Back from Vacation

Picking up the pups...

Bathing them ("Shiba Abuse")...

Grooming and pulling out extra fur + special Japanese treats from Hong Kong...

Then finally, some marrow bones for the teeth...

Can you tell that we really missed our pups while away??

Photos taken with OM-D EM-5, M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6, and DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4.

Shio + Goo Goo vs. Bath

We finished the Thanksgiving Weekend with a bang -- by giving the two shibas baths! Shio knew exactly what was up. He wanted out immediately.

Goo Goo, on the other hand, was at least somewhat cooperative. That, or maybe she has not learned to put up a fight just yet...

One thing is for sure though -- post-bath zoomies are more fun with two shibas!

Photos taken with Leica M8, Summicron-M 35mm f/2. Processed with VSCO.

Week 3 with Goo Goo

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Just finished up our third week with Goo Goo. She's doing a great job coming out of her shell. Instead of hiding in or under shady places now, she is ready to meet the world with her bad ass Shiba self. I originally thought she would be okay with meeting new people but she's more Shiba than I thought. Goo Goo will duck away from being pet by a stranger like Shio! She's much more comfortable in our local dog run too. Still no playing with other dogs but she's running around and exploring the space and is much better at walking with me while leashed.

We've given her a bath as well. She doesn't like baths but is very good about tolerating them. No Shiba screams or scratching to climb out. Same temperament at the vet's office.

She's also successfully learned two new commands: 'Sit' and 'Paw'. More training will come as she becomes more comfortable.

Goo Goo also loves playing with Shio. They run around in circles in our living room and uses our furniture as a jungle gym. Our jumbo sized ottoman has become their personal wrestling platform.

Goo Goo really enjoys following me around everywhere in the apartment. Shio will now follow her while she's following me so I constantly have a Shiba train when I walk around.

Our favorite nicknames for her so far are Lady Goo Goo, The Goo-ster, and Goo Goo 2S.

This girl is awesome!

What my Shiba has taught me.

Trust is earned. Fight for what you want (treats).

Fight against what you don't want (baths).

When you see/smell something you like, throw your whole body weight into it.

Always stare blankly at an incredulous request (cuddling).

If you think someone is going to take food out of your mouth, chew faster.

If someone has wronged you, let the world know by screaming like you are being tortured.

There is no displeasure that can not be communicated with the whale eye.

The vacuum is the frenemy.

Shio's Top 10 of 2010

Happy Holidays everyone! It's THAT time of the year... the time to gorge ourselves on booze, food and presents galore. It's also time for the "best of" countdowns!

Counting down our favorite moments on this blog from 2010:

10. The size of Shio's ego vs. reality

9. Bath time!

8. Any video of Shibas frolicking in knee deep snow is a winner. This one is our personal favorite.

7. Remember when Shio resisted walking here? And here. And here. The list could go on and on...

6. ...Oh wait - the list does go on! More of Shio's leash walking protests here, here and here. Last one here. Phew! That was a lot.

5. He loves us! Proof that Shio really really loves us!

4. The day that Shio became a real city slicker with his first subway ride.

3. Crimped fur-do.

2. Who'z in da house? Jersey Shore in da house. *paw pump*

1. A Sephora experience unlike any other you've witnessed before.