Hello everyone, my new name is now Tomomi and it means, “friend/beautiful” in Japanese. I am a senior female Shiba Inu. I have had a rough time recently. You see, I was found bald, sick, and stuck in a muddy ditch. I was too weak to get out but thankfully, a nearby family heard my desperate cries and arranged for me to get out and taken to an animal shelter. The people at the shelter were very kind. They cared for me as best they could and even put me in a pretty sweater to cover my bald and infected skin. They noticed that I was probably deaf too. Thankfully, a fan saw my story and reached out to DC SIR. They specialize in allergy dogs and have an amazing program that will take me off all drugs, but it can take quite some time to get better, especially at my age.
When I arrived at Shiba HQ, I got to explore the yard on my own. Soon they let the other dogs meet me and everyone was really nice. The volunteers noticed I smelled sour, typical of allergy dogs so I had to go straight to a bath. I was really good in the bath. My bath water was brown as the volunteer rinsed the yeast from my body. She also trimmed my long nails and I didn’t protest one bit. You may notice that one of my ears hangs down; that is because it had been ripped in two. I can’t tell you the details of my life before I was found in a ditch but from my condition, the volunteers can see I had a very hard life. I can tell you that I am a very sweet natured Shiba and I have been nice to every dog I meet. I may not hear well (or at all?) but I will follow you around if you are nice to me. I am very agile and I can move pretty fast. I really like the organic boiled chicken my foster mom gave me and I absolutely love the raw diet I started today. I won’t be ready for adoption for some time. Thankfully, DC SIR’s allergy program will do wonders for my overall health but they still have a lot of tests to run and it takes time to rebuild my immune system. I hope you will consider adopting me. DC SIR thinks dogs like me deserve to be spoiled in our golden years. Please share my story to help me find a family.
Update: Tomomi is a female senior Shiba Inu who was found bald, infected, and sick in a ditch. She has thrived in rescue and regained a thick and silky coat of fur just in time for winter. When she first arrived, Tomomi could not get up and down stairs without our help. Now she easily manages a flight of stairs with gusto. Tomomi came to us deaf but she manages around a multi-dog home with ease. Tomomi recently had her full medical check-up and our vet said she is in great shape for her age. She is slightly anemic but does not have other indicators for concern. Tomomi still has a lot of yeast in her ears so we are currently treating her ears. Our vet noted weakness in her rear legs so we are continuing to provide her joint support. She had already made mobility recovery since coming into rescue but can slide on slippery floors. Tomomi is UTD on core vaccinations, 4Dx negative and medically cleared for adoption.
Tomomi is in a multi-dog home and has gotten along with all the dogs that have come through the house. She is a low energy Shiba that gets very excited at meal time! So much so that she may squeal with delight as we prep her food. While Tomomi can’t hear, she is very responsive to following her foster family in the house or the yard when she sees you ‘calling’ (wave of the hand).
Tomomi will do best in a low energy home where she can curl up on a soft bed and eat delicious raw food that supports her immune system and keeps inflammation at bay. Tomomi has also been around a cat without issue. She doesn’t mind being carried or sitting in your lap but will often enjoy curling up to another Shiba on a soft bed.
Location: Extended (SC/NC/VA/DC/MD/PA/DE/WV)
Weight: 15 lbs (18lbs 11/21/17 stay)
Intake Date: 8/18/17
Available Date: 11/21/17
Considerations: Allergy Dog. "Species-appropriate, nutrient-dense, diverse and rotated, clean, raw diet," minimal vaccination protocol, environmental considerations.