Many fans ask about how the Hachi dogs are doing! Forrest's breeder, Kathy Coffman provided this update:
I talked to Joe a couple of weeks ago and he said while Forrest is getting older he's still hanging in there. I've asked him to snap some photos of Forrest so I can forward them to you. Joe has been trying to get him to me for some grooming (I'm his groomer also). My pups never go away
Forrest's really getting up there in age-turned 11 in June. Typically we lose them between 9 and 13 or so. His litter brother Titan is still going very strong also. We showed Titan in Veterans classes not too long ago and he won Best Veteran- so he's still got it too. Sadly we lost Forrest's Mom a couple of years ago. That was one of my hardest losses to date and I still ache and miss her so much.
We just imported a new Japanese Bred Akita from Hungary, he's a real clown and another Hachi clone.
I am so proud of Forrest, this movie has been the shining star of my life. I'll never be able to thank all of you enough for making this happen for us. We've really enjoyed the ride (and still very much do).
I hope all is well with you, and yours. And remember if you ever want an Akita-I'm here!