Sorry this is so long but I hope some of you enjoy reading it even ALmost as much as I enjoyed remembering it.
In 1953 I was only barely 5 years old when “Lucky” joined our happy home, followed shortly thereafter by “Tiasa”, so the “details” are a little sketchy now in my old age but I did want to share this story with other dog lovers about when my love affair with dogs began. My screen name is actually a tribute to my first wonderful dog whose name did seem to set the course for my very blessed life (married to a terrific guy 38 years this month, wonderful 37 year old son & loving daughter-in-law - & dogs, of course, always dogs!).
We were living in Japan where my dad was stationed with the USAF & in 1953 when another military family was being shipped home they offered their dog to us; & their dog just happened to be a registered “Japanese Shibadog”! Shortly after Lucky joined our family an itty-bitty stray puppy was found on base so we took her in as well. Tiasa was a Shiba Inu mix & when we returned to the States in 1954 we brought both “kids” home with us.
I only fairly recently found a “home” for Lucky’s original registration papers after writing unsuccessfully a few times in the late 90s/early 2000s to officers of the Shiba Inu parent club. Getting no responses I then thankfully located a Shiba Inu breeder in Northern CA that I contacted who expressed an interest so I mailed the registration certificate to her a year or so ago (hoping it’s found a home where it would be appreciated).
The certificate measures 10” X 15” & is on a lightweight light blue card stock. It has an “ADS” (“All Japan Dog Registration Society”) gold seal near the top right hand corner & a “JG” (“All Japan Guard Dog Association Corp”) red seal appearing in the lower left hand corner of the certificate. The front of the certificate is printed in both Japanese & English & the back has extensive printing on it but all in Japanese.
The certificate lists Lucky’s sire & dam as Ken & Taru, both “ADS” & “UR” (?), his grandparents on both sides were Jiro & Riyu & Hati & Hime, & his great-grandparents on both sides were Koma & Tama, Tora & Aka, Iti & Gumi, & Eru & Chiyo. Lucky was born on August 15, 1952 & he joined our family on November 17, 1953. Lucky’s breeder was “T. Sakamoto” &, as mentioned, Lucky’s listed as a “Japanese Shibadog”, Registration Number 3607, issued November 11, 1952.
Lucky & Tiasa had one litter of puppies July 4, 1954, born (on my bed – boy, did I feel very, very special!), in Rock Tavern, NY. One male pup (“Skipper”, all black) went to my dad’s cousin & lived a long & spoiled life in NYC; the only female pup (“Twinkletoes” AKA: “Twinkie”, brown with white toes), was shipped to my grandparents from NY to Oakland, CA; the 3rd pup (male, “Kim”, light brown) went to my grandparent’s best friends (also living in Oakland, CA), & we kept the last male pup (all white), Musco, who remained my very best friend until I was 20 years old.
After Lucky got hit by a car in 1959 it took my dad another 40 years before he could commit again (my parents divorced in the early 60s & my mom & us kids continued & continue to have dogs in our lives), & my dad promptly named his new pup Gluecklich (German for “Lucky”). Two incidents illustrate why Lucky was always & forever my dad’s favorite dog:
Returning to the States on a ship from Japan (not a passenger cruise ship, maybe a military transport ship?), Lucky & Tiasa were kept in the hold & our family had unrestricted visiting privileges. I remember hearing stories about how Lucky kept escaping from his kennel, making himself a favorite of the ship’s crew because of his ingenuity.
Another Lucky-original story which illustrates his ingenuity, one Thanksgiving we had the traditional Thanksgiving’s Day turkey roasting in the oven & when we went to pick my dad up from work my mom turned the oven down really low. When we returned home my mom discovered pretty much a “nikked” turkey carcass roasting away & we could only figure that Lucky had opened the oven door, taken what he thought was his fair share, & then closed the oven door again (or the oven door sprang shut?)!
I hope you enjoyed my trip down Memory Lane (particularly Shiba Inu lovers) – I know I did!
***Edited By: Lucky Lady on 10/30/2007 1:56:25 PM*** Reason: *
Thank you for sharing a very special time in my life so graciously "pen" & "ruffian". Hope my story didn't give your "kids" any ideas, "ruffian"! As you might imagine, hearing about your dogs warms my heart & is actually what brought back such wonderful memories of my first pup!