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.
Our sweet foster girl, Lexi, passed away after being rushed to the emergency vet a few weeks ago.
Lexi’s loving foster mom shared the following.
Lexi was a very timid, quiet, sweet-faced girl who adored being around other dogs, long slow-paced walks around town, head and belly rubs, and peanut butter. In fact, I couldn’t have my usual midnight snack – a spoonful of peanut butter and a spoonful of jelly – without Lexi sitting right next to me with an expression that said, “Hey, you plan on sharing that… right?”
Having been found living on the streets, she came into my home with an unknown history. Each milestone gave me a better insight into the incredibly sweet, yet typically aloof Shiba girl she was. At first, I couldn’t understand why she didn’t love me all the time or come when I called her, even with a snack to entice her. Over time, I learned it was because Lexi was a quality over quantity kind of gal. She wasn’t a lap dog and she didn’t always need attention, but when she did want it (mostly for belly rubs), she would stare right into my eyes and sort of say “Thank you, I really needed that rub!” It was amazing, I could get a solid 15 minutes of unbroken eye contact from her, and I know that was her way of showing affection.
Lexi spent the last couple of months of her life with me, my Mom, and her dog uncle Hercules (a Bernese Mountain Dog, 4 times the size of Lexi) in the suburbs. I knew she felt like she had finally found home. She started to jump up on the couch when we weren’t home, and we’d find her fast asleep on our love seat with her stuffed dog Boo as a pillow. She had no problem stealing Uncle Hercules’s food and bones and toys despite his intimidating size. And she started to become comfortable and friendly with the neighborhood dogs and kids. Her tail would go crazy and ears would perk up when she saw my elementary school-aged neighbors and their dog.
Though it is incredibly heartbreaking for Lexi to have passed so soon and so suddenly, it is comforting to know that she had a great last 5 months where she slowly felt comfortable coming out of her shell and being herself – and was able to spend time with people and pups that cared for her and truly loved her as one of their family members.
Love you Lexi Lou. RIP.
You may wonder why our foster Shiba Kitsune has such a strong name for a little puppy and there’s a good explanation for that! ‘Kitsune’ is the Japanese word for fox and in Japanese folklore, foxes are often depicted as intelligent beings and possesses magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Our approximately 20 lbs foster Kitsune is every bit of Japanese folklore’s fox depiction. He has much wisdom to acquire as he grows older and the 2 year old resident Shiba has been showing him the ropes. He gets along very with with her, and when they’re not playing at home, Kitsune loves to chase after rubber balls and make sure that all the squeaky toys at home are squeaking properly.
Kitsune is only 6 months old, and he has been doing great with training. His foster family has taught him that being in his crate is a good thing and Kitsune has never had a potty incident at home, even when left alone for upwards of 5 hours. During his walks, Kitsune is not interested in small creatures that he encounters and would much rather explore the wonderful scents that nature offers along his path.
True to Shiba form, Kitsune hates having his paws touched. He will whine and lightly mouth his foster family’s hand when they touch his paw to position his harness before walks. The foster family is actively teaching Kitsune that it’s okay to have his paws touched by giving him a treat each time they handle his paws.
We are waiting to make Kitsune available until we have completed his initial veterinary visit, but we are currently accepting applications for his forever home. Please check here for information on our application process.
Rina had a tough couple of months after being diagnosed with vestibular disease but with the loving care of her foster family, she is slowly returning back to her normal self. Her foster family says that during Rina’s most recent vet visit, she was prescribed prednisone and antibiotics for a suspected ear infection and there have been positive results. For the first few days she was on her medication, Rina refused to eat anything but pieces of hot dog and cheese (who could blame her?) but her appetite has returned, and she is back to her normal feeding routines.
Being back to normal means being back to Rina’s happy self. She’ll follow her foster family around the home and make sure that when there’s food in their hands she is readily available to beg for some. It’s a bad habit of hers but we find that her hopeful begging face is irresistibly cute! She has excelled in her training command to sit and walks well outdoors. She even happily approaches you when you call her name!
Rina has been in foster care for a long while, and we are still searching for her forever home.