You want what for that?

In the post below, Nikko’s Momma posted a link to a site she thought I would be interested in. And I was. It’s a set of stuffed Shiba toys, made by Piutre, an Italian company that sells in the U.S.

http://www.piutre.com/images/site_images/gp_shibas.jpg

Aren’t they cute? Unfortunately, the price is less adorable:

Puppy, Lying Down (16″) $145
Standing (22″) $598
Lying Down (22″) $460
Puppy, Sitting (16″) $145

Nnngh?! Five hundred and ninety-eight DOLLARS? For that price you can get a real Shiba! Of course, these ones don’t have to be neutered and they don’t wriggle past the barrier and through the fence into the neighbours’ yard, like a certain Shiba of my acquaintance did this morning.

Oookay…

Shiba Brand… garbage bags

Their motto appears to be “Free Journey in Imagination”. Well, it’s admittedly true that many Shibas are extremely imaginative as to what they could eat and later shit out onto an expensive floor or vomit onto a pair of $200 Adidas. However, I am not the first person to advertise the Shiba as a prime candidate for filling these garbage bags via the strategically placed “X”.

I found a stuffed Shiba toy… I think

Trudging along in Wal-Mart, just before the joyous Easter season descended upon us, I espied this:

Note that this is a product of THE DOG CLUB. Their claim to fame is pictures that bring the dog’s nose into closeup – there’s a term for it, but do you think I can remember? – and look really cute and all that. Look, I did it with Tierce:


If you look closely, you can see what I saw:


Could it be a Shiba? The basket was 12.95. Yes, I spent 15 dollars for a cheap made-in-China Easter basket with a crappy colouring book and shitty candy, just for the sake of this damned stuffed animal.

And look what I got:


Okay, the markings look… somewhat like a Shiba toy’s might… but let’s see.


Its markings are on the top of its head. Its head could accommodate its entire body. The tail does not curve, curl or do anything other than act as an afterthought. I think THE DOG CLUB should stick to pictures, because this thing is hideous!


Well bred Shiba vs. PuppyMill Shiba. Buy from a responsible breeder or your dog could end up like the dog on the right!

So, Tierce, what did you think of your new stuffed counterpart?