original dog had been called Tini. She was a tireless companion
for our children until she died at a good age. With Tini gone, there
was an emptiness in our lives, which will be familiar to those who
have lost a pet. We had been accustomed to her constant presence
and couldn't get used to her not being there so we decided to get
The puppies were only a couple of weeks
old at that first meeting and there were only two bitches in the
litter. We had decided that we wanted a bitch and as the smaller
of the two was bright, quick-witted and not too impetuous the choice
wasn't too difficult.
could we call such an extraordinary and exotic dog? Fortunately
there are guidelines covering names. With Eurasians, a first litter
is called an ‘A’ litter. All the animals names start
with an ‘A’. The second litter would be the ‘B’
litter and all their names would start with a ‘B’, and
so on. Keeping to this rule means that there aren’t many names
starting with X, Y or Z, as dogs having 25 litters are rare! Our
dog’s name therefore would start with an ‘A’.
All pups are handed over eight weeks after
birth. As the date approached we became more and more excited and
couldn’t imagine having the sweet little thing at home with
day came. It was the 30th May 1998 and as the breeder lived some
distance away we started early. We arrived at midday, quickly completed
the formalities and the three of us set off for home.
On reaching our home, Akira looked around
and decided on her place immediately. It was, of course, her master’s
few short weeks later she was fully house-trained and could be afforded
all the privileges of a modern dog e.g. watching T.V. in the living
room. Her good taste soon became apparent as she doesn’t like
commercial stations and leaves the room, screwing up her nose in
distaste when they come on. Who said that dogs aren’t intelligent?