Shiba Inu/Breed Unknown
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Home:North Shore, MA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 14 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Porkalese, Avari nari san

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-pound dog-dog rescue

July 4th 2002

Avari likes her dad Chris most! Followed closely by other dogs and bully sticks

dogs with no manners, loud noises, litter

Favorite Toy:
her bed! She loves to throw it around, dig in it and de-stuff it!

Favorite Food:
Cheese, peanut butter and lomein. She has a thing for noodles

Favorite Walk:
Maudslay State park

Best Tricks:
She knows, sit, down, paw,, high five, leave it, drop it, give.... and more I am sure

Arrival Story:
Avari was adopted from Cape Ann Animal Aid in Gloucester MA. She was abandoned and had an very rough start to life. They were very cautious about adopting her out, as they were scared she was not the most adoptable dog. I remember going to visit her over the course of a month and just longing to bring her home with me! When we finally got the call the she was ours I have never be so elated. Avari is our soul dog, I couldn't imagine life without her!

Avari had severs luxating Patellas and has had 4 surgeries to correct them! Her knees are finally 100%!! Avari is a loyal quiet dog who loves other dogs and playing and has the best sense of humor that I have ever know in a dog! She has really matured over the last year nad is so laid back and trusting. My mom is always amazed at what a different dog she is now!

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Mine! My bed, my couch, my house!!

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Shiba Inu mixes!

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My Tail of Devotion for Avari

July 4th 2006 9:12 am
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The Story of Avari the Adopted Wonder pups!

It was late at night and I was at it again, reading about Shiba Inus on the net. I read about breeders and temperament I read about “shiba 500’s” and life spans all the time thinking of Kashi the Shiba I loved so dearly when I was 14. I didn’t really know or think about rescue and adoption I always knew it was a good idea but I wanted a puppy, right? Well that’s when I found pet finder for the first time. There was a little 1” by 1” picture of the most beautiful and sad looking dog I have ever seen. Her liquid brown eyes spoke volumes about her short sad life. They had named her Mildred my heart flew out of my chest into my throat and I knew I had found my soul dog.

The next morning I told my husband Chris what I had found. He was well aware of my Shiba obsession, he was also aware that we had decided on no more animals until we had a house (or they showed up on the doorstep needing a home). He did not seem as excited as I was quickly becoming. I showed him the picture of Mildred, he looked at her he looked at me, and said; “We need her, she needs us. Go call about her”. Not knowing how often petfinder.com is updated I quickly resigned myself to thinking that she was probably adopted long ago and hoped that she was happy. It was starting to snow. I called she was available. I paced around the bedroom while on the phone with the shelter butterflies in my stomach. The snow was really coming down now harder, and sideways.

Mildred they told me had many issues, she was not housebroken, she had never been on a leash before the shelter, she was food aggressive with other dogs, she was extremely shy, had not bonded at all with anyone at the shelter, she was unresponsive to their voices and contact, she would need a lot of work. They told me she might never come around; she would most likely never seek out attention or affection. They asked if I would still be interested in such a dog. I told them of course. There was already an inch of snow on the ground.

We had planned on meeting Mildred later in the week, but after I got off the phone I couldn’t stand it, Chris and I braved the weather to drive the 45 minutes to see this scared little girl.

We drove slowly down Route One snow flying all around us. We slowly circled Gloucester not knowing quite where the shelter was, wiping the fog off our windows to read the numerous businesses that started with “Cape Ann”. And then we found it Cape Ann Animal Aid nestled uneventfully between two much larger buildings. The door was locked, we knocked and a woman came and said they were just closing because of the storm and all the dogs had just been crated up. Our faces must have fallen because she said she would bring her out back for a few minutes. We walked around the side of the building to a chain link enclosure and out she brought the most beautiful dog I have ever seen, she was shaking and scared. The woman mentioned that she must be cold, but you could see her fear. We filled out an application and drove back home slowly through the driving snow. A week went by and none of my references had heard anything. We drove back to Cape Ann Animal Aid to see her again. This time she was out running around and appeared to be a bit happier, she enjoyed the company of the other dogs. They asked if I wanted to hold her and I said yes. It took awhile to catch her she just kept running away. Even in the smaller space we were in she would run to a corner and sit with her back facing us. I could pat her but her ears would go down and she would begin to shake. The shelter said that they wanted to keep her a little longer to make sure that she really could be adopted out.

We drove home wondering if we could take on the responsibility of such a troubled dog. We threw a lot of questions around. Chris had only had one dog growing up he died when Chris was about 13. My family had always had multiple dogs but they had all been very young puppies with no baggage. We were unsure if this was a good idea for our first dog. I think we both knew in our hearts that we wanted her and we would do anything and everything to make her a happy well socialized trusting dog. Another week passed by with no word from the shelter. We called again and went to see her. This time was like the others she was scared and timid pressing herself against the chain link fence. This time they said that there was one other woman interested in her and that if we didn’t get to adopt Mildred there was nothing wrong with our application or references it was just a very hard decision to make. She said they would call us either way by closing that night. Well they closed at 4:00 and I sat by the phone sweating, butterflies in stomach waiting. It was snowing again. The phone didn’t ring until quarter to six. I couldn’t answer it I just knew it would be bad news because it had taken so long. They must have already called to woman who got to adopt her and then as an afterthought remembered to call us. Chris answered the phone and we got Mildred we could pick her up in the morning!!! What ensued after was mayhem. I started making lists of things we’d have to buy, and what time the pet supply store opened, where would we put her crate, what kind of food has she been eating, do we need to bring a collar with us, I couldn’t keep my thoughts straight I was so excited and nervous.

After another snowy and sleepless night morning came and we were off to get our new family member. She stayed in my arms all the way home just gazing sadly out the window. We renamed her Avari. She spent the first few days hiding in her crate and then sleeping in her bed in the living room.

Slowly after a few weeks our wonderful girl started to come out of her shell. She loved to play, dig and chew! She was nervous when we ate and scared of most everything outside had to offer. Slowly her confidence rose and she began to enjoy being outside, chewing bones, and sleeping all sprawled out on her back.

Though being touched was still a very elusive goal. She would still shy away or even run to her crate rather than be patted. The snow began to melt away and so did her fear. Trees began to bloom and our world was filled with the bright greens and yellows of spring. Avari began to blossom.

She began to love going for walks, recognized the sound of our footsteps on the stairs, tried to play with the kitties and share her treats with them. She was becoming a real live dog, instead of the stiff, scared, reserved and stoic dog that we had brought home a few months back.

Well 4 years have passed and Avari is the love of our life. We celebrated her first birthday on the fourth of July, it seemed fitting as she was quickly asserting her independence!

She loves to play and meet other dogs, she was incredibly easy to housebreak, and she sleeps on our bed every night, and wiggles around uncontrollably every time we come home. She has also graduated from her first obedience class, and goes to a playgroup at the same location. Unfortunately Avari had to take somje time off sue to Luxating patellas or loose kneecaps had a total of 4 surgies to correct her knees. She pulled through with flying colors and was a wonderful patient!

Avari has an adoptd brother now, Niko with whom she runs and plays and adores, even if she finds the need to put him in his place now and again. They make quite a humorous team!

We have a human baby now too, and though Avari thinks Gwen to be unpredictable and loud, she is as sweet and gentle as ever to her.

What changes my little girl Avari!! You've shined through them all, now when I watch you sleep I can't help but notice that you look satisfied and content with life. You look happy Avari, and it is all I've ever wanted!

Avari has changed our lives in so many ways. Avari taught me complete responsibility for another life. She has taught me to slow down and take things one at a time. She has taught me to laugh a little more. She has taught me to know when to trust and when to be protective. She has taught me that if you are very very cute you can get away with being stubborn. She has taught me that exercise is a good thing and there is no excuse to miss walks. She has taught me about the immense amount of love that she has to give, that all dogs have to give. She has reminded me of what innocence is. Avari has reminded me that you don’t need words to show love. She has taught me so much in such a short time I can hardly wait to learn more from her, I couldn’t imagine our lives without her. I love you Shiba girl. I love you Avari!

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