Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Toast to Luda

Two years ago, I took a trip to Minneapolis to pick up Ludacris.  Like most rescue dogs, he didn’t really have any history.  All I knew was that a family had rescued him from a kill shelter, but couldn't keep him and surrendered him to MSIR.  I fell in love with him instantly.  Maybe it was his toasted ears, or his pink pig nose, or maybe because he would keep nudging me with his head trying to get petted...he has so many qualities that make him loveable.  So I would like to toast to Ludacris, on our special day, for always being such a great MSIR ambassador.
For always tolerating the foster dogs that comes into his home
With foster Snowy
For allowing Piper to use his tail as a chew toy
For letting Thor snuggle in bed with him
For dealing with the ninja, aka Ginger
For sharing his toys even though Yoshi takes all the stuffing out
For always going to pet expos and letting everyone pet him
With foster mom Cindy
For dressing up as a pig while passing out candy on Halloween
For being a co-pilot in numerous transports
Between Bubba and McGee on their way to Michigan
For never eating the treats in the goodie bags
For getting SO excited to greet me that you run into walls
For being my amazing shiba boy.
When people aske where I got him from and I say that he is a rescue dog, I generally get a “oh that’s great that you saved him”.  The reality is, the rescue dogs save us. They teach us so much about life;   to be excited about the little things, to enjoy life,  to wag your tail a little more and worry a little less,   and how to unconditionally love someone above yourself.  More importantly, rescue dogs teach us to be resilient.  They demonstrate that no matter how bad their past life was and what struggles they endure, they will always overcome and find their happiness.  So here’s a toast to Ludacris and all other rescue dogs – thank you for saving us!
Joahnna Osmena, MSIR Adoption Coordinator

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Day in the Life of Rogue

Meet Rogue! At six years old and a petite 17 pounds, Rogue is one of six shibas recently rescued by MSIR from a commercial breeder. Rogue came to us, her foster family, earlier this week. Over the next few posts, I would like to introduce you to Rogue and allow you to follow along as she begins her life outside the "puppy mill". In the short time that she has been with us, Rogue has been faced with many challenges, and there will surely be many more in the weeks to come. These challenges, however, will be lessons learned not only by Rogue, but also by all other commercial breeder foster families and adoptive homes out there. 

Commercial breeder releases often make for the most difficult fosters because their prior exposure to humans, if any, is usually very unpleasant. It quickly became apparent that Rogue had not spent much time outside of a kennel. Upon arriving at our home in Minnesota, Rogue choose to stay in her kennel for the majority of the first few days. Her time was spent napping and observing her foster siblings. She did not eat and did not allow any human touch. While we were anxious to let her roam and get to know her personality, we have learned that it is often easier on a mill rescue like Rogue to just simply watch for a while. This allowed Rogue to adjust to everything from the sound of the dishwasher to the movement of others and the smells of her new home. All of these things have caused Rogue some stress, but the improvement she makes each and every day is simply remarkable.

Rogue also struggled with eating early on. While this was partly due to anxiety, it was amplified by the fact that Rogue is missing several teeth. She is still not eating as much as we would like, but she nibbles on rice and some irresistible meats (bacon appears to be her favorite) every few hours. She is not trusting of humans, yet, so we've found the best success with feeding her in her a separate part of the house. This allows Rogue to eat without her shiba siblings watching her.

Of course, there have been additional challenges for Rogue these first few days in her foster home. There is no doubt this new life will take some getting used to, but watching her progress reminds us every day of why we rescue and foster these dogs. Despite her heartbreaking past, Rogue has a sweet temperament and is interested in EVERYTHING! There is simply no doubt she will make some lucky family very happy one day soon. Until that time comes, Rogue will continue to explore and uncover what life outside of the mill has to offer.

While we aren't sure what the weekend will bring for Rogue, tonight she is conquering the couch!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

WANTED: Minori

Meet Minori (AKA The Damsel in Distress)! Minori is guilty of enjoying being a spoiled little princess. However, this little damsel deserves being pampered considering the life she led before rescue.

Minori was released to MSIR by a commercial breeder because she was not producing puppies.  When brought to the vet, it was found that Minori had an extreme case of endometrioci and her uterine wall was on the verge of collapsing.  Luckily, because Minori was able to receive quick medical attention and a spay this issues was resolved before it could cause her further damage.

In addition, Minori's gums were infected and she had to have several teeth removed.

Minori was also being treated for hemmorraging of her eye. Initially thought to be glaucoma or some other disease it was later found that the cause of damage to her eye was from some form of physical trauma. With proper medical treatment, Minori is recovering well and her eye has been treated for an infection.

If not for rescue, dogs like Minori would die due to neglect. See her "Before" and "After" photos below.

Minori, upon coming into rescue.

Minori, in her new foster home after receving medical care and a little TLC.

After the generous discount by the veterinary clinics, The Wisconsin Four's initial vet care costs total $3482.76.  We need your help to cover the costs of rescuing these very worthy shibas.  Minori, along with her co-bandits: Gibbs, McGee, and Finn, are ready to start this next chapter of their lives as forever friends.  Thank you for helping them get there.  To donate to the Wisconsin Four, please visit

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Badness is the spice of life! (by Jen R.)

On Sunday I went grocery shopping, and bought a bunch of ingredients to take to a friend's house for dinner Monday night. I prepped as much as I could ahead of time, leaving a bag of spices, cooking spray, & other non-perishables pushed to the back of the kitchen counter. Safe, I thought...

Taylor is notoriously hungry (as his dog tag, "Chow Hound" professes). So I should have known better. "But he's been so GOOD lately," I thought. I left for work Monday morning.  At 3:00 pm I was sitting in a meeting, and my phone buzzed. I was getting a call from my own home phone, which I knew meant that my pet sitter had stopped by. She only calls when it's important. She informed me that she came into my house to find the bag of food dragged into the living room, with the spices' lids chewed off... garlic, salt & pepper, onion powder blends. Ugh.

Taylor may be a shorty, but I figured out how he gets on my countertops, because my oven door handle is scratched: he jumps up & does a chin-up to get up there.

My friend Susan heard about this, and sent me a photo of a collie wearing a sign stating, "I eat trash". I thought it was so funny that I had to do my own version... here's MSIR Aki & Taylor, telling it like it is!


Thanks Jen R. for sharing MSIR Alum Taylor and Aki's shenanigans!  Readers, if you have shiba stories to share please email!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wanted: Finn (aka Pip Squeak)

Finn is one of the Wisconsin Four and is asking for your help to cover the costs associated with his patella surgery.  Finn was rescued from a commercial breeder.  He was released to rescue as a pet store reject because his "legs were bad". 

Finn was diagnosed with grade 4 advanced patellar luxation with angular limb deformity, this is a condition that left untreated would make it near impossible for Finn to walk, let alone run, play and enjoy a life without pain and discomfort.

Bascially, what this means is that Finn was born without a groove for his left kneecap to rest in. The ligaments surrounding his left knee are not holding the bones or patella in the correct location. Therefore, the tibia and femur have been growing out at an angle. Due to the severtiy of the angular limb deformity surgery was recommended immediately. With cases like this there is a very small window to correct the situation before the bones have grown out at too much of an angle to fix with surgical correction. As you can see in the video taken at 10 weeks, he was already having issues running, walking and supporting his weight on his back legs. Without surgery, he would lose the ability to support any weight on his left leg.

Even with the generous rate reduction from Dr. Lyle and Crest Animal Hospital in Kansas City, MO the vet bills for Finn's care will exceed $1,000 to date, he may require additional surgery and care before he is given the "all clear".  Your donation to MSIR will help cover the costs of the vet bills associated with Finn and the rest of the Wisconsin Four.  We are raffling off beautiful handmade Shiba Inu pottery:

Please click here to purchase your raffle tickets for the Wisconsin Four! 

Tail wags and puppy kisses from Finn!

Finn will be available for adoption after he is released from medical hold.  For more information on adoption from MSIR please visit

Monday, July 16, 2012

Wisconsin Four Fundraiser

A few weeks back we posted about four dogs MSIR was rescuing from a commercial breeder whom we have nicknamed the Wisconsin Four.  Even after the generous discounts from the vetrinary clinics the Wisonsin Four's initial vet care costs total $3482.76.  They will also need ongoing care to treat a variety of neglected medical conditions.   Each day this week we will be highlighting one of these very special dogs. Please check back for more information! 

To help cover the costs of the Wisconsin Four's vetrinary bills MSIR is raffling a beautiful handmade shiba inu tea cup and 3 chopstick rests. This pottery is hand made by Mariko Yatabe in Tokyo, Japan. Mariko makes traditional Japanese pottery from scratch, and hand paints it.  She does not use anything that contains lead or other poisonous chemicals. They are food safe and made to be used.

Go to: for more information.

The raffle winner will be drawn once we reach the fundraising goal.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Tale of Three Shibas

For over 20 years, there has been a Shiba Inu ruling the household.  Prior to my entering the picture, a six-month-old Shiba Inu puppy named Sadie stole the heart of my husband.  The little ball of fluff was an escape artist from the beginning.  Even a 6 foot chain link fence couldn't contain her, as she climbed and scaled to get where and what she wanted.  A time came when the lifestyle of my husband no longer fit the needs of a young dog.  Sadie was given a new home TWICE, each time finding her way back to her original home.  My husband gave up trying to find her a new place to live.  From that point on, man and dog were an inseparable team.  She taught him many life lessons:  compassion, how to care for another being, and unconditional love - all necessary lessons for this single male.  When I met my husband, I found out in short order that to get a second date, I had to be accepted by his Shiba Inu companion.  Lucky for me I passed the test.  Sadie was 7 at the time, and we were granted 7 more years to be owned by this intelligent, very demanding dog.  Our fun included the "Shiba 500" all over the house, up and down stairs, and around the fenced backyard.  We shared long walks with her on a daily basis.  She traveled everywhere in the car and loved those outings.  She sparred with the cat, and the two of them became so adept at the game, we would hysterically laugh at their antics. Finally, at 14 years of age, Sadie's body began to fail.  When it came time to say goodbye, it was the most devastating experience yet for my husband to face.  He grieved for months at the loss of his beloved Sadie.


8 months later my husband was on business in Chicago.  While talking with one of the local employees, he discovered the young woman volunteered for an organization called Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue, and she currently was fostering a Shiba named Rusty.  The young woman brought Rusty in her car to the hotel where my husband was staying so they could meet.  It was instantaneous love at first sight.    He phoned me and acknowledged that we must fill out an application, have a local home visit, and then head back to Chicago to bring this new Shiba to Minnesota.  Within a week I met 2 year old Rusty, who with his brother (or father, not sure) Pablo was found running the countryside of northern Wisconsin.  It was believed that the two must be related.  Both had serious heart conditions, Rusty's worse than Pablo's.  Rusty had already been prescribed and was taking a special medication for his heart.  The young Shiba was scared and unsure as we rolled out of Chicago, he and I in the back seat of the car together.  We arrived home, and found out quickly the cat was not keen on sharing space with another Shiba Inu.  So it began. 


Our Rusty boy was such a gentle soul.  He loved being petted, and would place his face on a knee and just watch you.  He loved daily walks, albeit short ones due to his heart.  The first time we realized his limitations was in our backyard.  He took off into a Shiba 500 run, and by the time he reached the fence, he collapsed.  Very scary to see for the first time.  Rusty had his own cardiologist at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School.  Here we learned that the collapsing was caused by a faulty, leaky aortic valve (Grade 5/6 heart murmur) and a ventricular stenosis (narrowing in the area just below the aortic valve).  Oxygenated blood was unable to get to his brain fast enough, causing the fainting or collapse.  We tried a special experimental procedure with the U of M to relieve the stenosis to no avail.  But even this serious condition could not stop Rusty.  We just had to moderate how much he was allowed to do.  During our 2 1/2 years with Rusty, we were able to attend one MSIR picnic in Chicago.  At the picnic we met many of the MSIR folks that transport and foster and do what MSIR does so well to help Shiba Inus in need.  We were able to reunite Rusty and Pablo, plus meet the people that had helped transport him from Wisconsin to Chicago.  As Rusty began his decline with congestive heart failure, we did everything we could to let him live the life a Shiba, or any dog deserves:  walks, car rides, playing with toys, snuggles, cuddles and treats.  It was difficult at the end to let him go.  He was less than 5 years old.  Yet we knew he had made a huge impact on our lives.  We believed we had given him the best life possible, although to us it seemed way too short.

Once again without a Shiba Inu, we volunteered any way we could for MSIR. Understanding how valuable transporters are to the organization, we volunteered several times to help transport dogs to their foster or forever home. Most memorable was the rambunctious female puppy that jumped all over the car if not kenneled. It was my first experience with a young, energetic Shiba Inu. I also volunteered to do a home visit for a potential adopter, which turned out to be easier than I had expected. One day we received an email concerning a possible transport out of Minnesota to Chicago.

Scooby never quite made it on his transport!

An older male Shiba Inu  fostered by the Minnesota Humane Society had been in their system for over 5 months and still had not been adopted..  The Humane Society contacted MSIR for help in placement.  After passing a temperament test given by a local MSIR volunteer, the plans for transport were set in motion, and we were contacted to help.  So begins our story of Scooby.  We went to visit him at the doggy daycare that was housing him.   Scooby looked so ragged and thin.  With curly tail at half-mast, he was chewing his fur off his haunches, and my heart just ached when I got sight of him.  It was my turn to make the ultimate decision, transport or adopt.  We knew so little about him.  He was thought to be 8 years old.  He loved walking on a leash.  He screamed constantly if left in a kennel.  Everyone believed his age was a huge factor in lack of adoption interest.  I made the decision, and we filled out the paperwork on the spot.  We headed for home, knowing that another adventure with a special Shiba Inu was soon to begin. 


Our vet did an evaluation once Scooby was in our home.  His age was believed to be closer to 10, evidence of that confirmed by his many broken teeth.  His eyesight was also quite cloudy, another age factor.  But most interesting of all was how he kept checking back to look at me while on a walk.  I suspected he might be deaf, and our vet confirmed it.  His ear canals were filled with scar tissue, perhaps evidence of untreated ear infections.  We will never know.  But I can say I would take a deaf dog again in a heartbeat.  Scooby became our "velcro" Shiba Inu.  We began working on signs for sit, come, food, etc.  He would also respond to very loud clapping when out in the fenced backyard.  Scooby and I learned quickly together.  With help from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School once again, root canals and extractions provided pain relief for our boy.  With yearly dental appointments, healthy food and nutritional supplements, Scooby gained weight and his fur became soft and thick.  The chewing on haunches also ceased.  Scooby and I got into a daily routine of morning and afternoon walks.  It was the only time his tail was up and curled. We could be found rain or shine, snow or sleet, below-zero or above on walks of 1 to 2 1/2 miles.  Our boy could not get enough walking.  The only time we heard Scooby bark was in his sleep (or an occasional dispute with the cat).  He came to us with a special look in his eye when he had to go outside.  It was amazing to me how we adjusted to subtle signs and what they meant.  Scooby loved rides in the truck, especially when we stopped at our local pet food store for his favorite beef tendon spiral chews.  He learned to play with a large, green, squeaky plush bone.  When we would come back in the house from even five minutes away from him, he would grab that plush bone, shake it from side-to-side, and throw it into the air.  Such was his excitement that we were home!  Once in a while, we might even see a Shiba-500. 

With a heavy heart, on May 30, 2012 we released Scooby to the Rainbow Bridge after
 months of weight-loss and a missing spark in those beautiful brown eyes.

Over the past six months we began to see a decline in the dog we knew and a real difference in quality of life.  Are we ever ready to say goodbye to a loyal companion, friend, and family member?  With a heavy heart, on May 30, 2012 we released Scooby to the Rainbow Bridge after months of weight-loss and a missing spark in those beautiful brown eyes.  Regardless of age, the love and joy given to us by our Shiba Inu companions cannot be replaced by anything else.

Will we begin yet another adventure?  Will we have more to add to our "tale"? 

(Jan Z, MSIR Volunteer, Minnesota)

Sunday, July 1, 2012


MSIR's Zoey is missing.  She was last seen in Olathe, Kansas near 119 and Ridgeview.  She is wearing a blue and pink collar with tags, a harness, and is dragging a leash with a pink heart shaped poop holder attached to it. 

Zoey is shy and timid with people.  She does know her name and will respond to "Zoey" or "'ZoZo".  If you see Zoey please do not chase her as this may only scare her more.  Approach her calmly.  When shibas like this get scared they will typically do one of two, and keep running OR hide.  Check under decks, stairs, or any small crevice that a shiba may tuck in to to feel safe and keep cool.

You can follow the link to find her Missing Flyer.

If you see or find Zoey please call Dianne at 913-707-8561 or Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue at 630-225-5046.

Zoey has had multiple surgeries on her back legs, because of this she may tire easily and is not to have alot of impact on them.  Please help us bring this little girl home!

Thank you!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Wisconsin Four

This week we are in the process of taking in 4 shibas in the Wisconsin areas that we have nicknamed "The Wisconsin Four".  Two of these shibas, Gibbs and Minori, are "retired" breeders from a commercial breeder with an approximate age somewhere between 7-8 years old. Minori has severe gum disease, traumatic damage to one eye, and endometriosis.  She is very timid with people.  Minori was released to MSIR because she was no longer producing puppies.  While Minori is sure to overcome her physical hurdles, the emotional barriers will likely take months of care with a very patient foster home.  Gibbs on the other hand has pneumonia making it difficult for him to breath, his ear was black with infection and so swollen that the vet couldn't find his ear drum.  He also had a staph infection and a severe UTI.  But while he is also scared, despite all his health issues he is happy, and he deserves a chance to live out his senior years as a beloved family pet.



MSIR is also taking in two special needs puppies puppies from the same breeder.  These puppies were returned to their broker by the pet store because something was "wrong" with them.  One has a congenital heart defect and the other has "bad legs".  These are conditions we are finding more and more often in the young shibas coming in to rescue.  I had the pleasure of fostering a shiba with a heart condition a few months back.  Her vet bills totaled nearly $1000 for the special care that she needed due to her heart condition.

I will do the short and simple math for you...This month alone we are looking at likely needing to spend approximately $3000 on vet care for these four dogs (this is a guesstimate, it could be more, but likely not much less).  This estimate does not factor in costs such as food, routine preventative and other incidentals that occur during the routine fostering process.  The adoption fee for these dogs will total around $1000...and as you can see that leaves us with a bit of a defecit. 

The Wisconsin Four are being transfered to their foster homes this weekend but MSIR also has 17 other foster dogs in care to date.  Some of these dogs have been waiting for over a year to find their forever home.  Additionally, MSIR currently has a waiting list of dogs who need foster care that includes  owner surrenders who for whatever reason are being displaced from their families, shelter dogs, and commercial breeder releases.  We simply don't have the resources (time, money, or volunteers) to be able to help all of these dogs.

This is where you come in.

As a small, non-profit rescue organization we depend on our volunteers and donations to continue to be able to operate...and by operate, I mean save shibas.  Throughout the course of the past 18 months MSIR has taken in over a dozen shibas from commercial breeders which have heart or leg conditions that require special vetting, procedures, and surgeries.  The care for these "special needs shibas" average in cost anywhere from $500 - $2000 per dog to get the dog to a point where they will have a quality of life that includes being able to play, tug, and enjoy a short walk on a nice sunny day.

I have a special needs shiba myself that I adopted from MSIR, and I will tell you over and over how incredibly appreciative I am of the donations that came in to make his life possible, whether it was $10 or $100, our MSIR Alum Luigi was given the gift of a life from people who were willing to give just a little bit to give him a chance.  Elvis, was a scared commerical breeder release with luxating patellas who has blossomed into a loving and cherished family pet.  Zoey, required multiple surgeries to correct the patella issues in her legs and just finally, after over a year in foster care is moving into her forever home. 

Kei and Yukkio were a commerical breeder pair that were released to MSIR.  They were a bonded pair and very dependent on eachother, luckily they were able to find a forever home that could adopt them together.

To these dogs, and the families that adopt them, your donation is everything.

If you'd like to donate to MSIR please click here.  We understand that not everyone has the resources to be able to donate, but there are other ways that you can help as well.  MSIR is always in need of foster homes (remember that wait list I mentioned up above, help us knock that out by fostering for us), drivers for transports, people to work at events, people to evaluate dogs in shelters, and people to do home visits for prospective adopters.  If you can help in other ways, please email, or click here to complete our volunteer form.  We currently have over 1,600 fans on our Facebook Page.   If each of you donated just $1 we could cover the cost of a patella surgery on a shiba...if each of you donated $5 we could cover the cost of all of the vetting for the Wisconsin get the point!

“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”  (Jack London)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Zoey Update

This morning I reminded myself that in order for Zoey to get adopted, she really needs to get more comfortable in the outside world and with walking on leash. So I walked all three dogs for about an hour this morning, up to Strang Park. It was hot, so we took our time. Zoey pulled and resisted a little at first, tail between her legs with nervousness. But as we walked, she steadily improved.

We stopped to rest at the park, and I sat on the bench and gave the dogs attention as they laid and rolled in the grass. We were in no hurry, and were under a huge, shady tree in the center of the park. This gave us a 360 view of all the other walkers, joggers, kids, and dogs, though our sitting area was quiet. And Zoey's fear shifted into curiosity, then contentment. She settled in and laid down with my dogs, eyes blinking gently and no longer vigilant to the other activity in the park On the way home, her tail went back up, and she walked much more confidently. I felt like a million bucks, and thought to myself, "She has come a LONG way since May 19... She's about ready to be adopted!" It felt like a huge win. I am quite proud of how well my dogs have instructed her... and they do deserve most of the credit!


I attended a dinner tonight for our local Japan-America Society. It was at Sama Zama (the new One Bite), and I talked Kelly into joining since neither of us had been there yet. We arrived about 15 minutes late due to a soccer game Kelly was watching. No big deal.
But if we hadn't arrived late, we may have been sitting at one of the big tables rather than the "kids' table" (a 4-seater off to the side). This ended up to be significant. Patty introduced us to our dinner company, Mindy and Eric. I'd heard of Mindy for years, as she teaches Japanese in the Olathe district, and have been at some of the same language competitions in the past, but had never met her. She and Eric are both awesome & we had a blast talking with them.

At one point I mentioned my dogs (they're Japanese, after all), including Zoey, my foster pup. And they mentioned that fellow Japanese teacher Dianne was looking for a dog, as she & her husband lost their 18 year old mixed breed last fall. Mindy was telling us that she & Dianne just returned from Japan two weeks ago, and saw Shibas all over, and they had both fallen in love with them. I showed her a photo of Zoey and she said, "She looks just like Dianne's old dog!" I gave her my card with my information on it, but wasn't expecting anything.

BUT apparently as we were all on our way home, Mindy texted Dianne to tell her about Zoey, because Dianne called me before I had even pulled in to my driveway, to see how soon they could meet her! And... Long story short, Dianne and her husband Jerry just left my house. They loved Zoey, and showed me some photos of their old boy, Boomer, and he looks a LOT like Zoey. (Larger, but with the same pointy ears and curved tail, and SAME coloration!)

They are experienced with dogs and enjoy daily training. Sounds like Boomer had a very active/smart personality & they loved the challenge of keeping him engaged. We still have to go through the application process, but I think they'd be a FANTASTIC home for Zoey and they sound like they want her.

I'm going over there to do the home evaluation tomorrow night, and they're going to try to get the application done before then! Unbelievable. So, so excited and hopeful that this is the perfect home that little Zoey has been waiting over two years for. That would be sweeter than tonight's かき氷 (Japanese snow cone)! 

Update: The home visit went well, and Zoey was able to move into her furever home. After just a few short days she is doing well, and is very happy. Here is a picture of Zoey catching some zzzzz's in her new home. Congratulations Zoey on your graduation from "foster dog" to MSIR Alum!

(Jen R. MSIR Foster Volunteer)

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Hi there, I'm Zoey! I'm a sweet young Shiba Inu. As you can see, my coat is pure white with subtle apricot shading, so I look a bit like an Arctic fox! I came to MSIR from a shelter, and I can be a little shy in new situations and with new people. But my foster mom says I warm up very quickly with a little patience, and I'm quick to learn. I LOVE attention and would love to sit and cuddle with you!

I had surgery on my back legs to correct a genetic problem, so I need much less exercise than a typical Shiba. I love walks and short play sessions in the yard, but I refrain from excessive running or rough play. But guess what—this makes me so easy to care for! (You don't hear that about many 2-year-olds!)   On top of that, I'm already fully housebroken and crate-trained. I will wait patiently in my crate for you until you return to shower me with attention.

I'm not interested in cats, and pretty much ignore them. I enjoy the company of boy dogs. (My foster mom says I'm a bit of a princess and like to be spoiled, so I'm not a good match with a dominant dog.) I try to be quiet and respectful at all times, and am eager to please. Ideally my forever home will continue to nurture and socialize me. Since extensive exercise is not required or recommended, I would do well with an older person.

My adoption fee is $300. Please visit and fill out an application if you'd like to meet me.

I hope you'll inquire about me today! I promise I'm a wonderful, beautiful girl who is ready to settle into my forever home with you.

Friday, June 8, 2012

MSIR Alum Bongo

It's been one year since we adopted MSIR alum Bongo! We couldn't be happier with him, he's brought so much joy to us. I'll never forget the first day I saw him, he was such a little chub! He's since then slimmed down and has turned into a happy, active, Shiba! Bongo loves to cuddle, and isn't happy if he's not being petted. He will absolutely let you know when he wants you to give him a belly rub, he gets quite huffy!

He loves to lay by the window and watch the world go by, but I'm sure he's keeping an eye out for all those squirrels he loves to chase! Traveling is another favorite thing of his, once he gets in the car he knows he's going somewhere exciting! Bongo enjoys spending time at Joey's parent's house the most, since he knows he'll get lots of treats there! He's such a friendly dog, and it's been amazing to see how he's bonded to us over the past year. Sometimes he can be a little too friendly though, and it makes for long walks when he tries to greet everyone he sees! If only he felt that way about other dogs! 

I can't being to thank you all enough for your amazing organization, if it hadn't been for us stumbling across the MSIR website one day we would've never found this amazing little guy who I can't imagine a life without now. And an even bigger thanks to his foster momma, Shirley for allowing him to be a part of our family! We look forward to many, many long, happy years with Bongo. He's our first Shiba and definitely not our last!

Thank you to Emily and Joey for giving Bongo such a great home, helping him get in shape, and for sharing your story!  Thank you to Bongo for being so dang cute!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MSIR Alum Nala

I remember when Nala came into MSIR with her sister, Sanka.  They were both shy and scared little shiba puppies who were going to need just the right kind of home to help them come out of their shell.  Having had the pleasure of meeting both Nala, and her family - I am so very glad that they have all found eachother!

Thank you to Kyle and Kirsten J. for sharing such great pictures of Nala and for welcoming her into your family. I know you will have many adventures with her!