Thank you Janine for this wonderful photo so many years ago

This is Tatsu!!!! Tatsu was the ninth puppy born in a litter of 12. Of all the puppies in the litter he was always the one that kept my attention right from the start. Tatsu began his show career at 6 months of age and never looked back. He finished his Canadian championship easily by the time he was 7 months old and as a Puppy Special went on to win 12 Puppy Groups,1 Best Puppy in Show,1 Best Puppy in Specialty Show (giving his dad a run for his money) several Best of Breeds as well as some group placements including a Group 2.

The following year as a very young adult (almost still a puppy) we started on the road to his American championship. Tatsu finished this endeavor quite easily in 9 days of shows with 3 majors in tough competition on the Southern Idaho circuit, thanks to our good friend Jack Cole. His first day as a Special after he finished he went Best of Opposite sex over several very well known and ranked American Specials.

Tatsu won his first Specialty (Akita Club of B.C.) at 4 days short of 18 months of age beating his father for the first time. Tatsu was shown extensively in Canada and the United States at the same time, ranking in both countries. He was Canada's Number l Akita two years in a row and has been ranked as high as Number 7 in the U.S. In 1992 Tatsu won 4 All Breed Best in Shows, 28 Group Firsts and several Group placements making him the Top Point Winning Akita in Canadian history for points garnered in a single year. Tatsu has won the Akita Club of B.C. Specialty three times (1991, 1992, 1995) He also has a Regional Specialty Win in the United States and in 1994 won an Award of Merit at the National Specialty.

He is gone now but his legacy lives on through his kids and grandkids. 
He is still Number 1 in my heart and will always remain so.

"If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to disentangle them"

Pedigree of: Am/Cdn Ch Seaisland's Tatsu Maki AOM ROM
Am/Cdn/Bda Ch Wesaka's White Lightning Cdn Ch Matsutake's Cody Bearpaw Cdn Ch Kakwa's Nehwa
Cdn Ch Davos Bianca
Am/Cdn Ch Shogun A Touch of Class Am Ch Davos Tuxedo
Cdn Ch Shogun Geisha Girl
Cdn Ch Mystical Sunrise Sheba Rindt Ranch Hobi of Teikoku Am Ch Liebl's Hobi of Teikoku
Shinsei's Niyori Sumi
Tomodachi Black Mistical Va-Guas-Tomodachi The Warrior
Tomodachi Kita's Aki

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