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.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The little boy Shiba

Last weekend was busy. About once a month, my daughter and a friend of hers go get a massage from her friends Aunt. Well, early last week, Leslie calls Evanita and says she has to cancel her appointment. I hear Evanita say, well, I will have to cancel mine too as Mom has to sleep. I told her, I see no reason why I can’t take you as I don’t work that night. Well, her appointment isn’t until 1pm and that is usually around the time that I start getting really tired. I work 3rd shift. So, I now need to find something to do to keep myself awake while she gets her massage.

That is when I remember that this pet store in town recently reopened, the only one in town that sells puppies. I want to go on record that I do not believe in buying a puppy from a pet store. If you want to read about puppies from pet stores, you can go here.


But, that doesn’t mean I can’t look at them. The thing I get a kick out of is this designer dog thing. Back in my days, they called them mutts. Now they give them fancy names and charge lots of money for them. Most of them I can tell what the dogs are by the name. For instance, a Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle. A Chi-winnie is a cross between a Chihuahua and a dachshund. That was a new one to me this time. Then there was one I couldn’t figure out, an Ori-Pei. Okay, I figured out the Pei part as a Shar-Pei, but what was the Ori part? I finally had to break down and ask, it was a Pug/Shar-Pei mix. It sure was a cute puppy, but I’ve seen pictures of them grownup and they just don’t appeal to me.

So, we are walking along, looking at all the puppies. The place is not busy and the employees are coming over to see Sami and Miko. They are getting some attention while I’m looking at the puppies. Besides the designer dogs, they did have some purebred dogs. They had a few English Bulldogs that were adorable. They also had an Australian Cattle Dog that was interesting. It was just laying there and when we got close, he sprang into action. Startled me and the girls. They also had one of my other favorite dogs, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. When I see them, they look like Shibas with big ears and tiny legs. LOL

We walk a little further and then we see it, a Black and Tan Shiba all curled up in a corner sleeping. So cute, too bad it was asleep. Flash forward to the next day.

Evanita’s Dad usually comes over on Saturday to spend some time with her. They were watching something in her room while I was making something to eat. After we ate we were going to watch a movie. I just happen to casually mention the Shiba puppy and now Evanita and her Dad want to go see it. So, we decided to go before we watch the movie.

We always take the girls to the pet store with us, so we put their harnesses on and their bandanas and off we go. We arrive at the store and this one guy that was working there the day before sees me and asks, are you here to get the Shiba puppy? No, we just came to see it. Then he offers to bring it out and I told Evanita I would hold the girls while she and her Dad go into the cubicle to play with the puppy. A couple of the employees ask if we want to see how our dogs would react to the puppy. Well, I already know how they are going to react. A couple years earlier they had a Black and Tan Shiba and it was all over the girls and in their faces and it totally freaked them out!

So, Evanita and her Dad are now playing with the boy Shiba and one of the employees gives them a knotted rag and they play tug-of-war with him and he is just so full of energy, I mean really rowdy! Evanita tries to pick him up and he wants nothing to do with that. He starts thrashing around and clocks her right in the chin. Dazed look on her face, she decides to put him back down. LOL She tries a little bit later and the same response. This is the best picture we were able to get of her and the Shiba

So, after they had been playing with him for about 15 minutes, her Dad decides to pick him up and surprisingly, he doesn’t seem to mind and you could see this big smile creep onto her Dad’s face. He was really liking this puppy and I’m pretty sure the thought of taking this puppy home was starting to enter his mind. We quickly remind him that in no way is his house puppy proof and he really isn’t in the position right now to be taking care of and raising a puppy, especially this rowdy little Shiba boy.

While all this is going on, this one guy that worked there was acting like he knew everything about the Japanese dogs. He told me that the Shiba was not the smallest of the Japanese breeds, the smallest was the Ainu Inu. Say what? I told him that if there was a dog called the Ainu Inu and it was smaller then the Shiba then someone must have recently bred such a dog because every book and just everything in general that I’ve read about the Japanese dogs is that the Shiba is the smallest and the Akita is the largest with 4 other dogs in between.

So, he decides to prove me wrong and looks it up on the internet and sure enough, there is a Ainu Inu, only it’s actually called the Ainu-Ken or Hokkaido Inu. So, I ask him to show me how much this dog weighs. And imagine this, it clearly states that the weight for this dog is between 40 to 70 pounds! Well, I think he was a little embarrassed that he was wrong. The Shiba is the smallest and this Ainu-Ken or Hokkaido Inu is one of the dogs that is between the Shiba and the Akita.

Now, here is the funny part. We decide to see how the girls react to the puppy. I told Evanita to put the puppy on the seat so he doesn't jump on the girls. So, she holds the puppy in her lap while we open the door and I take the girls in. I no sooner had the door shut and this tiny puppy starts doing the Shiba Scream. LOL I tell you, the whole store went quiet and the whole store was looking at us and I’m sure they thought we were torturing that poor thing or trying to kill it. LOL It was so loud and Sami and Miko were panicking and wanted out of there NOW!!! LOL So, I open the door back up and they fly out of there and immediately the puppy stops. I still think we were under suspicion of doing something to that poor puppy, it really was that loud. Of course I try to tell people that that was the Shiba Scream, but not knowing the breed, they have no idea what I’m talking about. We have only heard it ourselves a few times when Sami and Miko were pups. One day we put them in their crates and Sami was mouthing on her crate and got her jaw stuck. It really is hard to believe how much noise can come out of such a small puppy!

At any rate, I really hope that the person who takes this puppy home knows what they are in for because that little guy is really going to be a handful.

Two is more fun then one.

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