Arrival Story: Lola's breeder/handler needed to rehome her due to some family issues. She knew Lola wasn't getting the attention she deserved so she started to try to find adoptive parents for her. I was lucky enough to be chosen as Lola's new slave! Lola had a hard time adjusting to her new life at first, but now she has settled in quite well. She's been spayed and has now officially become a permanent family pet.
Bio: Lola came to me fairly shy and reserved but as she becomes more and more comfortable with her new home she has become more and more outgoing and just plain goofy! She's a lazy Shiba, for the most part, but when she gets into play mode it's all fun and games. She loves dashing around in the snow and seeing what good smells she can dig up. She has just learned the joys of playing tug-o-war. She's enrolled in basic obedience and I think she has potential to become a Canine Good Citizen, possibly even a therapy dog if her shyness continues to go away at its current rate. She's just a joy to live with!
After three days missing Lola came home on her own! I heard a tag jingle that sounded remarkably like Lola's, so I eagerly looked outside only to see a neighbor walking her mini-schnauzer. So my heart sank. But then just moments later the neighbor knocked on my door and said "I think your dog may have gotten out!" And pointed down the street to Lola sitting on the curb. I was overjoyed. I went outside and Lola came running up. My guess is that it really was her that I heard in the yard, but she had moved by the time I got to the window. Thank goodness for the neighbor who saw her and took the time to knock on my door.
Now Lola is safely back home. She was dirty and had some burs in her fur. I wonder where her adventures took her. She had a small breakfast and a nice drink of water. She went up and climbed into her crate almost immediately. She's finally back in her safe place.
Lola escaped from the yard around 8pm Friday, March 14th. We searched for hours that night and the next day and have notified all local shelters and animal control. She is wearing a red leather collar and shamrock ID tag. She is also microchipped. If you live in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis area or know anyone who does please keep an eye out for her! She's shy, but non-aggressive. We fear she won't readily approach strangers and may end up getting very lost and not be able to find her way home. If you have any information please contact me!!
I did a lot of research on Shibas before getting Lola so I had heard about the twice yearly phenomenon of "blowing the coat". I thought, "Well, a little shedding a couple of times a year, how bad could it be? She's such a little thing."
Well, let me tell you, it's pure insanity. I don't understand how much hair can come off of her! With the amount of hair I've brushed off of her, swept off the floor, lint brushed off the furniture, and breathed in from the air (yech) I feel like I've collected about 3 dog's worth of fur. By all logic Lola should be completely bald by now. I'm glad she's not, but it might be a little bit easier!
I'm afraid I'm going to be spitting up hairballs soon! Last night we had obedience class which is held at a doggy daycare center with a black rubber floor. I brushed Lola thoroughly before class in hopes that she wouldn't leave me in a cloud of hair at class. I had to clean out the slicker brush several times, but she finally seemed to be fairly smooth. At class she does beautifully. She's focused, happy, friendly, everything is great! Before we leave I glance back at our little spot and the black floor is carpeted with a thin layer of white fluff. She managed to leave a nice pile of hair in just one hour! Sheesh. I hope we're done with this soon.