Shiba Rage

This was a response to issues in one of my Shiba Inu Facebook groups, where queries about testing or purposeful breeding are often met with accusations of superciliousness. I, for one, am sick and tired of how “breeding this dog is not in the best interest of the breed” is equated with “All cream Shibas should be shot while simultaneously… Read more →

RIP Apollo and Kisu

  Me:  Tierce, I’ve got something to tell you. Tierce:  What, that you’ve finally decided to give me a block of cheese for Christmas? Me:  No.  It’s not about food. Tierce:  We’re going for another walk with Rowan? Me:  No.  It’s not about walks. Tierce:  Don’t tell me we’re going to visit the chamber of horrors again. Me:  No.  We’re… Read more →

Don’t Call Your Dog Your Furkid

I’m pretty sure that Elizabeth Broadbent is either afraid to step out her front door or rubbing her hands together and saying, “Yes… yes… let the outrage flow…” after writing No, Your Dog Is Not Your “Baby” — Saying That Is An Insult To Moms.  After all, she did write How Dogs Prepared Me For Kids, where she extols some… Read more →


Sunday, June 7th, at around 23:30, Tierce was not feeling well.  Hunched over, shaking, panting, didn’t want food, didn’t want to walk.  Took him to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital where, after several hours, he ended up with a diagnosis of pancreatitis. Tierce:  I hurt. Me:  Normally he would be trying to claw his way through the door to get out,… Read more →

Notes On Breeder Contracts in BC and Canada

Tonight at the Nanaimo Kennel Club (seriously, join your local kennel club and you too could possibly benefit from speakers like this), I had the privilege of hearing lawyer Jennifer Hubbard speak on contracts, specifically breeder contracts with purchasers.  It was very informative and I’ve decided to do a blog post based on my notes. Disclaimer: The following is from my notes and… Read more →


How things have changed

I found a dog training book: Paul Loeb’s Complete Book of Dog Training, by (perhaps unsurprisingly) Paul Loeb.  Copyright 1974. The training advice is based around dominance theory, not really surprising, given the era. Tierce:  I don’t buy dominance theory. I don’t care if you run everything. Saves me paperwork. Speaking of that, have you done your taxes yet? Me: … Read more →

Relatively Speaking

Tierce: What are you so happy about? Me:  I found some cousins.  Connected with them on Facebook. Tierce:  What’s so great about that?  Everyone knows who their cousins are.  It’s in their pedigree. Me:  It doesn’t quite work that way, Tierce.  Humans don’t always know if someone’s related to them. Tierce:  Sure they do.  Just look in the OFA database. … Read more →