I wanted to make sure Therese knew about this (as a courtesy to a great breeder!). She does, so now I can share the information below with all of you.
Kipawa was neutered today. He had his blood work done on Monday - sparkling results - and then he went in early this morning for the surgery. He was a little groggy when I picked him up, but I have to say I am really astounded by the resiliency of this breed. He is doing remarkably well. Yes, he does HATE the lampshade he is wearing, but as he enjoys licking (loves to lick my feet) we have to keep him away from the incision/dissolving stiches for awhile.
We went back and forth with the neutering decision. We waited as long as we possibly could. Kipawa had started to 'test' male dogs that we met while on walks (both on leash and off leash) and he was also putting his mouth around our cats' necks. I really didn't want anything bad to happen, so for our little family, we made the best decision. I am aware that neutering doesn't solve all problems, but Kipawa is a kind dog and I know that with our second set of obedience classes on August 23rd, we'll do really well with him.