NYC Shiba Rescue (NYCSR) is an all volunteer group dedicated to contributing to the quality of life of Shiba Inus in and around the New York City metropolitan area (NY, NJ, PA, and CT primarily). To that end, NYCSR actively works to rescue Shiba Inu and Shiba Inu mixed breed dogs from dangerous environments and shelters in order to find them loving, permanent homes. We will, among other things, foster and evaluate Shiba Inus in order to prepare them for adoption and seek out proper adoptive homes for the dogs. NYCSR also promotes responsible dog ownership by educating the public in the selection, care and training of dogs.
Whilst most of us are accustomed with Shibas with reserved personalities, Scrappy is the opposite. This 3.5 year old foster is just can’t get enough of greeting humans and dogs alike. When he is out with his foster family for a walk, he will pull to say hello to all living creatures. He showed great discipline and patience towards a group of children who were excited to meet and pet him last month! Scrappy calmly sat and allowed the children to pet him and didn’t react when they accidentally poked him in the eye when petting him on his muzzle.
Scrappy loves the freedom of roaming freely around his foster home and will be vocal about being crated. He will act out the Shiba equivalent of a child kicking and screaming to convince his foster family to allow him out of his crate. At first they thought that Scrappy was whining to be let out because he needed to go out for a potty break but they found out that he just wants to lay out on the living room couch. At home, Scrappy will get overexcited and as a result, become extremely mouthy. The heightened level of excitement isn’t desirable so his foster family has been working diligently to communicate that this behavior is not appropriate. When Scrappy gets nippy, his foster family will turn their backs to him or remove him from the environment and have found good results from training him in this manner.
Despite seasonal allergies, Scrappy is a spirited young pup who is still searching for his forever home. He is turning 4 years old in November 24th and we’d love for him to celebrate his birthday with his new family! Please fill out an adoption application if you are interested in adopting Scrappy!
Last Monday we had the pleasure of picking up Hubby from AC&C Manhattan. Hubby is a sweet boy who we think is about 6 years old. He was left behind in a basement after his owners moved away. The super found him and took him to AC&C. Hubby had difficulty breaking from his left nostril which was swollen and obviously bothering him. Soon after his arrival he began bleeding from his nose.
Straight from AC&C he was taken to one of our amazing vets to have him checked out. He was a perfect little gentleman during the exam and even wagged his tail throughout. Upon the exam, and at the suggestion of our vet, we decided to, under sedation, have Hubby’s nasal cavity flushed out to help determine what was causing the problem. His x-rays looked clear but that was the first step as much can be missed in an x-ray.
Our vet explained that nasal issues can be cause by several things, for example, a small obstruction that can get lodged, allergies that were never addressed and thus caused the area to become inflamed, or a tumor or growth in the cavity. We needed to figure out what may be going on. If there was any significant amount of tissue from the flush, we would be able to biopsy it.
Hubby did amazing during the procedure! There was little tissue found from the flush which could be a good sign that there isn’t a mass or tumor. His vet has put him on a trial of medication to see if we can clear up what hopefully may only be a nasty infection and inflammation. We are really rooting for him; after being abandoned he’s still one of the most affectionate Shibas we’ve met!
Hubby is recovering in a safe & loving foster home. His foster dad says “He seems to be acclimating well! He’s very pleasant, loving, and loves to sleep. He had no accidents while I was at work which was excellent”. Stay tuned for more updates on this sweet little man!
Cooper came into foster care a week ago today. He’s only 3 1/2 months old and weighs 9 lbs! This cutie is friendly, playful and interacts well with people and children. Being a pup he is still puppy nippy, and he loves chewing on his kong toys. He was surrendered to NYCSR because of family not being home enough to give him the time he needed. We welcome little Cooper!