I spoke to Koyama sensei, the vet in charge of our sweeties, and we arranged a date for Nobu's operation. It's set for the third week in March, and after being neutered he'll be back home the same day to recuperate at home. Since Nobu came to us almost straight from the pound we felt it best to have him settle in and feel comfortably at home with us before undergoing this routine but major surgery, but now his body weight is ideal, and he is much less the waif of a puppy so the time is right. This has not been an easy decision for me, but since Nobu is a rescue, it's part and parcel of the agreement, along with the easy things like registration and microchips, and simply has to be done. I just pray it doesn't upset his balance and beautiful loving temperament in any negative way.