Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Shiba Inu Fun Across the World!

If you own, or are owned or want to be owned by a Shiba Inu, do yourself a humungous favour and join a Shiba Inu Meetup Group. There are several across Canada and the U.S. If there isn't one listed, start one, you will not regret it!

Mom became the Organizer of the Toronto Shiba Inu Meetup group 4 yrs ago and we now have approximately 140 members. On average, there are 15-20 Shibas at a playdate, sometimes more! It's an amazing sight to see, and so much fun. Now, Mom is also the Organizer of the Missouri Shiba Inu Meetup group.

But, the Meetup groups can be so much more than just getting together at the park. There are Message Boards, which is an excellent way to get to know other Shiba owners before attending a Meetup - you'll feel like you already know them. On top of that, the amount of information on Shibas is invaluable!!! What better way to understand the breed than to speak with the owners! Socialization is one of the best things you can do for your Shiba, and the more you understand the breed, the better the relationship you will have with your Shiba Inu.

Share photos, stories, successes, challenges. The groups can even become a support group at times. So, what are you waiting for, check out Shiba Meetups and join in on the fun!

Here is a current list of Shiba Inu groups:

All Shiba Inu Meetups on

Vancouver Shiba

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Life With a Shiba Inu In Missouri

Well, it's been 2 weeks since my family loaded myself, the 2 cats, and the 3 dwarf hamsters into the cars and we went on a looooong road trip. Mom told me that we were moving to a place called Missouri and promised it would be lots of fun! Oh boy, I love fun!

We stayed in 3 hotels, which was kinda neat - even the cats didn't seem to mind. Now we are in Missouri (Harrisonville), and adjusting to our new home.

We are out in the country, and wow that is a big change! I'm a cityslicker, love to stick to the sidewalks, and not get my Shiba paws covered in tall grass - ick!

It's been quite the adventure. I've made one good friend. He met us the day we arrived and I see him every once in awhile. We call him Buddy :)

Other than him, there are a lot of other dogs around here that get to run loose - but I can't! How unfair is that!!! I complain during leashed walks all the time but Mom & Dad won't let me loose, humph!

But, Mom found a really cool park for me to go to and we are there almost every day when we can. I've even made 2 new Shiba pals since Mom started the Missouri Shiba Inu Meetup group. Taylor & Aki are from MSIR and are really cool and fun.

Mom says that aside from my dislike of meeting other dogs while on leash, that I have done remarkably well with all the changes in my life, and gives me bellyrubs every morning when we get up. I guess life here ain't so bad...