Yup I've been duped along with a lot of other well meaning Akita lovers.
Row Scott, I am shaking my head for a number of reasons.
Reason one, we were all duped into believing that this was just a misunderstood dog who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is not so.
Reason two, people lying for financial gain and to cover their collective a$$es.
Last reason, breeders who irresponsibly breed dogs with questionable temperaments. Not by accident, but with full knowledge that full and part siblings from other litters are dangerously aggressive.
There will be a story in the next issue of The Dog Press that will make all this clear. I did not write the article, but I know that it is based on fact, I have confirmed much of what is written as fact and trust this writer to be telling NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.
Long and short is that Row has been misused and abused into being the dog that he is. He was breed by someone who knew the potential for Row to be an aggressive dangerous dog and set into motion this terrible tableau. Row is now, sadly, everything that Akita breeders are trying to stop. His story, his owners, past and present, have done much to further damage not only the image of this great and regal breed. They have damaged the breed itself by putting dogs out there that should not have been breed at all, by selling them to people who would take advantage of these bad genes and create more of the same. Shame.
I know my breed, I know what they are and what they can be. I know that Akitas are NOT for everyone. They are not big teddy bears, they are strong powerful animals with a will of their own. You either come to terms with that and be responsible; train them, be their leader, allow no abhorrent behaviour - or you buy a lab.
My heart aches for Row, I have shed a few tears for him because truly he cannot help what he is. He did not choose the temperaments of his parents, he did not choose the irresponsible breeder who disregarded history to make a buck. I care what happens to Row, I really do. But now, I am looking at it from a different perspective. I am looking at Row in terms of the damage he can do to the breed.
Read the article - it is passionate, written by a fellow breeder who is outraged and distraught by this entire incident. And, it is true.