Nicknames: Little man, buddy, HEY, NO BITE!, etc...
Birthday: December 6th 2005
Likes: His blue woobie (lord only knows what it really is), his squeeky pacifier (although daddy Jason and daddy Shannon don't seem to like that one all the time!) and freeze dried sheep's lung (Why does daddy Shannon always say "eewww!")
Pet-Peeves: Baby gates (how DARE my daddies try to keep ME out of a room!!), spray bottles of listerine (eewww!)
Favorite Toy: My blue woobie and my squeeky pacifier
Favorite Food: Nature's Variety - Prairie
Favorite Walk: Around the block, down the alley, by the coffee house, around that block, around the dog park (which I can't go into yet), back by the coffee house, pop into Mud Bay (TREATS!!), back by the apartment, around the back alley (taking care of business), HOME!
Best Tricks: Sit, stay, lay down, ignore daddy, pee on something... aren't those tricks??
Arrival Story: For nearly the past ten years, we have been researching different dog breeds to find the one that would be perfect for our lifestyle. After years of AKC shows, meeting breeders and meeting animals, we settled on one of two breeds. We did not move on our urges because we just felt like we didn't have the resources or time to properly offer our lives to another family member. Then, suddenly, we found ourselves settling down and really ready to take on a new addition to our family.
After searching on petfinder.com for a breeder, we contacted several here in the Seattle area. THANK DOG we met Leslie Engen of San Jo Shibas. Not only was she the most helpful and knowledgeable of the breeders, but she just happened to have a little guy available for placement with a family. We took our friends Lynne and Karen with us and met Ares for the first time. We fell in love immediately! The pup of a champion sire, Ares was destined for great things. Unfortunately for his show career, his tail was broken in some rough play with his litter mates... OUR GOOD FORTUNE! This meant that Ares was available for adoption right away.
That night, we sat over martinis and knew there was no other little guy for us. We had fallen head over heels for him and just had to have Ares for our own family. We called Leslie back right away... this process had been a long time in the thinking for us and we knew this was the right time, the right place, the right breeder and definitely the right dog. We have never regretted a single day since then.
Leslie at San Jo Shibas has been a dream. She took a great deal of time to get us educated about the little details of the breed and to make sure we had all the help we needed to get off on the right foot. In addition, she introduced us to Diane Rich (spokesdog.com) who has been working with us since week one to train our little man to be a good family member and a good member of society.
When they say "it takes a village" they must have been talking about Shibas! Thanks to our village, we now have a wonderful little man in our family.
Hello everypup! Poking my nose back here from bounding here and there in throughout the universe to tell you about my new friend, Larry Merrill and the wonderful memorial he did for me in his Dog Each Day, Year of the Dog project.
My Daddies heard that Mr. Merrill was doing a different portrait every day in 2006 to commemorate this being the Year of the Dog. After visiting his website and seeing the wonderful work he did in capturing the true nature of his subjects, The Dads decided to submit a WHOLE BUNCH of my photos for Mr. Merrill (you all know how enthusiastic my Daddies are about their kids BOL). That same day, The Dads received an email saying that Mr. Merrill would be honored to include me in his project and would let them know when I would be picked.
Well... TODAY IS THE DAY!! That's right my fabulous Dogster pals... I am Larry Merrill's subject for his Dog Each Day project for Wednesday, July 12th, 2006!! WOOHOO!! Imagine it... a famous artist drew ME!! WOOHOO!! The Dads were so moved by the piece that they just stood there and stared at the screen. Needless to say, they were both more than a little stunned and choked up. Good thing I sent them Apollo to hug...
Please go to Mr. Merrill's Website and let him know how wonderful his artwork is. I am honored that this man took the time to capture me forever on his canvas and I am excited to share his work with you.
Hey there everypup!! I wanted to pop in one more time to put in my two cents... even crossing over the bridge can't stop me from talking!! BOL!!
I wanted to say thank you to all of the INCREDIBLE pups and their equally WONDERFUL humans here on Dogster. While I was here in this little corner of the universe, I was lucky enough to find two of the best Daddies a pup could ever ask for. I loved them with all of my heart and soul and they loved me back with all of their hearts and souls. I don't think there was ever a luckier pup than me. When it was time for me to go, my Daddies had a really hard time accepting that I wouldn't be around anymore. Even though I didn't feel very good, I still wished I didn't have to leave my Daddies while they were in so much pain... I held on for as long as I could until they gave me permission to go on and be at peace.
Now I am at peace and the only thing that would make this side of the bridge better would be if my Daddies were here with me. I watch them every day and I know they feel the same... this is where you Dogster folks come in. When I thought that Daddy Shannon and Daddy Jason's hearts were really going to break, I led them here to Dogster and they read the words of encouragement and felt the loving energy you all sent them. Thank you for that. I still love my Dads with every little bit of my energy... I'm still glad, though, that they have pups and people like you Dogsters to pick them up and carry them along when they couldn't get through on their own.
My life may have been short, but my Daddies said something to me that made me feel good. I was sitting there next to them one night while they were talking about me. They were finally starting to feel a little better and they told me that I had done more in my few short months here than they had been able to accomplish in their whole lives... more than most people they knew EVER did. You see, after reading all of your pawmails and posts, the Dads realized just how much I meant to all of you too. Hey... I'm a big energy in a little soul!! BOL But you folks carried my energy out into the universe for me when I couldn't do it myself anymore.
Thank you for making donations to shelters and research facilities in my name. Thank you for passing on life saving health information to your vets and friends. Thank you for sharing your stories of how my Dads and I touched your lives... it makes them feel better knowing that I still live on through the energy you all share.
That said... I want to make sure that ALL of you go over and check out my little bro's new page here on Dogster!! WOOHOO!! Apollo is one heck of a little guy and I did a LOT of work trying to get the Dads to move forward and love him the way they loved me. That much love has got to be spread around!! I picked a very special little guy for my Dads and he is taking good care of them already... with a little coaching from me... hehehehehe... I know you will all love him as much as you loved me.
It's been fun Dogsters!! Remember, walk away from your computers when you think of me or my little bro, Apollo, and hug your pups. Take a walk or just play with them and their favorite toy. We aren't here for long, but we have a lot of love and joy to spread around!! WOOF!!
bark to you on the other side...
Ares - Now REALLY the Center of the Universe!!
While not the usual transcriber of Ares' thoughts and actions, here is a message certainly heartfelt and well thought from the fingers of Daddy Jason:
Dear 2 and 4-legged friends
Friendly, sweet-natured, loving, loyal faithful, true, honest, stalwart and honorable. These are just a few words that can describe the wet nosed wonders that we share our lives with. But they can also be used to describe the wonderfully caring subscribers and staff of Dogster.com.
On May 9, 2006 our little boy, Ares, was cruelly torn from our lives. Misdiagnosis coupled with inadequate veterinary care took his life in just a couple short days. Unprepared as we were for such a horrific experience we were less prepared for the overwhelming response for the Dogster community.
The very day we posted the news of Ares’s passing we began to receive notices of sympathy from all around the globe. From New Zealand to New York people were gathering together to lift up two complete strangers with love and support. The only thing we held in common was our love for the animal companions in our life. Every few hours we were more surprised to see a plethora of:
• Gifts to rescues organizations in his name
This last one personally warmed my heart more than I can say.
Then, just a day after our posting we open our Dogster account to see that there is a link to Ares’s page and a memorial listed by the Dogster staff with messages from his Dogster pals. I’m not sure when I cried harder, after his passing or with the coming realization of how this little 5 month old puppy had touched so many lives, and how each of those lives were in return reaching out to lend a little light in a dark moment of our life.
Thank you barely seems to cover it all, but it is all we can bring ourselves to say. Thank you to all the people who e-mailed their sympathy, warm wishes, ideas for coping, and heartfelt correspondence. Truly we could feel your love and support! Thank you twice to the folks at Dogster.com. First, thank you for the beautiful memorial. Ares would have loved being the center of attention for one last day! Second, thank you for creating a safe haven where people like us can do everything from swap prize winning dog biscuit recipes to give emotional support to complete strangers mourning the premature loss of a close companion. Ares changed our lives forever; you gave us a place to express that change!
Because of all the notices to not give up, and blessings to grieve for our little man we have given ourselves permission to try again with a new Shiba Inu pup. We are certain it is the right thing to do and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to turn our lives upside down again. Later this summer there will be a new center of the universe, so prepare yourselves.
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!! Although we all survive loss and grief, it is our opinion that we are making it through because of all the Dogster subscribers and staff.
Hera the cat
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world.