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Sunday, April 12, 2009

We Lost to a Porteguese Water Dog!

Introducing . . . . Bo!


As the American Kennel Club describes them:


An animal of spirited disposition, self-willed, brave, and very resistant to fatigue. A dog of exceptional intelligence and a loyal companion, it obeys its master with facility and apparent pleasure. It is obedient with those who look after it or with those for whom it works.

Summary Statement
The Portuguese Water Dog is spirited yet obedient, robust, and of unexaggerated, functional conformation; sure, substantially boned and muscled, and able to do a full day's work in and out of the water.

These dogs are considered to be one of the most energetic yet gentlest of the hunting breeds. They are ranked 62 in breed popularity (ironically Shibas are 63) and I am sure will give the girls an active playmate. While not a rescue dog, it is a dog from a reliable kennel -- the other advantage of getting an older puppy is that it is housebroken and already partially trained. Senator Edward "Teddy" Kennedy owns three of them, and his trainers appeared to have assisted in preparing the dog for its new home.

While not a Shiba, it is a good choice as this is a hardy breed, not overly popular and hypo-allergic (okay, so they don't want fur all over the White House-- geesh!- just buy a good vacuum cleaner!)

Our plans for World Domination of the Free World have been abated at the moment. We are going to have to rely upon Plan B. We must convince that beautiful wife of Prime Minister Sarkozy that she needs a Shiba. We would only make the supermodel look that much better.

Anyone for roadtrip to Paris, France?

I An Shiba. I Could Learn to Like Escargot.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Bo is very cute. But you are even cuter (if I may use the word), Shiba-sama. Nah...French escargo doesn't go with the shibas. Shinto-ism is more like for shiba-sama. BTW, the future emperor of Japan (prince) owns two shibas.

P.S. "sama" is used to address thoese higher beings. "san" would be for the equals. "chan" is used to address children or lower-rankings. So you should be addressed as "Shiba-sama", "The Guy-san", and "Bella-chan". Lol.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Mika said...

I'll take the trip to Paris with you! My mommy can be our chaperone! She can use her rusty French from the high school days and make a fool of herself while we laugh at her! She'll be quite entertaining for us. Then we can plan an escape where we find the Prime Minister's wife and be "uber cute" and well behaved to win her heart. Mommy also said that escargot is really good.. anything that mommy looks like she likes, I think I can get into as well. =D

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honorable Cortez,
Your world domination is still intact. It's a covert operation and god knows the press that Bo will be getting.

Carry on and Conquer!

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Miki said...

Were shiba-inus ever in contention to be the white house puppy?

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Shibas were not in the contention. In fact, some Shiba bloggers said "Don't even go there". Would you want a breed that has escape artist tendencies to drive the Secret Service crazy? Would you want the allergy prone daughters sneezing as the Shibas fuzzed twice a year? Would you want the Shiba hunting small rodents in the Rose Garden--or upstaging folks at press conferences? Etc. Etc.

Meanwhile, as another poster observes, the Shibas are doing very well w/ "covert operations". A Canadian Shiba is exploring geocaching, Twitter (communications), and combat techniques w/ the SCA. Other Shibas are learning agility (escape and evasion) and hunting lore. Meanwhile there are Shibas greeting groups of Shibas at meetups ("assembling the forces").

7:45 PM  

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