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Picture of Django, a male Shiba Inu

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Age: 6 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
December 6th 2009

June 6th 2008

playing, running, diving for critters, shiba 500

being disturbed while sleeping, having his nails trimmed, anything medical

Favorite Toy:
rubbery squeeky thing that bounces all over the place

Favorite Food:

Favorite Walk:
anywhere he can dive into snow, bushes, or grass

Best Tricks:
sitting... he's still learning stuff

Arrival Story:
This fellow showed up at our home early December 2009. We didn't know we wanted a dog, and contacted the various shelters and vets and tied him up outside (with a flimsy rope!!!) so the owner could fetch him, but no one ever came! He wasn't very well, with bad worms, ticks and lymes disease... so we took care of him at home until his owners came for him... (the shelter was full)After a few months, we were in love with him, and he had melted our hearts with his joy for life and his unusual personality. We were informed that we could legally own him if we wanted... this is a small town and we had been cautious to keep him, if some farmer perhaps would come along and take him away it would break our hearts... but no one ever even called any of the shelters. By this time we were also concerned that the previous owners were either neglectful, or didn't have the patience or means to care for him. He is what I would call "high maintenance." We weren't too excited about the prospect of turning him over to someone who would endanger his life by letting him run wild. He looks so much like a fox, he probably would be shot around here! Or hit by a car, the way he lunges for everything that moves... whether it be a leaf or a squirrel! Needless to say, we decided to keep him. I researched the breed and learned a whole lot about him... and I must say, he is not like any dog I have ever had. We love him deeply and can't imagine life without him.

He came to us neutered, which was great. But we have spent a lot of money at the veterinarians... all the deworming, and lymes, and then he got an infection on his paw pad... and most recently he tore his dew claw in half and had to have it cut... boy did he scream. We were able to create a great dog run for him, with a tall fence, which he loves. As time goes on, his true Shiba nature is unfolding. I cannot believe he did not chew his way through his rope that first day and run away. He since has chewed through three retractable leashes and one regular one... but did not run away! He just sat there, when we finally noticed he was not attached, looking up as if, "look what I did! now what are you going to do?" He's a real stinker!

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