my hudad, kai, gives kiyomi a kiss.
kiyomi loves being around people. it really calms her down—it’s not uncommon for her to pace around with anxiety if she’s not sleeping, snuggling or being pet.
i’m not going to pretend i like everything about her. i need to remind her that i want her nowhere near my crate, nowhere near my food and, at times, to stay away from my humom. however, it’s pretty clear that my humans like having this new older sister around. and yet, this ‘being at home with a shiba sibling’ is going to take some adjustment…
similarly sized shibas (kiyomi and i) wait for our human dad, kai, to come home. some behaviors are more quickly learned than others.
kiyomi and i continue to get along mostly well. we still have spats over food, although my humans are working hard at being able to give us treats safely. i do like that she’s such a slow walker… it means more time sniffing and marking for me!
kiyomi still tries to be more adorable than me. i might have to up my game soon.
kiyomi tires easily in the heat and sleeps a lot. i usually have to check her out a bit before i retire to where i take my shiba naps.
my humans and i will continue to update as possible. i’m going to make a kiyomi fact sheet about her life before our home, her physical attributes and her personality. if you have questions you want answered, let me know on twitter or in the comments.
it’s a hipstamatic taro shiba wednesday! here’s a pic of me in one area of tempe that my sis kiyomi still hasn’t seen: tempe town lake.
since kiyomi is still learning the joy of walking (and building the leg muscles to join my routine of a minimum of 5+ miles/day of walking), my humans have yet to take her here. i still walk here in the mornings and often in the evenings.
although kiyomi hasn’t been to tempe town lake, we do walk to the dog park together three times every day. she really seems to like it there.
here are a few more pics of kiyomi and i:
today, i’m sharing pics from this morning’s walk to the dog park.
kiyomi continues to struggle with walking—she has to be carried to the park most of the time—but almost always happily walks home from the dog park.
that was true, even in the rain today. she ended up with a giant rain freckle!
here are a couple more pics from just before the rain came:
today is the one week mark of kiyomi coming home. my humans and i are typing up some background information on my sisfur so that we can answer some of your questions.
kiyomi was rescued from a puppy mill. we know that she was with a puppy mill breeder from age 5-6 (she turned 6 on april 2nd), but we don’t really know much before that. it is believed that she was in a different puppy mill before that.
over the ages 5-6 (when she was certainly with a puppy mill breeder), the puppy mill breeder claimed that kiyomi had never given a litter and had never been in heat. why? well, as the rescue found out after they got her, it turns out that kiyomi had pyometria (uteral infection). the vet said that it was a fairly serious infection. the vet added, if kiyomi hadn’t been treated, she wouldn’t have made it another six months.
the puppy mill was being closed down, and kiyomi was put up for auction. the auction took place on march 24. she was one of 28 shibas there (among hundreds of dogs). [you can see the auction list here; kiyomi is listed under the ACA name MH Foxie]. the auctioneer had explained that kiyomi had not had a litter, so she wasn’t going for the $1700 price at which some of the other shibas were sold. in fact, she received not a single bid.
finally, the auctioneer said something like, “first hand-up gets MH Foxie for $25.” the rescue group put up the $25… and, with that, Paws and Hooves rescue of Missouri secured kiyomi’s freedom.
you may wonder why rescues join in the auctions. there is controversy in this practice as the auction money does go to the puppy mill. the rescues that do this certainly cannot bid like other breeders—instead they look for dogs in obvious need of new conditions and to rescue unwanted dogs that might be euthanized. often, the rescue groups go in secretly as they fear being excluded from the bidding process in that auction or in future auctions. we recognize the controversy in this practice and can understand both sides of the argument. it should be noted that my pack is incredibly grateful that kiyomi is now part of our pack and we are glad that she received the medical attention she so desperately needed.
kiyomi was called cherry blossom by the rescue group. she was updated on shots, received a spay, got treatment for her pyometria, and had a full dental workup (including the extraction of four teeth). kiyomi was placed on petfinder, where my hudad first saw her.
a few days later (and after encouragement from our housemate *trick, and from rinji’s and tokyo’s packs), my human dad emailed the rescue group to ask about kiyomi. after a few days of going through the adoption process, including glowing recommendations from fellow shiba packs, kiyomi was cleared to join us on april 11.
my human dad, kai—with the assistance of family and rinji’s pack—flew out on april 20 to pick kiyomi up from the MCI airport. he had a few hour layover to talk to the rescue group, pay the pet fee and train kiyomi to be comfortable in her pet carrier. he then flew her back to phx. she flew beautifully—not even the slightest amount of fuss during the wind-aided 2 hours and 30 minutes of flight.
kiyomi and i first met just before the sun set on april 20. we met in an open field in the park near my house (the one with the dog park). my humom, tra, was there, as were kai’s parents. it was a very amicable meeting. we walked over to the dog park afterward and had no problems at all.
since then, everyone has been adjusting. we get along well, but still have arguments from time to time about space, affection, and kiyomi’s abundance of nervous energy. kiyomi is still struggling with walking on a leash (she aspires to be like shio!) and she has been known to pace when nervous (a spinning remnant of her puppy mill cage anxiety).
all in all, it’s been a fairly easy transition thus far; certainly, however, the transition has been made easier by access to helpful shiba advice and the receipt of multiple shiba welcome gifts from many different packs—thank you, all! we appreciate your care and your welcoming of this little shiba girl into our pack. everyone in my pack loves having her among our ranks.
i’m still working on my ‘kiyomi fact sheet.’ so, if you have questions about kiyomi, let me know on twitter or in the comments.
i, taro, happily present the kiyomi fact sheet (v.1.0)!
Current Info & Likes
sometimes, kiyomi makes a funny face when she sleeps. she has a tendency to show her bottom teeth and let her tongue hang out just a little.
other times, though, she looks a bit more normal (pic here).
i contend that i am the more adorable sleeper. see?
kiyomi’s last couple of walks have been better. much better.
that means more of this…
kiyomi continues her classes tonight. and, tomorrow night, kiyomi & i have a special training session with just us two together. we’re going to work on some deeper possessiveness and boundary issues.
for those who have asked, we get along pretty well now. it’s been 10 days since we’ve quarreled. but, part of that is due to my humans’ vigilance & keeping kiyomi on leash during times of excitement (like someone coming home or dinner time). me? i get free reign of the house. it is my house after all.