Laura, your Akita is a gorgeous Dog. You do your own handling? That is a job. I know many people in the Show business. I hear there is alot of politics and snobbery. Is that true? I went to a few dog shows but where I saw the most snooty breeders were the Cat show! That really surprised me. We went to one in Dayton a few years ago and Hubby was disgusted by such Snobby women.