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ON TWITTER | 1:49pm   Sat, 18 Jun 2011


In my favoritest backyard in LI! I whine constantly to let humans know i want to be let out. And they have no will power againt my begging!

ON TWITTER | 6:11pm   Thu, 16 Jun 2011

how, when, and where should i dig in...


ON TWITTER | 10:41pm   Wed, 15 Jun 2011

sending the bruins all my shiba good luck charm!


BY kaiju   Fri, 10 Jun 2011

I spend most of my day going zzzzzz...


When I think I hear my humans coming home, I get up and stare at the door. Sometimes I'm wrong, then I go back to sleep. A lot of times I'm right, though!

ON TWITTER | 5:14pm   Thu, 9 Jun 2011

i've been munching on grass a lot these days. salad bars are everywhere!

BY the humans   Sun, 5 Jun 2011

When Kaiju is happy, he trots ahead, then throws his head around to look back at us, from right, then from left, then right, then left... It's like a happy dance.

BY nobuko   Thu, 2 Jun 2011

I bought a bag to carry Kaiju. After the huge disasters in Japan, I've been thinking a lot about 1) what we need to grab for Kaiju, and 2) how to efficiently evacuate to a safer place with him, in case of emergency. With how scaredy Kaiju is, I want to make sure he is safe and not able to bolt. I also want to have both of my arms free, to grab whatever else we need. So I bought this bag (petego).

He was immediately curious about the bag. He explored it carefully the first evening.

I tried luring him into the bag with treats in the following evening, and there he is. It wasn't easy, but he got in and "stay"ed. I wish it was a top-load. Not sure how we could quickly put him in it at this point. I'll keep practicing...

We completed the 4-page questionnaire last night to prepare for the "Recheck" visit with the behaviorist today, 7 months after the initial consultation.

Kaiju did better than the last time at the office. Considering we gave him Alprazolam the first thing in the morning, it was expected that he would do a little better. (Mind you, for him, "doing better" looks like the picture below.) Unlike the last time, he started moving around right away in the room. Tail was down all the way and never curled up, but he never sat and froze next to us like he did last time. He also started taking treats a bit earlier.

We discussed the progresses (less trembling outside; faster recoveries from upsetting incidents; more sniffing around outside; more bravery in the house that came with a total freedom in the house), remaining issues (still not wanting to go for daily walks unless it's a large park; still unable to relax and have fun easily; still trembles easily in new environments and busy/noisy environments), and new problematic behaviors (barking, nippy when excited).

She told us that barking was a good sign. Especially barking at something that is unusual is a sign that Kaiju is more confident and therefore more vocal. As long as we can stop him after a few barks, it's not a problem, she said. The way to stop him from barking is to let him know that he doesn't need to bark anymore, that we got the warning and we are all safe.

As to the meds, we are going to increase the daily dose of Buspirone, because we feel that we are seeing some good effects, and it is still below the max dosage. We are also going to increase the dosage for the situational Alprazolam use, and see what happens. We really did not see much change in Kaiju's behaviors with one tablet (1mg), so we ended up not really using it at all during the past 7 months. Before giving up on this meds, we'll try upping the dosage one more time.

Other recommendations included more consistent use of a clicker, even during the walks, and more mental stimulus throughout the day. She suggested, perhaps daycare or some agility training. This will be a bit difficult for us because we don't have transportation means to and from those facilities during the day. However, we agree. Kaiju definitely could use more mental stimulation. He spends all day dozing on and off. She also said it was okay for us to pick Kaiju up and hold him through some particular areas which he has a hard time walking through (and we cannot figure out why). The less stress he feels in those areas, the more likely he starts to feel okay about them at some point, she said.

That's it. We'll just keep on working with what Kaiju can handle, and see where he ends up. No big change!

ON TWITTER | 1:12am   Mon, 30 May 2011

Caught big air today, when I jumped off a 5 ft wall at the park. Perfect landing! I wuz stoked. The look on my humans faces? Priceless.

* no photos of my jump unfortunately. Here are, however, two of me feelin' good before and after the jump

BY the humans   Fri, 27 May 2011

Our attempt to make Kaiju a water dog continues.... We took Kaiju to the nearby park where there is a swimming area for dogs. It was really warm and we hoped there would be many dogs jumping into water, and maybe Kaiju would follow.

He was definitely tempted.

This is the furthest he went into the water. After this, he pulled himself up and continued to watch other dogs in the water.

Hmm. He's still no water dog...

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