Welcome to Shiba...What?

I chose that name because that was probably the first thing I said when I heard about the breed. And, I get that quite often when I have the girls out and they meet new people. Most people have never heard of the breed, although we do occasionally run into someone who actually knows what they are! I do know one thing and that is Shiba owners love to see other Shibas and read about other Shibas. I recently came across I Am Shiba and within a few days, read the whole blog. Many times I found myself laughing so hard I was on the verge of tears. LOL While not every dog is the same, there are enough similarities. Through this blog, I would love to share how I came to have these two beautiful girls, what we have been though and what we are up to. Occasionally even the girls will add their input, they can be very opinionated you know.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Character Analysis - Miyako

Miko is our little Black and Tan Shiba and her name means Beautiful March Child. She is almost the complete opposite of Sami. She is super sweet and I sometimes call her Mini Miko or Charmin because she is huggable and squeezable soft. LOL She pretty much stays out of trouble. That is not to say Sami can’t convince of something otherwise. LOL If they are both into something, you can just about guess that Sami was the one that started it.

Miko does not have an active roll as guard dog, but if Sami is really riled up, she will join in. Just the other night, half the power in our house went out and we had to call the power company out. Well, this just about put Sami over the edge. At one point, both dogs went charging into the dark kitchen and when we went in there, we could see flashes of light out there. We opened the back door and here this guy was walking around the backyard looking for a bad spot in our line. Both the girls sounded like they just wanted to eat him up! LOL

I will say though that when I walk Miko alone, she will act as my protector. One time while I think Sami was in the emergency hospital in Indy, I decided to take Miko for a walk around the block. We have this old man that lives just around the corner that likes to take walks by the park area. Well, I don’t think she liked the way he was walking and she started howling at him and doing this foot shuffle thing. Not sure what that is all about, but I’m guessing it’s along the same lines as a cats hair standing up. I guess it makes them look bigger and badder. LOL

Miko is our little athletic girl. She was the one that jumped over the baby gate at just 2 months old. Not climbed, but merely sailed over the gate. So, we had to put a second gate up to prevent escapes. She was also the first one to run up the stairs. In doing that, she discovered that that was where the cat food was. So, it gave her more motivation to jump the gate and run upstairs and eat as much cat food as she could before one of us retrieved her. LOL

I think she has springs in her legs. When Evanita’s Dad comes to visit, she is at the gate jumping up. She jumps so high that she can see over the two gates. So far she hasn’t tried to get over the two gates.

She gets really excited when she sees someone she knows, but can be very shy around people she doesn’t know. When we take them to PetSmart, Sami is right up there soaking up any attention she can get while Miko keeps her distance. We are helping her get over this by taking treats in that we give people to give her. She is doing much better now, but does the best when the stranger gets down on her level and allows her to come up to them.

Don’t forget, Two is more fun then one.

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