Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Oofah~ I've been busy! The toy company is wrapping up developing new toys for next year and I've had other personal projects taking up some time.

I'll give you a sneak peek (a little treat, if you will) of one thing I've been working on this week:

Aw yeah! Shibal Inu tote bag!
Am crossing fingers hoping this will happen. Will keep yous posted.

Forgive me. The cartoons will be back. I do my best to post once a week. If I skip one, I'll end up doing two the next.
For now, I'll at least leave you with this:

Whoever made this jack-o-shibal is super super awesome! What's better to scare the trick-or-treaters away than a hungry shibal inu clutching his growling tummy? Don't mess with a hungry dog!


Q: What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

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I do not think dogs need clothes and doggy sweaters unless it's for functional purposes. Like the time I knitted Betsy a sweater because her undercoat hadn't grown in time for cold weather and she was shivering during walks (Sweater FAIL btw. Betsy hated her sweater). Although I think costumes can be fun when done in tasteful manner. Rain won't let me dress the dogs up for Halloween though. Otherwise, Kit would be superman and Betsy would be Robin Hood as done by Shio.

Speaking of knitting, I went to the Duchess County Sheep & Wool Festival with Nova's owner Jenni and my friend Laura this past weekend. We got to see sheep dog demonstrations! I learned that border collies are total OCD workaholics. They are happiest when all their sheep are gathered and in order. What super smart and well behaved dogs!

[Workaholic at work - Rhinebeck, NY]

[It's been a long day - Rhinebeck, NY]

[OMG they lemme hold one. Shot by Laura - Rhinebeck, NY]

[Look out world. Almost ready to put sheep in order - Shot by Laura - Rhinebeck, NY]

I don't think the Shibal Inus would make very good sheep dogs. Kit would just bark at the sheep. Natto would try to play with them. Betsy would take a sniff and roll around in their poo. Nova would not go anywhere near them.


mini husky!

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I dog-sat Nova this past weekend. We went on a road trip up to Providence, RI to visit the alma mater (RISD holla~). Most people had no idea what a shiba inu was. A lot of people thought Nova a mini husky. Many have not heard of shiba inus. They don't seem as popular as they are in New York. However, we did meet a three year old tan shiba inu on our way to pick up some lunch. Nova wasn't interested in making friends. Neither was the other dog. She did say hello to all the humans around her.

[Walking north of Thayer. Shot by Laura - Providence, RI]

[Nova & her bunny. Shot by Laura - Providence, RI]

Nova got something stuck in her teef:

[Shot by Laura - Providence, RI]

My non-attempt to play chase with Nova:

[Shot by Laura - Providence, RI]

When Nova was at home while I was at work, I used the iCam app on my iPhone to keep an eye on her:

Being a shiba is tough, man.

*** Wsup to Taro! He's giving away Shibal Inu button pins which are now sold out on the Etsy store. There's still some time to enter and win! Hurry! Go! Go! Go!***