Everyone who follows me on social media might have seen that a tiny little puppy popped up in my feeds in the past two weeks. In fact that puppy kept us so busy that this blog post had to wait till now as there was just no time last weekend.
Two weeks ago I went to an official dog breeder together with Nathan to pick up our Shiba Inu puppy Haruki. My wife had no idea about this whole matter the entire time and was pretty shocked. When she saw Nathan carrying a little puppy she thought I had borrowed him from some friend or program. Well it really seems that I kept all my research and reaching out to multiple breeders over the past year a very good secret.
Back in Finland we were playing already with the idea of getting a dog. My wife always wanted some small dog breed like Pomeranian while I prefered a Samoyed. As you might see (in case you have some ideas about dog breeds) that both of them are in fact Spitz. However we gave up on the idea as our apartment in Finland was just too small and we planned on moving to Germany. Then in 2014 just a month before moving away from Finland a friend of us visited us with her new Shiba Inu puppy Tsuki. It was that first meeting with a Shiba that got me hooked.
During the first few years here in Germany I put the idea of getting a dog aside as many things happened with my work, getting sick, starting our own business and the birth of Nathalie. But then last year just few months after Nathalie was born the first one of our little bunnies passed away. It was then that I started researching about Shiba Inus again and reaching out to Shiba breeders in Germany. Let me tell you that it is so hard to even reserve a Shiba puppy as there are only few breeders in Germany and most of them are in South Germany while we live in the very North. To make matters worse these dogs usually give birth to only 2-3 puppies.
During this summer when we were still in Finland (and met once again with Tsuki the Shiba from our friend of which I posted also on Instagram) I finally found per chance a Shiba breeder just 1 1/2 hours away from our hometown and they just got three little healthy puppies. I immediately contacted them and set up a meeting to check out the puppies. As my wife was not allowed to know at all about this I had to make up some excuses to drive 150km away so I told her that I was going to check out some cars with my brother as he was actually even searching for a new one back then (and he is still…). My wife believed it without any questions and thus I met the three-week old puppies and reserved Haruki immediately.
Now fast forward to the 1st of September I told my wife that I would be going to some meeting from Kindergarten with Nathan and once again she believed me. She was not even questioning me when I took the car even though the Kindergarten is just 200m away from our building. I also posted a picture on Instagram of Haruki on Instagram when I picked him up. And then we arrived back home with a puppy and she did not believe me at all, only after I told her to contact our friend in Finland who has a Shiba and ask her, she slowly started to realize that our family got another baby.
Our little Haruki kept as rather busy thus far but it got better and better the past days. By now I don’t even need to get up in the middle of the night to let him out and he sleeps till we get up. In fact he spends most of the day sleeping, cleaning himself like a cat, playing for a short time, eating and making cat-like sounds rather than barking. No this is not unusual for Shiba’s as they are a bit different from many dog breeds. I heard from other people that their dogs are so lazy that they fall asleep while taking a walk!
Do you have a dog or are planning for one?
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19 thoughts on “Our new family member Haruki the Shiba”
He’s adorable! So you wanted a dog that was cat-like? Well, that will spare your ears when it comes to barking.
Didn’t really think he would be that cat-like. Sure I knew that this breed likes to clean themselves a lot similar to cats but those sounds he makes came as a surprise. Not only does he look sad and dumb all the time due to his eyes but he also sounds that way 😂
gorgeous little puppy. I have a beautiful little dog too. I think having a dog is very good for you and the children.
I really hope that the kids will learn a lot by growing up with a dog. At least this was one of the reasons of getting this puppy so the kids have a pet to grow up with.
He’s very cute! Shiba inus are very popular in China lately. My friend has one but he’s not exactly Nico’s best friend, haha.
Yeah I think Shibas became especially popular due all those memes and last but not least due to them looking similar to Huang Bo as shown in Go Fighting season two I believe.
Shibas tend to be very dominant so in case the “owner” doesn’t react early enough to that behavior it can be rather troublesome later on when meeting with other dogs. Nico is a golden retriever right?
Adorable!!!! Seems a perfect fit for your family! 🙂
Yeah that little one brought us tons of fun thus far 🙂
My brother got his son an American Eskimo. My daughter wants to get a pet, but I told her she has to earn it. I’m hoping she will opt for a pet like fish, a hamster or a guinea pig. Actually a dog or cat are low on my list.
As a kid I opted for fish but it was soo much work back then for me. I must say the dog has been very little “maintenance” so far compared to the kids or even my few aquaria
You guys are awfully busy –2 young children and a puppy! Plus travelling. My partner had a dog in family for first 45 yrs of his life. Then after his divorce, he chose not to have a dog. Smaller place and also allergies worsening more.
He knows dogs and how to keep them happy.
We are indeed very busy, and now the dog adds some extra workload for us. But the kids are so happy so I wont complain.
My parents had dogs when I was little but they all passed away when I was still young so I do not have many memories of them
I’m getting my shiba inu puppy in July, can’t wait! Haruki is a beautiful and cute puppy!
Shiba are really interesting dogs and kind of oddballs 😅
Haruki was even already used to not peeing inside the home so it was much less work for us as we didn’t had to teach it