Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (MOVIE)

Release date: 13 June 2009 (USA)
Director: Lasse Hallström
Writers: Stephen P. Lindsey (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (screenplay for the original Japanese movie “Hachikō Monogatari“)
Stars: Richard Gere, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joan Allen, and others.
Runtime: 93 min

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” is a heartbreaking movie of the great loyalty between the dog and its owner. It is based on a true story, which originally took place in Japan, in Shibuya, Tokyo. The story’s main protagonist was a dog Hachikō, which is in this American movie adaptation of the incredible story called Hachi. In the main role is the famous Hollywood star Richard Gere, who plays a professor Parker Wilson, an American counterpart of the actual professor Hidesaburō Ueno, Hachikō’s owner. Peter’s wife Cate Wilson is nicely played by Joan Allen, while Hachi is portrayed by three Akita Inu dogs, Layla, Chico, and Forrest. Strangely, for the role of a small Hachi they used a Shiba Inu puppy. I’m still trying to figure out why. Maybe because a small Shiba Inu is prettier, or maybe because it resembles the grown-up Akita Inu look more closely. Not sure. Continue Reading →

Main Shiba Inu Characteristics And Traits

Japanese Shiba Inu or Brushwood Dog (which is the literal translation of his name) is by the FCI into the group of Asian Spitz and Related Breeds in the class of Spitz and primitive type dogs. It is the smallest of all native dog breeds from Japan. Main Shiba Inu characteristics are agility, boldness, alertness, possessiveness, loyalty, speed, intelligence, independence, stubbornness, and hardiness. His incredible stubbornness and independence will certainly make things harder when it comes to obedience training. His lifespan is between 12 and 16 years. Shiba was developed, in the first place, as a hunting dog, and as a consequence he possesses a very strong prey drive, which is why he’s very dangerous for cats and other smaller animals. On top of that, he has very large teeth for his size, so you got the point. Continue Reading →