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After losing our beloved Kuma (our 2nd Akita) in early 2018 we, like all pet owners, were heartbroken. We knew we would need some time to grieve our loss, but we knew one day we would start looking for another puppy. We fell in love with the breed with our first Akita (Brandy) that we obtained as a puppy in 1993, and it didn’t take long to figure out we would never want another breed. She was with us for almost 13 years, and it was particularly heartbreaking as we had never lived a day in the house we moved into after getting married in 1995 without Brandy there with us. We waited almost a year before finding our Kuma in 2007.

After Kuma’s passing, we waited nearly 7 months before deciding to start looking for another puppy, and we quickly became frustrated with the process as there were so many breeders that we immediately didn’t trust. Whether it was a willingness to ship us a puppy sight unseen, or encountering way too many breeders with a seemingly endless supply of puppies, we were almost ready to give up. Fortunately, we stuck with it one more day and were incredibly lucky to stumble onto a reference for Aces-Up Akitas. I went to their website and was pleasantly surprised to see the rigorous process that was required just to be considered for one of their puppies. I initiated the process by filling out the application and was contacted shortly thereafter by Wenny, who had reviewed my application and wanted to setup a call to get to know us better. We talked for almost 45 minutes during that 1st call getting to know one another, and after hanging up, I knew we had finally found the breeder we were looking for. I became very excited and hopeful that she would see us a good candidates. When she contacted me again several days later and indicated that she had two female puppies available from a recent litter we were over the moon with excitement. She made it clear that she still needed to meet us in person, but went ahead and forwarded us pictures of them both (one Red and one Silver). As expected, we couldn’t decide as they were both such beautiful puppies. Wenny was very patient and went through the process of determining what type of personality we were looking for, and asked what our prior Akita’s were like. Based on our feedback, she recommended that the Red puppy would be a better fit for us, and we made arrangements to drive to Santa Fe to meet her.

Meeting Wenny and Michael fully confirmed that we had made the right decision. Our little Suki is a true blessing and we can’t imagine our life without her. We are so thankful to Wenny and Michael for all their kindness and support since they entrusted us with one of their beautiful little puppies. They care deeply for their dogs and it shows in their quality and happiness, and we are grateful that they trusted us to take care of Suki. We love that our relationship with Wenny and Michael didn’t stop once we left with Suki. They have both remained constant sources of help and guidance, and are genuinely happy to see all the pictures of our little Suki as she has grown. They treat all of their clients like family, and we are very happy to be part of the Aces-Up family.

Cort M

Rancho Palas Verdes, CA

We found “Aces Up Akitas” online after losing our 2nd Akita female of 8 years.  Broken hearted, we searched Akita rescues, but none were available close. “Aces Up” turned up in  internet searches.  They had an extensive questionnaire and within hours of completing the questionnaire, Wenny emailed us back with what she considered may be a “perfect fit”. 

 

Sure enough, we had been thinking of another female, but upon reading our story and the questionnaire, “Sniper” truly fit our needs. She then forwarded his “baby” pictures and some video of him playing outside.   We wanted a companion, not a puppy, gentle natured and “voila” we cannot imagine our lives without him!  He’s so sweet, good mannered and so loving.  It’s like he filled in right where our “daisy” left off. 

 

Wenny and Michael have been so supportive with messages, phone calls and great advice that we never had before. They truly do have the “gentle” bloodlines.  The early training and love for him from ACES UP are VERY evident.   We admire him every day…he’s so beautiful, sometime we have to remind ourselves he is “REAL”.  He’s already into what we do…. hiking, the woods, camping, and family.  He’s also great with our cats, which has been a real bonus, they too don’t believe he’s real!

Judy O'L

Santa Clara, NM

I have wanted an Akita since the first time I saw one over twenty years ago. The Akita is strikingly beautiful, regal and loving.  I did not try to get one earlier in my life due to employment and family circumstances.  I didn't think it would be fair to the Akita.  I'm married and our son is now a teenager.  Our schedules are more flexible than earlier in our lives.  I have done a significant amount of research (books, internet, articles, etc...) on the Akita.  I weighed all of the positives and negatives of having an Akita as a companion pet.  In my mind there was no other choice for me but the Akita.  

 

Once I made the decision that I was going to get an Akita, I looked at the breeders listed on the Akita Club of America (ACA) website.  I looked at other Akita breeders as well. I spent a lot of time looking at the ACA breeders' websites. That's when I first noticed Aces-Up Akitas. Their website was far better and up to date than others that I looked at. It was very well put together and contained a lot of helpful information. Their dogs were beautiful and I was really impressed. So I filled out the puppy application online. Wenny and I talked on the phone about Akitas and the possibility of me obtaining one. I was instantly comfortable with Wenny. Her knowledge and love of Akitas was apparent. I hesitated on my decision due to Aces-Up being thirty hours from my home. I continued to do research, fill out applications and talk to breeders.  There were Akita breeders significantly closer to my home. I’ve talked to or emailed several breeders in my Akita search. Some of the breeders were great. However, some of them didn't return emails or seem interested. Wenny was always available to talk about Akitas or answer any questions.  

 

Months later, Wenny texted me pictures of a puppy, Bono, who became available. Needless to say, Bono was beautiful. After some discussions with the family, we came to the decision to add Bono to our family. I spoke with Wenny and let her know of our decision.  Wenny and I agreed that it would be best if I drove to pick Bono up. That way Wenny could meet me to make sure Bono and I were a good fit. Even though the trip would be a total of sixty hours on the road, I knew that I wanted to add Bono to our family.  People always ask me why I drove all the way out there especially when there were breeders a lot closer. The answer is Wenny...and her beautiful dogs. I just felt comfortable and knew I was making the right decision with her.    

 

Wenny and Michael (Bono's buddy) had Bono for five months when I picked him up. Wenny and I washed and groomed Bono. I think that helped my bonding process with Bono. During the journey to my home, Bono was exceptional. He stayed in the crate and did not have an accident the entire time.  We obviously stopped a lot so he could go to the bathroom and stretch his legs. So the journey took a lot longer coming back than it did going to New Mexico.  

 

When I finally arrived at my house, Bono did want to get out of the crate to meet my family.  It was all new to him and a very long journey. I finally got him out of the car and after a long time outside, he didn't want to go into the house.  I texted Wenny and she and Michael were extremely helpful. Bono was leery of people first and it took a little while for him to get used to everything. My son spent a lot of time with Bono and they are great buddies. Bono was crate and house trained from when I picked him up. Bono has a great demeanor.  He allows me to open his mouth to get something out if I have to. He also tolerates the grooming and nail clipping.      

 

Bono got a little sick (upset stomach) a couple days after we got back. I think it was a combination of new surroundings (environment), lots of treats, deer poop (ugh), etc.. Wenny was constantly in contact with me to make sure Bono was alright and provided a lot of assistance and encouragement. Wenny has been there every step of the way.  Bono was fine after a couple days of a bland diet. Bono has had great vet visits. I also had his knees checked when I was getting pet insurance and the vet stated his knees were good. Wenny has always been accessible for questions and advice.  All of the financial transactions (original purchase, food, grooming accessories, etc...) between us have been quick and seamless. 

 

Bono has never shown aggressive to people or animals. I have taken him everywhere and he has met hundreds of people and a lot of animals and he has been excellent. Sometimes, people can't believe he is a puppy because he is so well behaved.  Most people stop me to say how beautiful Bono is and they think he is a show dog. Don't get me wrong he will act like a puppy on occasion and get into things.     

 

This is the first dog that my family has ever had.  I have texted Wenny for advice, ordering food, sending pictures of Bono, etc... Despite the time difference she has always gotten back to me in an extremely timely manner. 

 

Adding an Akita to your family is a huge decision. I could not have made a better choice than to get an Akita from Aces-Up Akitas. I would like to thank Wenny and Michael so much for trusting us with Bono.    

RJ W

Easton, PA

There aren’t words to describe the love and joy I feel for my beautiful, sweet, gentle Sterling whom we adopted from Aces-Up Akitas! My kids begged me for a dog for over 20 years and it wasn’t until I met Hiro, another Aces-Up pup that I relented. Although I researched and corresponded with several different breeders, it only took one phone call with Dr. Wenny Bauman for me to know that I wanted an Aces-Up pup.  Wenny and Michael’s knowledge, devotion, and dedication to this breed is reflected in their amazing work and the care they put into each and every placement of their pups. 

 

Although there were several other families wanting to adopt Sterling, Wenny and Michael made the decision to let us have her keeping Sterling and Hiro (sister and brother) in the same town with family friends. Although they grow up in different households, Sterling and Hiro see each other for play dates every month and have a bond that can never be broken. Not only did we adopt a new family member, we gained an entire extended family in Wenny and Michael! They are always available, helpful, and supportive when we have questions or concerns. Proud to be a member of the Aces-Up family!

Jennifer H

Dublin, CA

Words cannot explain how amazing Dr. Wenny is. I knew from the moment that I reached out to her that I was going to find the perfect companion dog and embark on a life-long journey with Aces-Up.

Our little girl, Pryna, who we picked out from this year’s litter at 9 weeks old, has been an absolute dream come true. She is so incredibly sweet, has such a wonderful temperament, and is beautiful beyond words, Fast forward to a few months later, it seems as if those traits have only amplified! 

I knew I had made the right decision choosing Aces-Up Akitas from the moment I spoke with Dr. Wenny over the phone. She is extremely knowledgeable and genuinely cares about her pups as well as their forever family. It is so incredibly important for folks to realize that choosing the right breeder makes a world of a difference when it comes to finding a world-class pup. I could not be happier to be a part of the Aces-Up family.

Catherine P

Phoenix, AZ

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