I Am Shiba.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Is This Normal or Obsessive? You Decide.

Like all animal owners, The Woman tends to be a tad excited about being a Shiba Inu companion. But let us examine just how excited The Woman is about being a Shiba companion. You decide if her position in society and reflection of enthusiasm is within normal standards.

First, you get a Shiba. That would be Me. You obtain your first Shiba because you think "OMG, this dog is really cool! It's like owning a cat! I have owned cats so obviously I will do well with this dog!"

Then you realize that Shibas are not exactly like cats, are definitely not Border Collies, and decide to do some research. This requires purchasing a few books.

And a new vacuum cleaner.

No household is complete without the token Favorite Animal calender of Cuteness. However, The Woman is not satisfied with just ordinary run-of-the-mill calenders; she has to import her calenders from Japan. That is, after all, where The Real Shibas are.

And because these calenders cost three times more than an ordinary PetSmart run-of-the-mill calender, she saves them.

Then she starts reading other websites and forums, and discovers really cool shiba things on these forums. On the Misanthropic Shiba there was an ad for a stuffed Shiba that was written entirely in Japanese. Well, we have our Japanese Calender Connection so The Woman sends Our Japanese Calender Connection the ad, and asks, is it good quality, price, can Calender Connection find it, etc.

Her $45 birthday present:

And, of course, with Ebay, you find cute trinkets that youjusthavetohaverightnow!

Now comes the fashionable wear. If anyone is looking for cool Shiba T-Shirts, Cafepress is a great place to start. That Guy can always find good Christmas presents for The Woman in this catagory.

And the originality of the T-Shirts is often outstanding.

And one can not forget car accessories. While it first started with a Half-Life bumper sticker that said Dog Is My Co-Pilot, other things get added as time goes on.

And then there are friends who always keep their eyes open for "Shiba Items of Interest." This hat was found by a co-worker who knew that TheWomanjusthadtohavethisrightnow!

My dog therapy bag is a Shiba bag, displaying three Shibas while carrying all my needed items to provide my volunteer work.

Finally, the ultimate item is added to the required Shiba items:

The Second Shiba.

So the question remains. Is this normal behavior on the part of a human companion to the Shiba Inu or is this merely the signs of a lost soul caught up in the consumerism of obsessive-compulsive Shiba Inu collecting, and therapy is required?

I Am Shiba. I Think Most Humans Are Wierd Anyway.


Blogger Masako said...

Hysterical post... I love it.

As my breeder said to me not too long ago - "Shibas are like potato chips - you cannot just have one."

I agree with her completely.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think having 8 human children that she can't take care of is obsessive behavior that needs to be addressed.

The Woman indulges in everything Shibanese......that sounds like healthy support of capitalism.

P.S. Where can I get the Mini-Me Shiba toy?

10:56 AM  
Blogger Diane of the dogs said...

LOL I'm laughing because this was like me except with Rottweilers and to a lesser extent Shibas too

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do not worry about That Woman. Many human tribes collect objects and representations of their totem animals. Some have their totem animals in their residences or buildings. This is considered fairly normal behavior. You and LMD should be happy (and grateful) that she has chosen Shibas as totem animals. She is simply a member of the extended "Tribe o'Shiba".

(whose human belongs to the Shiba, Border Collie, and Dalmatian tribes)

9:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I think The Woman is two Shibas away from "Crazy Kat Lady".

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with this behavior.

I believe it's completely normal human serving a shiba behavior.

The other behavior that you might find intriguing is the Shiba Human talking to another Shiba Human or someone interested in becoming a Shiba Human.

Yes.. it's Shiba.. ALL THE TIME!


12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really hysterial post. We appreciate Sir Cortez's fine sense of humor. Hana's mom is only stage-I addiction because she's got only books & magazines, no T-shirts, no stuffed toys, nor 2nd shiba dog. (LOL...can't stop laughing).

10:37 PM  
Blogger Bravewolf, Shassi and Tierce said...

DAMMIT! Now I want half the stuff in this post! (The other half I already have!) :P

7:00 AM  
Blogger Mika and Nami said...

It's okay, our mommy does the same thing. She checks DigJapan (http://www.digjapan.com/servlet/StoreFront) for shiba stuff. Just at the street fair the other week, she bought a sign that said "Area Patrolled by Shiba Inu Security Inc." so they can put it on one of the fence to balance the other "dog on premise" sign on the other side of house. Oh and mommy picked up a "Angels are shiba inus without wings" hanging decoration. We'll take pictures and bug mommy to find the cable to the camera to post up.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous JS said...

Senor Cortez, I do not have the fortune of living with a Shiba, but that doesn't mean I can't love this post. Always happy to hear from you.

5:31 PM  
Blogger SicklyBug and Cassaendra said...

Cool! I don't feel so crazy now with my shiba and ferret obses..err love. We have not achieved the level of bumper stickers...yet. :P

7:24 AM  

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