Thursday, December 31, 2009


Yappy New Year to all my Shiba pals!! Hope 2010 treats you well (and gives you treats, hehe). If you have snow, enjoy it while it lasts. We have about a foot of snow, and I LOVE it when Mom throws snowballs for me to chase. She loves it too, because it wears me out. I know she is hoping for an early spring though, humph!

We had a gift exchange in the Missouri Shiba Inu Meetup group. Mieko, Kika, and Dallas sent me some really cool toys and yummy treats - thanks!

I also got a really cool Christmas collar from Pam at Bark & Giggle Boutique, I love it!

And, Mom got a really nice Shiba and other Japanese dog breeds book from Jen (owned by Aki & Taylor). As you can see, Mom has put me in charge of translating it for her.

I also got more presents from my Grandmaw & Grandpaw in Missouri. My fav is the one that makes the most noise!

Tatiana & Bailey got something really cool, too - a Pirate Ship!!! Bailey likes to hide in it!

Hope everyone has a safe, happy and yappy New Year!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fun Shiba Video!

Yoshi is a Shiba pal of mine from the Toronto Shiba Inu Meetup Group. I had no idea he was a secret Agent, but I shouldn't be surprized given how smart and sneaky we Shibas can be.

Secret Agent - Mission Impossible Shiba


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Finding a Vet - Choosing the Right Caregiver for Your Pet

Proper health care for your cat or dog is important. Consequently, choosing the right veterinarian is no small matter. Like other doctors, all vets are not alike and neither are animal clinics. Doing a little "legwork" before your pet needs medical attention can make a great deal of difference when the need arises.
Just to be clear, this is not about good or bad veterinarians. Vets are health care professionals and as such have invested a considerable amount of time and money to establish and maintain their practices. This requires the kind of dedication that comes from the desire to help. Simply put, vets do what they do because they love animals and have the best interests of their patients in mind. This is about finding the doctor or clinic that best suits your needs and those of your pet or pets.

Research: See who is available. So, where do you start when it's time to find a doctor for Fido or Fluffy? At the risk of stating the obvious, the first step is to find the vets or clinics in your area. Start with the 2 most popular resources: the Yellow Pages and the internet. This will give you a list of possibilities along with phone numbers and addresses. The odds are good that many listings or websites will also provide more information, such as the specialties of a particular vet, the clinic where he or she practices, etc. So, after this simple step, you should have a wealth of data at your fingertips. That was easy, wasn't it?

Networking: Get some opinions. Now it's time to see what you can find out about those vets and/or clinics. Start by asking around. Your friends and family are a great resource. If you've just moved to a new neighborhood, ask your neighbors if they can recommend someone. A possible bonus to this approach, of course, is the opportunity to meet your new neighbors and their pets. (note from Bonnie & Sushi - if you can find a reputable vet knowledgeable/familiar with the Shiba Inu, that's a bonus!)

Now, for those of you thinking, "Why not just call the closest clinic and make an appointment?", that would certainly be one approach. On the other hand, there's nothing quite like a "word of mouth" endorsement. A little networking may also bring other points to light, like pricing. Unless your pet needs to be seen right away, it's probably worth a little bit of your time to check around before picking up the phone.

Direct Contact: Check it out for yourself. Once you've gathered any information you can, you're ready to start making those calls. If one particular vet or clinic is well recommended, it makes sense to make that one first on your call list. Don't just jump right into making an appointment, however. Talk with the vet or a staff member about any special needs your pet has, the specialties of the doctor or doctors, emergency services and any other concerns you may have. Don't be embarrassed to ask about fees for checkups, shots or any other services. Your pet's health is your primary concern, but it's important to know how hard your pocketbook is going to be hit.

If things sound promising, ask when you might be able tour the facility and meet the staff. While this may sound unusual, it is actually quite common and most animal clinics will be happy to oblige. This will give you an opportunity to determine your comfort level with the caregivers and the environment.

While each pet owner will have some concerns of their own, here are a few items you way want to check:

Cleanliness Comfort for your pet: Is there a convenient area outside for your pet to relieve him/herself?

Is the waiting area large enough to keep pets separated?

Services and Equipment available on-site:

Emergency/trauma services




EKG Lab work (blood, etc.)

Surgery Dental procedures

Boarding (Check for comfort and safety.)

Grooming Staff: Courteous and knowledgeable?

Parking/Loading Hours and availability: Evenings? Weekends?

After hours: Is a doctor on call for emergencies? (note from Bonnie & Sushi - quite a few clinics have no onsite staff after hours!)

If possible (and if you won't be charged for an initial visit), take your pet along for the tour. If your dog or cat is comfortable with the surroundings and staff, you're probably on the right track.

Last, but not least, remember that a little courtesy on your part will go a long way. Don't be rude or impatient; you're dealing with a medical facility and staff and their chief priority should be the health and welfare of the patients they're seeing. This also applies after you've chosen a veterinarian or animal clinic. Try to keep your appointments and arrive a few minutes early. If you need to reschedule, do so as early as possible. Handle payment and billing issues promptly. Control your pet when you're in the clinic. Keep in mind that these people are the second most important in your pet's life.

(note from Bonnie & Sushi - remember, your pet is YOUR responsibility and it trusts you to make the best decisions. Do not be afraid to ask questions during vet visits, and do not be afraid to say "no" if something just doesn't feel right. You can take some time to think about your decisions. You CAN find another vet.)

Doc Crandell has worked closely with animal care professionals since childhood. He now writes pet-related content for, a retailer of quality gifts and accessories for pets and pet lovers. Visit their online store for unique items like dog costumes and clothing and cat lover's fashion accessories.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Snack 'n Snooze Homemade Pet Products

Hi everyone,

Mom has decided to give the pet product business a shot. She says that I'M the inspiration for this (and our cats, too, humph!).

Anyways, she makes everything herself, mostly specializing in custom fleece pet beds - nice & cozy for this time of year! She also bakes dog treats - peanut butter (my fav!), cheese & chicken, and also had catnip toys and dog tug toys.

Snack 'n Snooze is on Etsy! You can contact my Mom through etsy or by her email if you have any questions or want something custom made.

Snack 'n Snooze will also be at Dogtoberfest this year, roohoo!!!!


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Shiba Inu Children's Book

Nicholas, You are... Ridiculous! (written & illustrated by Olena Kassian)

This book just came out and can be purchased on

Nicholas...You Are Ridiculous!

You can also
CLICK HERE for an extra sneak peek into the book from it's official website.

Olena is a good Shiba friend of mine & Sushi's, and we have been waiting anxiously to see this book, and we were not disappointed. The illustrations, in my opinion, are one of the best I've seen when it comes to the Shiba Inu, especially puppies. I wish I could hug Nicholas!! As expected, Nicholas is a very curious & silly Shiba puppy.

Whether you have kids or not, this book is a collector's item!

Sushi & I rate this book 4 PAWS UP & A TAIL WAG!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Do We Expect Too Much from our Shibas/Dogs?

I'll be the first to admit that I have probably overdone the obedience training with Sushi. I think the last advanced class we did was when he was 3 yrs old. My intention was to have a refresher. Sushi was bored out of his mind. Why? He knew all this stuff, so why do it again? So, I promised him that would be the last one. Since then, we have done a bit of agiity, which has helped to boost his confidence, and once he got the hang of it, look out, he loved it! (Going head first into the floor off the a-frame is not always a good thing, Sushi!).

Do we expect too much of our dogs? There are so many fun things to do with dogs - agility, rally-o, or even helpful things such as therapy or other things like just taking your dog with you everywhere you go.

Not all dogs enjoy this. Gasp! Did I just say that? But these are fun things, they are good things. Aren't they? Well, not always.

I think it is healthy to try new things with our dogs, because hey, they might enjoy it. But, I think as responsible dog owners, we need to recognize when the dog really doesn't enjoy something, and decide if it needs to be worked through, or to just let things be.

Sushi will be 6 yrs old this fall. I have officially retired him from Shiba Inu Meetups. He no longer enjoys them. Why? I don't know. But, he doesn't. As much as I would love to have him there, I have had to accept this, and now that I finally have (it took time!) I enjoy spoiling all the other Shibas, and realize I don't have to be looking out for Sushi.

What does Sushi enjoy these days? Walks, he loves his walks. Loves his Green Bear and playing with it. Loves his flying fox. So basically, walks & short playtimes. And, bellyrubs are a bonus.

We may still try rally-o at some point, but if Sushi doesn't have fun, then we won't continue.

I wonder if dog owners have it in the back of their minds what they expect from their dog, and think that dogs will just automatically do it or enjoy it. There are many things I would love to be able to do with Sushi, but he just isn't "that" dog. I'm not disappointed, I love Sushi with all my heart, he is a fantastic dog.

I just hope other owners don't feel disappointed by their dogs if they don't live up to their expectations of them.

Bonnie & Sushi

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tricks Can Boost Your Dog's Confidence

Mom has always taught me tricks, since I was a puppy: sit, stay, lie down are the basics; fun ones are: spin, wave, gimme 10, shake a paw, say your prayers, crawl, catch & yum yum. I am currently learning "touch" and I'm hearing rumours I'm going to learn how to cross my paws soon!

A few months ago, Mom joined because I am very timid around my Father in Law. This group is a wonderful source of advice and support.

Mom took their advice, and incorporated my tricks into CookieTime with CookieGuy (aka FIL). It's been a slow process but I have come a long way. I will now paw at his knee for a treat, whereas before, no way would I get that close!

Mom feels that when I do tricks, I am focused, rather than dancing around anxiously. Ok, I still do that a little bit, but not as much as I used to! The tricks boost my confidence, especially when I'm given the commands "spin" or "bark" or "wave". I love those ones!! "Catch" is becoming a good one as well, because I will actually take a step forward to get closer to catch the treat!

Mom thinks that without the treats, I would still progress, but not as well as I have. Besides, it's FUN and involves really stinky cookies -roohoo!!!

Here is a video:


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Want to Know Everything and Anything about the Shiba Inu?

I've noticed, since the now famous Shiba puppy cam, the incredible amount of inquiries about the Shiba Inu. On Yahoo!Answers, everyday, someone is asking about Shibas, what they are like, should they get one, will they get along with their current pets, etc... an effort to stop Mom from replying to all of them (she can't help herself from wanting to protect the breed), I suggested to Mom that she post the info gathered from the The Toronto Shiba Inu Meetup Group.
This group has been around for 5 years, with over 140 members, so you can imagine how much Shiba Inu information there might be. What better way to learn about the Shiba Inu than from the owners themselves!

So, get comfy, and click here for all you need to know about the Shiba Inu. Please note there is not a history on the breed, but plenty of information regarding finding a breeder, Shibas in rescue, grooming, training, behavioural issues, health issues, etc... As well, dog articles that are extremely interesting.

Sushi (who made her Mom learn more than she ever thought she would want to, haha!)

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Cats Have Taken Over My Shiba Blog!!

Humph!!! Those darned cats, Tatiana & Bailey hunted me down and locked me out of the room. For some reason they feel slighted that they do not have their own blog, so have decided to take over mine! I'll get them back. In the meantime, I guess for those silly cat lovers out is their posting:

Meeeeeooowwwww!!!!! We kitties have our paws on the computer, wheeeeee!! We just wanted to give a meow-out to our Fashionista Kitty Pal, Peanut and her blog. Check out her duds, we think she is queen of the cat-walk!

The "Peanut" Gallery

And, of course, we can't forget to post a pic of our cute selves (Chatty Tatty the Torti & Wailey Bailey the back kitty).

Tatiana & Bailey