I did a lot of research to locate a reputable Akita breeder in the western US & spoke with Francee over the phone for about 2 years. She was very patient, caring & informative although I was not a professional breeder. When I saw my "dream Akita" on her website I knew he was the one for me! Tonka is super smart, healthy, affectionate & so beautiful that he has a neighborhood "fan club". Minda is BEST!!