Monday, June 13, 2016

Kumma – the white Japanese akita. Moving in!

Woof woof!

Who remembers my post about the akita puppies? Well, things ended up differently and yeah, I'll tell you a short version about the story as well as what happened yesterday, on 12th June 2016. ;)


So I had been in contact with some kennels in both Finland and Sweden and, one day, I happened to check Kennel Vuorenvarman's website and saw that there was a white male akita puppy still available – of course my interest skyrocketed! I sent an email to the kennel holder and after some mailing back and forth it became clear that there would be too much paperwork, additional costs (rabies vaccines, passports etc) and time "wasted" before the puppy would be ready and legal to take to Sweden. I thought that was it but then she asked if I happened to be interested in a young adult male akita, also a white one – what a surprise! :O It turned out she had a 2-year-old white male akita that was looking for a new home and that had everything ready to be taken to Sweden, since he originally was an import dog from Japan anyway. The reason she was selling said dog, named Kumma, was because the kennel holder had no plans to use him for breeding purposes anymore.
After some thinking, checking out Kumma's pedigree, health stats etc and asking some questions about him I decided on adopting him; in the end it doesn't matter to me all that much if I get a puppy or an adult dog. Besides, I got him for a lot cheaper than what a puppy would have cost and there's nothing terribly wrong or crippling with him – he was sold cheap because of being an adult, but I suspect his less-than-ideal hips might have played a part on the price, although the breeder said he doesn't suffer from it and I want to believe she was honest.

Me, Sacchan, Ronya and Sacchan's little brother headed to Tuuri in middle Finland, on 12th June, to pick up my furry friend – I was so excited! The weather was mainly nice and the trip down took around 6 hours. The reason we decided to meet in Tuuri and not where the kennel actually was located is because Tuuri is higher up (aka less for us to travel) and there was a sort of dog show there on that day that the breeder attended, win-win.

Heading to Tuuri. Notice the peculiarly awesome cloud line.
We left around 8 in the morning (Finnish time) and arrived 15:00, approximately. I had never been to Tuuri before so it was quite cool to be there; Tuuri is known for its huge tourist-ish shopping area, camping site etc despite being a small village in the middle of nowhere. It has become a sort of shopping icon with its trademark huge golden horse shoe.

Proof we were in Tuurin Kyläkauppa.
Once we stepped out of the car we all had problems figuring out where to go to find the dog show area. We ended up just wandering around like clueless chickens and then I tried to call Noora, the kennel holder, to ask where she was. She didn't answer and so we waited for a while before all four of us decided on doing a speed-visit to the main store. We only had time to check the video games before Noora called me and said that she was done with the dog show and about to leave for home and she asked me to go to the meeting place within 10 minutes. We had decided on meeting at the golden horse shoe because it's huge and impossible to miss – she said that she'd bring Kumma along for easy recognization.
Our group of four kept our eyes peeled for a black car that fit her description but, honestly, there were several that could have been hers. xD We circled around the horse shoe until Sacchan said that she saw four white canine legs close to a black car in the parking lot in front of us – soon enough a familiar-looking white doge dog with his owner prepared to cross the street, right in front of us. She didn't immediately figure out it was us so I approached them both and then it went from there. Noora was kind, relaxed, easy to deal with and really helpful overall. We got the paperwork done really quickly but what wasn't as easy was to get Kumma to calm down; he appeared very stressed of the situation and was really scared of everyone in our group and, for some reason, me especially. :< I let him sniff my arm but he would go and hide behind Noora and it took a lot of doggy treats to get him to come close and let me pet his head but, once I did, he seemed to be sorta okay with me lol. I can't blame the poor little guy – so many new strangers at once and a new busy place, lots of noise and cars and he's a dog who's only used to being a "yard dog" at the kennel, after all.

We managed to get Kumma into the car and then, without further waiting around, we started our long journey back home. Kumma soon enough let everyone pet him but during most of the trip he just silently sat in the backseat and looked out of the window; at times he seemed a bit distant/unreachable and as if he was longing back to his, now, former owner.
He didn't bark a single time, nor did he drink water inside the car. We had to stop the car, go outside and put the water bowl down on the ground for him to put his tongue in it. But even though he wouldn't touch the water bowl –if someone held it– he was crazy about his dry food in the trunk of the car that, once he smelled it, he started to jump with joy and had that glimpse in his eyes that wasn't there otherwise; he even wagged his tail. Kumma ate directly from the hands of anyone who had food for him and it seemed like he never got enough; we let him eat a bit extra because it seemed to have a calming/trusting effect on him and that was important because he was otherwise quite stressed, although petting he didn't mind.

Kumma chilling in the car.
He was incredibly calm and silent the whole trip, didn't really do anything save for changing positions every so often and poking the windows with his moist nose. I never heard him bark or growl and neither did he do any mischiefs in the car. Of course we stopped regularly to let him walk around and do his needs outside and that's also why we arrived at home really late.

The first night he seemed to spend alternating between short sleeps and then waking up to move into a different position and then falling asleep again. I heard his paws and thus claws moving on the floor even though I was sleeping as well – I wake up easily by sounds.
What is surprising though is that even though he has only been an outdoor dog (according to the kennel holder) and thus not housetrained he has, so far, not even done a single need indoors! I was expecting to wake up to pee pools everywhere on the morning but nope, nada, nothing. He doesn't seem to care about biting cables or destroying virtually anything that you'd want to keep undamaged either. Neither does he bark indoors or do anything at all that might annoy the neighbors
– he's a wonderful dog.

The kennel's logo that was on the folder containing all the
important documents and the animal passport.
Kumma was and still is reserved around me and Sacchan but he's starting to warm up to us, I think. He doesn't come close yet on his own (unless on a walk outside and, especially, if someone else approaches him) but he doesn't move away every time one of us two gets close indoors either. Today he actually freely walked over to me –first thing he did once he entered the apartment– after Sacchan took him outside to do his needs and guess what? He bumped his wet nose against mine. ♥ He hasn't come that close to my face before on his own will but he has jumped at me a few times, especially if I was about to give him his dry food. Kumma seems to looooove eating and it's during feeding time when he wags his tightly curled adorable tail. I hope he'll break in to his new foreverhome soon ~

Kumma lying on the "corridor" floor, which he quickly claimed as his place.
Earlier today I took him to one of the local pet stores and bought some toys and some other fun things for him; the girl working there was super nice too and gave Kumma some free liver treats and weighed him for me, since I have no proper scale at home. Kumma also freely went up to her and sniffed her out, instead of being reserved like he is around virtually every other unknown person we've encountered today – I'll definitely take him to the same store in the future too because he seemed to feel safe there and he was curious about all the interesting smells and the food bags oh lord. He actually shoved his whole nose all the way into a sealed food bag's upper "fold corner" and took a single, really deep and passionate sniff of it that sounded like he just smelled the best thing ever – the sigh of pure pleasure, lol. His whole face, complete with the loud inhalation, looked like he was in the heaven of smells that moment. It was ridiculously cute!

I'm really waiting to see how he will adapt and what his true personality is once he has settled into his new life. I will start to train him etc as soon as he has calmed down a bit more and is ready to listen, hopefully within a few days. What's nice is that even now he walks pretty nicely when leashed –save for a couple times when he tried to bite the leash– and doesn't pull as much as I was expecting; my former samoyed (owned together with mom) pulled all the time during walks.

One thing that's worth mentioning though is that Kumma's actual and full name is Fubuki go Gumma Yamaguchi but he's just called Kumma. What's a bit funny though is that the word 'kumma' in Finnish means 'odd' or 'weird' (note: not derogatory) but if I'd call him Gumma instead –with Swedish pronounciation– then that would be even weirder because 'gumma' in Swedish is the word used for either an older woman (think: grandma) or a cute little girl... and said dog is a young male, so yeaaaah. I'll get the occasional stares and raised eyebrows no matter what I call him, depending on if I meet a Swede or a Finn on my walks. xD #borderproblems

That's all for this time. Expect to see more doggy posts in the future since I will be dedicating a part of this blog to my life with Kumma from now on ~


Psycho Cat said...

Congrats for have your own companion. He look so ridiculous cute and fluffy I am so happy for you and him. =D

Pyro said...

Congrats *^* your dog is so cute ♥ He looks so nice and calm. I love Akitas soo much ♥ My older Akita is from the same kennel.

Ronya said...

Kumma is seriously so cute and i'm happy you have a furfriend now! Can't wait to meet him again once he's settled in his new home~

Ri-kun said...

Oh no! He's the cutest!! ;A; He sounds like a wonderful dog. I'm sure he will soon warm up to you.
I actually think Kumma is a cute name even with the Finnish meaning. I guess time will show if he's eccentric/odd or not. :D

Sipsinekku said...

HAUVA! <3 ;^;
Congrants for the furry friends! Hope he will get used to his new life, I'm sure it's harder for older dog than a puppy. But he looks totally adorable :>

Anmanda said...

What a cutie <3 Smart you for getting an adult dog, I recently got a corgi puppy and man, he's cute and all but I can't wait for him to mature a little :'D