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, April 13, 2010

Morning Walk Interrupted......

I thought I knew all the dogs in the neighborhood, apparently I missed one. Either that, or the people just got a dog.

We start out on our morning walk as usual, going around the back way by the park. Sami and Miko are walking along the edge of the park sniffing things. We get just past the second house and that’s when we hear and see it. This little black and tan number, looked like it might have been a Chihuahua. It starts barking and the girls stop in their tracks and are now looking at this dog. It is up by the house. Now it is really barking at us and the girls are starting to bark back and the hair on Sami’s back is all raised up into her Mohawk. The dog starts heading for the road and I’m not liking this at all. It stops about half way to the road and I’m trying to get the girls to move on down the street.

Let me just say this now, I have never seen any dog aggression from either one. They really don’t like dogs getting in their face or jumping all over them. They have never growled or tried to bite another dog, instead they just try to get away. As long as the dog is on a leash and they just let them sniff at each other, both are perfectly fine. So, I’m just hoping that this dog stays in it’s yard and doesn’t cause any trouble.

Well, the dog decided to come out into the street about 10 feet away from us which was ten feet too close. I’m really getting nervous now, still trying to get the girls to move. I look up at the house and notice that the door is open with just the screen door shut. So, I pull my glove off and start whistling, really loud, hoping that someone in the house hears me.

No such luck, but the whistling seems to scare the dog and it goes back into it’s yard and I manage to get the girls to start going down the street. As I look back, I see someone let the dog back in.

The whole thing just makes me mad. Apparently these people are not aware that you have to have control of your dog at all times. If they can’t keep the dog in it’s yard, then they either need to tether in the yard or take it out on a leash. A third option would be to fence in their yard. I just hope this was an isolated incident, because the next time it happens, I will be calling Animal Control.

The rest of the walk went off without much of a hitch until we almost got home. Miko stopped and started barking at this house. The guy that lives there is usually leaving for work as we are going by. I don’t see the guy and I don’t see the dog that lives there, so at first I’m not sure what she is barking at. Then Sami joins in and she has the Mohawk thing going again. That is when I figure out what they are barking at. They just put a flag on the front of the house and it’s flapping in the breeze. LOL

We get home and I take the harnesses off and they get a drink of water. Then it is usually time for a quick Shiba 500. The rugs get messed up and the blankets are usually pulled off their bed and in about 5 minutes it’s over and time for the morning nap. And, now it’s time for me to go to bed.

Two is more fun then one.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! We just learned about your blog...! We have so many similarities... Winnie is my 5th Shiba and I also have a parrot - an African Grey. I think I just enjoy having smart animals around me. :)

    Great blog!