Friday, October 31, 2008

You want what for that?

In the post below, Nikko's Momma posted a link to a site she thought I would be interested in. And I was. It's a set of stuffed Shiba toys, made by Piutre, an Italian company that sells in the U.S.

Aren't they cute? Unfortunately, the price is less adorable:

Puppy, Lying Down (16") $145
Standing (22") $598
Lying Down (22") $460
Puppy, Sitting (16") $145

Nnngh?! Five hundred and ninety-eight DOLLARS? For that price you can get a real Shiba! Of course, these ones don't have to be neutered and they don't wriggle past the barrier and through the fence into the neighbours' yard, like a certain Shiba of my acquaintance did this morning.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Toby visits for the weekend

Toby comes to visit

Me: Remember Toby? He's Chris' dog.

Tierce: Hell, yeah. He's the Golden Retriever that I can beat up.

Me: He's 75 pounds. He'll eat you.

Tierce: Yeah. Whatever.

Me: Hey Toby!

Toby: HIHihi!

Tierce: I could totally take you.

Toby: Let's play!



Tierce & Toby: Growl, growl, growl, bite, bite, bite.

Me: So, how's that bullying going?

Tierce: Mmmf.

Me: Can't hear you.

Tierce: Mmmmf! e'z mffing uh mmm HEAhn!

Me: Speak up.

Toby: I think what he's trying to say is that I'm sitting on his head.

Me: So you are. Look at that little bugger flail.

Tierce: Mmmf! MMMMF! EnnhHHh! -OFF OF ME!

Toby: Oh, there you are.


Toby: You're funny!

Tierce: I'm your ALPHA!

Toby: Let's play!

Tierce: Let's me dominate you!

Toby: Okay. I'm on my back now. Let's play!

Tierce: No! We're supposed to fight for supremacy!

Toby: Okay, I'll get up.

Tierce: mmMMMMFFF!

Toby: Are we fighting for supremacy now?


Me: I think it would facilitate the bloody battle of ascension if you stopped lying on him.

Toby: Oh. Oh, yes. Yes, I suppose it would.


Toby: Okay, let's fight to the death.


Toby: Graaaahrrryawn?

Tierce: Never mind. Let's- YAAAAWWWN. I'm tired.

Toby: Yeah, me too. Let's nap and kill each other later.

Tierce: Fine by me. Hey, later I can show you how to jump off the couch and hit somebody in the crotch on your way down.

Toby: Cool! Then I can show you how to stick your head between someone's legs so you trip them while they're carrying food!

Tierce: Yay! Best friends forever!

Me: Now you'll be begging me for sleepovers.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shiba Room Escape

Dog Room Escape: It's all in Japanese (of course), so I have no idea what I'm doing. However, there is a little dog with a familiar smirk on its face:

And there's what looks like a Shiba in rigor mortis:



Thursday, October 16, 2008


Well, Tierce is much better on the Cyclosporine, although I'm not a fan of giving him a pill that requires an anti-nausea pill to keep it in him. Here he is next to one of many jellyfish that washed up on the shore beside Departure Bay Terminal (BC Ferries).

Shassi (forgot to get a picture tonight) is... a 15 year old dog. My aunt took her to one of the best vets in Nanaimo and got a complete blood panel done. Verdict: Shassi is in good shape for a 15 year old dog, but her kidneys are failing. Not entirely an unforeseen thing. Fortunately, my aunt is determined to take care of her and is feeding her the lowest-protein dog food that she can find.

Katana, the subject of my last post is, according to Petfinder, still looking for a home.

Bella, the Shiba missing since this April, is still at large.

Wow, lots of good news, huh? Well, I'm just glad that Tierce isn't scratching as much and he can stop wearing the cone most of the time!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Katana needs a home!

Photo from PAWS

From Phyllyist:

Katana has one of those stories that breaks our hearts. She's a loving 10-year-old Shiba Inu whose owner surrendered her because he "didn't have enough time for her anymore."

I love how people abandon their pets, then wring their hands and say how sad that they are that they didn't have enough time/couldn't find a place/couldn't train it. Yes, I know that there are always exceptions where the dog and owner just aren't working out, but I also think that in the majority of cases, the owner doesn't want to work things out. Basically, they get a dog and then tire of it.

Excerpt from the Petfinder entry for Katana:

This poor girl is so terrified at the shelter that she will not look at anyone. She stares at the back of her cage all day and all night long. If you can help out a senior that spent her entire life in a home environment and is now in a very scary place, please come meet her.

(who wants to find this guy and kick him several times in the gonads? The line starts here!)

Meanwhile, the dog knows no other life, has no inkling of other possibilities and, as in Katana's case, is too old for most people to consider bringing her home. If Katana was in Nanaimo, I would probably be bailing her out on Saturday.

Katana (via Petfinder) gets along with most other dogs, but really is not interested in them too much and she doesn't seem to know what cats are (she could probably learn to live with them). She is an older girl and has a pretty low energy level. She is independent and it takes her some time to warm up to new people.

Typical Shiba... she would probably make a great companion for someone who wants to go for sedate walks and just wants some company in the evenings.

I would like to point out that Shassi is 15 and still in decent shape (for a 15 year old dog!) 5 years is a long time - a lot of people don't keep their cars or houses that long! So, if you're in the Philly area and looking for a Shiba, but aren't sure that you can handle having a young one, why not consider Katana? What's a short time for you is going to be a lifetime for her. You could make it a happy one.

Adoption info:

If you'd like to save Katana, e-mail The adoption fee for a PAWS dog is $40, plus an $8 city license fee if you live in Philadelphia. The fee includes spaying/neutering, which will be performed before your new companion comes home with you, and microchipping. Also, make note of Katana's ID number above, and bring it with you when you go to the PAWS shelter, which is located at 111 West Hunting Park Ave (map).

More pics! at the Petfinder Profile for Katana