When I got to the Philadelphia Airport to pick her up, I had to go to a separate building, a cargo terminal. There they told me it looked like she hadn't made it onto the plane in Atlanta, where she'd had to make a stop. So they spent 10-20 minutes fussing around and making calls and eventually it turned up that she was, indeed, right on the dock by the plane. They brought her down. She had been in the crate for almost exactly 12 hours by then, but hadn't soiled it at all. When I tried to walk her on the crappy gravelly dirt by the car she sort of stuck to my leg, looking timid and scared, so I put her back in the car, figuring if she peed in her crate the newspaper would absorb it.
Kiba at 14 months
Kiba stopped growing at about 6 months. I remember measuring her throughout the spring of '05 and I know that by early July at least she measured exactly the same height she does now (just under 18"). She continued to fill out, but to this day people ask me how old she is.
When I first started training her, she was very soft. If I said "No", she ran back to my door and flipped upside and refused to come. If I leaned over or glared, she ran back to the door. If I let her be wrong 2 times in a row - she ran back to the door. I persevered, refusing to run a dog who couldn't deal with being wrong. I picked her up (gently) brought her back, and asked for a behavior and rewarded. Eventually her drive started overcoming her fears, especially after her first few shows when she discovered agility was fun.
Kiba at 2 years
Kiba at 2 years+11 months at USDAA Nationals 2007
officially Lock-eye Kiba AX AXJ MAD TM-Silver
Turning 4 years old and already:
AX, AXJ, qualified for 2009 AKC Nationals
(from 2 legs in Open to 6 Double Q's in 15 trials)
MAD, Tournament Master Silver
1st Place Team Overall at Fair Hill 2007
Winner of 3 local Grand Prix's in 2008
1st Place Team Overall at Northeast Regional 2008
1st Place Team Relay and -
2nd overall Team in 2008 USDAA/Cynosport World Games
Kiba this year at 3yrs