Beau March 10th, 2008
You’ve seen him! That little foxy dog in the title bar? That’s Kuma.
Kuma the Shiba Inu is our mascot here at the Fox Haven Journal. He kind of looks like a fox, so he get’s to be the face of the blog. Of course he loves sleeping in the warm sun, even in the below picture that shows him in a less-than-dignified position! He’s had a very thick coat of fur this winter and is thinner than he looks. The large black “thing” on his collar is part of the “pet fence” to keep him from roaming too far. It beeps and lets him know to stay inside. After a year or so, he didn’t need the collar anymore, and knew his boundaries. I spent a week with a shovel, digging a 3 inch crevice, and then with a paint stick, burying about 300+ feet of wire inch-by-inch.
He’s a happy little dog- and he has complete freedom to run around 3+ acres the outside of the house. He tried to run across his boundaries a few times when I first put it up. And he succeeded… proudly wandering the fields and forests all day in the area until I caught up with him. Then one time he got out and wanted to come back towards the house, but it wouldn’t let him because it kept beeping- so I found him sitting down by the pond. I had to pick him up, and carry him all the way to the house up the hill. He seemed to like that very much…
If you want to read more about the little Shiba, last year I shared the story of how I found Kuma in Japan.
Update: My little Kuma is gone now… he was a good little dog, patroling the grounds and keeping watch. I’m glad he shared his life here. The Shiba Inu is a special dog.