I don’t think it’s a big secret that I’m kind of a crazy dog lady. I mean, I did name my blog after my dog after all. But not only am I a crazy dog lady, but I’m also a crazy Shiba Inu lover, too. Shibas are such a unique breed with a variety of quirky behaviors and characteristics. It’s hard to summarize them in a word or two, and Shiba Inu owners are probably no different.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. All opinions are my own!
With Shiba Inu’s growth in popularity since the “Doge” meme, the Hachi movie, and countless Shiba influencer such as Maru, Menswear Dog, and many many more, it’s only logical that there’s been a growth in the amount of Shiba Inu merchandise available on the internet, too. When I first got Rigby, it was nearly impossible to find much more than a book, maybe a keychain, and if I was lucky, a t-shirt or mug with “Shiba Inu” typed on it. Now, there are entire websites dedicated to making breed merchandise, and countless ways to source gifts for Shiba owners.
Shiba Inu Gifts: The Complete Gift Guide for Shiba Owners & Their Shibas
Today, I thought I’d make it a little easier for you by tracking down some of my absolute favorite finds from across the web. I tried to only select Shiba Inu merch from places I would feel comfortable buying from – Amazon, Etsy, DeviantArt, as well as treats and toys for your Shiba that you can feel confident in giving your dog since they’re Rigby approved!
One thing I’ve learned about pet ownership? Expect the unexpected. Like humans, it seems that all pets have a health issue at some point in their lives. Whether it’s allergies, a digestive sensitivity, an autoimmune disorder, or something else, it can be hard to figure out and manage since our pets can’t speak.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Freshpet. All opinions are my own!
Early on, I learned Rigby has a sensitive tummy. That means he’s a little high maintenance when it comes to meal time, and traditional dog kibble fed as his main diet doesn’t agree with him. A few years ago, I was introduced to Freshpet at the grocery store. I accidentally forgot to replenish his normal food so he was a little short on dinner.
With the week starting off with National Dog Day, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate our best furry companions! Having a dog has changed my life for the better, and I’m happy to celebrate Rigby any day of the year!
Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Snapfish. All opinions are my own!
Earlier this month, I was thrilled when Snapfish reached out to me about working on this sponsored post featuring some of their fun and unique pet gift options. I have so many photos of Rigby, from puppy to now, that having them on my phone or in a photo album doesn’t seem like enough. Meaningful gifts reflect the time spent with family and pets, and having a reminder of this reflected in our home means a lot to me.
And really, with all that has happened over the past couple of months, the timing couldn’t be better. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, then you may not know but we had a bit of a health scare with Rigby. He was having some digestive troubles and the vet said he felt a mass.
Pet ownership is not for the faint of heart.
I can remember clearly the day we came home to find wood splinters from Rigby’s chewing escapades on the wood-framed futon on our carpet floor. And then later discovered some chew marks on our newly replaced baseboard trim.
Or the time we thought he might have gotten into a pack of gum. (And if you didn’t know, Xylitol is incredibly toxic to dogs and is in a lot of gum and oral care products! Yikes.)
And I’ll never forget the time, shortly after we moved into our house, that Rigby got out the sliding door, and I ran screaming out the door only to find him sitting in the middle of the street, surrounded by my very kind and nice new neighbors. Nothing like welcoming ourselves to our new neighborhood!
Disclosure: Thanks so much to Supreme Source for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!
Fortunately, while panic-inducing and even a bit embarrassing, these incidents were all relatively minor. While Rigby is no saint, most of the time he is a very good boy. But, we all have our moments, even this Dog Mom and her pup. Today I thought I’d share some of my dog confessions: the truths that I sometimes would rather not admit to, and the hacks I’ve learned to compliment these embarrassing, funny, and honest reflections on dog ownership over the past five or so years.
Rigby turned five this week, and it reminded me, again, how fast time flies. I remember going to see Rigby for the first time and falling in love with his cute little face, his upper lip that poked out (because of his underbite) and his busy little personality. Dave and I knew right away that Rigby was perfect for us, and while he has been a struggle at times, he’s been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vita Bone®. All opinions are my own!
Rigby was the cutest puppy, a little bundle of soft puppy fur. The night we brought him home, he was ready to explore everything. He even found himself in the reflection of the sliding glass door and got so excited that he began to yip and bark at himself. And while his fur isn’t so soft now, he’s not lost his vivacious personality or sweet disposition.