Hey all. I know this is a much anticipated update, so I hope we won’t disappoint. Dexter turned 1 on Friday!! It really did go fast. It was only ten months ago that Dan brought home our little fur baby (who has since turned into the mature little boy we love so much!). Dexter’s presents arrived early, and we weren’t about to make him wait to “open” them. He got a new bed (after chewing up the last one), bigger food & water bowls, a doggie toothbrush (after using a human toothbrush), and a larger “Dexter the Elephant” toy. He seems happy with his presents, but as you can see in the second photo, he’s not a fan of plushy cushions. We removed it after he started chewing it and removing the insides. It’s strange, but at least he uses the bed now instead of sleeping next to it.
While shibas generally don’t need to bathe much (they’re self-cleaners, and prefer to avoid anything dirty), Dexter was beginning to actually smell like a dog. We spared him of it on his birthday, but on Saturday we gave him a much needed bath. Dexter wasn’t the most cooperative, but he did appreciate getting to roll around on the towel to dry off (in addition to shaking all over the living room).
He also enjoyed the visits we had this weekend–Lauren on Saturday, and Anny & Matt on Sunday. Though he’s currently chewing on his regular Nyla-bone, he’s been getting a lot of use out of his bacon-flavored T-bone Nyla-chew!
Lastly, Dexter wants to wish a very happy Fathers’ Day to his daddy, Dan!
Here are some assorted pictures of Dexter from the last few weeks.
A few days after the blizzard and Dexter still loves the snow, probably even more now since he can walk on the snow without falling into it.
Dexter received some new toys for the holiday and today he experienced his first real snow fall. As expected he loved playing in it!
I opened the door to Dexter’s carrier and he decided he could still fit in it.
Today we decided to put up the tree. Dexter was very interested in what was in the box and sniffed the tree. Once we set it up with the lights he wouldn’t stop barking at it.
Photos: Dogpark Harness Hillside Dogpark Meetup Photos Shibas
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Last Sunday we took Dexter to the Brooklyn Shiba Meetup at Hillside Dog Park. Dexter met Kenshin. It was almost impossible to get them both to look at the camera at the same time.
We purchased an Ezydog Chest Plate Harness for Dexter. The harness stays in place as they said it would and it is easy to put on him once we got it adjusted properly for him. It also came with a seat belt restraint for use in the car. Dexter pulls the leash less than when we walked him with the collar.
Photos: Friends Meetup Photos Shibas Staten Island Wolfe's Pond Park
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Below are pictures from Dexter’s first shiba meetup. He had a great time, and seemed very excited to meet new shiba friends. He even managed to lose four teeth over the course of the meetup!