Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Not doing much this year - the death of one of my friends tends to douse festive joy... but here's a picture of Tierce and Shassi at the dog park. Happy Halloween, everybody.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Oh, I want!

Robotic Shiba Nintendog

I want it, but I can't find anything relating to it online! Still looking... will post if I find somewhere you can order it or that tells where you can buy it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Reverse snobbery

You know what I fucking hate? The idea that buying a purebred dog, even if it's bred by a responsible breeder who screens, tests, trains and educates, is killing innocent pound puppies. I get it on the bulletin boards I'm on and casual comments elsewhere.

"Don't buy from a breeder - adopt!"

"All breeders are causing this pet overpopulation!"

"Rescue - don't breed!"

"How could you get a dog from a breeder when there are so many already needing homes?"

It used to be that purebred dog owners were the snobs, parading their fancy dogs in front of the lesser mongrels and mongrel-owners. Now it seems that everyone who ever plucked a dog out of the pound or SPCA deserves the Nobel Prize while people with the temerity to pick a dog whose background and breeding is likely to suit their lifestyle and goals should hang their heads in shame. At the very least, they should be proclaiming their intention to rescue "next time", to make up for the terrible sin they made in the deliberate purchase of a delibrately bred dog.

Never mind that some breeders are nearly obsessive-compulsive about their breedings. Forget the fact that some of these people spend thousands of dollars to test their dogs clear of genetic disorders and demand that the dogs they breed to have the same tests proving that they are not afflicted. Ignore the part where these people never make money off of these dogs, because they are spending it all on the continued health and welfare of the animals that they breed.

While I agree that irresponsible breeders are causing the current overpopulation of dogs, I hardly think that ALL breeders are guilty of this sin. I have yet to see a dog from a reputable breeder in the adoption circuit for the simple reason that they screen owners and demand first refusal if the owner cannot or will not keep the dog. The people who buy from these breeders are not just looking for BreedX; they are looking for a member of BreedX that is less likely to fall prey to genetic disorders or develop weird temperament problems.

Rescue and adoption are terrific ways to get a pet. But they aren't perfect. There are a lot of happy endings in the rescue world, but there are also a lot of horror stories too. You can't save them all and sometimes when you try, you end up hurting more than you bargained for. Pain that all the fuzzy bunnies and rainbows that rescue/adopter enthusiasts throw at you can't alleviate. Shibas are not a forgiving breed when it comes to neglect or abuse - you can end up with a dog who fear-bites or goes catatonic when faced with routine family life.

I'm not saying that people should not rescue dogs. I think that it's a noble and responsible choice, especially for someone who has the time and knowledge to work past the quirks that a dog - especially a Shiba - can have acquired during a hard-knock life. And it is very often successful - there are many stories of successful adoptions and happy lives.

But it isn't the answer for everybody. And if I decide to go a route which I believe will bring both me and the dog I introduce into my life the least pain and most happiness, I'm not going to feel guilty or responsible for someone else's choice to breed irresponsibly.

Don't Call Me A Pimp

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Murderous puppy, take #2

Mischa's in the hospital, a souvenir of the dialysis-line-chewing incident. He is expected to make a full recovery. Tierce is, of course, blithely unaware that he was almost the instrument of one of his people's death. He just knows that Mischa is gone and that I have been behaving very oddly lately.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Signs that your Shiba is entering puberty...

Takes your Joy of Sex book off the shelf and energetically starts to tear off the cover. Gets yelled at by boyfriend. Looks abashed. Boyfriend returns to couch and Shiba returns to the bookshelf.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Shiba gets tossed back into the ex-pen.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

It's like having the canine version of Gregory House, M.D. living with you.

My boyfriend is okay. Those of you who read my last entry will remember that I was a little concerned for his well-being, since Tierce chewed through his dialysis tube. Lovely morning, that.

This is typical for a puppy and, since neither of us caught him in the act, we can't give him the correction/beating/near-death-experience that our first inclinations were upon discovering the mangled plastic. He will, however, be confined to the crate upon our retiring to bed.

More on this later...