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2011 March
BY the humans   Tue, 29 Mar 2011

There was a Shiba meetup event near our city last weekend, and it was kind of a big deal. This group is not very active. The last one held was over a year ago.

When we drove into the parking lot, we spotted a cute red Shiba (redundant, we know). We hurried out of the car to meet them. The adorable and friendly girl, Emmie, turned out to be only 6 months old.

With the new bud, EmWe walked together on a beautiful path flanked with tall trees for about 20 minutes before arriving at the fenced dog park. Meanwhile, Emmie and Kaiju chased each other and became friends.

There were about 8 Shibas there. A good turnout for this group! Kaiju kept playing with Emmie though.

yay, all curly tails!Unfortunately, the fenced area was small, and half of it was covered with thick shiny sheet of ice. We almost decided against staying. With Kaiju's bad knees, slippery surfaces are generally to be avoided. We saw how excited he was looking at all the Shibas, though, and we gave in. "OK, Just for a little bit".

Kaiju was wise enough to mostly stay on the non-icy (sunny but muddy) side. We tried to stay on that side, also, so he'd stick around.

He had a great time, mostly with Emmie. We kept it short and left before everyone else. Kaiju still got a full half an hour of fun running, and was happy and calm for rest of the day. He slept like a... well... very tired puppy once we got home.
(His limping got worse after this, so we'll probably refrain from letting Kaiju play on icy area in future)

BY the humans   Sun, 27 Mar 2011

At this week's Flowdog swimming session, Kaiju got on a boogieboard for the first time. We had been trying to get him used to the board itself for the past couple of weeks by placing it near him while he swam. He started sniffing it last week, so Chris decided to try and putting him on it this week. Here are the photos!

confused and a little frozen

getting up!

Chris tilts the board forward

ON TWITTER | 10:53am   Wed, 23 Mar 2011

Met a 6-months old Husky yesterday at a dog park. He was a very nice bouncy big puppy.

this guy is only 6 months old

check out my teeth

get settttttt!!

my mouth is bigger than yours! nuh uh! uh huh!

ON TWITTER | 4:45pm   Sun, 20 Mar 2011

omg omg weeee

left the doggie heaven w. snowy mountain trails away from cars & trucks. Then now at some beach off leash playing w. doggies. Maine is nice!

ON TWITTER | 3:41pm   Sat, 19 Mar 2011

Yurt is really nice outside of it. I sit on snow in warm sun. Wish humans would play with me more tho & their friends would pop in less often.

walkies are the best!!! (only here)

i love outside so much better

what's this?! what's that?!

i slept with humans. i like the sleeping bag!

hello tree

in Sendai, a man reunites with his dog that has been rescued

a Sendai man reunites with his dog, cries

same man as above

finding their family?

i see tails!

quarantined girl tries to talk to her dog

getting scanned with his shiba

scanned with a geiger counter

meawie with owner

doggie at a shelter

And, all the brave rescue dogs.

******* update with more images ********

17-year-old evacuee Shoko Igarashi hugs her dog, who will have to be looked after by friends while Shoko goes into a shelter in Koriyama, 60km west of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, on March 23.

Reunion with the owner ๐Ÿ™‚

ON TWITTER | 5:17pm   Mon, 14 Mar 2011

Listening to some fat beats

ohhhhhh yeaaaahhh

ON TWITTER | 4:25pm   Sun, 13 Mar 2011

my humom's family and friends in Japan r all okay, but she's worried about aftershocks & is glued to computer all day. i get lots of hugs.

ON TWITTER | 3:41pm   Thu, 10 Mar 2011

chicken tikka *MY*sala. #itsgotchicken


After the physical therapy swimming sessions at FlowDog on Saturdays, we take Kaiju to one of the two parks nearby. It has become our tradition, and he loves it.

One park is smaller, more traveled, with a lot of dogs running around off leash. When we go there, we sometimes let Kaiju off leash, too. We are very clearly the most nervous owners there. Others relax and chat with each other. We hover about and call his name in vain at the wrongest moments.

The other park is much bigger, and we rarely see other dogs. It is a nature conservation, and it provides a variety of landscape. We walk through an open space, woods, or marshland, across the creek, on board walks, and over the hills. weee

We had not been to this 2nd park in a while because of deep snow and icy surfaces. This past Saturday, it was warm and things had thawed everywhere, so we gave it a try. Kaiju was ecstatic. A bit too ecstatic. When he gets in this mode, he starts to growl and nip on the leash and our legs. He can't seem to calm himself down. We either pick him up to help him chill, or make him sit with a high-value treat, and make him "stay" for a long time. We hadn't seen this level of excitement in a while. Even if it is a pain to have to calm him down while being nipped at our legs, because he is rarely overly excited, we were actually quite satisfied.

Our weekends often become all about witnessing Kaiju excited and happy.

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