Thanks, as far as the pups, the only one we know about for sure is Muffin, she is a Shih Tzu, rescued her from some low lifes that had kids with issues that were practically torturing her. She was supposed to have papers but the low lifes never coughed them up. Doesn't matter, we didn't breed her and don't show.
Kabota........my guess he is mostly if not all Akita. He was dumped at a kill shelter and I was supposed to transport him from NC to VA where he was going to be fostered. I was already in love with him and once my hubby and daughter saw his pict they talked me into keeping him. That was last Thanksgiving. The vet in TN thought he was a St. Bernard and Great Pyrenees but someone on another forum suggested Akita, I started doing research and not only does he look Akita but he has the temperment as well. I just do not see any St. Bernard in him but possibly he could have some GP. You are so right about him being "in your face". LOL, I call him my fuzzy alarm clock! No batteries required, no electricity needed, runs on kibble and lots of love.
Taz.....we got him at the local shelter. Our vet said he is a "hound". LOL. I see Collie, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever in him and he has the low howl like bark that sounds like a hound dog so I would guess he has some of that to. He is very loving and has the goldie temperment.
PL.....my son is like your neighbor, he gets downwind of Poison Ivy and breaks out in huge blisters. I'll have to check into some of the stuff you recommended. I am using Ivarest now, our local little pharmacy has this awesome Poison Ivy soap, I usually keep some around but gave some to one of my co-workers a while back. I have to get somemore.