Tadpole ("Taddie")


  • Est. birth date: 10/29/2015
  • Female, Spayed
  • 16.4 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm negative
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Special needs
  • Adoption Fees

Taddie is a Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue dog fostered in Lake Bluff, Illinois.  

Taddie is a candidate for out-of-territory adoptions.  If you are not located in the Midwest but are interested in adopting Taddie, please email adoptions@shibarescue.org.

Tadpole, or "Taddie", is just over a year old and is looking for a special forever home.  Taddie has not had the easiest life so far, but she has consistently shown such courage and bravery with a fantastic love of life.  Taddie was born blind and has mild seizures which are controlled by daily medications.  Taddie also has a luxating patella in one knee, but her vet assures us she is not a candidate for surgery at this time as it will not improve her quality of life.

Ideally, Taddie would love a quiet home as the only dog or with a mellow sibling.  She has trouble with stairs and slick flooring.  A one story hours with lots of carpet would be best.  Her foster home has worked extremely hard in setting up a routine for Taddie which helps her with her daily life, as well as with potty training.  While Taddie does occasionally have an accident in the house, her foster parents are confident with continued training this is something she will easily overcome.

Since arriving at her foster home Taddie is quickly learning how to be handled and has become quite fond of couch-cuddling, ear scratches, and belly rubs.  While Taddie may never be a lap dog (what shiba really is), she will happily lay by you on the couch.  Because of Taddie's knee, she won't be taking any log walks or runs, but she loves to be outside.  

When nervous, Taddie grinds her teeth until she calms down.  During this time, it's best to let her calm down on her own.  Her food aggression as well as her nervousness is getting better each day with lots of love and reassurance from her foster home.  Taddie's forever home should be aware that extra patience and love will be required as she settles in to a new environment.

If you feel like you could provide Taddie the perfect forever home, and don't mind her medical issues, email her foster parents at rreilly@knauz.com to learn more.


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.