Both Fuchi and Umma are continuing their nosework journeys and loving every bit of it.
Last summer we started learning nosework with Fuchi and Umma. It has been more than we expected in a good way and the whole family loves every second!
Fuchi is now 19 months old and starting to show a lot of signs of becoming a responsible adult. It’s gratifying to see those changes, to see her confidence growing, to see her settling in, and to see her general maturity.
Our Hokkaido love to talk to us, but we've learned they also love it when we talk to them.
When Umma came to live with us at a year old one of the things we never thought we'd have to deal with was whether or not she would eat meals. I mean, dogs eat, right?
When you have two intact females, then things can get really interesting. We knew when we decided to keep Fuchi (or, more accurately, when Umma chose Fuchi as the only acceptable option to keep) we knew it involved risk.
Along the way in this Hokkaido experience there have been three things about the breed that come up again and again, conventional wisdoms about the breed that just don’t match up with our experience.
Here's some then-and-now pics of Fuchi, Arashi, Tangaroa, Haru and Akuma on their first birthday.
Little Fuchi isn’t such a little puppy anymore! Now almost eight months old we've learned a lot about the little pup.
It took three years, but I think Umma has reached mature adulthood and a few factors seem to be key.