Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Belated Thanksgiving Wishes

We hope everyone had a happy holiday weekend with lots of friends, family and food!
Janie did, and she even snuck a little piece of turkey =)

Photos shot by my dad. Janie sits pretty for him!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day!
We hope all the troops overseas stay safe!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Janie Chase!

I think this is such a great picture of Janie running. I love how her front legs are actually behind her back legs and how the picture is focused only on her. (Click to enlarge)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Janie was a ladybug for Halloween!

I don't think she really liked it though

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Janie and the Balloon

From the producers of great works like "Janie and the fish" and "Janie Pie, 'I'm a maverick'", comes the the long awaited critically acclaimed short film "Janie and the balloon". See what happens when Janie realizes that there's a balloon tied to her collar. "Amazing character development" says the New Dog Times. "I never thought it would have ended that way" says the Time Barkazine.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Janie and Sarah Palin

What's the difference between Janie and Sarah Palin?


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Central Jersey Shiba Meetup - October

My buddy Patrick (He's the one that I'm playing tug of war with on my banner) posted another video of a meetup that I attended! I'm the one with the red bandanna (That my pal Yuki-san gave to me!)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Best of Craigslist: About a dog

I have a great dog. He's a little on the fat side, but he's really active. He's great with kids, unless they try to pull his nubby tail. He's really friendly to people who have food. He loves to have his teeth brushed, but is resistant to having his feet touched. He can smell a little doggy, and the tooth brushing does not appear to improve his breath, but I've smelled worse. When I read some of the things on this board, I wonder about other dogs out there and how they fare in the world. I'd just like to say the following:

* I recently moved. I found an apartment that was in a great neighborhood in a building with other dogs and dog friendly folks.....this was because did a little work and looked for a place that was right for me and the dog, and stumbled over this fantastic place where I now live.

* I recently got a new job that requires that I spend more time at work. I was worried that this would negatively affect my little pup, so I make an effort to get up earlier so that we can go for a good walk before I leave, and I arranged for someone to spend time with the little guy for a while during the day while I'm at work. My career chugs along and my little guy is still happy.

* I live in a tiny, tiny apartment, but this does not negatively affect the dog in any way. Granted, he is a little guy, but the fact is that between walks before and after work, and extended play time outdoors in the evening, the size of the apartment doesn't hurt my pup's quality of life (or mine, for that matter). He has never chewed up anything I own, broken anything in the house, or done any damage to any structure that I have lived in. He does bark a bit when people walk by my kitchen window, but mostly that's because he's crazy. Or maybe because he thinks that everyone loves him and maybe that person wants to come in and pet him or give him a treat. I don't speak any dog, so I can't ask him.

* I don't have a high paying job (or career, for that matter), so I don't have a lot of disposable cash, but I do have money saved in case the dog has a minor medical emergency, and the information for Care Credit in case he has a major medical emergency.

* Admittedly, I don't have any kids (I am both unpleasant and squishy, which makes finding a baby daddy trialsome), but I distinctly remember having pets when I was a kid, and I have six brothers and sisters that my mom had to watch over. She seemed to do OK with seven kids and a dog, and while I find her an extraordinary human being, I don't think that she has any kind of pet-care superpowers.

My dog makes me laugh and he cuddles up against me and he provides me with an opening to meet some very nice (and some very interesting) people when we're out walking and he hides under the blankets when it thunders and lets me feel like I'm soothing him and he brings me toys to play with when he gets bored and he rolls over in the grass and reminds me how much fun it is to be alive. He gives me all of this and more, and all I do is walk him, feed him, and play with him.

I hope that all the people who post their dogs for adoption on this list have done every possible thing that they can do in order to keep it before they give up on themselves. I just want to say to all of you who think that it's too hard to take care of you pet: YOU CAN DO IT! Your pet believes in you, and I believe in you, too!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

SATC - Shiba and the City

Today Jon & I took Janie on a mini trip to Central Park. It was her first trip ever into NYC, and the weather could not have been more perfect.

As of Thursday night we were planning on using the train & subway as our method of transportation, then changed our minds after realizing that 1. we would need to buy a soft dog carrier, which are surprisingly pricey (a leash is not good enough, you are required to have your dog 'contained' in order to travel on the train or subway) and 2. Janie would likely be totally uncooperative if asked to sit and stay in a bag. It seems natural for a Chihuahua or Shitzu to comply, but a Shiba? How dare the thought even enter our minds!

So off we went this morning, Jon braving the nutso nyc traffic, me & Janie in tow. We were almost killed once or twice, but to be fair we almost killed a few pedestrians as well lol. Our first stop was at the South Street Seaport, there was a yo yo competition event going on and we decided to check it out before heading to the park. Anyways, parking was a bitch and unfortunately the yo yo competition was only fun to watch for about 15 minutes. It was here that we realized that my camera's sd card was left in the laptop at home! As you surely notice, there ARE pictures in this post because we made a pit stop at Staples for a cheap memory card.

So we only covered about 1/3 of Central Park (I think). We started off at the Conservatory Water. The little pond has a bunch of remote control sailboats floating around in it that kids (or adults) can pay to control for a while. Nearby were the Hans Christian Anderson & Alice in Wonderland statues.

Then we went to 'The Lake" where we were planning on renting a row boat, but there ended up being a looong line so we just walked around. Well the lake was completely covered in these teeny tiny green leaves. It formed what Janie thought was a carpet on top of the water. Yup, you guessed it!That empty spot is where she walked into the water! I was just HILARIOUS, and I'm upset that I didn't catch it on my camera. She was fine, of course...just a little surprised!

Strawberry Fields, in memory of John Lennon:

Turtle Pond & random shots:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Janie says hello

Hello, we haven't forgot about you, internet!

Janie let me take this picture of her, but she made me promise not to post it on the internet. Ha!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

July Central Jersey Meetup

Yay for Shiba Inu meetups!
We went to one today in Brookdale Dog Park. Not too many dogs came out because of the weather (It started raining 5 minutes after we left), but I had lots of fun with the 6 or 7 other pups that were there!

Bill, the 'owner' of Patrick (We all know that it's the other way around), posted a video and I'm featured in most of it! (As I should be of course).

Enjoy the video, I'll add more of my own pictures soon:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Struvite Saga

The saga of Janie's struvite crystals continues. Yesterday she finished her special diet of Hills Prescription s/d for 2 months, followed by c/d for 2 weeks. We dropped off a sample of urine at the vet to see if the crystals finally dissolved, and today the results told us that they have not.
I spoke to a tech and not the vet so I didn't get to ask a lot of questions or get too much detail, but basically they want to put her back on the s/d, and also supplement that with a "gel" to further help dissolve the crystals. It feels like we've been dealing with this frustrating problem for such a long time now, and we just want to get to the bottom of it already! I feel so bad for the girl, although thank goodness she has lots of energy, isn't in pain and she's eating and drinking normally.

The tech also mentioned that after she's better, they will want to keep her on the c/d indefinitely...which is a problem all its own. Jon and I have done a good amount of research and we've concluded that Hill's food is full of crappy ingredients (corn, fillers), and lacking a few important ones (protein content, etc). We were only willing to feed it to Janie in the short term to get rid of the crystals, but in our opinion it doesn't make for a good long term diet. Not to mention that it's costing small fortune. I am a little nervous though, going against the recommendation of our vet.

We hope that as long as we pick a good wet food and POUR water down her throat, she might be okay. So our plan is to feed her canned wet food...Evo, Merrick, maybe Wellness? As well as a small amount of dry food, possibly from those same brands. We'll stay away from the Innova, even thought its a high quality food, its too high in protein for her. On the ever helpful Dogster nutrition forums, I've read some glowing reviews about Berry Balance, a powder supplement that's supposed to help tremendously with dogs that are prone to struvite crystals. Anyone out there have experience with this stuff?

Update 7/5: Turns out, the person I spoke to on the phone who gave me the results accidentally read me the results from a previous urinalysis, and her most recent one actually came back negative -- no crystals. Yay! Apparently though, we have nothing to be that excited about bc crystals can be present or not from sample to sample...so because struvite crystals have a high rate of recurrence, we still have her on Hills c/d (struvite preventative) and will undergo 2 more urinalysis until we can say with confidence that this problem is behind us. Problem is, she is still doing a little leaking. So after the 2 urinalysis if she's STILL leaking, then he will look into hormone therapy, as it may be an estrogen deficiency. Did that make sense? Sigh. Monica, I think we may finally get a second opinion. Now I feel like, why the hell are we STILL on this prescription? Even though the recurrence thing makes sense, I feel like they are dragging out the time that she "needs" to be eating that stuff. Like it didn't even matter what the results are, because we're still doing the same thing we were doing when she had crystals. Boo.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hearing all the talk about our Dogster friends swimming this summer, we decided to officially put Janie in Shiba Water Patrol training! We ordered this baby pool from Amazon and tried it on for size yesterday. At first we only filled it up a couple inches, and Janie was loving it. Umm what's not to love about a ginormous water bowl?! I'm sure the heat & humidity helped a bit. Yes, she is laying there on her terms.

Then we filled it (almost) to the top once she was accustomed to it and Charlie the basset hound, who acts like quite the Shiba about water, joined in the fun. The pool is small so they were taking turns, it was the cutest thing EVAR!

Give. Me. My. BALL!!!!!

Basking in the sun.
What a wet, refreshing, & exciting time we had!

Today we took a stroll down to the local park and had some fun on the playground. Here's Janie, Charlie & Jon on the round spinning thing. This was after the dogs were spun round and round muahahah!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Motivated by the likes of Henry, Chad, Loki & Winnie, we've decided to create a blog chronicling the escapades of our girl, Janie. Here are a few pics to play catch up!

Janie at 3.5 months old.
We brought her home on this hot, August day.

This pic made it into the
2008 NYC Shiba Rescue calendar!

Janie at 4.5 months.

Halloween costume parade in Hoboken.

Pumpkin picking with daddy.
5 months.

Our poor baby after her spay day.
6 months.

Puppy 101, Class of 2007!


Janie & the ferret, Feb. 2008

She screams bloody murder in the bathtub, but this she'll lay in voluntarily.

Panting bol!
April 2008

Janie and her pal, Killian at a Shiba Meetup, June 2008.
And we are all updated! Phew.