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The Suki Wash

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It’s been quite a while since Suki had her last bath, and today was the day. Do you think Suki has any idea what she’s in for at today’s pet store visit?  My guess is no!

The Shiba Inu is a very fastidious and clean animal, so we don’t need to do this too often. I still remember when I gave Suki her very first bath. She was about 10 weeks old. Soon as the water hit her, she let out the famous Shiba Scream. Good night! You’d think I was pouring hot lava on her or something.

Nowadays, she still hates taking baths (or getting wet in general…what are you Suki, a cat?!), but nevertheless tolerates the process:


We’re currently treating Suki’s “allergy eyes.” She gets them every spring for about a month at a a time. Poor itchy-eye’d Suki.




There, good as new. Extra fluffy…and after a day, she still smells like mango. =)


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G

Written by Jonathan

February 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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  1. Love it man! I want a Mango Shiba. 🙂

    Josh Liba

    February 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

  2. haha! so cute! love that last photo with her tongue sticking out a bit. she is just like a cat, except my cats would never just sit there obediently letting us wash them. i’m lucky that cats are self-cleaning machines. their fur smells better than my hair (and they don’t need any expensive hair products 🙂


    February 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

  3. She’s soooo good & calm in shower!


    February 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

  4. Oh man, that is the most entertaining post I’ve seen from anyone in ages lol. Love how Suki looks so calm in the bath. She’s come a long way I guess? Kind of curious about what that Shiba scream sounds like though haha

    Kelven Ng

    February 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  5. I love the spin picture and the last picture you got of Suki. It’s like she’s saying “this is what I think of baths: meeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

    You’re quite lucky that Suki tolerates the dryer, Mika hates that thing near his face.


    February 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  6. LOVE this post, honies! I feel so blessed that Suki has improved so much since she was an incorrigible puppy.


    February 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

  7. mango, good choice! Suki looks like she is wearing eyeliner.


    February 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

  8. I love how she is sticking her tongue out in the last pic, so aptly expressing how she feels about the whole bath process!

    Sabrina Abney

    February 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm

  9. I think this is a fun post as well. I may try to get out of washing our pup so I can “document” the experience as well…good idea 😉


    February 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

  10. I heard if you give your pets Children’s Benadryll, it can help with their allergies! Suki’s so cute! :3


    February 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

  11. Hahahaha! Zuko knows that exact same location I think. Market St.? 🙂 Love that last photo where she is sticking her tongue out at you!

    Zuko's mom

    February 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

  12. Thanks for the comments everyone!

    Zuko’s Mom: We’ve been to the market one I believe, but this particular one was in Daly City =)


    February 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

  13. She looks like she took the bath very well!
    How’re her allergy eyes? Just curious what kind of treatment you use for her allergies. Given my shiba’s hellish battle with allergies last summer, we’re very interested in what others are doing, too!


    March 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    • Thanks for the comment! We had to take her to the vet. She’s currently taking antihistamine daily. Along with some steroid treatment, she was able to get through the allergy season pretty well this year =)


      March 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

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