Emi's February and March Update

Why hello neglected blog! Long time no update! I've gotten to the point where I've been avoiding updates because so much time has passed since our last one that there is just too much to write. So I'll just start off with Emi's update. It's been a crazy 2 months for our dear little adopted one.

She's found herself in a number of medical issues but luckily only one issue was bad enough to warrant a vet visit. At some point during these last two months, we decided to get health insurance for her. Let's see what they cover!

1. Swollen eye: As a dog that looooooves tennis balls, she often runs side to side in front of me when I'm about to throw a ball. I usually throw it low to the ground so she can scurry after it but one night she decided to run into the ball face first. It was dim outdoors and the only reason why I knew she was hurt was because she let out a loud yelp and then started pawing at her face. Then she was squinting with one eye. It took 2 days for the swelling to disappear and she is now fine.

2. Sore elbow: Shio always knocks her over while playing but one day he knocked her into our TV stand and she started lifting her leg. Seconds later, she was able to walk around without any visible issues so we didn't think much of it. After we came home from dinner the same night, she limped down the stairs to greet us and we knew that something wasn't right. Josh lifted her up and I massaged her leg to see where the problem was and she winced whenever I put pressure around her elbow. We decided to wait a day to see how she felt instead of bringing her to the vet since she was able to place weight on the leg. That night, I crated her or held her on my chest to make sure she didn't run around too much at night. The next morning, she ran around like the crazy little puppy that she was and felt no more pain in the elbow.

3. Diarrhea: We went away to an upstate cabin for a short vacation and when we returned, Emi kept pooping in the apartment. It was unusual for her to do so but the stool was still semi-firm and I thought that she was having accidents. I had class the next morning so I crated her and didn't think we would have problems while she was in her crate. But she had diarrhea in the crate and fell asleep in it. I took her out immediately and bathed her and she pooped 5 more times in the span of 2 hours and it was all runny. That's when I rushed her and her stool to the vet for testing. She was placed on medication to mitigate the elevated levels of bacteria and after her test results came back positive for parasites, she was placed on some more meds. Luckily, she started feeling much better after the vet visit.

4. Plum pits: The following weekend, we went out for dinner and when we came back, we saw that the dogs had gotten into the trash. It was most likely Emi because Shio hasn't gone through trash cans since he was 5 months old. We found a broken plum pit shell on the ground and realized that the dogs might've eaten some of the pits. Knowing that some seeds might be dangerous, we immediately called our emergency vet and they recommended that we bring her in. During the time I was on the phone with the vet, Emi zoomed around like crazy, wanting to play with us, and so the vet told us to call ASPCA Poison Control. They told us that the pits that she had shouldn't give her any issues and just to watch out for any sign of obstruction. She wound up vomiting a plum pit back up 2 weeks later.

5. Random vomiting: For a period of time, Emi would randomly wake up at 4am and vomit bile. Just once. And then everything was fine and we cleaned up and all went back to sleep. We still don't know what the cause was but we're happy it stopped.

Emi also found herself in some trouble when she ran out my parent's front door when we visited them on Long Island. She was afraid of being at the house because she didn't know anyone while Josh and I were out shopping. It took several neighbors, passersby, and a group of joggers to chase her down. She ran for an hour around the neighborhood and finally settled under a car where they finally caught her.

Now that we've gotten all the not-so-great news out of the way, the good news is that she's finally warmed up to Josh! She will come downstairs and run around in circles when Josh gets home and snuggle up next to him when he's on the couch. He's very much in love with her and it's nice to see that she's finally reciprocating! We find that she's also very clumsy. When she gets overly excited, she'll sprint around indoors like a madwoman and often misjudges the heights of objects. We've watched her try to jump over the back of a couch that's 3 ft. tall and will clear it! Other times doesn't get enough lift and bounces off the back of the couch.

We've hired a dogwalker for the two of them twice a week. The thought is that Emi needs to be outside and out of her comfort zone. There are times where she is still frightened when she leaves our home and we want to her build confidence and also a relationship with someone in our neighborhood other than Josh and I. It's been one week and so far so good...

We're happy that she's happy with us but this girl is definitely a petite bundle of trouble.


On Wednesday afternoon, the only beautiful NY day this week, we went out to Fire Island and let Shio and his fur-cousin, Lucas, run to their hearts content on the beach. Only stipulation was that one leash was tied to both dogs because we weren't sure if Lucas' recall would be up to par. My sister said that they haven't tested him off leash in an open area so I didn't want to take any chances!

We enjoyed the beach so much that we went back a second time that day! My niece, Lucas, Shio and myself caught the beautiful sunset next to the TWA Flight 800 memorial on the beach.

My niece adorably wrote the dog's names in the sand:

Here they are standing next to their names:

We let the dogs run around but when we reached crowded areas, we leashed the dogs back up. My niece is a natural at walking two excited pups down the beach's shoreline! See the memorial's flags in the background?After a long and fun day, Shio passed out at home!

Shio's New Scab

Over the holiday weekend, I brought Shio to Long Island to visit my family. They have a beautiful and grassy dog run blocks from their house, so I thought it would be a good idea for Shio to get a real run and play with other dogs while we were out there.

While Shio was rough housing with a Carolina dog, that dog grabbed a pea sized chunk of fur from above his left eye. I wasn't worried since the dogs sorted out their own issues. However, the bare skin has progressed to a large bloody wound thanks to Shio's hind leg to forehead scratching action.

Now we have to make sure that we work on cleaning and putting ointment on it so it doesn't get infected and cause a bigger headache. Shio runs away when he sees a cotton ball coming towards him now and will still scratch his scab when we have our back turned!

J is sad because we know that the fur won't grow back over where his scar from the scab will be but I think it'll make him seem manlier! Don't worry Shio, chicks dig scars!

Shio the Escapee

I'm glad that this is a story that I can look back on and laugh today. On December 19th, I had traveled back to Long Island with our precious little munchkin to visit my family before our holiday trip to Hong Kong. I needed to leave Shio at my parent's home while we went out to watch my niece's evening piano recital. I put up a gate in the hallway so he had some room to run around while we were out without room to be destructive. During this time, my sister went home and upon opening the front door, Shio bolts out and runs into the front yard. He had hopped the gate while we were out. My poor sister (who just got over her fear of dogs) starts chasing after him while screaming his name over and over again. True to his Shiba nature, Shio ran away from her because he didn't trust this "stranger" and ran in circles around the house. After a frustrating 10 minutes, sis finally gives up and calls me to tell me that she can't catch the dog and I need to come home and deal with him.

I hop into my car immediately and drove home to find my sis sitting in the freezing NY cold staring into the backyard. I walk over and yell "Sheeeeeeeee-ohhhhhhhhhhhh" and our little lamb comes trotting out from the darkness into my arms. Though my sis was happy that Shio was safe, I bet she was cursing us both out inside.

In the end, we both missed the recital (sorry Grace) and learned a big lesson. Never open the front door without sticking your foot in first.

My parent's neighbor, who heard the commotion from the chase, later went up to my sister and asked, "Was that even your dog?"

Shio @ Airport

Shio and I travelled to JFK on Monday to pick up my family from the airport and stay overnight on Long Island. At first, we were going to leave him in the car since we weren't sure whether dogs would be allowed in the airport pickup terminal or not. We decided to give it a chance and bring him in anyway and deal with the problem if we were kicked out. It's not like we haven't been ousted from a public area before (ahem*Target*ahem). Turns out, we were allowed to have him in there! Yay!

We stayed there for 3 hours waiting for everyone to pick up their luggage and go through customs. Shio started getting frisky around hour 2. Luckily, he had a curious little girl to keep him company and hold his leash in the meantime.

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Did you know that airports have a "Pet Relief Area"? This one was courtesy of British Airways. It's amazing what you notice after you become a pet owner!