New toys belong to Jujube

She doesn't ask for permission from anyone. New toys belong to Juju. No question about it.

Jujube, the opportunist

It's no wonder that Loki sometimes bares his teeth at Jujube. Even with all of his aggressive stances, Juju still doesn't listen. She is our little opportunist and will take advantage any chance she gets.

For instance, a couple days ago Loki left his rawhide unattended while he went to drink some water. As soon as Loki left his rawhide, Jujube snatched it away. (We chased her down and returned the rawhide to Loki.)

There was also another instance about a month ago when I was visiting my parents for a week. My mom let me sleep in and she fed the dogs in the morning for me. But she didn't feed the dogs in the way I feed my dogs. She just puts down two bowls of food and walks away. One morning I discovered that what this really meant was that Jujube scarfed down TWO bowls and Loki got nothing. For all of his aggressive posturing, it doesn't accomplish much, huh? Poor Loki...

Loki skittish

Loki has never been good on smooth surfaces like tile or hardwood. He's definitely gotten better over the years, but he's never 100% comfortable. He's always afraid of slipping and sliding, which he does from time to time. It gets worse when his nails get long. Jujube also sometimes slips and slides when her nails get long. The difference is that she doesn't care if she slips or falls or runs into stuff.

This morning, I put down their food bowls for breakfast and Loki was nowhere to be found. It took him awhile to get into the dining room. Once in the dining room, it still took awhile for him to get to his food. Here's a clip: (By the way, the whining in the background is Jujube, who is waiting for her food, because we make them sit for their food.)

Jujube eats our watermelon

In the video, you can really see her rock the melon.

Yeah, we didn't keep the watermelon on the floor after that. We put it up on a table. Our pups love watermelon. No telling what would happen if we left it on the floor unattended.

"The dog peed on me"

That's the first thing Yun said to me when he got back from taking the dogs out for their nightly bathroom ritual. Hahahaha!

Apparently, Loki was peeing like usual at one spot and then decided that he wanted to pee at a different spot three feet away. Instead of stopping and walking over to mark the second spot, Loki decided to hobble on three legs and pee the entire way from one spot to the other. Yun was just collateral damage.

Hello? It's dinner time!

We try to feed the dogs around 7:30pm every evening. Sometimes we get to it beforehand and sometimes afterwards. If we are ever late, Juju never fails to remind us. Tonight, she started whining at 7:30 pm on the dot! How is her sense of time so good?

Lupine Leashes

We got yet another replacement leash from Lupine the other day. I've lost count of how many replacement leashes I've received. Jujube chews on her leash as soon as we put the leash on her. It's like she's conditioned to chew.

Leash goes on => chew
Grrr, Juju! Luckily, Lupine has a fabulous lifetime guarantee against chewing. They have saved me so much money. All you have to do is pay for shipping your old leash back to Lupine. For me, this is less than $2. And in just a couple of weeks, you'll get your replacement in the mail.

So check out Lupine! They are great! And order from the Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue so that the proceeds go to help some shibas.

"My dog thinks he's a cat"

A fellow shiba owner posted up this picture on her Facebook account. I loved it so much that I had to share it with everyone here!
Yes, shibas are indeed very cat-like.

The pups get a dog walker

When I was first researching different dog breeds, that is, before we got Loki, I tried to find a breed that would be a good match for us. At the time, we lived in an apartment with a 25 lbs. limit on dogs. We didn’t have a yard, but we were able to commit to daily walks for exercise. Also, at the time, I was a graduate student with a flexible schedule. Back then, we did not have any other pets or children. We had all the time in the world to devote to a dog. A shiba seemed like a good choice.

Fast forward a few years. Now we live in a three-level townhouse with a small yard. A second dog and a baby are part of the mix. After a long maternity leave, I am now back to working full-time. We commute to work, my son goes to daycare, and in our daily scramble, the dogs are often neglected. What used to be long daily walks have now degenerated to short weekly walks.

Life happens. It constantly changes and always moves forward. And you know what? Our dogs have adapted to all of our life changes. Some changes were easier than others, but all in all, they adjusted very well. They adapt to their humans. Both Loki and Jujube adjusted to a more sedentary life with less attention when we added a baby to the mix. Neither dog displayed any behavioral problems. Dogs are much more resilient than we give them credit for.

Anyways, luckily for our two pups, we can afford a dog walker. Now that I’m back at work, that’s what they get!
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