Alice is good in cars (yay! but best not fed before a drive), she's housebroken, kennel trained, crate trained, and I had started training her to hunt. She doesn't range far when off leash, but I would not categorize her as an off leash dog, as her recall is not 100%. She's dog selective, and needs a polite greeting to acclimate to new dogs, she will not be a dog-run type dog, but she gets along with everyone here. She's cleared all her basic health checks (blood testing, hips, knees, heart), and other than her problem pregnancy has been in great health. Her DOB is October 26th 2021
EDIT: Alice has been homed. Thank you for all for your mails 2023/08/24
So as painful as this is, I will be accepting homing offers for Alice. There will be a rehoming fee to help me cover some of the costs for all the work and time I've put into her (and if you follow my IG you know I tend to put a lot into my keeper dogs). I really love this girl, and she was a very positive step toward what I want to breed toward in the Shikoku. However, she had complications with her pregnancy (which ended in a c-section), and I'm not comfortable breeding her again. So, I'm putting this out there for anyone who is interested in a pet Shikoku, but perhaps would rather start off with a young adult as opposed to a puppy that will take more time and attention.
If I don't find a home for her that I like, she will stay here and hunt with me. But over the years I have realized that I have limited space for dogs, and in the preservation effort to try to save the Shikoku, I have to make some hard choices about which dogs are here at my house. Below is an article that ran recently in a national newspaper about hunting with dogs, featuring a nice picture of Alice and I.
If anyone is interested in having more information about Alice, feel free to hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org