Top 6 reasons for owning an akita

After years of having different breeds, I’ve decided to pass on my pearls of wisdom to you, my lovely reader. Here are my top 6 reasons for owning akitas.

6. Akitas don’t bark…unless it’s something really important.

There actually is such a thing as a non-barking breed. The issue with barking dogs is that they bark at anything that moves; things that you want, like intruders and things that you don’t want, like squirrels and evil-looking tree leaves. The constant noise can drive a saint crazy.

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In comparison, akitas don’t bark. If they do, run because it’s important. We’ve owned ours for years now and I can count on one hand the times they have barked. Ahhh…blessed silence.

5. Akitas are low-energy dogs.

Don’t get me wrong, dogs with high-energy are and can be a blast. But you need to know what you’re getting into. If you get a German Shepherd, Fido is going to want and need a lot of exercise. That’s great, if you like to jog with your pooch but if you don’t jog or your job exhausts you and you want to relax when you get home…watch out.

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High-energy dogs need that exercise. If they don’t have an outlet for that energy, they’re like monkeys on crack. They run around your house desperately searching for something to do…and usually that is not something constructive like doing your laundry. Nope. Your lovely pet will find the most cherished, expensive item and turn it into a chew toy.

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Akitas don’t have that much energy. They’ll go for a walk with you but they can’t do a hike of miles. So if you miss a walk one day, they’re okay. They love nothing more than to sleep at your feet.

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4. Akitas are great in extreme temperatures.

This is particularly important in Canada where we go from boots to sandals and back. Our weather is either too hot or too cold. If you have a dog with a short nose, like a boxer or a pug, or a bullmastiff, they’re going to be in trouble. Dogs with short noses can’t regulate their body temperature well. That means that, if it’s too hot or too cold, they need to be indoors. And, in Canada, that’s most days. Keeping a dog inside means that they will need a break and you have to return home to let them out. They’re also much more likely to destroy furniture or get into trouble if they’re left alone inside the house–unless they’re crated.

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Akitas have long noses that help them regulate their body temperature. They also have insulating fur. That fur not only keeps them warm in the winter, it also keeps them cool in the summer. Though I tend to always err on the side of caution in extreme temperatures, these are dogs that are pretty hardy on both ends of the spectrum.

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3. Akitas are incredibly loyal to their owners.

It’s true. They are one of the most loyal breeds. They tend to bond with one person in the house and hover around them at all times.

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Believe it or not, there are dogs who aren’t loyal at all, like boxers or greyhounds. They love those who they’re with and aren’t that particular if a neighbour takes them for a walk. In comparison, my akita, River won’t let anyone but me or my hubby hold his leash. These guys are supper-attached.

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Still, for the most loyal breed go to the Newfoundlander. That’s one loyal breed. But be warned, Newfs can’t change owners. If they do, they simply stop eating. They get that attached.

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2. Akitas are very protective.

It’s one of the reasons why we got these dogs. We live in the country and my hubby and I have very different schedules. I don’t like the idea of being home all alone. Dogs were both companionship and protection. And in the realm of protection, these guys mean business.

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There are dogs that will let anyone inside and the only way they’d stop a thief is if the intruder had allergies. Not my dogs. I sleep relaxed at night because I know they’ll warn me if anything is amiss and protect me, should the need arise.

1. Akitas are very healthy.

Over the years, dogs have changed both in shape and size. The bulldog, for example is almost a completely different creature from the dogs that used to carry that name. Breeders have emphasized the physical attributes that we like, like those adorable wrinkles, and changed those that we don’t like, like a long body. Unfortunately, to get those results, close breedings had to happen and, along with those wrinkles, came other, unwanted issues. As a result, bulldogs are some of the most unhealthy of all dog breeds today.

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We loved our bullmastiff but it too was plagued with health issues–mostly due to the fact that bullmastiffs have bulldog DNA in them. From infections in the wrinkles, to dysplasia, to breathing issues, to allergies, to stomach problems, to weight-gain issues, the list went on and on. It’s no fun to have your puppy at the vet every other weekend and, even worse, to have to say goodbye when they’re only 4 years old. After two bullmastiffs who passed away in terrible pain and much too soon, I had to move to another breed to protect my heart.

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Akitas are a very old breed that hasn’t been altered by humans. As a result, they’re incredibly hardy. Give them their vet check once a year and they’re good to go. No hip dysplasia here, or other skin issues. They also live much longer than the mere 5 years of most bullmastiffs and still bounce around like they’re puppies.

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There you have it. My top 6 reasons for owning an akita. Hope it helps you make a more informed decision if you’re looking for your next doggie best friend.

Sunday’s doggie laugh

I love For Better of For Worse and one of my favourite characters is Farley, the dog. He’s just hilarious and so authentic. Dogs truly do the things he does.

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Saturday morning bliss

It’s a lovely Saturday morning and I’m in heaven. I have my trusty doggies at my feet, softly snoring and sunshine pouring in the window. With no work today, things just look so fantastic.

What’s that? The crack in our ceiling you say? Yeap. That’s still there. Worse, if possible, instead of finding a solution, the structural engineer found water behind the wall.

And remember that scary spider I named Dante? Well, it’s back and, this time, it brought a friend. Obviously, our home is a major spider holiday destination.

Still, who cares? It’s Saturday, the sun is shining, it’s lovely out and there is no work until Monday. I’m in heaven

Where our house is falling apart

Our house is cracking open like an egg.

Let me back up. A few weeks ago, we had company over and they noticed a tiny, hair-like crack in our ceiling. We all laughed with confidence and continued our conversation thinking the crack would go away somehow.

Not only has the crack not gone away, it has visibly grown over time and now it has invited a friend.

My hubby was certain this crack was nothing to worry about. I wasn’t so sure and, when I started to see through the crack, I freaked out and called a structural engineer.

They’re coming tomorrow. I won’t mention how much it costs just to get these people in the door but I know what job I want in my next life.

Obviously, an update post is coming. The akitas in particular are super worried.



I might have mentioned on this little blog that I’m afraid of spiders…I probably have…since I’m pretty terrified of them and everyone I know who has ears has heard me say so once or twice.

I had a victory today. Vacuuming. With my beloved Dyson.

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There was an ugly, black one that came out of nowhere (they all do. Where on earth are they?). I screamed. Looked around for my protective furry doggies (who only opened one eye before going back to sleep) and I sucked it into the vacuum!

Now the vacuum doesn’t kill it. It has a compartment that you empty when it’s full and it was in there, running around with all its legs. So I was able to take the entire thing outside and release my unwanted house guest.

Where my dog is crazy

This was today’s lunch. It’s hummus on toast with slices of every veggie I could find in the fridge. I had beets, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers…

Then, River comes over begging for a bit of cucumber. I tried to explain to him that he’s a carnivore, I tried bribing him with another more doggie-friendly treat but there was no reasoning with his fluffiness. It had to be cucumber and it had to be now.

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I never thought of my dogs as mental giants, but shouldn’t they know what to eat? How do I instill a healthy dislike for vegetables in them?

An unwanted guest

I’ve always wanted our home to be welcoming. I like to think our guests find the place pleasant. The only problem with this plan is when the guests are…unwanted.

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The last couple of nights, we’ve left our windows open and it seems there is a local little guy who finds our home particularly attractive. He or she keeps coming back causing nasal nightmares.

Now, before I go any further, please note that I have nothing against skunks. They are lovely creatures and deserve every good thing that comes their way. They’re also adorably cute when little.

Still, there’s no denying their smell can make your hair curl.

Most people seem to know to stay away but, in a display of incredible intelligence, most dogs, seem unable to comprehend the consequences of bothering said animal.

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I fear what might happen if mine meet this unwanted guest….

Quick! Happy thoughts!

Awww!!! That’s better.

A tale of two dog beds

Once upon a time there were two dog owners who were…well, a little nuts. They meant well, in their crazy little minds, but they were two raisins short of a fruit cake. So, when they went out to get their dogs new beds, they…well, they lost what little sanity they had left.

First, they already had two dogs beds. But they were old and getting lumpy, so they had to go.

Then they got two new dog beds.

Since their dogs weren’t too keen on them. Our two little loonie birds decided higher quality was needed and the beds went back to the store.

They got new, orthopaedic beds made with special foam. It seemed that since the dogs spent all day doing absolutely nothing, they needed to rest in special comfort at night.

Since, these were greeted with delight by the doggies, our two heroes finally could put their quest to rest.

Feel free to roll your eyes and shake your heads in exasperation now.


If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this morning was glorious. I sat on the deck watching my two dogs sniffing every corner of the yard and chasing one bird that was obviously up to no good and loved every minute. It was not too hot, it was sunny and there was the promise of more days like this to come.

If we were having coffee, I’d tel you that I discovered a little bump on River and we were at the vet’s almost immediately that same day. Turns out, it was a hair cell that has grown too large and not a deadly form of cancer as I feared. The vet patiently explained it all to us while my hubby rolled his eyes.

Finally, I’d wish you a Happy Father’s Day.

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A huge thanks to  Eclectic Alli for hosing Coffee Share and to you, my lovely reader, for reading!

A gift from my hubby

My hubby just gave me a gift for my birthday. Never mind the fact that my birthday was months ago, the issue is the gift.

This is now on our wall. It’s a vacuum. A vacuum for my birthday.

Well, I wanted to get upset and rant and rave. But…

love it.

This vacuum is incredible. It changes cleaning from a dreaded chore to a fun activity.

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With it, I can suck away all those doggie hairs, dust, dirt particles and it even cleans the air in the house!!

There’s a part of me, the liberated-woman inside, who gets upset about getting a vacuum as a gift. But there’s another part that simply doesn’t care what it might mean or symbolize for gender equality. The thing is amazing!