will also appreciate some extra durable toys like Kongs and nylabones.
Photos by Jenn!
Puppies received several visitors today, with a very special guest appearance by the 1st Hokkaido I ever met, the one who really charmed my socks off, the famous Meitou (and his wonderful mom). Genko has met them both before, and was careful to remind Meitou about her personal space bubble. And Meitou totally ignored her 😉
He was really great with the puppies and it was exciting to compare all 8 Hokkaido to each other…a very nice opportunity!
Lastly, today was Christmas for the Hokka pups and Genko when we opened the very thoughtful and generous wishlist packages. I was speechless at the generosity! Thank you sooo much Karilyn and Cam! Also thank you Jen, I know the puppies enjoyed your tasty shoes. And a big thank you to Wendy for getting to know my dogs today, and most especially for your quick thinking (words cannot express what that means to me).
A more detailed puppy progress report will be provided within the next few days. They are really becoming their own dogs!
Puppies are 6 weeks old this weekend and we are looking forward to some more special visitors. We are also keeping our paws crossed for some big news on the horizon (several big news’ actually). Anyways, some pretty big deal things coming up for HANA and we are so greatful for all the support received to date. To conclude, a photo of three of the puppies being ferried about the house and outside in an Outward Hound puppy sling while I do chores:
And momma Genko getting away with breakfast murder by charming doggy grandma after snatching her bagel off the counter. It’s hard to be angry at her!
…unless you want a giant mess to wake up to. Anyways, all the puppies, now 5 weeks old, got their first bath and I am impressed. Not one sound or attempt to struggle, and I was able to even bathe two at a time in the sink…and they liked it! They are fully transitioned to eating Wellness kibbles and canned and are eager eaters. I find it’s easier to predict when they have to go when they have controlled feedings and set meal times, so now we really are working hard for potty training. Genko still feeds them 1-2 times a day, but she is a small dog and her body appreciates the rest.
Farrah appreciates them having clean feet before climbing all over her.
I added some new items to our Hokkaido Puppy Wish List: send to 7221 128th street East, Puyallup WA 98373
Puppies would appreciate some new toys, a play tunnel, and the covered outdoor play pen
Thank you for reading!
I need to give a big “Thank you” to my friend Debbie. Debbie has a lovely new Kai Ken litter from Hello Kitty and Akashi, and it is so generous of her to think of Genko and the puppies. We went on a little shopping spree and picked up some needed supplies. Thank you!!!
HANA maintains an official FB page were you can see most recent blog posts and announcements: https://www.facebook.com/hokkaidoHANA
We had an extra special visit from the puppies dad, Yezo, and his family on the puppies 4 weeks old birthday. OMG there were 8 Hokkaido, 2 Kai, and 4 Shiba (not all out together). The puppies were definitely the stars of the show. Thank you Angela and Jun (and Yezo), it was nice to see everyone again.
4 weeks old puppy video
Little Retar is a camera ham. He loves people and exploring things first. Great personality on this little white puppy.
Angela getting charmed by Retar…Yukar fell asleep under the bushes.
Genko is so naked and skinny right now, she is enjoying her fleece sweaters and Ruffwear coat these days as the weather chills.
Didn’t many good shots of Yezo, but he remembered me and is just such a sweet wonderful daddy dog. He and Genko shared a few moments after she reminded him not to get too close…They made some really pretty puppies.
Jun with Umma and Kunne…
The innocent little babies (who earlier found a way to escape the play pen and went on a big soggy adventure all over the kitchen).
And another big thank you to the HANA supporters and their generous donations. We still have a few things we will need soon, like the covered puppy pen, play tunnel, Wellness puppy food, toys, chews, etc, but we so appreciate all the generosity to date!
Hokkaido Puppy Wish List