This “Svedala's Majestic Anna-Rose /Excaliburs King of Hearts Zack ” litter is by breeder Kendall Mccoy. AAKS obtained these pups under a breeder's contract. Although AAKS was not the breeder and although AAKS did not own the parents of these pups, we placed them under our own contract with our same written guarantee on health, hips and temperament. We felt comfortable placing these pups and extending our guarantee because we do own two adult “Anna/Zack” dogs from this breeder. Follow these two links for DNA profile PDFs for Anna and Zack.

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one01/21/08: Dakota at about 16 weeks (photo right)

 

01/26/08: . . . Dakota has just learned yesterday that he can jump into chairs and our beds. Maybe the fun is just starting? I figured you would not be excited to know the vet suggested neutering so young . . . I will read the link you have sent me now and try and research more. Again, I can't tell you what a beautiful, handsome, good natured dog you have sent us. ~ Sandy

 

two01/27/08: Tried to take a picture (photo left) of Dakota next to the doorknob like you had suggested a while back. He just will not sit underneath it, only sideways and kinda crunched down. But anyway, you can probably get a good idea of his height from this . . . Have looked at the pictures of [Dakota's full siblings, your] Lady and Windy. I'm not sure which he looks most like. Some of both. You have some pictures of Lil' Red as a puppy in some of those pictures and actually he looks similar to that right now. I am really surprised at the color change in the back. I really do think he is going to end up with a saddle. I don't care either way, I'm just surprised they change so much. Right now his tail looks like a raccoon. It's changing for about the top 2-1/2 to 3" and the rest to the bottom is still black. Don't know if it is all going to change or what. What I can tell you is that he is absolutely beautiful. Even yesterday some people stopped me in Santa Barbara asking to take his picture. In looking at the dog pictures like I'm always doing they look like they keep changing until about 3 years old. We are just thrilled with him. ~ Sandy

 

02/04/08: I am still somewhat confused on the neutering. My common sense after researching the best I can tells me to wait as long as I can. That is what I intend to do. I will certainly do my best to hang on for at least a year and possibly longer if I have no trouble. My concern is if he becomes aggressive and somewhat hard to control. How do you manage all that? You have males and females that clearly are not fixed. There are a lot of ranch dogs around here that are not spayed.

 

Dakota is definitely going to have a saddle (photos below) . . . His hind quarters have turned totally gray/white and I don't think there is much question about it. It is amazing how much they change in appearance but he's really good looking at this point.

 

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He is very well adjusted with other dogs also. He loves to play and will immediately back off if someone growls. This past Saturday was our third dog class and he continues to do very well. Unfortunately we are going to miss a few classes this month. I have two horses going to the Scottsdale, Arizona show . . . I worry a little bit that Dakota may be getting too much exercise for a young puppy. Is there such a thing?

 

. . . we made our first trip to the vet today to get 3 ticks taken out of Dakota's ears and neck. They were bigger than any I have ever seen on a dog and no way was I able to get them out. I don't think you have a tick problem where you are. It is very early in the season to have ticks already so I think it will be a constant battle with his longer fur. I am using Advantix every month and to my knowledge that is about all you can do. At the vet today Dakota weighed 51.3 lbs. I think he is about 18 weeks old?(9/23 I think from memory). I think we are very much on track with weight and size. ~ Sandy

 

AAKS NOTE: If you live in an area that has ticks, we highly recommend you talk with your vet about vaccinating against Lyme disease. We use Frontline Plus at AAKS as a flea and tick deterrent, and it also gets rid of some intestinal parasites.

 

03/01/08: Just a quick update. rugtruckBack from Scottsdale [show] and things went just ok. A couple of top ten's and a lot of injuries. We had to scratch all of the classes except the two classes where we got the top tens. Top ten is a big deal in Scottsdale . . . Dakota turned five months on the 23rd of February and at the vet on that day he weighed 61.4lbs. I think we have definitely caught up for lost time. Am sending along a couple of pictures to give you (left and right) and idea of size and looks these days . . . I am extremely anxious to see Lil' Red's litter as Lil' Red is the dog that started all this for me . . . Again, we are thrilled with Dakota. One could not have a better dog. ~ Sandy

 

03/16/08: . . . I wanted to let you know Dakota was at the vet today. We are about 4 days short of 6 months if we have the right birth date and weighed 73lbs. So I'm thinking we are still right on track. Will have to get another picture of him sitting by the doorknob. His ears are touching the bottom of the knob now. ~ Sandy

 

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03/19/08: I wanted to let you know Dakota was at the vet today. We are about 4 days short of 6 months if we have the right birth date and weighed 73lbs. So I'm thinking we are still right on track. Will have to get another picture of him sitting by the doorknob. His ears are touching the bottom of the knob now. ~ Sandy

 

04/18/08: Green [collar] male a/k/a Dakota's DNA profile (PDA) ~ AAKS

 

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