Pet-Peeves: Tubby the Cat, men he doesn't know and aren't formally introduced to him, getting teased by my brother-in-law when he's in his crate (bad, brother-in-law!).
Favorite Toy: A whacky-looking, squeaky monkey...and his Kong stuffed with treats.
Favorite Food: Oh, throw him a good, roasted bone to gnaw on all day long and he's set.
Favorite Walk: Not doubt, the Point Isabel off-leash dog park!
Best Tricks: Jumping up for a hug after he sits, then you pat your chest saying, "OK". He's learning to dance, too.
Arrival Story: My cousin Jennnie and her boyfriend Sean adopted a 3 year-old, female Shiba Inu named Cece. (She's got a Dogter page , too.) They brought her over during our family's Christmas celebration in 2007 and I just fell in love. I found myself searching the internet for a Shiba of my own.
I saw a ton of beautiful puppies online but I didn't think I had time to train a baby since I work most days and I'm finishing my masters degree. I decided to look for an adult, preferably a breeding dog who being retired by a reputable breeder. I had been scanning www.puppyfind.com, Dogster, and a number of other sites.
For months, I saw all sorts of stunning pix of Shibas but none of them struck at my heartstrings until I came across Ice's pictures. His face reminded me so much of our family dog Mochi who passed away from cancer over 20 years ago. Mochi was a miniature Husky but the lines of Ice's face and his light-colored coat reminded me so much of our old friend. I was absolutely drawn to Ice and kept looking at his posting on PuppyFind over and over for a few days. I contacted Lonita, his owner, and we emailed each other for a few days and spoke nearly everyday since I sent an email informing her that I wanted to buy Ice. I could hear in her voice how special a dog he was to her and how difficult it was to make the decision to let him go. (He was her first Shiba stud and is APRI-certified but her breeding business had been recently AKC-certified.)
I plan to keep in touch with Lonita because Ice was so special to her. His personality and behavior really shows how well she and her family treated him.
Soooo happy to have Ice as my companion!
Bio: Ice has an amazing undercoat that's tinged with red like a fox. If you look at him in a certain light, he looks almost like a red Shiba Inu.
We had a big day yesterday. First, we jumped into the car and drove to Lake Temescal for a morning walk. Only a couple of dogs were out. Sadly, neither of their owners let their dogs take the time to sniff or be sniffed. Ice enjoyed walking along the trails and did really well. After our walk, we hopped over to Pet Food Express to buy a harness. The young, tattooed, hipster guys were so kind to Ice and gave him treats but Ice didn't like them. No animal crackers like the ones Lonita used to give him.
My brother Greg came over to meet Ice. (My family and friends have been really excited to meet him.) Ice barked at Greg at first and we figured he was being protective of me, his new mom. After a several minutes of getting to know each other, be became pals. We all jumped in the car, headed to Lake Temescal again, had a little picnic lunch, and Ice made friends with big cutie named Nemo.
Ice grew up on a lot of land in Kansas. He didn't have to worry about a lot of noise and distractions like cars rushing by, fairly crowded streets, narrow sidewalks, tons of asphalt and concrete, lots of people walking down the street. Greg noticed how anxious he was while the two of the walked down a fairly busy commercial street. His little heart was racing and he was having trouble walking on leash. Quite a different experience from roaming freely at his old him. We’ll be working on getting him accustomed to urban dog life.
First night, I put Ice to bed in his crate. Last night, though, we slept in my bed all cuddled up. He makes a better alarm clock than my regular one. Nice to wake up to kisses and hugs. We wound up getting back in bed and he fell back asleep. Ice doesn’t seem to have a snooze feature.
Ice finally made it to Oaklad, CA, around 7:30pm. His driver George and his wife Janie trekked him out from Gold Kress Kennels in Kansas all the way to Northern California along with several yappy puppies. Ice was a little tired and anxious from the long road trip but he's beginning to settle in.
It's now 11:45 and he's resting after all his sad goodbyes to his old family and all the excitement of moving to a new household.
What an affectionate dog. We're going to have a nice life together...