ACA Versatility Titleholders

We are  honored to present the following dogs and their accomplishments - earning the VA designation is the result of devotion and hard work for both dogs and their people; we invite you to learn about the dogs featured here.

Click here for the ACA Versatility Program in pdf format

Click on the individual dog's call name to read their bio and accomplishments.

Versatile Akita Excellent (VAX5)

Noel

 

ALCH Zephyr’s Noel Baissier CD BN RN FDC CA THDX CGCA CGCU TKA TDIAOV TT VAX5

Date: 3/28/18

 

Owner: Shannon Miller
"Noel" is my first performance Akita. Born Dec 9th 2010 and bred by Wendy & Barry Oelrich in Colorado.
She qualified for ACA's Versatility Excellent Award at 3 years old through her accomplishments/titles in Obedience, Rally, Community Service, OFA/CERF health clearances, and Therapy Work. We continue to train for Graduate Novice & Open in addition to our Therapy Visits at the hospital.
I attribute our success to the many hours spent in training — but, first and foremost to her breeders; they are ultimately responsible and deserving of all credit for the foundation of such an incredibly "versatile" temperament conducive to all that we do.

Versatile Akita Excellent (VAX4)

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Big Benz Willow Creek's Kiyomi, FDC CA SWA SCM SIM SEE SHDE CGCA TKP RNX RATI RATO L1C L2V NW3-I NW3-V NW3-C NW3-E ELT-Ch VAX4

Owner: Nancy Almann

Date: 7/11/19

Kiyo is my first performance dog, and continues to exceed all expectations that we and her breeder, Lynny Benzinger, have for her. In 8 rally trials, she had six first place and two third place finishes. She is an excellent therapy dog, and additionally, is active in obedience, tracking, nose work, rally, barn hunt, lure coursing and weightpull.

Kiyo was the first dog to earn the 1000 mile Pack Dog title as well as the 1000 Trail Dog title through Dog Scouts of America. To date, she is the only dog to have earned both titles. Together, we have hiked well over 4000 miles.

Little Missy makes friends wherever she goes. Her sunny, outgoing, happy personality is a testament to excellent breeding, good training and the benefits of socialization. Kiyo earned her VAX in March of 2015, and we are so proud of our girl. As our trainer says, Kiyo is my "Do It All Dog."

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Toka

ALCH Kumite Diamond's Willow Creek Kodotoka CAA ACT1 SWA SCM SIM SEM SHDM CGCA TKA RATI RATN L1C L2V NW3-I NW3-V NW3-C NW3-E ELT 1 VAX4

Owner: Nancy Almann

Date: 7/11/19

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Versatile Akita Excellent (VAX3)

AKC CH UKC GRCH ARCH ARCHX Okami's Chiseled in Stone

Heston

 

AKC CH UKC GRCH ARCH ARCHX Okami's Chiseled in Stone PCD BN RE THN CGCA RLP RLPX RLP-AOE RL1 RL1X RL1X2 RL1X3 RL1X4 RL2 RL2X RL2X2 RL3 RL3-AOE RL3X URO1 URO2 URO3 UAG1 CS-G1 GW-SR CW-ZR1 CW-ZR1.5 C-RN C-RI C-PCD CSL1-R CSL1.5 CSL1-F CSL1-H CSL2-R CSL2-F CSL2-S CSL2-H VAX3

 

 

 

Bred/Owned by: Linda & Frank Wolf
Akita Club of America VAX (1/2015)
Date: 7/30/17

 

My boy Heston has exceeded my expectations in so many ways; from his 1st Rally trial at just 6 months old to training for agility. Sometimes we qualify sometimes we don't, but we are having fun along this journey. Keeps me humble, yes, he is an Akita! I am so proud of his accomplishments in both the show & performance ring.
But our recent Therapy Dog Visits have really shown me a special side of Heston. He has brought joy to the mentally disabled men we visit. He kisses their faces & hands and makes them smile, makes me smile too! Heston is a once in a lifetime Akita and we are enjoying every day together.

 

Versatile Akita Excellent (VAX2)

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Gabby

UCD URO3 Minda & Midnite The Gods Have Spoken CDX BN GN RAE NAP NJP CA CGCA CGCU TDI RATI DSA SPOT-ON VAX2

Owner: Barbara Sikkink

Date: 12/5/17

UCD URO3 Minda & Midnite The Gods Have Spoken CDX BN GN RAE NAP NJP CA CGCA CGCU TDI RATI DSA SPOT-ON VAX2
Owner: Barbara Sikkink

"Gabby" is the youngest Akita to earn Rally and Obedience titles as well as her Versatility titles. She is also the first Akita to earn a Lure Coursing title.

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Kitara

Matagi's Just Musing Around CAA FCAT SCN SIN CGCA CGCU FDC TKN VAX2

Date: 7/26/19

Breeder: Breeder: Lynn Arnold and Dianne Franck
Owners: Kimberly and Charles Appel

Kitara is our first performance dog, and what an adventure we are having!  ABC’s Wide World of Sports said it best, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.  The human drama of athletic competition.” She has taught us so much thus far, between patience, trusting your dog, and letting me know when I am being too serious during a competitive event. Kitara continues to be a conservation volunteer, while hiking she performs cleanup efforts on the southern side of the Pinchot Hiking trail over expansive and impressive 26 miles of trails. There is still so much for us to look forward to accomplishing between the next levels of National Canine Scent Work Association (NACSW) and AKC Scent work with a target goal of finding ginseng in the woods, so she can pay for her own classes.  We are pursuing coursing ability advance, and  all levels of FAST CAT. We will be checking out some of the other activities that AKC has to offer, especially those that  other breed owners do not expect Akitas to show up at.  We are continually amazed and proud of her.

CH Moonlights Shining Black Onyx

Onyx

 

AKC/UKC CH URO1 Moonlight's Shining Black Onyx AOM CD BN HIT CGCA RATI RATN RL1 RL2 RLP (A-O-E) RLPX AmTT VAX2

Owner:  Natalia M. Dougherty & Christina M. Stanley

Date: 6/22/15

 

Onyx loves the rally obedience ring & has titles in AKC, UKC & APDT. In 2012 she earned two "Total Dog" Awards in UKC. In October 2012, she earned "High in Trial" in the Pre-National obedience trial.
Onyx is the first Akita to get a title in the new "Barn Hunt" event. She lives with the Doughertys in Massachusetts & Maine. Onyx was bred by Christina Stanley of Moonlight Akitas New Mexico.

Versatile Akita Excellent (VAX)

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Buck

Tsunami's Truth & JustizRN CGC VAX

Breeder/Owner: Rita Roberts
Co-Breeder: Sandi Soto

We were already on a Search and Rescue team working primarily the Virginia Peninsula. We didn't respond to 9/11, but our training officer put us on standby. There was nothing for trailing dogs to do then, but we knew our cadaver dogs might be needed later, even years later. As it was, that's the atmosphere that Buck entered the world, destined to be a show dog. Only one of his testicles didn't descend. Waiting on that we found he had an uncanny ability and tenacity and he began search training after 12 weeks of age.

No one believed an Akita could do the job, primarily because of perceived dog aggression. Buck, who grew up with a bunch of old show dogs, fosters going in and out, and bloodhounds never showed an ounce of dog aggression, but he hated wheels. Once we overcame that, he never looked back. At 11 months of age he completed a grueling week of training in West Virginia with labs, border collies and bloodhounds. He was ridiculed and laughed at, at first. People didn't laugh after he consistently took the hardest trails and found his person. We didn't have anything to lose. He had to overcome trailing through heat, around critter holes, over a wooden suspension bridge and up steep inclines and down. Some trails were a mile in length. At the end he completed his CGC. He was certified by our team-training officer, but not before she ran a bitch in season over his trail. These are normal things a working dog might encounter and so everything was thrown at them for proofing. Satisfied, he was ready to work.

Buck had thousands of hours of trailing; every weekend in snow and rain, in urban and wilderness and cadaver training. He did it all. His first call out was in Newport News where he responded to a dementia patient that had way wandered off from his house. His career was shortened when I became expectant with my first child and we moved to Florida, where licensure was different and a 2nd baby was expected. He did go on one last cadaver search there in an old MP case. We were not ever blessed with a live find. He wasn't the only Akita to ever train for search, but he was one of the first that I know of to mantrail in the US. There was another Akita added to our team as well.

After premature retirement because of his handlers' family aspirations, he got bored. So we began a short Rally career, which ended when his daddy left for Iraq. His old injuries sustained from search limited his jumping ability.

He took his family duties very seriously, and in old age moved with us again for the last time and immediately hated our neighbor for no apparent reason. It was disconcerting. This neighbor was later arrested on charges of soliciting a minor.

He was he best dog I have ever known, and we all miss him daily.

GCHG BIS BISS CH Sondaisa Fyre When Ready

Holster

BIS/MBISS GCH Sondaisa Fyre When Ready CDRN CGC VAX

Owner: Colleen Sullivan

Date: 9/2/14

GCHG BIS BISS CH Sondaisa Fyre When Ready CD RN CGC and Therapy Dog
Breeder/Owner: Colleen Sullivan

Holster is a once in a lifetime dog and best friend. I smile because of him. He is our family but he is also America's Akita! He gives so much of himself and thoroughly enjoys life.

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Jade

Suggs Jasmine Jade CDX CD TT CGC VAX

Date: 7/23/00

Owner: Cathy Suggs

Jade was my first Akita, and my first to get a CD and a CDX. In 1998 she was ranked the #1 obedience Akita... she was also my first Akita with Sebaceous Adenitis. She finished her CDX at the age of 7... Just over a year after being diagnosed with SA. I can honestly and proudly say she is a "ONCE IN A LIFETIME AKITA"... Ms. Jade passed away on 11/08/01 at the age of 10½, due to complications of bloat surgery.

Jade was well known in the Akita world for her endurance and courage in the face of adversity. Although she suffered many years from SA, she was always willing to help others understand more about that incurable disease.

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Jetta

AKC UKC BIS NAKC CH RO1 Shogitai's Borderline Angel RE CGC TT Delta VAX CSL1 CSL2 CSL3
Owner: Linda Bacco & Samuel Bacco

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Kayden

GCH CH Countryside's Rumors Royal Star RN THDD CGCA CGCU TKA TT ATT VAX

other titles UKCCH Nat/IntCH -Bronze, Do More With your dog titles,

Date: 9/15/18

Owners: Elea Warf

Kayden is a Rumor X Star baby and a complete mama’s boy.  He is quite famous for his kisses that will happen quickly (before one can say no) and encompass your entire face.  He passed his CGC at 8 months and his Therapy Dog test a few days after turning 1, adding titles to his name thru the years as I figure it out.  He is also a Bronze level Champion at the IABCA shows as well as a UKC Champion.  Kayden also participates yearly in the local “Meet the Breed” alongside his Akita sisters.  I have heard a lot of people say “I’ve never meet such a nice Akita”, so he does a lot of great Breed Ambassador work.

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Kira

CH Kazesan's Kahlua and Cream CGC TC TDI Delta VAX

Date: 7/23/00

Owner: Linda Bacco

Kira was the foundation for our kennel. She possessed a wonderful stable temperament, was the "grandmother" for every litter of puppies born and was the demo dog for obedience classes that I teach.

Words can't describe the contributions she made to our lives. She left us on May 9, 2009 not long after she turned 14 years old. She will always be missed.

CH Kodiaks Sierra Sunrise

Kodi

CH Kodiak's Sierra Sunrise CDX CD CGC VAX

Date: 8/20/02

Owners: Anita & Rodney Palmer

Kodi was our first showdog and champion. He achieved his CDX by getting 3 qualifying legs in 6 shows, earning placements each time. One first place and two fourth place ribbons! Kodi received his VAX in 2002.

He was a sweet boy and we miss him to this day.

Lolo

Lolo Karfs RN CA BCAT CGCA TKN RATI RATN TT NW1 VA

Updated title as of 3/8/2020) Lolo Karfs
RN FDC CA BCAT DCAT ACT2 SCN SIN SBN TT CGC CGCA CGCU TKN ATT RATI RATN RATO NW1 CL1-H CL1-R VAX

Date: 2/16/18

Owners: Deborah Karfs

Adopted from Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast (ARMAC) and, unbeknownst to me, destined to become my first performance dog. Thank you for the lessons my smart, slothy, beautiful girl. It’s been a wonderful adventure.

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Lucy

Eiserntor Lucy I'm Home CD BN RN BCAT RATO CGCA CGCU TKA, TT, VAX

Date: 7/20/18

Owner: Betty Ann Ogus & Sally Jaffe
By GCH Crown Royals Start'N A Revolution - CH C'Sides Appearances Are Deceiving

Breeder: Aaron Jaffe & S Jaffe

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Sparky

BISS CH Miru's Stars 'N Stripes CD RE CGC VA

Date: 2007

BISS Ch. MIru's Stars 'N Stripes CD, RE, CGC
Breeder/Owner: Steve and Miriam Lisker

Sparky was one of the 'once in a decade' dogs. He was a sixth generation of dogs that we have either owned or bred, and we  could trace him back to our  first Akita in the 1980's.  Besides being a show dog who earned his championship from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class, he was a wonderful ambassador for the breed.  He participated in the first Meet the Breeds in NYC, appeared on public television on an AKC sponsored show, performed with his obedience class during the 7 th inning stretch at local minor league ballgames and spent many afternoons in his senior years saying hello to the elementary school kids going home from school.

He earned his VA in 2007.

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Wrigley

AKC/CKC/UKC CH-UO2 Ursa Major's Field of Dreams BN RE CGCA VAX

Date: 8/6/18

Breeder: Tom Knoebel
Owner: Tom Knoebel
Wrigley is one of those Akitas who people in fall in love with and is a  great ambassador for our breed. She has always been fun to show in performance activities and continues to do so. . She has willingness to take on things during our adventures in  Conformation, Rally, Barn Hunt, Obedience , and Agility. She earned all 3 of her Championships owner handled. Both her parents are Versatile Akitas and her offspring seem to have what it takes to do performance as well.
Seaislands Heart Of Zipporah

Zipporah

Seaisland's Heart of Zipporah CD BN RN FDC BCAT THDD RATO CGCA CCU TKA VAX
Owner: Julie Burk

Versatile Akita (VA)

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Apache

AM/CAN CH Kazesans Dream Catcher CGC TC

Date: 5/2/00

Owner: Linda Bacco
He was a once in a lifetime dog. He was my first owner handled Champion in both the US and Canada and a true ambassador of the breed.

He loved everyone and had to show it by kissing them!

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Apollo

MBISS GCHS Absolute's I Want To Go The Distance At MiMar BN RE CGC TT AOM VA

Date: 8/8/17

Owner: Mary Mignogna
Apollo was bred by Brenda Van Camp & Mark Lechowski and allowed me the honor of owning him. It is a pleasure to be at the end of his lead in the conformation ring, but to see him work in the performance rings is such a hoot. His silliness comes out at the times I think he knows I'm stressed and I cannot help but giggle at him. Keep up the great work Turtle!!
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Archu

Majer's Medal of Honor CA TT RATN CGCA CGCU TKA VA

Date: 2/6/19

Owner: Erin Runcan, DVM & Madelyn Goss

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Axle

Sir Hurricane Axle CD RA CGC TT VA

Owner: Natalia & Brittany Dougherty

Date: 1/28/06

He was the 1st Akita to start the double Q’s in the AKC Rally Obedience. He was the 5th Akita to earn the Rally Excellent Title in March of 2006. Also my 2 akitas, Kuma then Axle got the 1st and 2nd places in the non-regular Rally at the 2004 ACA Nationals in Rhode Island with scores of 99 for Kuma  and 98 for Axle.

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BB

Kashi's Bonny Braids O'Kalan RN TT CGC VA

Owner: Cheryl Burns & Callan Burns

Date: 2/26/10

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BB

Gekko's Bold As Love CD BN RE CGC VA

Owner: Monica Colvin & Gregory Colvin

Date: 9/20/11

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Baron

Nova-Dia's Raging Red Baron CD RE TDI TT CGC VA

Date: 2/26/10

Owner: Mary Mignogna

Baron was my first performance dog & what a world have we shared together. Bred by Cyndi Crum of Novo-Dia Kennels; born 11/16/2004. 3 shows, 3 qualifying legs, our first title together being a Rally Novice title. And the rest as they say, is history.

Baron has obtained his Rally Advanced & Excellent titles and has 2 legs towards his Rally Adv Excellent title. We then switched over to Obedience & obtained his CD & Beginner Novice title. We have begun therapy dog visits & the looks on peoples' faces in nursing home is priceless. Although he is pretty much retired, he has earned the right to be a couch potato.

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Bellamy

GCHS CH Sandaisa's Cross Fyre CD RN CGCA CGCU TKN VA

Date: 9/30/19

Breeder: Colleen Sullivan

GCH Okami's Consider It Done RN CGCA CGCU TKI

Buster

BISS GCH Okami's Consider It Done RN CGCA CGCU TKI VA

Date: 12/16/18

Owners: Frank and Linda Wolf

Buster is the 3rd Okami Akita to participate in the ACA Versatility Program. We are proud of all his accomplishments in performance activities. His awesome temperament and willing to please attitude makes training fun!

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Caliber

CH Shogitai's Caught in the Crossfire RN FDC CGCA CGCU TKI VA

Date: 10/25/17

Owners: Linda Bacco
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Colt

MaJer’s Unbridled Swagger THDN RATO CGCA TKP VA

Date: 10/8/19

Owners: Susan Manuel & Madelyn Goss
Breeder: Madelyn Goss

They say you learn something from each dog. Our boy Colt , aka MaJer’s Unbridled Swagger THDN CGCA TKP RATI RATN BVA , is an amazing “Teacher”. Along our journey, he has made me a better owner and trainer. He is an ambassador for the breed and truly loves people. This is apparent in his role as a Therapy Dog. We have the privilege of visiting hospice patients and family members. The comfort and brief diversion he provides is truly remarkable. It is in these moments, you realize the gift our family has been given.

CH Sondaisa Lightyears Ahead At Kokana

Cosmo

CH Sondaisa Lightyears Ahead at Kokana CAA CGCA CGCU TKN VA

Date: 9/18/17

Owner: Kathy Webster & Colleen Sullivan
Breeders: Colleen Sullivan and Monica Wixman
It is hard to sum up Cosmo in a paragraph.  He has a very bright and engaging personality and he loves his family with his whole heart.  He excelled in the show ring and finished his Championship always owner-handled in just 7 weekends with 4 majors and multiple Best of Breed wins over Champions.  While he did great, he didn't really love conformation events, but we discovered he really enjoys performance events and training.  He finished his CAA with a perfect 10 runs in 10 starts, never once faltering in his pursuit of the lure.  Then, when we started him in Rally he finished his RN in three tries with a first & second place at all breed trials.  He is now working on his Rally Advanced title and has his first leg and a second place in his first trial.  There is more to come from our Cosmo!
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Daphne

BISS GCH CH Kokana's Once In A Lightyear CAA CGCA CGCU TT RATI VA

Date: 3/30/16

Breeder/Owner: Kathy Webster
Daphne is an amazing girl who loves to make her Mom proud, and she makes me very proud indeed! We have dabbled in a lot of things and Daphne has excelled at most!

In conformation, on her way to her Championship she earned two Best Bred By Exhibitor In Show Awards and several Best of Breeds. Then she easily earned her Grand Championship picking up a Best in Specialty Show and finishing out 2014 in the Top Twenty Akitas while she was at it.

She earned her Coursing Ability Advanced title with a perfect 10 runs in 10 starts. With very limited training in Rally and Obedience we have earned legs and we plan to finish some titles in those venues soon.

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Darcy

GCH Countryside's Uptown Girl CGC RN THDX VA

Updated title (haven't submitted for higher va) GCH Countryside's Uptown Girl CGCA CGCU TKA RN THDD VA TT ATT

Date: 9/20/16

Owner: Elea Warf & Becky Bullard

Breeder: Becky Bullard

Darcy is a bundle of sweetness. She's very sensitive and doesn't like to be yelled at, however she's not interested in doing repetitive tasks (such as Rally, she was not amused, but did it because I asked her to). She enjoys meeting most people. There are a few she might ignore, but when she really likes someone she will give them a small kiss. She reserves her hind leg standing and hoping around for me and her human grandma. She loves being wherever I am and wherever Haylie and Kayden go. She makes the trio and they are always together.

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Dart

BIS CH Diamond Limited Edition D'Artagnan CGC TT RN

Date: 2/2/08

Owners: Angi Diamond, Ron Diamond

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Dotti

Am/Can/Int Ch. Stardust's Night Moves Es CD VA TT ROM

Date: 9/18/17

Am/Can/Int Ch. Stardust's Night Moves Es CD VA TT ROM
Owner: Teresa Witte

Some of Dottie's titles include American, Canadian and international championship, and an obedience CD. Uno and Dottie were littermates.

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Ecco

UKC CH Shogitai's Rumor Has It RN CGC TT Delta VA

Date: 9/20/11

Owner: Linda Bacco
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Georgie

BISS AM/MEX CH Minda's Kiss The Girls RN TT CGC VA ROM AOM

Date: 7/23/09

Owner: Francee Hamblett and Holly Walker

Winner of the 2008 National Specialty. Producer of over 15 champions. Two temperament titles: both ATTS Temperament Title and AKC Canine Good Citizen. Ranked in the Top Twenty Akitas 2008 & 2009 in two shows. Number One Stud Dog 2009-2010. Sire of the 2011 Akita Club of America's National Specialty winner, BISS GCH Minda Fujisvs Violets Are Blue AOM.

The main force holding down the living room floor.

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Grizz

Rivendell's Boromir CGC Delta

Owner: Cecille & Tony Juresko

Date: 10/25/04

Grizz earned his Versatile Akita based on almost 150 hours of therapy dog service. He was a Delta Society certified therapy dog for almost 7 years. He worked as a Reading Rover at Sheridan Elementary School in Spokane WA. Grizz & I committed to 1 day a week for the entire school year. We helped kids with reading difficulties ranging from dyslexia to English as a second language. The kids loved their reading sessions and Grizz loved the kids.

Grizz also served as a therapy dog at Shriner's Hospital for Children for 7 years. He played cards & pulled children in wheelchairs down the hallway. Many children were not able to come to the Therapy room so we visited their rooms. He sat quietly for petting & would lie down in their rooms, oozing soothing vibes. He was tall enough that he could put his head on their laps. Grizz also earned his Canine Good Citizen. He was one special boy.

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GCH CH Sondaisa's Eternal Fyre BN RN CGCA CGCU VA

Date: 7/30/17

GCH Sondaisas Eternal Fyre BN RN CGCA CGCU VA
Owner: Julie & Stacey Ellis, Breeder: Colleen Sullivan
"Kennedee" is owned by Julie & Stacey Ellis and bred and co-owned by Colleen Sullivan.  While Stacey shows, Julie does performance and training with her.  She is loved beyond words and is loved by everyone she meets. All of us together have accomplished so much in her 2 years of life.  We will continue this journey as she has proven to be an exceptional Akita and we have so much more to accomplish!
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Klaatu

U-AGII Klaatu Barada Nikto CGC TDI TT

Owner: Alice D. South

Date: 6/26/04

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Kyoki

Seaisland's Synchronicity CA RATO CGCA CGCU VA

Date: 5/2/17

Owner: Ann Schmidt, Breeder: Louise Davie

I've always thought Kyoki is an incredible athlete & very smart. Plus having a high prey drive, I knew I'd better keep her busy! I must give credit to her breeder, Louise Davie. Her dogs are quite sound in mind & body and I appreciate that immensely. Kyoki has been the neutral dog for CGC, participated in Meet the Breed but I think her favorite event so far has been Barn Hunt. (That Akita hunter!) It has been a lot of work with so much reward! I have met some incredible people that I now call my friends. I would encourage anyone with a dog to go try something that sounds interesting to you. You'll strengthen the bond between yourself & your dog & have a great time doing it. I'm not sure what the two of us will try next but whatever it is, it's all about the journey for us!

Kuma

Jupiter's Kuma CA RA CGC TT

Date: 1/28/2006

Owners: Natalia Dougherty

2019 Novice A Rally-New Title

Logan

CH Epic's Invictus RN CGCA CGCU TKN VA

Date: 10/2/19

Breeder: Diane Merits

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Makoto

CH Kyouji's Truth Be Told CAA CGCA CGCU RATI TT VA

Date: 5/2/17

Breeder: Andrea Rodenberger
Owner: Nikki Snell
Makoto is one of those dogs with ability to make even the most skeptical, non-dog person fall in love with him. He is patient and kind, and is known to gravitate toward those individuals in the crowd who are in need of a loving nudge or lick. His willingness to roll with it, has been proven during his adventures in achieving legs and titles in Conformation, Lure Coursing, Barn Hunt, Therapy, Trick Dog, and Dog Scouts. He earned both Championships completely owner handled and finished his UKC Championship with quite an eventful Best in Show win. His amazing temperament has made him a perfect partner in Meet the Breed booths, and has afforded him the ability to pass the ATTS Temperament test as well as AKC's Canine Good Citizen, Urban Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine tests. Makoto continues his dog sport adventures by playing in Rally, Obedience, Agility, Carting and Nosework, and can often be found sprawled out in front of his favorite fan.
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Maxine

Pan Am Ch FCI Ch UCI and Mex CH Celtic's Dark Angel  CGC AJP AXP NFP S-STA S-IGA S-BJA S-BSLA S-BA VA

Date: 6/14/10

Owner: Karen Blohm-Mangone

Maxine has earned Pan An, Mexican and International Championships in conformation in Mexico as a Japanese Akita. She completed all her health testing, Canine Good Citizen award, and earned her VA title from Akita Club of America at 2.5 years old.

Maxine has earned AKC agility titles up through preferred Excellent. Maxine is now competing with her first Q's in Master Preferred and has qualified for the AKC Agility Invitational in Dec 2013. Maxine has participated in community service at Mastsuri Festivals, agility demos for ACA and at grade schools in Tucson and is doing therapy work at a retirement and 24/7 care facility in Phoenix.

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Mesa

CH Kyouji's Truth Be Told CAA CGCA CGCU RATI TT VA

Am/Can CH Shogitai's Vision Quest CGC TC VA
Owner: Linda Bacco

Date: 7/22/02

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Miata

Satori's Lessa Weyrpup of Pern CGC VA

Date: 10/2/05
Breeder-Owner-Handler: Karen Blohm-Mangone
May 1995—December 2005

GCH Huntmere Always In Your Corner At MiMar

Mikki

AKC/UKC CH Huntmere Always In your Corner at MiMar CD BN RE CGC VA

Date: 9/20/11

Owner: Mary Mignogna

"Mikki" started her performance career at a young age and obtained her first title, Rally Novice, at 6½ months of age. She then proceeded to obtain her Canine Good Citizen, Beginner Novice, Companion Dog, UKC Championship, AKC Championship, and Rally Advanced titles before she turned 2 years of age.

She then decided to go through the Akita "zoomies" while we were working on our Rally Excellent title. She overcame the "zoomies" and proceeded to obtain her Rally Excellent title and then her Rally Advanced Excellent title in 10 trials! We have had many firsts together, including our first owner-handled Champion, obtaining an Award of Merit at the 2012 Pre-Nationals in Indianapolis and making the cut in the Working Group in 2013 at the Lorain, Ohio show.

Mikki was bred by Deanne and Paul Hunt and she was born 08/29/2009. Can't wait to see what our future holds!

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Moonbeam

CH Midnite Gekko Catch a Moonbeam RA CGC TT VA

Date: 10/12/2010

Owners: Monica & Gregory Colvin and Lynn Morgan

Moonbeam was born October 28, 2002—a granddaughter of our foundation sire, Thor. Extremely happy and outgoing, Moonbeam always enjoyed going to shows, meeting people, and getting loved on.

After finishing her championship and being retired from breeding, she needed a job. In 2009 Moonbeam and I began Rally classes to give the ol' gal "something to do". She earned her Rally titles in addition to her other titles qualifying for her VA title. She is still quite active, and if she could, she would run for mayor!

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Onyx

UKC CH Kumakura Shogitai's Fade to Black CGC TT Delta CA CSL1-F VA

Owner: Linda Bacco & Samuel Bacco

Date: 12/22/10

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Paige

UKC CH URO1 Okami's Turnin' the Paige RN CGC RLPX RLPI AOE VA

Updated Title:  UKC CH R/MBBIS Okami's Turnin' The Paige RN CGC RLP RLPX RL1 AOE

Date: 3/19/14

Bred/Owned by: Linda & Frank Wolf
Akita Club of America VA (3/2014)

Our beautiful Paige, so full of life, so happy, so smart, so loving… we lost Paige before her second birthday… so senseless…

We treasure our memories of her and miss her terribly. Paige earned her CGC title at 6 months of age and her AKC Rally Novice title at just 7½ months old. She was a major away from her AKC Championship, even earning a Group 3 from the classes. The short time we had with her was full of love and happiness. We miss her silly side also, she was so good at everything she did and learned so easily. Her brother, Heston, was always one step behind her and she knew it. She would come out of the ring, look over at him as if to say "Beat that dummy!" She waits at the Rainbow Bridge…

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PJ

CH Gekko's Samba In the Cat's pajamas CD BN RA CGCA TT VA

Date: 9/2/14

Bred/Owned by: Monica Colvin

PJ earned her VA title September 2, 2014. Bred and owned by husband and I, she is a delight to live with. PJ qualified for and competed in the 2015 AKC Rally National Championship, in Rally Advanced. She finished her championship easily from the bred by class with 3 majors, including 2 5-point majors.

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Porter

GCH Ursa Major's Deschutes Dark BN RN CGCA CGCU  VA

Date: 4/27/16

Owner: Melissa Fisher

Porter is my first conformation dog and my first GCH, all owner handled. He's also my first rally and obedience titled dog. It's been an amazing 4 years together so far!

Porter is a happy, mellow boy who relaxes and makes himself at home wherever we go, usually belly up on his back or popping his "frog legs" out behind him. He has participated in several meet the breed events and is an annual participant at the WAG rescue booth, helping the public learn more about Akitas.

Porter is a cherished family member and his frequent happy "woos" and assorted vocalizations make us laugh and smile daily. He is a true heart dog in every way.

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Punkin

Gekko's Snow Punk of Wild Ridge CDX BN RAE RATN CGCA TKI VAX

Date: 8/22/18

Breeder: Michele Petersen Owner: Monica Colvin

Punkin is a bundle of personality, energy, brains and love, sprinkled with just enough naughtiness to remind us that she is an Akita! Sired by our Roger, also a Versatility Akita, she has his biddable nature. She loves to train, go to classes and be with her "friends" of various breeds.

Punkin earned her CD with first and second placements. Punkin qualified (2 times over) for the 2017 AKC Rally National Championship in Rally Advanced/Excellent. She earned her RAE in three consecutive trial weekends, including a 7 placements. She earned her BarnHunt Novice title in October, with second and third placements. Punkin is pointed with 2 major reserves. The future is bright, lots to do!

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Raiden

AKC/UKC/NAKC GR CH R01 Shogitai's River of Dreams RA BN CGCTT Delta CSL! CSL2-F CSL2-H AOM VA

Date: 9/24/07
Owner: Linda Bacco

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Ridge

Ch. Pyramid's The Ridge CD, RN, CGC, VA

Date: 5/12/09

Breeder: Cathy Suggs;
Owner: Tommy & Casie Miller; Co-Owner: Cathy Suggs

Ridge was our first Akita. He finished his Championship completely owner handled, and quickly took to the obedience ring earning his RN and CD titles in 3 straight weekends of shows. He was a crowd favorite for his jumping finish on his recall. However, he was happiest at home with his family. His sole purpose was to look after our 4 children. His tough guy persona quickly melted away when he interacted with HIS kids. Ridge passed over the rainbow bridge on 8-31-16. He is deeply missed.

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Roger

GCH Gekko's Wild Blue Yonder RN CGC TT VA

Date: 7/20/12

Breeders/Owners: Monica & Greg Colvin

Roger arrived on June 7, 2010 and we knew he was the one to keep soon after! Aside from his physical attributes, Roger has a unique, sweet and outgoing nature that it truly special. From his big "Roo-roo's" with a stuffy toy in his mouth to his "snowplow" schnuggles—his personality is big and happy. He is a young dog that is very eager to please, hopefully we will be adding to his titles.

As of this writing he is a group-placing Bronze Level Grand Champion, always owner-handled by Monica. Part of his VA requirements were fulfilled via his "Community Service": twice appearing as "Guest Dog Of The Week" at the AKC Museum of The Dog in St. Louis, MO, and walking in a Pancreatic Cancer benefit, "Walk With The Dogs."

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Ruffie

CH Skipjack's Politicly N'Correct CD R1 TT CGC TDI
Owner: Patricia Mills

Lin Jo Shadow

Shadow

Lin Jo Shadow CGC CD RE TT VA

Date: 9/24/07

Owner: Betty Ann Ogus

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Sierra

AKC & UKC CH Shogitai's Reason to Believe RA TT CGC Delta VA

Date: 9/20/06

Owner: Linda Bacco

SKYLAR ELLIS

Skylar

Skylar Ellis CA RATM CGC TKN TC VA

Date: 9/5/17

Owner: Bob and Julie Ellis
Skylar Ellis, CA RATM CGC TKN TC VA is owned and loved by Bob and Julie Ellis. We rescued Sky as an 8 week old puppy through WAG. He is an exceptional athlete and is the first akita to reach the Master title in Barn hunt and also loves Coursing events. He is always willing to do Meet the Breeds and has worked the WAG rescue event in past years.  He is quite a character and is loved dearly not only by our family but by his many friends. Skylar is "my boy" and very special. We will continue on doing the events he loves!
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Sonny

CH Wicca's Western Edge of the Sun BN RE RA RN CGCA CGC TT VA

Date: 11/15/16

Owners: Anita & Rodney Palmer
Breeder: Jo Ann Charnik

Sonny is aptly named! He is one happy fella - fearless, enthusiastic & confident. Always looking for adventure. From the conformation ring to performance events to Meet The Breeds; Sonny does it all with gusto. Sometimes a bit too much gusto, but that is Sonny! He is a joy to have in our lives and we look forward to many new adventures with our "butter boy".

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Solomon

Seaisland's Wisdom of Solomon BN RN BCAT RATN CGCA CGCU TKS FDC VA

Date: 1/21/19

Owners: Julie Burk
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Sparky

BISS CH Miru's Stars 'N Stripes CD RE CGC VA

Date: 2008

Breeder/Owner: Steve and Miriam Lisker

Sparky was one of the 'once in a decade' dogs. He was a sixth generation of dogs that we have either owned or bred, and we  could trace him back to our  first Akita in the 1980's.  Besides being a show dog who earned his championship from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class, he was a wonderful ambassador for the breed.  He participated in the first Meet the Breeds in NYC, appeared on public television on an AKC sponsored show, performed with his obedience class during the 7 th inning stretch at local minor league ballgames and spent many afternoons in his senior years saying hello to the elementary school kids going home from school.

He earned his VA in 2007.

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Sprite

UKC/INT. CH-RO2 Ursa Major's Sparkling Solitaire BN REA CGC VA AOM

Date: 1/29/15

Breeder: Tom Knoebel
Owner: Tom Knoebel

Sprite is a smart and eager to please Akita girl who is a integral part of our pack.  She is super alert and never lets us miss someone arriving on the property.
She has really learned to love showing in both breed and performance activities. All the activities have created a special bond and she is very special girl. Even in her veteran year she is still going strong. She has participated in Barn Hunt, Rally and conformation this year already.

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Stone

OPR-Codakan Pyramid of Stone TDI TT CGC

Date: 7/23/00

Owner: Cathy Suggs
Stone was my first conformation dog. He was also trained in agility and obedience. He had an easy going temperament that was passed on to his daughter, Honor.

Both Stone and Honor are Certified Therapy Dog and have visited hospitals, nursing homes and schools. They have participated in the LeBonheur Childrens' Hospital Radiothon for several years, lending a hand with the fundraising efforts and spreading cheer throughout the facility.

Stone crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2008. He is missed…

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Teddy Collins

CH Kobu's Kount on the Ruff Rider AOM NJP NFP CTL1 TT CGC VA

Date: 7/23/09

Owner: Lawrence Collins

Teddy came to us as our first show dog from Susan Cargill of Kobu Akitas. He finished his championship shortly after turning a year old, and he won two AOM's at Akita specialties.

He often attends "Meet The Breed" at the Reliant World Series of Dog Shows, and he made one appearance at Eukanuba for "Meet The Breed". He is especially good with children despite his size.

He earned qualifying scores in Agility and Rally at two Akita National Specialties, and won multiple "Properties" classes at the Tucson National Specialty. His favorite agility venue is CPE because they have events that don't require weave poles.

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Teddy

CH Akiko's Fox Ted CD Can/SKC CD CGC TT ROM

Date: 5/2/00

Owner: Nancy B. Fisk
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Tegan

AKC & UKC CH URO1 Shogitai's Larger Than Life RA CGC VA

Date: 6/2/14

Owner/Breeder: Linda & Samuel Bacco

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Thor

Chosen's Nordic Son Thor CD CGC TDI TT

Date: 1/12/01

Owner: Monica Colvin

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Tigger

CH Sondaisa's All Fyred Up CD RN CGCA BCAT VA

Date: 9/30/19

Breeder: Colleen Sullivan

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Tony

CH West Bay's Can's Dans Skipjack TT TDI CGC VA
Owner: Patricia Mills

Torbjørn

Torbjorn

CH Showkayce Folsom Keeps A-Rollin RA CGCA CGCU TT VA

Date: 5/25/17

Breeder: Kathlene Amrine/Tamara Larson
Owner: Genevieve Neely/Kathlene Amrine
Torbjørn, pronounced TORE-BEN, has had a busy life so far. Currently two-years-old, he has his AKC Championship, International Championship, titles for rally, temperament, and versatility. Also, he was the 15th Akita ever to earn all four Canine Good Citizen titles with AKC! Torbjørn loves to learn, and always tries his best, so this list will certainly continue to grow! In addition to being versatile in his abilities, he also is CHIC certified and genetically well diversified with an internal relatedness score of -0.13, and 6 of the more rare Loci for Akitas. However, our favorite feature is his personality. He is the most gentle, loving, compassionate, nurturing, happy, playful dog you can imagine. He brings smiles and joy to everyone he meets and we feel blessed to have him in our lives.
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Ty

Catmac Black Tie Affair CD TDI TT CGC

Date: 7/23/00

Owner; Cathy Suggs

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Uno

Am/Can/Intl CH Es Stardust's Nightrider CD CGC TT

Date: 8/20/01

Owner: Teresa Witte

Uno was a multiple group and a Specialty winner. He was a Top 10 ranked ago for 3 years. Uno also had both a CD and Canine Good Citizenship award.

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Vixen

CH Moonlight Kiseki's Kall Girl, CGC VA

Date: 6/7/12

Breeder and Co-Owner: Christina Stanley

Vixen is a wonderful Ambassador for the breed and is a multi-titled, multi-tasking girl. She is a registered Service dog on top of being a show Champion, and a big lovable girl who loves to educate people on our breed!

Breeders: Kathy Concannon & Co-owned by Chris Stanley

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Wrigley

AKC/CKC/UKC CH-UO2 Ursa Major's Field of Dreams BN RE CGCA VAX

Date: 8/6/18

Breeder: Tom Knoebel
Owner: Tom Knoebel

Wrigley is one of those Akitas who people in fall in love with and is a  great ambassador for our breed. She has always been fun to show in performance activities and continues to do so. . She has willingness to take on things during our adventures in  Conformation, Rally, Barn Hunt, Obedience , and Agility. She earned all 3 of her Championships owner handled. Both her parents are Versatile Akitas and her offspring seem to have what it takes to do performance as well.

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Yukiko

Makoto's Reason for Joy CAA RATN CGCA CGCU TKA TT SD VA

Date: 6/27/17

Owner: Nikki Snell

Her name translates to Reason for Joy, and joy is what she brings to those who know her. It is a blessed individual who ends up with an Akita as remarkable as Yukiko. From a young age, there were a lot of expectations placed on this special girl and she's exceeded every one of them. Adopted as a Service Dog Prospect from rescue, she trained to be a Mobility Service Dog from the day she arrived. It quickly became evident that she loved to learn, and found purpose in working. Prior to her second birthday, Yukiko successfully completed courses in Puppy Kindergarten, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Obedience, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy and Service Dog training. She passed the ADA's Public Acces Test, Obedience levels I, II and III, and earned her CGC, fulfilling the requirements to become a Certified Service Dog with KSCEC. Reckognizing that I shouldn't keep such a special soul to myself, I share her while traveling to Schools and Libraries where she represents Love on a Leash, as a registered Therapy Dog. When she's not on duty, Yukiko enjoys Barn Hunt, Lure Coursing, Dog Scouts, Backpacking, Hiking, Swimming, watching Animal Planet and eating Ice Cream.
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Zadok

Westar's Mighty Faithful Zadok CDX RE AX MXJ FX THD CGC
Owner: Julie Burk
Zadok competed in obedience, rally and agility. However his real love was therapy and crisis response work. Zadok responded to both the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University to work with the students and staff after their school shootings. His work in therapy took him to schools, hospitals, prisons, summer camp and a children's facility.
Zadok won the ACE award in 2008 for his therapy work from the AKC. His motto was "Kisses for free and memories to last a lifetime."

Beginner Versatile Akita (BVA)

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Tony

CH West Bay's Can's Dans Skipjack TT TDI CGC VA
Owner: Patricia Mills

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Elle

BISS GCHCG CAS Element of Luck at Matagi BCAT BVA

Date: 11/12/19

Breeder: Cindy Smith

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Jesse

Liberty's Trackstar RN RATN CGCA CGCU TKN TT BVA
Owner; Gary & Theresa Manchester

Date: 5/11/18

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Rosy

GCH Minda NorthBay Quantum Leap Kiss This BN RN CGC TT BVA

Date: 12/5/17

Breeder: Barbara Sikkink

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Sarge

Sarge Wheeler Sarge Wheeler BN RN FDC CGCA CGCU TKN BVA

Date: 7/28/19

Owner: John Wheeler
Breeder: Unknown

Some of you know Sarge is my personal rescue, adopted (10/3/13) from an accident litter when he was 13 weeks old. He started developing allergies shortly after and during the winter of 2015 developed hypothyroidism and sebaceous adenitis. There were quite a few days during that time he was so sick he looked like he was dying but I never gave up to get him better which included leaving a vet I was with for 17 years. Sarge finally started getting better since this vet is familiar with the Akita and their thyroid levels but his coat remained in bad shape. One thing led to another and we were referred to a dermatologist, who, within 15 minutes, diagnosed the SA, and sent out skin biopsies to confirm. I was given a bathing routine, meds, and the rest is history with him getting back to his old self again.

As he started feeling better with his skin healing and coat growing back, we earned his first title in Sept. 2016, a CGC. The following Spring (2017) I entered our first obedience trials which went very well, since then we’ve gotten involved in rally and scent work training along with going to trials. I try to do many different things with him as well as taking him to a lot of different places to make him a well-rounded Akita with confidence and friendliness as his tools on our journey together.

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Tessa

CH Summit Tanager's Jenesaisquoi RN RATO CGC BVA

Date: 5/11/18

Breeder:  Cecilia and James Carmean
Owner:  Danielle Gutelius and Cecilia Carmean

Tessa is one of those rare gems that has it all:  sweetness, soundness, intelligence and beauty.  She is always eager to learn and willing to work.
She performs everything asked of her with seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm.  She is always happy to meet people, so much so that she once excitedly ran up to greet a life-sized statue of two children, and reacted very disappointedly when she realized that they weren't real.
My life has been so much more fun and rewarding having Tessa in it.