Thursday, February 4, 2010


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.


Joshua said...

I cannot find the article about row on the site you indicated. Has it been released yet?

Di's Kitchen said...

Hi Joshua,

The article will be out next week. You can go to look at and read the "other side" of the story. Keep in mind that most of what is said there - not by commentors but by the owner/administrator - is designed to pull at your heart strings and make you believe something that is simply not true.

Compare it to the article next week, you'll be amazed and saddened.

Anna said...

By the way... the dog owner's contact numbers are:

Work: 321-268-2413
Cell: 321-759-8899

Anna said...

his extension is 2147 on that work number.

Joshua said...

Thank you. I will be on the look out for this article. Also note that is down due to the owner not paying his web and print marketing company.

Richard said...

story link here:

Di's Kitchen said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. We'll stick with this story and post a followup when we know more...

kathi said...

I've followed this story since you first posted on it and just finished reading the Dog Press article. Wow, just wow. This type of situation (and unfortunately the type of breeders and owners involved) is one that we in Rottweilers are familiar with as well. Sad and disappointing on so many levels. Were you or Ms. Romeo ever able to find out what has actually happened to Row himself?

Di's Kitchen said...

Hi Kathi,

Row is still at the shelter. I am told that he is doing as well as can be expected given that he does not have access to the outside - that dog door in the photo is locked. I plan to give them a ring next week and ask how he is doing and see if the owner has come to see him yet.

The future is not bright for Row, likely he won't go home, makes me cry. He's alone and frightened, not the way he should go to the bridge even if he has issues.

Di's Kitchen said...

No news on Row. The court date for appeal has not been set yet, so, he sits and waits.

The owner has not been to visit the dog as far anyone can tell me - guess he REALLY misses his dog. Ya, jerk.

I'll speak with the shelter tomorrow and see how Row is doing....