Essential Oils and Dogs

Mindfulness is becoming a more popular practice as a part of yoga and daily meditation. Essential oils can enhance this experience for humans, and are used as natural treatment options to modern medicine; however, they are not always safe for dogs. The AKC published an online article, Are Essential Oils Safe for Dogs? There are … Continue reading Essential Oils and Dogs

It’s been a while…

Life. It gets busy. Time flies. My goal this year is to post at least 1-2 times per month, focusing on news and information I find online about dogs (and cats), plus some of Kishi and Miko's adventures. You can also follow Kishi and Miko on Instagram @sweetshibas.

“I love you so much that I’m not giving you a taste.”

Recently, I brought home a roasted chicken for dinner. Miko groaned and whined with impatient Shiba anticipation that she'd get some in her food. She did! Kishi, too! I'm a typical dog mom. I love to give the girls a "taste" of human food that is safe for them to eat. There is a limit, … Continue reading “I love you so much that I’m not giving you a taste.”

Dogs and Mindfulness

"Animals remember. They have some concept of the simple past, but they live triumphantly in the present. Few of us do." -Rita Mae Brown

Pass the Puppy!

Kishi and Miko are always with me when the weather is cooler and there's a dog-friendly patio where we can have lunch or drink beer with friends. Now that the cooler autumn temperatures are here, we're ready to shake the summer air conditioning for time outdoors. Yesterday, we stopped at a brewery after a 3-mile … Continue reading Pass the Puppy!

“Potty Outside! Good job!”

Shiba Inus are very smart and very clean dogs. These two characteristics make house training a Shiba puppy easier than most dogs. Miko was potty trained before I brought her home. Her breeder house trained all of their puppies prior to sale. The instructions they gave all new puppy parents included an important reminder: ~ … Continue reading “Potty Outside! Good job!”

New Puppy Checklist

I was very excited when I decided to get Kishi. I also felt some worry about whether or not she and Tag would get along. Tag was 16 and recently diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction – something I’ll write about in a future post. Understandably, I was extremely protective of him. Setting aside the combination … Continue reading New Puppy Checklist

“Kiss the Kitty”

Kishi and Miko live with three cat brothers: Tucker, Sylvester (Syl) and Teddy.  Tucker is the eldest brother at 14 years old; Syl, who joined us just last year, is 8; and, Teddy is 1 and still all kitten. I'm often asked if the "girls" get along with the "boys." My response, "They have to..." … Continue reading “Kiss the Kitty”

How much is a Shiba puppy?

People we meet ask different types of questions about Kishi and Miko. I'm happy to answer most. I was taken aback the first time I was asked how much I paid for Kishi. I didn't give the person an exact amount because it really wasn't their business. Since then I've learned to listen for what … Continue reading How much is a Shiba puppy?


Meet my two SweetShibas. It can be hard to tell Kishi and Miko apart because at first glance they look like twins. Actually, they come from different breeders and are 7 months apart in age. Kishi, who is older, is bigger than Miko. She has more white on her face and will often sport a pink bandana … Continue reading Twinkies!