Shio the Ruffian

My dog doesn’t take sht from anyone and I’m dmn proud of him for it. Last week, I took him to his usual dog run and he was roughing it up with Toto* and having his usual puppy fun. I know that Shio is a fearless face biter and wrestler when he plays. It took a little time to get used to, but I’m not fazed by it anymore. That’s his Shiba-ness and just how he rolls. Now, Toto and his mommy on ther other hand, are not used to it. Shio caught Toto’s skin with his sharp puppy teeth and gave him a booboo which I found that day while I was grabbing Shio and pointed out to her.

Come yesterday, I saw Toto and asked his mommy how he was. She said, “He’s good but it was because he was playing rough with other dogs… actually, it was THAT dog.” Naturally, she was pointing at Shio. Of course I came to my dog’s defense and said, “Oh, that’s MY dog.” She backed off a little but was clearly unhappy with them playing together.

Two minutes later, Shio comes running towards me bleeding from the mouth. The woman shoots a hah!-told-you-so look in my direction, grabs Toto, and leaves the dog run.

Turns out that he knocked another tooth loose while playing and bled from his gum.

Fabulous job, Shio. Way to prove your point.

(*Name changed to protect the innocent)