So while I’m on my lunch break, I might as well post a more detailed update. I bought my first house! It’s an acre in Puyallup, it’s nice, flat and shady, and park-like. There is sufficient space for a garden, chickens, quails and Shibas, probably a diary goat at some point too, maybe rabbits if I can spare the time. The fencing still needs some maintenance, and there are a lot of cleanup projects on the lot, a ton of blackberries and overgrowth but it’s clearing up nicely.
The next fun purchase was some chickens, to go with the quail. Now we all know how reliable and trustworthy Shibas can be around small feathered creatures and the like 😉 There was also a big concern about rodents, cats and pests bothering the babies too. I wanted to go the au natural way and avoid traps or poison, so my cousin brought me her rooster, which we named Mayor Goldie (from Back to the Future). Goldie is great and all, but I had some major concerns about the small dogs safety, and my own as well. In reality, a mean rooster affords little comfort during dark country nights with thoughts of coyotes and prowlers on the brain.
The next serious purchase after this realization, was of a livestock and property guardian dog. A huge challenge was finding a large powerful dog with presence that had the best chance of staying collected and calm around often snarky Shibas. Therefore, a dog that was bred to have good judgement, a good working temperament, a strong guarding instinct, and that can remain calm and excellent with the family was essential. LGD type dogs are known to be extremely devoted to their families, but some breeds have higher prey drive and may not be as inclined to tolerate any other dogs, especially strange dogs (or chicken chasing Shibas.)