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.