So, I have been separated from my puppy for about 2 weeks now. Circumstances are such at the moment that I basically have two homes…and they are thousands of miles apart. In the beginning, I tried to come up with a way for Ronan to accompany me, but it quickly became clear that he does not travel all that well. Don’t get me wrong, he rides in the car just fine. In fact, he made two cross-country road trips this past summer. He had to share the back seat with his two kitties (who hung out the whole time in Ronan’s kennel). Yes, my shiba has pets of his own. At the time, he had two but now we are down to one. Anyway, back on topic…he loves the car…he isn’t so crazy about planes.
When I got Ronan, I did months of research on the Shiba Inu breed and expected a 19-23 lb male Shiba. Perhaps a dog small enough to fit in the cabin of a plane? But no. When his brown, puppy eyes locked with mine, he was already 18 lbs…at 11 weeks….I should have predicted that he would be a giant. He has to be shipped in airline cargo. When I finally picked him up at baggage claim after his first trip across the country, he had left me a nice present in the back of his kennel! He is quite funny about this actually, poop that is. He HATES it. I’m sure that he had his accident the first time that the plane took off on the first leg. All that noise, air pressure changes, shaking….you can’t blame him! So here he is, in VERY close quarters with the evil, hated poop! What he does he do? He buries it under his blanket! I find it caked under layers of blanket, shoved in the back corner. Thus, Ronan stays nice and clean despite the fact he just spent 6 hours sitting right on top of it. You really have to appreciate a dog that actually likes to stay clean!
Although we are comfortable where we are now, we will be moving to the East Coast later this summer. The choices, for a variety of reasons, are limited to either New York City or Boston. My impressions thus far definitely favor Boston as the dog-friendlier choice. When we were there we saw people walking their dogs (sometimes surprisingly large dogs) on sidewalks throughout the city. There are a large number of parks and playgrounds that dogs are allowed in. New York on the otherhand…i don’t know. I’ll report back later!
I’m trying to compile a list of all the “good citizens” of the Republic of Shiba! If you have a Shiba-centric blog, send me the address and I’ll link to you from here. The only requirement is that you write in English!
Here are some videos of Ronan playing with his niece, getting some unwanted attention from his niece’s father, and playing with a dachshund.
We’re back! After a long absence from the blogging world, Ronan and I are back online! I have been wanting to start a blog about my cream Shiba, Ronan for quite some time now. I decided to name this blog ‘Republic of Shiba’ because I feel, and I think other Shiba owners would agree with me, that Shibas are more than just another dog breed. They are something different, something unique. Although small in stature, Shibas are not to be trifled with. It’s often commented that they are big dogs in small bodies, and I believe this to be correct. I am not a small dog person. I think, on the whole, that small dogs are yappy and annoying. And the way that their owners treat them, like they are a stuffed animal or a doll to be dressed up in ridiculous clothes, is just embarrassing.
My Shiba, Ronan, will NOT tolerate clothes. I have only dressed him up twice. Once for Halloween when I tried to have him wear a skunk costume, and once he had to wear a t-shirt for a week to prevent him from licking a dog bite he got on his side. Ronan is usually an extremely active dog. He is constantly sticking his nose in places best left alone, but put clothes on him and he becomes positively sheepish. He freezes…doesn’t move a muscle. You can move his legs into different positions, basically do anything to him and he’ll just follow you with his eyes. Although hilarious at first, knowing how much he was hating it, I couldn’t keep the costume on him for long.
The characteristic that sets Shibas apart from the rest of the dog world is their attitude. They are confident, loyal, bold, independent, intelligent…I’m declaring my allegiance to the Republic of Shiba. Have you?