Tuesday, May 08, 2012

meet Yuuko and Kei

Kei is a male. He is a goofy but handsome little man. He has scars on his muzzle and tongue, a piece of tongue missing and a bit of his ear missing. Life as a male at a puppy mill is obviously not easy.  He is terribly sweet and affectionate but unbelievably stubborn.

Meet the lovely of Yuuko. Yuuko is a classic Shiba Inu.  She is more aloof than Kei and equally stubborn. They are adorable, which might be a downfall for me.

We left the Twin Cities on Friday afternoon. About half-way to my parents, we stopped at an Arby's for supper. While we were there, the storm sirens started blowing. The Arby's staff asked us to either leave or enter the freezer. So we joined about seven others in the Arby's freezer. C was terrified but we managed to keep her calm.

On Saturday, Tim and I drove from my parents to the freeway and met the dogs' foster mother. The dogs were friendly and affectionate from the beginning. We brought them back to my parents to meet the girls.

The dogs do excellently in the car. I told Tim that next time we go on vacation, we should board the girls and take the dogs.

They do tolerably well on walks too. The great difficulty is that they are not as well housebroken as they were described as being. They seem pretty good about bathroom duties but they both mark. Kei has marked in the house as well as marking me twice. So we've got some work to do. Because we are making the girls take on their share of responsibility, they are finding the dogs to be not exactly what they anticipated.

Today, while preparing for a walk, C locked us all out of the house. Sigh. The dogs really are good dogs but at the moment - between them and the girls, I am frustrated.

P.S. I don't suppose the fact that I am a bit under the weather helps at all.


  1. I hear you as we are training a puppy. They are beautiful and will grow on you and the girls will love them I know.

  2. Hopefully, when they settle in a bit to the new surroundings and all the attention things will get better. Hope you are feeling better soon, too.

  3. How exciting for you and so many challenges ahead. I will be thinking about all of you and the house-training. That was a physicially draining period when we brought our pup home. If your pups are food focused treat training may help. Hang in there, I hope you fee better soon. Puppies are exhausting, but it is so worth it in the end.

    I have never been in the freezer at Arbys! Wow!

  4. Wow, you have your plate full but how rewarding too. Have fun with your new additions! They are precious. I will never understand how people can be so cruel to dogs. Heartbreaking!

  5. I'll bet that was scary in the freezer!

    I have been told that training young dogs can be as hard work as having a newborn baby, you just hang in there!

    Hugs. x

  6. Oh my. A freezer at Arby's. You have ALL the fun.

  7. I guess there are always challenges when new members join a family. The fact that you're not feeling well is no doubt adding to the challenge! Your dogs are beauties and I'm sure things will smooth out once they get settled in!

  8. Board the girls...that made me giggle. It is tempting sometimes! Wishing you lots of patience for everyone, and a quick recovery. I know my attitude sours quickly when I'm tired or stressed.