My whole life I’ve cohabitated with cats. I love how independent, coy, and mysterious they are. They’re spiritual animals that I believe acutely understand energy and that’s why they were deified in ancient civilizations.
It’s been a few years since the last family cat “Shahira” passed away at the ripe old age of 18, so I felt as though it was time to experience life with a dog.
I researched different dog breeds and chose a Shiba Inu who very clearly thinks she’s a fox. Meet Nahla, my little fox.
It didn’t take long to decide on a Shiba. One of my good friends Nautyn Mckay who was a fierce Defensive End for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the BC Lions introduced me to the Japanese breeds through his own Akita Inu named Waapaask (Ojibwe for Polar Bear).
I fell in love with the breed immediately, but since I’m not ready to take on a 130lbs dog, the Shiba Inu weighing in at 20lbs seemed a perfect alternative. Although they are different breeds they have a similar look and share many character traits.
Japan has named them both National Treasures.
The little fox and I are getting along great in the first week and half. She’s cool with the crate, and understands “come”, “sit”, and “down” already. I try to teach her with love and projection of intention rather than repeating words a thousand times. I watch for the moments when I can see she’s receptive to learning. Nahla is making me a better, more intuitive person already.
I think I’m starting to understand the beauty of life with a dog.