First and most importantly, we would like to say MERRY SHIBAMAS to all of our friends and their packs.
Today, we FINALLY got to open our Secret Shiba Shibamas pawsents. Look at all the pawsome gifties!
It all came stuffed in a cute tin box and also wrapped in super cute tissue paper. Mom made us wait patiently so that she could take a photo. She knows me best. I would of totally scurried off with a toy. We got purty collars too! Also, pumpkin and cheesy noms!!!
We found out our Secret Shiba is Rinji & Mika & their hoomans (@shiba_rinji)!! Thank you! We lub all of our pawsents very much! We got to nommin’ right away!
Big thanks to Yuki and Sakura, this year’s 2012 Secret Shiba pawsome coordinators, for putting this together and to all those that participated. <3
Sofi’s been doing great! She is settling in comfortably with the pack. We had thunderstorms yesterday and she didn’t seem phased by the noise. She is still adjusting to walking around the city and not quite used to all the people, cars, and loud noise. Although, she is great on the leash when we walk in an area with less of everything. We will continue to work with her on that but otherwise, she’s been such a good girl! We can’t understand why anyone would ever have wanted to get rid of her. <3
Sumo is wondering where Princess Sachi went. He feels bad for being late to the prom since the pack had to prepare for the Parade that is happening tomorrow. He hopes Sachi was able to have a good time at the prom wif the rest of the Shibas and friends. #ShibaKisses
Sofi is settling in to her new home nicely. The Vet checked her out and she is healthy aside from a luxating patella which they said it is not something we need to really worry about right now. Sumo used to have a luxating patella and his most recent check up showed he was normal. However, he does still have a faint heart murmur which I will continue to monitor strictly. Otherwise, both Sofi and Sumo are up to date on all of their shots and we won’t have to go back for another 6-12 months.
As each day goes by, we are learning more and more things about this sweet girl. For example, she paces around the kitchen area, does a little footsy dance and whimpers when I am scooping her food on to the plate. She loves to nibble on things and we have caught her doing it on the corner of our pillow cases but we quickly corrected her so that she only noms on her own toys. She is great at fetching and knows to bring it back and drop the toy. She likes to bring her toys to bed with us and sleep with them nearby. Sofi is also extremely affectionate and is content being scratched all day long. Not to mention, she snuggles! She always has to have a paw on one of us when she’s sleeping and often times, she will lay her head on our chest and cuddle with us to sleep. Sumo loves her and I can tell she is quite smitten with him as well. We are so happy to have her a part of our pack! <3
Here is a photo of them relaxing on our bed together… Sumo sleeping soundly nearby.
Today, we went on a 3 hour walk with our friend Gloria and her furkids, Amie and Tomo.
Sofi did very well on the walk. She is starting to come out of her shell a little bit. She let out a small bark today, is playing with toys, exploring the apartment more, and scratching her bed. Sumo loves her and tries his best to get her to play with him. They have even started eating their food in their own bowls which thanks to their Auntie Gloria, they absolutely love! Tomorrow, I may go running with Sofi and will definitely take more photos!
We weren’t sure if we were 100% ready to adopt another puppy after losing Kicho in January. After much thought, and what felt like Kicho giving us her blessing, we decided to go for it. It all seemed like it was meant to be. The whole process went perfectly and we couldn’t be happier.
Here’s Sumo waiting patiently to meet his new sisfur.
Meet Sofi (was previously named Sakura). She is a 2 year old red sesame Shiba Inu. Apparently she was abandoned because the family claimed she had too much energy and barked all the time. However, we found that she is the sweetest Shiba ever. She hasn’t made one noise since she’s been with us and she has adapted to city life very well. Her energy is normal for a 2 year old and she completely adores attention! While she’s a bit timid at first, she warms up and is great with people and other animals. She knows how to play fetch and is getting along very well with Sumo. Initially, Sumo did show signs of dominance around his toys and food. I hand fed them their nums at the same time the first day, then alternated after that in which they learned to wait patiently for their turn. Hopefully after a week, I’ll attempt to feed them in their own bowls. They are starting to play with toys although not quite with each other yet. Sumo tries to taunt her with it in the hopes that she’ll play tug but she’s quite submissive and just lets him have the toy. I’m sure once she is more comfortable in our home and with Sumo, she’ll be more playful. Those two have started to sleep near each other and even shared a few intimate moments. <3
All in all, we love Sofi and feel so lucky to welcome her in to our family. Special thanks to Jean and all the volunteers at West Milford Animal Shelter for this opportunity.
We will continue to document Sofi’s adventure in New York City. Check back soon!
Sniff… my little Sumo is finally all grown up. He was extremely bad as a puppy and couldn’t be trusted. We’d have to keep everything off the ground but he’d just start chewing on the hardwoods, the drywall, pretty much anything his chompers could get a hold of.
So when it came to leaving the apartment to go to out, we would have to keep Sumo and Kicho in an exercise pen. Kicho was always such a good girl but Sumo has always been a little terror. This week, we’ve left them out and so far nothing has been destroyed. Well, at least not that I’ve noticed…