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Jan. 11th, 2010

Interesting times we live in...

So I received my first ever 'Cease and Desist' letter today, from a law firm in Connecticut-I confirmed it was legit- demanding that I remove a blog entry I posted pertaining to an email I received that requested the information within be disseminated as far and widely as possible.

Said entry was originally posted in May of 2009, and had several comments, anonymous mind, confirming various parts of what the email contained.

As per the C&D letter, said entry has been removed.

However, I am rather struck by the fact that despite numerous confirmations, both here on the entry, and by the person who sent the original email, that the supposed truth has been buried so deeply that people are willing to believe anything.

Then again, it's also possible that money talks.

By the way, this is why I log IPs.

Dec. 4th, 2008

2009 MARS Akita Rescue Calenders are available!

These are the ones that have a photo of Dante-Inu in them.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Remember...the 2009 MARS calendars are now back from the printers and
available for ordering!

We have been shipping them all week and the feedback has been great :)

Please forward this email to other Akita enthusiasts, family members,
email lists, or anyone you think would be interested in purchasing a
calendar. It is our MARS grass roots supporters that help us promote
and sell our calendars each holiday season. Every purchase counts and
makes this a successful fund raiser for our orphans!

Please order early, especially if your dog is in the calendar, as we
only printed a certain number of calendars and we want everyone that
desires one for themselves or for gift giving to be able to purchase one.

Please see below for an order form that you can print out, or you can
order on-line with your credit card from the Moongazer website

**For international orders, please email me privately for specific

The calendars are the featured product on the Moongazer website and are
listed under "Unique Items" and then just click on "MARS Items."

Or follow this direct link:

Or, see a complete listing of various MARS items at:

This year the calendars features over 90 Akitas just being Akitas and
with over 1500 entries, we tried to pick some great shots! We have a
detailed Who's Who page, dedications, and every month has a miniature
calendar of the month previous and the month following in the top right
and left corners.

We are sure you will love them!

100% of the proceeds from calendar sales benefit the orphans under the
direct foster care of MARS.
Many thanks to all who have supported MARS
efforts and to those who made the calendar possible this year!

Take Care,
-- Lisa
Lisa R. McCluskey, BS, CPDT
MOONGAZER.COM - "Intelligent Instruction Pets Enjoy"
Accredited Pet Behavior Counselor - Pet Behavior Institute of the UK
Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Certification Council for Prof. Dog Trainers
American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator #3950
Certified Delta Society Pet Partner, Animal Assisted Activities/Therapy
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Professional Member #2713
Assistant - John Rogerson's 21 Day Instructor Course - Kusur, India
Akita Club of America Public Education Committee (PEC) Chair
Midwest Akita Rescue Society (MARS) Co-Founder

MARS ORDER FORM - 100% of Proceeds from Sales Go to MARS Orphans

1.) 2009 Full Color Twelve Month Calendar (11" x 17" when open) - $16.00
QUANTITY - _______ TOTAL - _______________

2.) MARS Notepads -- 5.5" x 8.5" burgundy print on grey, 50 sheets
--$2.00 each
QUANTITY - _______ TOTAL - _______________

3.) $5.00 - S & H - Please add $1.00 S/H for each additional calendar
TOTAL SHIPPING - ______________

4.) GRAND TOTAL - _____________

5.) SHIP TO:
NAME _________________________________________
ADDRESS ______________________________________
CITY ______________________ STATE __________ ZIP _____________
PHONE ____________________ EMAIL __________________________

8.) Method of Payment: Check, Money Order, MC, Visa (please circle one)
Account Number: exp. date:
Cardholder's Signature:
(Your credit card will have our corporate sponsor, MOONGAZER.COM on the
bill, as MOONGAZER.COM will be providing merchant services free of
charge to MARS.)

Call Moongazer at: 866-822-PETS (toll-free)
Order On-Line at:
Send to:
Lisa McCluskey, MARS, 1802 CR 2000E, St. Joseph, IL 61873

Nov. 11th, 2008

This is why my head hurts sometimes...

Reading comments like this...

"Oh, and they can be really aggressive towards kids. edit Actually nvm, I think the aggressiveness is from american Akitas, not shiba inus or even akita inus :3" From this post.

Sorry, Caena! You, as an AMERICAN AKITA, have to stop being so nice! You're supposed to be AGGRESSIVE! What's wrong with you?!? You're doing it wrong!!!!

Oh and Shiba-Inus aren't aggressive? Bullshit. Tell that to the little fucker that threw itself at the fence, growling, snarling and barking like mad everytime Dante and I were out walking back in North Carolina.

ANY dog can be aggressive. It all depends on the OWNER.

Yes, there is such a thing as an American Akita-Inu line and a Japanese Akita-Inu line. The American line tends toward stouter, larger(heavier) with a more boxy face. The Japanese line is leaner, deeper chested with a more fox like face. Most times they are very hard to distinguish between though.

But they are ALL Akita-Inus.

Oh and thanks to that damn live feed video, Shiba-Inus will most likely become the next 'Hot Ticket Item' for Christmas.

Oct. 20th, 2008

ARSF Auction Scarf II

ARSF Auction scarf II by *WolfSilverOak on deviantART

Oct. 13th, 2008

ARSF Online Auction Scarves

At nearly any given time, various Akita Rescues ae trying to raise money to offset costs. Relying mostly on donations, you can imagine how difficult this task can be. One type of fundraiser they do is online auctions.

Recently, I donated 2 silk scarves to the ARWNY auction. Well, I put it out there that I could and would, gladly, donate scarves to other Akita rescues who would be interested in some for their auctions.

Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF) recently took me up on that offer. Their auction will be held, online, around the beginning of next month. I will post the direct link when it becomes available so you can bid on these scarves if so inclined.

Remember, all proceeds go directly to the Rescue's funds and aids in the care, and rescue of Akitas in need.

ARSF scarves )

Oct. 6th, 2008

Puppy breath and Puppy kisses.

It's been 14+ years since we've had either of those.

Caena Kamikaze Ryu is a 3.5 month old Rescue Akita puppy, from Heart of Dixie Akita Rescue. She was born June 15, 2008.

Calliope and her 7 pups were dumped by her owner in a shelter in Georgia when the pups were 2 days old.

This litter was so sick, that Rachel (of HoDAR) wasn't sure at times they'd make it. As a possible result, they are smaller than average Akita pups at their age. Whether this is due to their being so sick, or it being Chrondrodysplasia(a hereditary genetic disorder that affects the bone growth and joints, as well as heart and liver issues), they simply don't know.

Other than small size, no other symptoms have manifested as of YET. So, Caena and her siblings could simply be small/petite Akitas. We think she may top out at around 50lbs, 60lbs if we're lucky, although she will always be short- or as I say, small in stature, and will most likely have arthritis early on and other joint issues. Which is why we want to get her into agility classes, to help work those joints and strengthen the muscles.

She's fiesty, and a lover. HATES being alone in her kennel at night. She's just not used to being by herself. Last night was the first night without a sibling. NO accidents in the house!

She's all Play!Play! with Mark and I. Very curious, wants to explore, can't figure out why the cats are bigger/as big as her and don't want to play. Loves the backhill. She's a digger too, roots out the grass, throws it around, chases leaves. Loves her puppy Kong.}:)

Aries came down twice on his own last night, to check her out. Came down again today, was going to hang out on the couch because she was sleeping, when Caena woke up, saw him, and wanted to play. Needless to say, Aries got scared and went back upstairs. I think within a week or two, he'll be fine.

Max on the other hand. He hasn't come downstairs on his own yet. I brought him down last night. He pointedly ignored Caena until he couldn't anymore, then hissed, snarled, fluffed up bigger than his 20lb self(at which he is 5lbs HEAVIER than Caena!), if that is possible and stalked across the back of the couch, then up the stairs. Where he has stayed since. He will take awhile. He never really cared for Dante either though.

When we take her down for a 6 month checkup in Dec, I'm going to talk to my vet about genetic testing for the Chrondrodysplasia, as IF she does have it, we want to know what to expect. If she does, she won't live as long as Dante did, but nonetheless, she will have a very full, VERY happy, love filled life.

There's nothing like a Rescue puppy. This was definately the right choice.

Expect to be spammed with photos over the coming days, weeks, YEARS.

(I'm on Mark's computer right now, later this evening, I'll have to make and upload Caena icons.}:) )

Oct. 1st, 2008

The Arkansas Eight

Eight Akitas were taken from a long-established puppymill in western Arkansas last week. These Akitas are safe and currently at a temporary location until they can be transported to various Akita rescue organizations in the mid-west, northeast, east and southwestern United States. All eight need to be spayed/neutered and seven need treatment for a tick born disease. Six, five males and a female, will need extensive socialization, as clearly they have had little interaction with people.

Transport costs to the various rescues alone will cost $2,000. Medical treatment and spay/neuters will add to that cost.

Please find it in your heart to donate whatever you can to assist in the overall costs. These eight Akitas deserve a chance at a better life.

To submit a donation please visit ARMAC’s website,, and click on the “Donate” button. You will also find on the webpage a link to photos of the Akitas.

Thank you so much for caring.

Lisa Gray
ACA Rescue Committee

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