Hi My name is Andrew and myself and My Partner have a 10 Year old Samoyed Bitch Sasha Who is Diabetic since 7 Years, Virtually Blind (not caused by diabetes) and has had a Cruciate ligament repair operation done about 4 years ago. We also had a male Samoyed Miko who we had to get put to sleep 14 months ago at the age of 10 & 1/2. He became diabetic and had major kidney problems and would not eat so we decided it was kinder to let him go. It still brings me to tears when i think back to saying goodbye to him as he sliped away on the vets table. We also have my mothers westie although she is getting a bit dottered now so we dont know how long she will be with us for (the westie not my mother). Anyway we have decided it is time to get a companion for Sasha and we really like the idea of a Longcoat American Akita. Anyone got any experience of them.