John Rambo


  • Est. birth date: 3/14/2002
  • Male, neutered
  • 26.8 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm negative
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Adoption Fees

John Rambo is fostered in Wausau, Wisconsin. 

Hello, my foster parents call me John Rambo, but I don't really respond to any name yet.  I wish I could tell my foster parents what I've been through in life, but they'll just have to wonder.  My papers say I'm 15, but I trot around like I'm 11 and I love my foster sisters.  I run in circles while my puppy sister chases me and nips at me.  My humans worry that the puppy bothers me, but when they take her away from me, I go up to them and ask for her back.  I love my 11 year old sister, but she keeps running up stairs and I can't do stairs (yet?).  I would like a home with room for me to run my laps. 

I'm very shy around humans, especially when they move fast or make sudden noises.  They've been very patient with me and now I'll go and sniff them and even let them touch me if they move slowly.  I really like to be scratched and brushed!  Since I'm afraid of humans they keep a leash on me as much as possible.  Sometimes I'll even come to them when they ask nicely, but I usually don't come inside on my own and they usually have to grab the end of the leash when I pass by.  I love outside so either an owner with a yard or someone who will take me on lots of walks would be very helpful for me. 

I also love hiking in the woods.  I can easily do 2 miles if we don't go too fast and I'm pretty good on the leash.  I like to stay right on my humans' heels with a small constant tension on the leash to guide me.  I really enjoy walking but because I'm an older guy I can't go super fast yet.  I might have some vision problems, but the doc says nothing to be concerned about.  

Since I spent most of my life at a commercial breeder, I am not quite housebroken but I am learning not to potty inside and I'm really good with #2 outside.  I might need a belly band when inside until I learn better to hold and only go outside. 

I would really like a home with another dog because they make me feel safe.  I don't know if I like kids or cats but I like slow patient humans.  I would really love someone very special to live out the rest of my days with. If your home sounds good for me please e-mail my foster dad


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.