Relax Kenji, Relax
Ever catch yourself making an obnoxiously loud exhale when you are aggrevated? Kenji has turned this into an art form. When he is frustrated (for example, if I don’t get his collar to clip on during the first attempt or take too long serving up his dinner) he lets out a puff of air from his nose. Hmphhhhhhhhh…
The Ups and Downs of Shiba Inu Ownership
You will often find Shiba owners talking about the rollercoaster ride that their dog takes them on. Dog ownership is filled with ups and downs, and Shibas seem famous for earth-shattering highs and rock bottom lows. The past 24 hours have been in the basement! Last night I spent a cumulative hour outside in the cold driving rain waiting for Mr. K to do something - anything! Not only would he not...
The Sudden Marker
I miss Kenji’s one-stop-shop pee routine. It used to be easy. He’d pick a spot, squat down, and empty the contents of his bladder. With the big snowfall we had in New York two weeks ago, most of the grass has been covered in ice. This has forced Kenji to deviate from his normal plan of attack. The end result has been a puppy who likes to pee in 10 different locations. This slows...
Kenji: No Stairs Please
Is it fair to handicap Kenji for my benefit? Let me explain. When Kenji was a small puppy he was terrified of steps. After some training we got him comfortable going down the outside stairs, where each flight is only a few steps. He now flies up and down them with ease. When it comes to the full flight of stairs, like the one that leads to the bedroom or the basement, Kenji sits at the bottom...
Talking to Myself
When I talk to Kenji, I’m talking to myself. That realization hit me over the head yesterday when I told Kenji to “relax” as a hooded stranger approached us close to midnight. The puppy hadn’t batted an eyelash; he was clueless that we were about to encounter a man in the dark. So what was really happening was Andrew was telling Andrew to “relax.” It’s...
Neighbor: He is the most hyper-active dog I've ever seen!
Me: (Lying) He's much calmer inside.
Me: Kenji, you really need to start letting people pet you. You come across like a crazy snob.
Kenji: (Runs full speed into a snow embankment and nearly jerks the leash out of my hand)
Me: Thanks Kenji. You're a great listener.
Kenji, I Love You and I Don't Mean This to Hurt...
You are not scary or threatening, so why have you started barking at shadows and strangers?
Bloodcurdling Shiba Screams
OMG. Monday’s are always tough for Kenji, but this is ridiculous. I’m watching him on the Kenji Cam and he is screaming so loud in his crate that the audio is crackling. It’s only a matter of minutes until the cops come and break down the front door. They’ll expect to find a woman, tied up and abused. Much to their surprise, there will be a red fox waiting to have his...
The Night Before Snow
Kenji was crazy the other night. I mean certifiably sanitarium-ready crazy. There were four rounds of Kenji laps. Molding chewing! Ankle biting! Tail chasing! And all sorts of puppy mischeif. After 30 minutes of non-stop lunacy, I decided to tire him out by taking him for an unscheduled walk. As soon as we got outside, I realized why he was going bonkers… IT WAS SNOWING This is the...
Vote for Kenji
As I wade deeper into ‘crazy pet owner’ mode… I’ve entered Kenji into a contest to grace the box of a vacuum cleaner. The odds are stacked against him, but with your help, we can make this competitive! VOTE FOR KENJI HERE Please help spread the word. It’s good Shiba karma!