• Est. birth date: 12/29/2016
  • Male, neutered
  • 18 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm negative
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Adoption Fees

Yogi is fostered in Volo, Illinois. 

Meet Yogi, who has affectionately given the formal name of Yogurt by his foster mom because he is so sweet!   Although his history is short (as he is not even 2 years old yet) he is a bit of a mystery - but we can definitely tell you that he truly is a special shiba. 

Yogi is interested in everyone and everything!  He immediately fit in well with his two foster shiba brothers (ages 4 and 8).  Although his foster parents have not seen him interact with children, he is very gentle with play and seems to have a very quick understanding and respect of boundaries.  Yogi cannot get enough of his foster mom and dad, often shadowing them throughout the house and showering them with tons of kisses. 

Yogi can be often found playing with toys independently, running the shiba 500 outdoors with his foster brothers, or napping on a cool surface in the house.  Loud noises such as vacuums, dropping of objects, etc. do not seem to scare him.  Yogi has great manners as well and knows basic commands such as come and sit.  He would do very well with continued training as he is a very smart boy. 

It was discovered shortly after his arrival to Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue that Yogi had some congenital heart defects.  He had surgery to close his PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) valve in hopes to reduce his grade 6 heart murmur.  Yogi also was diagnosed with the lifelong condition of aortic stenosis.  Treatment focuses on managing the symptoms of congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and fainting episodes.  Activity may need to be restricted in order to prevent fainting or collapse.  Yogi will need to have regular 6 months visits to a cardiologist for the remainder of his life to monitor the murmur and aortic stenosis.

Although some of that can sound a bit scary, Yogi is completely unaware of his conditions as he acts like any other happy and health pups would.  The perfect forever family for Yogi is one that has the time and energy to make sure he gets the attention and love he needs and deserves. 

If you'd like to learn more about this very sweet and special boy, please email his foster mom at bonnie.caputo@lakezurich.org


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.