Adoption status: Crossed the rainbow bridge.
Fujiko is a female, 12 yr old red Shiba Inu.
Fujiko will be in extended foster care to recover on DC SIR's comprehensive allergy program.
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Hello everyone, my new name is now Fujiko and it means “beautiful as wisteria flowers” in Japanese. I am a 12-year-old, deaf, female Shiba Inu. I was found as a stray in southern VA. You wouldn’t know I was once a regal Shiba Inu because I am bald, infected, and sick. The kind people at the shelter quickly got me medical help and tried to find the people who let me get so sick. One person in the community recognized me as the dog that crawled up on her porch for rest and shelter one night. My owners never came forward. Luckily, a fan told DC SIR about me and they moved fast to get me into their foster home. They have an amazing allergy program that will help me heal by building my immune system! The shelter staff was so happy to see me go into a loving foster home!
I was a great passenger on the long drive back to Shiba HQ but my foster mom said I smelled really bad (it is that sour yeasty smell that we allergy dogs have). When I arrived at Shiba HQ, I got to explore the yard on my own. Soon they let the other dogs meet me and all the dogs loved me. After drinking some water and meeting all the dogs, I went for my bath. DC SIR thinks I have one of the worst skin conditions they have ever seen. I am not spayed and it looks like I have had many puppies, my skin is so thick and crusted that it is obvious I have had many years of neglect. I am much better than when the shelter first found me in June, but I still have a long way to go. While I have fur on my back (where my skin isn’t so bad) the underside of my body is completely black and thick with crust. I was very good in the shower and didn’t move as all my nails were trimmed and my foster mom scrubbed the yeast off my body with a soft organic washcloth. The other allergy dog got a bath after me and we both got homemade dehydrated treats after our bath. I love food! I got to go outside with the dogs again but soon cuddled up in some pillows to get some rest.
My foster mom says I am smart and agile. I figured out how to use the dog door, open the bathroom, and I can move pretty fast! She says I am beautiful and that DC SIR will make sure I feel and look great again. Then I can have a forever home of my own!
Location: Extended (SC/NC/VA/DC/MD/PA/DE/WV)
Available Date: TBD
Special Needs: Allergy dog