That's a good question and
you deserve an honest answer. I started in Akitas in 1977 when I
got my first Akita, Mandy. My next Akita, Kody, coincidentally or
perhaps through some master plan, linked me to Stephanie O'Donough and
Kay Lee. They were the founders of the very first Akita Rescue;
ARSA, the Akita Rescue Society of America, Inc. which originated in
I joined them and
together, we turned ARSA into a national organization which lasted until
1994 when all of the groups under the ARSA umbrella, split off to become
individual groups and to control their own growing rescues. There
are dozens of rescues throughout the United States and some in other
countries. As a breed increases in popularity, it needs the
support and salvation of rescues.
My experience with nearly 1,500 Akitas gave me invaluable experience
that I wanted to share so I wrote and published my first book in 1992.
"Akita-Treasure of Japan" by MIP Publishing was awarded the Dog Writer's
Association of America Best Breed Book for 1992. My next Akita
book was written for Howell Book House as part of their "Happy Healthy
Pet Series." My most recent and last book was published in 2002.
"Akita-Treasure of Japan, Volume II," is unique in breed books because
it brings you both alternative and allopathic medicine. The
medical Chapters are all co-authored by Dr. Jean Dodds. I think it
is a valuable book for all dog owners because it offers information on
environmental toxins and how they affect your dogs. Of course, it
covers every other facet of owning and raising Akitas but the health
information is extremely important. If you're interested, it is
available from Amazon.com or through
I built this website to
reach out further into the Internet community because I believe the
Internet is the future of our world. My love for Akitas continues
though I have no plans for a 4th book, I plan to maintain this website
for educational purposes and to keep the ARSA website going for the same
That's who I am.