A Reprieve

shassWe took Shassi to the vet and asked about euthanasia and whether it would be kinder at this point. After the vet looked at Shassi and heard our description of what her life was like, she was of the opinion that Shassi was not ready to be put down.

Shassi is still eating well, she is showing some interest in her walks and she is not stressed as long as she is in familiar places. She is sometimes incontinent, but she is not messing herself in the place where she sleeps. The vet said that the constant pacing circles and “not being there” is normal for dogs suffering dementia and Shassi is likely a victim of that.

Shassi has failing kidneys and a heart murmur, but for a dog at the far end the breed’s normal lifespan, she is actually doing very well. I am very happy that Shassi will be with us for longer and hope that she might reach her 16th birthday after all.

Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong. For now, at least.

I solemnly swear that my server was up to no good

The latest news is that I don’t know what is happening with Shassi, which is one of the problems when you leave a dog to be taken care of by other people, even if those people are your family.  My mother and aunt are inclined to see if there is anything left to be salvaged and I’m feeling somewhat betrayed by the fact that they set me up to believe that they had made the choice to put her down.

We’re going to await the vet’s decision, but my original opinion still stands; she doesn’t seem to be having a good time and she doesn’t seem to be aware of the things around her most of the time.  If she can have a longer happy life, that’s great, but at this point I doubt it and only want to make her comfortable.  Keep us in your thoughts on Saturday and I will update when the decision is made.  I won’t have her suffering simply because she isn’t showing obvious signs of pain.


In other news, apparently my host’s move to the new server was not without casualties

In a nutshell:

The owners of Bella, the missing Shiba report:

…from the standpoint of felony liability, the DA had to prove Animal Control had clearly made the defendant aware he had an aggressive dog, or prove it had bitten before.  Regardless of what had happened in the previous attacks, Animal Control was not able to show they had clearly educated the defendant about the aggressive potential of his dog, even after 3 aggressive dog calls.”

If you can’t tell that you have an aggressive dog, you should stay the fuck away from everything that walks on four legs or two.  Put yourself in a diaper and turn in your driver’s license while you’re at it.  For the rest of us.  For the children.  For whoever or whatever will keep you away from normal, sane human beings who take responsibility for their actions.

(in retrospect, I realized that that post had not been deleted.  Oh well.)


There is a happy story associated with Bella’s family.  They have adopted Sammy, a rescue Shiba Inu in dire straits.  Don’t miss his story!


An Oregon puppymill has not been shut down yet and they had Shibas:

Oregon Humane Society “Snugglebunnies” Page

A somewhat graphic page on the Shibas rescued from “Snugglebunnies”


The blog A Winnie Day has an awesome post about a Shiba seminar that Winnie’s person attended.  There’s some interesting perspectives on the Shiba’s history as a hunting dog that Shiba people shouldn’t miss.

End of an era

Shassi is not long for this world.  I was talking with Mom tonight and we agreed that it’s pretty clear that it’s time for us to do our duty towards her.  She is on autopilot; there is no personality anymore and Mom says it hurts her to look at Shassi when she remembers the vibrant little dog she used to be. We’re going to schedule it for the 21st, if we can.

She’s been there for half my life, over 15 years.