There are 4 very nice Shibas from a local reputable show breeder who are available for adoption. These are wonderful healthy adult girls and a male puppy who have been house dogs and had health testing. More info about each dog is below their photo. Please email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those of you who have followed this blog (and me) over the last few years, know that I tend to jump around different media sites, doing updates when I have time to.
Earlier this year I bred Farrah (Ch San Jo Lillith Fair RN,FDX,CA,NA,NAJ,CGC) to Lennie (Ch San Jo Relentless of Lemaitre). Lennie is also Zuki’s sire, and Ike and Eli’s brother. I’m very happy with what I got, and am very thankful for all the help from my very wise breed mentors. So, this is an introduction of sorts for Farrah’s son, Tony. I am keeping him to grow him up, and so far he is a wonderful little guy, and he shows great promise for sports.
In addition to raising puppies at home, this summer was hectic with Shiba rescue requests. Northwest Shiba Rescue (Pam Carlson) with Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue, requested assistance with a very large (ongoing) Shiba rescue operation from a retired local breeder in Yelm. Talk about feast or famine with rescue needs! It seemed like we were there every weekend for months negotiating, and taking dogs 2-3 at a time, then grooming, then dealing with medical and placement issues, in addition to the organizer getting ongoing outside requests for placement, lost/founds and fosters unrelated to this pull. 10 lucky Shibas are now in permanent homes and doing amazingly well considering their general state of neglect.
Now that it’s fall, I have managed to squeeze in a few Truffle Hunts with the Shibas (and my mother), but not many. Beebe goes off leash like always and sniffs around for the scent, flushing deer and wild birds in the process. It’s a shame she is so poorly bred, because I really like her desire to work and please.
Now that Farrah is back in shape, she has been back to Flyball practice with gusto, coming very close to earning her FDCH (Flyball Championship) at the last tournament. She also played the halftime show again, as did Beebe, for the Seattle Storm. I am very proud of them both as it is not easy for a Shiba to walk into a crowded stadium of screaming fans and perform. Hopefully she can get it at the next tournament in Canada before being bred again.
Regarding breeding, Zuki has been bred to Wang Chung (Ch San Jo Wang Chung Tonight) and is due in the next 2 weeks. We expect 5 or more puppies from the way she is looking, so if you are interested in a well-bred, beautiful and healthy Shiba puppy from the top lines in the country, please message my inbox or contact Pam Carlson at http://www.piperscreekshibas.com/upcoming-litters.html or email@example.com
Be sure to stop by my official webpage at www.masakadoshiba.com for more photos, breeding plans, and updates!
Recap of this week:
Farrah got her final OFA exam and the films look “Good”.
We got some good walks in this week, and although the weather has been very cold and foggy, we did get a nice photo. I think this would make a pretty water color, and that’s just what I have planned for it:
A video of the dogs being silly before dinner time:
New Shiba Sports chat tonight approximately 4:30 pm PMT. Feel free to drop in and share stories of your sporty Shiba adventures:
It was a great show weekend. I saw some nice dogs and got the chance to mingle with good people. This AM was also a good but nippy 24 degree walk with our Golden Retreiver friends, Oliver and Morgan. Farrah also had her OFAs and was a very good girl.
Friday was a rescue transport day for us, and a spur of the moment trip to Portland. It’s always a pleasure to lend a hand to Shibas 4 Life rescue, and I wish these 2 girls all the luck. They are very sweet and will great pets. They were relinquished due to owner disability and seem very well socialized and behaved:
Here are some interesting links for the week:
http://baddogagility.com/category/visual-dictionary/ For the agility people!
http://www.dogemate.com/ WTF! This is pure craziness right here.
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/my-puppy-my-self/201102/unified-dog-theory-xi-bold-new-prescription-training-puppies-dont This one threw me a little. There are valid points, and the main message I took from it was age appropriate material and socialization are more important than learning obedience. Don’t micromanage and let the puppies be puppies.
Shiba Sports Chat tonight at 5pm till whenever. I will discuss the articles listed above! http://www.chatzy.com/59207017935229
Shiba Sports Chat is tonight at 5pm until whenever: http://www.chatzy.com/59207017935229
I will be hosting chat from Flyball practice with the Seattle Flydogs, and Beebe, Ike and Farrah will be with me. For starters, topics will include “Offleash Recall” and “Building Working Drive” in Shibas.
In honor of tonight’s chat, here is a video and spam of our morning hike with some offleash Beebe action:
Geek warning! We passed a place in the hike that was very marshy and it reminded me of the Dead Marshes in Mordor from Lord of the Rings:
Please feel free to drop in with any questions. Topics will include “Wrapping up the training of 2012″ and “Obedience Platform Building”.
Don’t know what Obedience Platforms are? Here’s a good video:
These are a new wonderful positive tool I was introduced to, to help with precision heeling, go-outs, fronts, and body awareness. These are different from Agility travel planks, which focus on teaching and proofing 2 on 2 off contacts, although they look similar:
The premise is to highly reward the dog for chosing to get on the platform. Clicker training would work well for this, but verbal markers are also good. Eventually, whenever the dog sees the platform, they go running to stand on it. If you watch the video, you will see how this can be shaped into snappy finishes and straight sits, as the dog quickly learns where in space it’s body is, and that it doesn’t want to fall off the sides. This is 100% positive reward, and is quite a leap from the traditional obedience classes offered when I started out, which is why I think this is a great method for teaching Shibas (and all dogs). No leash corrections needed, and in fact, there is no leash at all!
Anyways, my training center had a Platform Party and I made a special set for Farrah:
Farrah “helps” cut the foam and yoga mat pieces to her size. We went with a pink and purple and argyll theme. Use spray glue to afix the matting to the foam board.
Next, select a fashionable base color of duct tape. Farrah of course, chooses pink. It’s easy to wrap the tape around. Make 2 passes so no foam shows.
Pink, purple and grey argyll. Sort of an East meets West thing with a Japanese dog. It’s matches her Hello Kitty collar.
Velcro, with fancy argyll pattern, holds the two halves in place for travel.
Farrah’s was the smallest. Those on the end are for Newfoundlands.
We love our new platforms!
Blurry iPhone picture aside, Farrah and Moose the newfie are super in love.
Ta dah! We are on our way to perfect heeling and straight fronts.