Misaki · puppies

Week 7 Update: Don’t Eat That!

This post is going to be relatively short in comparison to most others. For one, week 7 ended last Tuesday so this is super late. For another we had a non-puppy-related piece of devastating news to deal with and frankly writing wasn’t at the top of my priority list.

At the age of 15, eight-and-a-half years after she adopted us, we had to say goodbye to Misaki. I’m not ready to write about her yet, but after most of the puppy craziness dies down when they go to their forever homes I will dedicate many words and pictures to her. I’m just not in an eloquent place at the moment.


Rest in peace and run free, Misaki. We love you.

Puppies are all doing well! Their constant care has provided a bit of a distraction for us and Umma has done her best to comfort us. They have been exposed to quite a few more sounds and even met kids. The biggest thing we’ve had to deal with them is an increasing list of things they should not eat and apparently our yard is full of poison to Hokkaido puppies. Things like:

  • pine cones (including partials eaten by squirrels)
  • pine needles
  • chives
  • rhododendron
  • gravel
  • weird staples apparently sticking out of the side of our house
  • redwood bark
  • wisteria seed pods
  • decking (seriously)
  • screws
  • moss
  • sticks

We thought  our yard was a nice, safe place for puppies to play! But when you look at it through the eyes of a puppy that puts everything in their mouth, things change quickly. Now we have a fancy ex pen being used only to block off access to the rhododendron. Oh well, at least we have it.

Here’s the week 7 pics which, again, are now almost a week old.






Next week: crate training and more stranger visits!


2 thoughts on “Week 7 Update: Don’t Eat That!

  1. I posted in another topic in your blog (Aging), but wanted to tell you I am very sorry to learn the sad news about Misaki. From what I can comprehend, Misaki had very loving care, and excellent medical attention during her life with your family. I do believe she let you know her appreciation for your devotion in her own “Shiba” way.

    Misaki will never leave your hearts, and memory, and thank you for caring so much for her

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