• Est. birth date: 4/14/2010
  • Female, Spayed
  • 19 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm negative
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Adoption Fees

Harumi is fostered in Fargo, North Dakota.

My name is Harumi ("spring beauty" in Japanese) and I am an adorably sweet, petite little princess who was recently released from 7 years with a commercial breeder. Because of my past life, I am a little fearful, timid and shy. I am slowly warming up to my foster family and have shown a lot of progress since being in foster care. My furever home will need to have patience and take good quality time to work with me so that I can learn to trust people and do other things that dogs do - like walk on a leash, snuggle in your lap, and learn simple commands like sitting for treats.
When my foster parents are not home they keep me in a large crate full of soft blankets and a nice fluffy pet bed, but they let me roam free when they are home, even at night and I really like that. Sometimes at night I will curl up next to my foster mom for a short time, and then I will quietly leave and find a spot on the couch or in one of the pet beds where I will sleep until morning.
My foster mom says I am very quiet and well-behaved; I don’t get into anything I shouldn’t, unlike one of the other Shibas in their house! I do have some typical Shiba traits, when I’m not happy I will sing the song of my people to let them know (insert the Shiba squeal).
I am learning to walk on a leash with a secure harness and Martingale collar hooked together, and our walks are getting better and more fun each time.  Like other shibas, I really like to chase after squirrels and rabbits.  I really love being outside and roaming in my foster home’s fenced yard; in fact, sometimes I don’t want to come back in.
I do really like the three other Shibas who live in my foster home and the resident cat that lives here.  After almost three weeks in my foster home I have been following the other dogs lead, they have a lot of toys here and I have just recently discovered how much fun they are to play with! It’s nice to feel happy about life and run free.  I would love to have another dog to play with and learn from.  I’ve even started competing in the Shiba 500 race around the yard, one of these days I’m sure I’ll win it!
Harumi needs extensive dental work as her teeth were in very bad shape when she arrived at MSIR. She is scheduled to have a dental June 1st, and will need a little time to recover before going to her new home.

If you are interested in Harumi, and want a sweet girl to pamper and shower with much needed love, you can email the foster home at ndsublondern@gmail.com to learn more about her. 


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.