In January 2000, we bought our first Akita, K's Kodi Kuma Matagi, "Kodi" and the Akita Adventure was off and running! He was a beautiful 9 wk old puppy who was listed as show quality but unfortunately as he matured his temperament was not. He has never been shown but has been a wonderful companion, friend, teacher, and protector who has mellowed with his years. Kodi was our first veteran.
When we purchased Kodi, we knew very little about the Akita but set out to learn as much as we could about the breed. We soon realized all the mistakes we had made but were determined to continue on. Two years later, after much research, we found a wonderful breeder in New Mexico, Chris Stanley of Moonlight Akitas. It was through Chris, that we found our first show girl, Nikko, who was to become CH Moonlight K's Nikko of Mikado CGC, a lovely fawn female puppy. We later added our second show girl, Velvet, a beautiful black and white brindle puppy, CH Moonlight K's Velvet Rose of Remy CGC,
We knew nothing about showing dogs but Chris very kindly offered to mentor us as we entered the "World of Show Dogs." She has become a good friend and a fantastic mentor always willing to listen and offer suggestions or advice. With her help and mentoring we have finished two of our girls to their AKC Championships and have sucessfully bred our girl Nikko. We have four of her offspring, Maxx, BoBandit, Abbey and Aimee all waiting to finish their championships.
They are our Second Generation here at Katura Kennels and we are very proud of the breeding that produced these four. We are expecting to see a fantastic Third Generation from these rising stars.
Unfortunately, not all our breeding plans worked out as we wanted them to. We were never able to have a successful breeding from our girl Velvet. We had to have her spayed due to an infection, Pyometria. It was a heartbreaking decision, but she has earned the right to sit at my side as my faithful companion and to enjoy my grandchildren.
Our beloved Kodi went to the Rainbow Bridge early Saturday morning on January 8, 2011. Unfortunately his hip dyplasia was getting worse, but he still managed to take a walk around the yard twice a day and look out over the water. He knew it was his time to leave and said his farewell the day before when he looked at me. Run free sweet Kodi, we will miss you and keep you in our hearts forever! You gave us so many wonderful memories and taught us so much about the Akita breed! Kodi was ten years old.
Kodi at 9 wks old, his first day home.
Visit Kodi's Photo Album to see more photos of him through the years. Kodi's Photo Album