Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Quick note...

I noticed how while I've been gone, Shiba Inus have been getting more and more popular! 

We are finally getting the appreciation we deserve! After all, it takes a lot of hard work and effort to be so cute and majestic at the same time.

A new shiba-centered meme, which is a general term describing internet pictures with funny captions, called "Doge" has been popping up all over the internet! 

Here are just a few previews of this growing fad where people started photoshopping shibas into several pictures and gifs... Even though its hard for my shiba brain to understand the grammar and spelling at times, I am glad we are getting recognized!

(Note: None of these pictures are mine. Credit goes to the fantastic shiba models and human owners who uploaded the pictures.)

We can all relate to these ones!

For the twinkie lovers...

Shiba or human, we all know this feeling:

And... A personal favorite! Sometimes we can be a little stubborn when going on walks ;-)

Hmmm, maybe I will start editing pictures of my own!

Happy holidays everyone,

I'm Back!

I've been a very busy shiba these past couple of months!

Besides being constantly so cute, it takes a lot of energy visiting my big brother at Stanford University... Go Cardinals!

Eating grapes, (even though I'm not allowed to!)

And cuddling with my owners! 

Happy thanksgiving everyone! I hope all you shiba lovers out there stay safe this holiday season and enjoy spoiling your shiba inus with some left over turkey ;-)

Coming soon... Updates about my new backyard playmates: bunnies!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Don't Hate Me Because I am Beautiful

 It's molting season. 92 degree today in northern California

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Great Escape

Taking advantage of the backyard gate not closed all the way while we had visitors, Nikki and I escaped. Nikki went out to the front of the house and sniffed around, and was lured back to the house quickly. I bolted out to a busy street a quarter miles away in a matter of minutes and almost got hit by a car. It took five people and 2 cars to block and catch me because I was so fast. Needless to say, no one is too happy with me right now.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Loyal Dog

Loyal Dog In China Refuses To Leave Owner's Grave, Goes Week Without Food

Pan lived in the Chinese village of Panjiatun, but died earlier this month at the age of 68. His furry friend was found by villagers at Pan's grave safeguarding the site according to BBC News. The loyal pup refused to leave even after going seven days without food.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Rats end

Before it was a body-less gopher head, this time it is head-less rat's end. Hee, hee. Nothing like a disgusting dead rat to scare the heck out of my owners. Happy early Halloween. Boo!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mine, All Mine!

Two dogs, one ball.  Hmmm...


Hee, heee...Loser...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

going for a swim in the pool

I went for a swim in the pool while Nikki sat on the float and watched.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

a spot of sunshine

(1) Nikki saw a very bright patch of something on the blanket and went to investigate (2) I went over to help her out (3) Nikki went under the blanket to see what is causing the bright patch. Hmm, she still has a lot to learn.

Monday, July 18, 2011

day at the beach

Had a great day at the beach yesterday frolicking in the surf. I am no longer afraid of getting wet like I did last year. Nikki also no longer mind having her paws dirty with sand. We had a great time.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

busy morning

I was very busy this morning. Saw something by the pool pump, in a few second, the rat was a goner. Kura the Mighty Hunter strikes again.

Friday, June 10, 2011

licking the dishes

Although I would NEVER take foods from my owners, even if their plates are one inch away from my face, I love licking their dishes as they load them into the dishwasher. Everytime I hear the dishwasher opened, I run to the machine and start licking. My owners think it is gross and drives them nuts, but, hey, I lick my butt and kill rats. I am also teaching Nikki to lick the dishes, but she does not seem to be into it as much as I am.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

tale of an unbroken tail

Last evening all of the sudden Nikki yelped really loud while playing. I was so frightened that I ran away. My owner thought she broke her tail accidentally and brought her to the emergency room for dogs. After x-ray and discussions with the vet, we learned that a dog's tail is an extension of the spinal cord, and accidental injuries of the tail may have severe crippling effect. Thankfully Nikki's tail is not broken. Because Nikki's tail does not curl up like a shiba's tail, rather it dangles precariously out, plus she is so tiny and fragile, we have to be very careful with her. Last night Nikki's unbroken but injured tail was dangling down between her legs and she had to be pain killer because she was shaking. Twenty four hours later, she is wagging her tail, although most of the time her tail is still down. The vet said she should be fine by tomorrow, then I can start playing with her again.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Making progress

Nikki and I lounging around on a sheepskin rug and sheepskin pillow. Ahhh.....life is good. We still get into fights 3 to 4 times a day, either I annoy Nikki or she annoys me. I bark and growl at her, she cowards and pees on the rug from my growling. Hee, hee. But in most cases we get along.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Fireplace in May

Although it is end of May, today is overcast, damp and cold outside. So rather than frolicking in the sun, Nikki and I decided to lounge around in front of the fireplace.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

peaceful coexistance

Nikkie calms down a lot after her surgery, or perhaps because of her lampshade. We can now hang out together with minimal adult supervision. By the way, thank you for CC's owners for tips on caring for my seizure. Hopefully no more seizures.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

seizure update

Well, as expected, the vet could not figure out why I was having these episodes after a bunch of x-rays, blood test, fecal test (eeek) and lots of poking and prodding. I did learn that seizures do not always come with convulsions and lost of bladder control (another eeek). So it could still be seizure, but the vet could not tell. Let's hope I am over these catatonic screeching episodes. Thanks for commenting on what my owners should do to help.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seizures for shibas? Please help!


This link describes the symptoms I have been having. Three times this past month I stopped in the middle of running, walking, or just getting up from lying down, and started screeching (not the normal shiba howls when greeting owners), like I was in extreme pain. I would get into a catatonic state physically, with head contorted in a weird way, legs straight up, screaming. After 1 or 2 minutes of unbearable screeching, I would get up, walk away as if nothing happened. No limping, or any residual symptoms. My owners rubbed me all over to make sure I did not pull a muscle or broke a bone, but absolutely no reaction. I would wag my tail all happy and run around like the episode was nothing.
Anyone heard of other shibas doing this?
Please ask around. Thank you!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Nikki and her lamp shade

Nikki came home yesterday with a funny looking lamp shade on her head and she was very groggy and quiet. I was so concerned that I stayed near her the whole time as she slept through most of the day with the lamp shade on. Everyone told me I had the same lamp shade on when I was six month old also, but I wiggled out of mine in less than an hour after I came home and refused to let anyone put it back on me. A stubborn shiba, never!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

how to be a nosy neighbor

I am teaching Nikki how to be a nosy neighbor by climbing on the sofa and looking out the window so we can bark randomly at whoever walked by the house. She is good at climbing but not so good at spotting the neighbors and any other random birds and squirrels.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Don't we look proper and regal here. Actually, breakfast and dinners are chaotic. I would go near Nikki so that she would wag her tail at me, brushing all her pellets from her chair onto the floor. I then gobble them up because I love Nikki's puppy food better than my dry, weight loss pellets. Unfortunately, since Nikkie joined the family, I gained 2 pounds, and now fast approaching 20 pounds. It's all Nikki's fault ;-)

Monday, March 14, 2011

sending positive thoughts to all the shibas in Japan

Thinking about all the shibas and their owners, especially the followers of this blog. Wishing you the best in this difficult time. Lots of hugs and kisses from Kura (and the fluff ball Nikki).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

How to be a Shiba

I'm currently teaching this little fluffball how to act like a shiba inu. This is for all you dogs out there who want to be like us majestic shibas.
Lesson #1: Be as lazy as possible. Always take up as much space as you can, preferably near your owners. When they get up, move over to their warm spot.
Lesson #2: Be a hunter! Always be on the lookout for birds, rats, or squirrels.
Lesson #3: Be very protective and loyal. Bark at anything that might threaten your owners (like cars passing by and squirrels.)

Nikki mastered the first lesson, but failed the next two. She loves sleeping, and falls asleep on our owners laps. But she's not so much a hunter. She likes to eat pebbles, twigs, and nibble on pine cones. She is the opposite of protective. When the dog next door barks, she runs away as fast as she can, and hides behind her owners.
As a teacher, I have a lot of work to do!

P.S. Do you like our new background?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

spray bottle

Puppies can be a bit annoying sometimes. Nikki now is bigger and bolder. She tries to run with me and hangs out with me, but then she pounces on me and sinks her sharp teeth in me, which I really do not like. My owners use spray bottles to squirt water at her to train her to not jump on me. Nikki is good, just needs to calm down and acts majestic and regal, like a shiba inu does.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Family portrait

Nikki can be annoying sometimes, especially when I am lying down and she comes and sniff all over my face, but she is cute and I will do my best to be her big sister. Nikki and I have a lot in common. We both run around and like to chase our tails when we are being playful. We like eating each others foods and sniffing each others' butts. We love attention from our owners while I lean against them and Nikki sits on their laps. But Nikki is a bit more crazier than me because she is still a puppy. She is almost done with her potty training because I set a good example.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Shiba the Protector

As Nikki, the 3-pounder we just got, went outside to do her business, all these crows started decending around her. There must have been around 15 of them, cawing and circling above her. It was freaky as more and more landed on the tree near her. My owner locked me in the house so Nikki could focus on doing her business. Unfortunately I could not get to those vultures right away. The minute they let me out, I barked like crazy chased all those birds away. Nikki almost became crow food. Good thing I am around to protect her.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

new pack member

With Hoppy gone, everyone decided that we need to add a new member to our pack. Yesterday, a new member arrived, a 3-pounder fuzzy thing that called itself a "dog" joined our pack. It is a maltese/poodle (maltipoo). It is kind of like Hoppy, quiet, cuddly, and tiny. It is so small that it cannot even climb into my bed, which is good because I like my space to myself. Welcome, Nikki!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

shiba and her iRoomba

We have a new addition to our family, a iRoomba who goes around sucking up all my fur. My owners love it. I did not like it at first and was kind of afraid of it, but now I dont care much for it and just ignore it when it zooms by.

Friday, December 3, 2010

RIP Hoppy

Hoppy came home from the vet and was not moving. I tried to wake her up but it did not work. I even tried bringing her my bone but that did not do the trick either. Everyone was crying. Later my owners put Hoppy in a box and put her in a big hole in the backyard. When they started putting dirt on top of the box, I started frantically dig the dirt out. They put a big stone on top to stop me from digging. That was two days ago. Things are so quiet without Hoppy, my best friend since I was a little pup :-(

Friday, November 26, 2010

getting ready for Christmas

I can't wait. I am wishing for a giant bone for Christmas, hee-hee.