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.