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Please Help a Shiba Puppy in Need? - Jessie T. Wolf
April 30th, 2010
08:03 pm


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Please Help a Shiba Puppy in Need?
We have a 5 month old Shiba Inu puppy staying with us for boarding, at the vet clinic that I work at. Being the dog trainer there, I'm in charge of the animals' care, and I work with them every day on any behavioral issues that need working on, as well as basic training.

Shiba Peter Lick

Shiba Peter

I found out today that the owners of the Shiba puppy, named Peter, no longer want him, and are looking to sell him. There are a couple of problems though. Firstly, as sweet as Peter is, he is a very timid and skittish puppy, and has had poor socialization, so he's terrified of any loud sudden movements and noises. Trying to walk him is a very scary ordeal, and he either wants to hide behind your legs or take flight.

The second problem is that his owner is not willing to let him go for less than $1,500, which upsets me because as far as I'm concerned, it shows lack of concern for the puppy's well-being. Apparently they bought him at a pet store for $2,000, tried to return him to the store, and when no one would take him back they kept him, but now he is boarding with us for the next week while they are in China. So they seem pretty firm on the fact that they want money back for him, and I don't know if they will negotiate a lower price.

I care for this dog every day, and it breaks my heart to think that this puppy could end up at the pound if a good home doesn't come up in time. The owners do not have the time or the patience to work with Peter's fear issues. This can be trained out of him easily, if someone is willing to put the time and effort into working with him, and I am already doing that every day, bit by bit. He is very sweet one on one with people, when it's quiet, not a fear biter at all, and he gives very gentle kisses. He has a lot of potential to shape up to be a very well behaved and well-balanced dog. He is also very quiet, which is unusual for a Shiba, and he also likes to stay very clean, and is mostly potty trained.

I would love to try to help get this puppy into a good home. In fact, one of my roommates has been wanting to get a Shiba for a little while now, so when I told him about Peter, he got all excited, and would love to take him off of the owner's hands. We have some money, but not the amount that the owner is asking for. I would very much like to make an offer to this puppy's owner, when they get back from China in a week's time. But I need some help. I'm very kindly asking if anyone would consider making a donation, so that we can get this puppy into a good home. Our goal is to raise an extra $500, by Friday, May 7th. So if say 25 people could donate $20 each, we would be able to buy this puppy from the owner.

Even a small donation of $5 or $10, if anyone can spare it, would be a huge help. Not only would we be giving this puppy a second chance, but the puppy would be a huge support to my roommate. I have also told my roommate that if he is able to get this puppy, I will be there to help him with costs if he needs it, and of course rehabilitation and training for free. Peter would have a very good home with us.

If anyone would care to help us out by sending a donation, please feel free to email me privately, and I can give you PayPal or address information.


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Date:May 1st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Don't mean to poke light at the situation, but ... reminds me of that movie from India about a riches-to-rags dog, Roadside Romeo.

I am more than a wee bit ill of the "pet industry." Having been involved with someone who became more and more a "trophy pet" owner who was more about how hot and exotic it was to buy fallow deer as pets for thousands of dollars whilst basically just dumping their old "common" pets ... it broke my heart in so many ways. That's when I settled with myself: I will /never/ buy a pet. Not from a pet store, not even from a so-called "reputable breeder." With tens of thousands of dogs, cats, horses and even more 'exotic' pets euthanized every single month (at least here in the U.S.) because of overpopulation, I cannot justify giving one dime to someone who breeds them on purpose ... so any companions I ever have will be rescues.
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Date:May 1st, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
I got into an argument with some random person about that idea. The thought of owning an animal simply for the sake of having an exotic or trophy pet. There's some guy on Youtube well known for his videos of his pet fox, but I find it disgusting that someone is breeding those poor animals to be treated like dogs when they simply aren't. The guy could have helped an animal with a real need. Instead he helped some greedy bitch of a breeder who only wants to make money off exotics, and he's helping encourage others to do the same. The poor fox seems to often be kept in a caged in room with a litter box in the middle of it. It should be out roaming in grass instead.

Almost all of my pets have been shelters or taken from friends so that they wouldn't end up in a shelter. I think our first dog was an exception, but I was far too young to have any say in the matter at the time. I know when either of my cats die, I'll be heading to the nearest shelter to find another, likely taking the remaining cat along to help pick out a new playmate. Chances are our girl will go first simply because she's older, so our boy will likely come to the shelter to meet and greet the other cats and help me pick one that would be a good friend for him, assuming the shelter will allow it.
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Date:May 1st, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Ugh.. They want $1,500?? He is SUPER adorable, but he doesn't look like a typical Shiba. And $1,500 is WAY too much. We paid $700 for our Shiba and he is show quality.

of course, I'm not saying you shouldn't get him. If you can get the money and you want to adopt him, that is wonderful! I'm just sad that the owners feel they need that much money to rehome him. I'm also sad that people go out and buy Shiba's just because they are cute. they are a VERY difficult breed to own. I wish people would do their homework before they take on a breed like this.

I'm afraid I can't donate, but I wish you all of the luck in getting the money for this.

Edited at 2010-05-01 07:52 am (UTC)
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Date:May 1st, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm.... he doesn't really look pure-bred from those photos. And if he's a pet store dog, chances are he's not. And the amount the owners want for him is totally unrealistic. Especially for a potential mixed breed dog.

Fearful and neurotic? Sounds like a Shiba to me at least in that regard. I've never met a Shiba or Shiba mix that wasn't dealing with at least a few behavioral "issues". Not my first choice in dog, that's for sure.

Good luck!
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Date:May 2nd, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
I agree, he doesn't look purebred. He looks like he's crossed with Norwegian Buhund to me.


Either way, he's a sweet puppy. Skittish yes, but not neurotic. Just not had great socialization, so he jumps at loud noises and sudden movements, but it can be trained out of him easily enough. He has a lot of potential, and I think he would actually suit my roomie's personality well. Not my first breed choice either, but the dog wouldn't be for me. I'm not fond of Boeder Collies either, but I put up with my BF's dog, Tobi. :-P
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Date:May 2nd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Honestly, make an offer on him. If they can't sell him and they want money back on him. They will not take him to the pound and get nothing for him. I'm pretty sure they would rather take 500 for him then give him to a pound. If they do you can get him for a pound fee rather then hundreds of dollars. Good luck with him tho!
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