Est. birth date: 3/9/2011
Current on vaccinations
Bettie is fostered in Machesney Park, Illinois.
Meet Foster Bettie, aka Miss Bettie Boop!
Bettie is a sweet, non aggressive, petite (19 lbs.) 7 yr. old sesame shiba inu. She is a recent breeder release, and is very quiet, docile, and somewhat timid until she gets to spend a little time with you. After a few minutes being held, Bettie will relax and cuddle with you and even sleep next to you. She will also approach you for pets and scratches, and she will follow you around the house when you are active to see what you are doing.
Because she was a breeder mama, she has not been taught any commands or had any training that we can tell. She does not walk on a leash currently but will consistency and practice she’ll be a pro in no time. Bettie is fully house trained; we've not had an accident since she arrived here! Bettie will benefit from some training, probably one on one training will be best as she is timid and will only get frightened in a group setting.
We have not seen any signs of Miss Bettie trying to escape our yard, but we feel a fenced in yard would be best for Bettie as it gives her a sense of security. Because Bettie is timid, and unfamiliar noises will startle her and may cause her to bolt, a fence is highly recommended. Miss Bettie gets along well with her 3 foster sisters, all dogs. It is not known how she will react to cats. We feel she would do best with another calm dog or dogs close to her age and out of puppy stages.
Bettie loves to be outside with her foster sisters and is even sometimes reluctant to come back in! We attach a leash to her and let her drag it around the yard so we can catch up with her when it’s time to come inside. More and more she will wait for us to come and get her, but if there is no leash attached she makes us chase her for a few minutes first - a fun little game for Bettie, for sure! She may begin to come in on her own as the weather gets colder as she doesn't seem to like cold. Miss Bettie didn't know what steps were when she came to us - she only needs to climb one step onto our deck, and she has done it only a couple of times. She can get off the deck on her own now. However, if your home has long staircases, she will need help mastering them.
Bettie has glaucoma in her left eye. Currently she is getting drops in that eye 3 times a day to keep the pressure under control. There are 2 different drops she gets, and she takes them well. The drops are inexpensive, but potential adopters should read about glaucoma in dogs and be aware of the potential problems she may face in the future.
If you are interested in adopting Miss Bettie and are not already an approved MSIR adopter, you are encouraged to fill out an adoption application at the link below.
AN APPLICATION AND HOME VISIT MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ADOPTION.
Any one interested in adopting this dog must first complete an adoption application indicating the name of the dog(s) they are interested in learning more about. Once the adoption application is received, our adoption coordinator will contact you. You must respond to this email to set up your home visit and complete the approval process. The entire adoption process is outlined on our web site.
NOTE: Due to the breed's independent and prey driven nature, Shibas should ALWAYS be leashed whenever they are outside of a securely fenced area. In addition, many Shibas are door bolters and care should be taken around doors and other escape points.