There is something about the crisp autumn air that drives my Shiba Inu wild.
Call it an extra pep in his step, a little extra gas in his motor, but this fox-like dog goes from being a borderline recluse, snuggling on his chair, to being obsessed with going outside.
There’s also an added bonus! Dead leaves and fallen branches encourage him to pee…meaning we save time from our normal routine where the finicky pup looks for the “perfect” place to eliminate waste.
I also find picking up poop a whole lot easier when leaves are down on the ground.
Yay! It’s fall! Does your Shiba Inu love the season too?
For three years now Kenji and I have had to endure the maddening daily occurrence of being told, “He looks like a fox.”
I admit that a shiba and a fox can have similar characteristics: long narrow snout, bushy tail. So yes, at first glance, the comparison is fair. But what gets us is people’s inherent need to make the comment, as if they’ve uncovered some fact that we’re unaware of.
What do they expect? For us to be surprised? Thank them for the information?
We appreciate the attention, but for the record, Kenji is not a fox. And I am not some madman who has decided to domesticate a wild animal in my suburban New York home.
Thanks for saying ‘hello,’ dear stranger, but you can keep your fox comments to yourself.
Regular readers might have noticed the recent domain change; My First Shiba has become I’m Not a Fox. Kenji is here to tell the world: I AM NOT A FOX!