Likes: Playing with my Daddies, playing with ALL of my toys at once, sleeping, when my Daddies scratch me right under my neck... oh yeah... that's good!! WOOF!!
Pet-Peeves: When people aren't paying enough attention to me!!
Favorite Toy: ONE favorite toy?? ONE??? How can you pick just one???
Favorite Food: Nature's Variety Prairie Chicken and Rice
Favorite Walk: Anyplace where he can run!! Dog parks, hiking trails, city streets, you name it, he'll do it!
Best Tricks: Sit, down, stay, come, grab Daddy's pant leg, bug my cat-sister Hera... wait... those aren't all tricks????
Arrival Story: After Ares passed, Leslie insisted we come out to her place to look at a new litter of pups she had on the ground. We were hesitant at first, not because we didn’t want another pup, but because we were afraid that it was too soon and afraid we couldn’t handle it emotionally.
As always, Leslie is smart when it comes to her pups and the people she matches up with her Shiba Inu. We met the litter and the emotions were high, to say the least. We were definitely ready for a new little one.
Due in no small part to our friends here on Dogster, we were leaving our hearts open the way Ares had taught us to me. We opened up and looked for any indication as to what direction we should move in. There were two girls and two boys. The two boys were definitely the way we wanted to go… but which.
The real answer came when we were on that first visit. Apollo, then a fuzzy little blob without his eyes open, laid his head in Daddy Shannon’s hand and gave a big ol’ sigh exactly like his big brother used to do to melt Daddy Shannon’s heart. It was love at first sight and the tears flowed all around.
The second visit was Daddy Shannon alone. That was a tough one for him but little Apollo came through again and that cinched it. After a few more weekend socializing visits, Apollo came home with us. There was definitely something telling us to move forward with this special little guy.
The night before we picked Apollo up, Leslie (our breeder) called us randomly and said she wondered if we had named him yet. We had, indeed, given him the name Apollo because of the light and joy he brought back into our lives. The healing he brought us. The god Apollo is associated with the sun as well as healing and restoration. This seemed a logical choice for this little one. The kicker is here: Leslie continued by saying she wasn’t sure if we had named him but, if we hadn’t, she definitely got the sense that his name was Apollo. Now, Leslie left this message on our voicemail and had not spoken to either one of us since our decision on his name. This little guy named himself… that’s for sure.
Apollo has been a great gift to our lives from the universe. He is the center of our lives and we love our little guy. We feel blessed to be owned by this particular little Shiba guy.
Bio: Apollo is the from the same amazing breeder as his brother before him: San Jo Shibas here in Washington State. These are the best Shiba Inu you will ever find folks! Amazing Shibas, fantastic Breeder (THANKS AGAIN LESLIE!!).
OMD!! Has it really been over a year since my last post. Woof! Sorry folks, well I guess I’ve been slacking a bit.
A lot has happened since we last spoke but my life stays pretty much the same. About once a month we went on a trip out to Auntie Leslie’s to play with my Shiba pals there. Most of the old gang are not there anymore. Lenny has 2 new dads and 2 sister shiba’s. They tell me he is very happy. I miss running with him though.
My litter-mate Nora has been busy trying to make me an uncle. No pups yet but I’ll be sure to tell you if I become an uncle. In the mean time I have my paws full with the slew of other pups that the dads bring home to “socialize” (I did not know socialize meant “I get to play with puppies for a couple of weeks”…) Usually once a month we have a little girl over to visit. I really like playing with them. Atlas pretends like he is the king of the house when they first arrive and scolds them if they get to close to him, his food or anything else he thinks is his… Don’t worry I know he’s just a big gas bag (I’ll tell you about the gas issue sometime. BOL)
My favorite visitor is a pretty girl named Dallas. She fits in with us perfectly and does not take any guff from Atlas, or me for that matter. We also have had staying with us Lilith, Misu, and Atlas’s little sister Chalee (she’s nuts!!) Auntie Leslie says she has more girls that want to stay with us once they get a little older. WOOHOO.
I’ll put some new pictures of myself up. Daddy Jason has a new camera and you all know how he loves to take pictures of his children.
Like you all thought from that title that I was going to be serious or something!! BOL!! NOPE!! WOOHOO!! There's time for that serious-on-my-birthday-reflection stuff when I'm as old as The Dads (sssshhhhhh... don't tell 'em I said that!)... for now, I'm gonna PAAARRRRTTTAAAAAAYYYYY!!! WOOHOO!! Today I am one year old!! WOOHOO!!
Somepup said something about it being Cinqo de Mayo today... I'm not sure what that means but it must be Spanish for: It's my birthday, oh yeah! It's my birthday, oh yeah! It's my birthday, oh yeah! It's my birthday, oh yeah! It's my birthday, oh yeah! It's my birthday, oh yeah! BOL
I'm not quite sure what all The Dads have planned for me yet but I HOPE HOPE HOPE we will be going to my FAAAAVorite parks today so I can sniff and poke around then maybe Daddy Jason will let me go ZZZOOOOOMMM with him on his roller-thingies down by the water again... wwwwhhhheeeeeee!! Maybe I'll even get to pick out a new toy at SCRAPS today!! Oh I hope I hope I hope!! *Shiba tushie dance*
Okay... I have a LOT of zoomies and dancing to do so I don't have time to sit here at this 'puter thingie... and neither do YOU Daddy... LET'S GO!! WOOF!!
He wouldn't listen to me... I tried to tell him that it really was true. The Dads put wheels on their feet and roll around!! Atlas thought I was chewing on some funny weeds when I told him that but he found out today for sure!!
The Dads took us down to Alki and we ran/rolled up and down the trails by the beach. It took Atlas a little while to get the hang of things... like not running in FRONT of The Dads while they were rolling. Good thing there is a lot of grass around to cushion those fast stops. BOL
Daddy Jason did most of the rolling this time... Daddy Shannon has been taking it easy on his feet... I think it had something to do with all the dancing he was doing last week. OH!! And Daddy Shannon said something about ordering NEW wheels called Landrollers. I guess they are supposed to be easy on his feet and knees. You know what THAT means... more rolling/running time with me!! WOOHOO!! Well... me AND my brother.
After The Dads took off their wheels, we walked up and down the beach and met another Shiba. He was HUGE and The Dads said something about him being "snarky." I'm not sure what "snarky" means but I think it has something to do with why we weren't allowed to play with him. Oh well... I just chewed on Atlas' ear a little more and we walked around some more.
It must have been "two-fer" day today at Alki. We kept seeing two of other pups. I do have to say though that my brother and I were the best looking "two-fer" by far... hehehehe... well come on... like you don't think so too?!??!?!! BOL
Okay... it's been a long, fun day and I need to go see what The Dads are doing. I think they are getting ready to go out without us. Granted, they don't do that too often but I'm going to make sure I get some good treats out of 'em before they leave. hehehehe....