Shiitake the puppy


It has been more than 2 weeks into the new year but it is still January so I guess saying ‘Happy New year!’ is still okay. Well, happy new year!

This handsome pup just came to our house three days ago. he was born five months ago in a temple on the mountains by a stray dog mother. All the six puppies were rescued by the age of two months, they were hairless because of mange (skin disease) at that time. They were all named after mushrooms. You can read the story about them in ARK blog.

This one is called Shiitake, this is his profile page. He is gorgeous, smart, but extremely shy. The ARK shelter was hoping that Shiitake will learn to socialize with people and other dogs while he is in foster care.


Because he was so shy and timid, Fuwawa is not as stressed out as she was with the previous foster dogs. I think it is a good way too for Fuwawa to learn living with other dogs.

Shiitake had never interacted with a child before so we were a bit anxious to see how he is with Sidra. It turned out that he immediately liked Sidra. Shiitake always flinched a bit when my husband or I pet him, but he didn’t seem wary when Sidra touched him.

He began to understand the daily routine during the first two days. In the afternoon he can’t wait to go to the living room to sit beside Sidra. He loves to play with Sidra’s feet, licking him and even putting his head on Sidra’s lap. Sidra goes to sleep earlier than my husband and I, and Shiitake goes with him. Here he is giving Sidra a goodnight kiss.


I think I began to get a bit too attached to Shiitake though. He is so sweet and absolutely easy to train. He doesn’t bark, doesn’t chew stuff other than his toys (how does he know what things are okay to chew??), he does his business outside, and he is very observant of things around him. With proper socialization, I think he is perfect for a family dog. Sidra said that he hoped Shiitake will get adopted as soon as possible, before they both get too atached to each other.

Fuwawa having a nap
Fuwawa having a nap

In the sewing department of our home, I haven’t managed to get many things done other than the T-shirt that Shiitake is wearing. I tried to cut a pattern for a jacket yesterday when Fuwawa decided that it was a good time to nap….

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  • fangaroni

    Thank you for sharing these pictures, and for taking such good care of the dogs! Reading your 2013 year end post was great because not only were your garments there but also so many cute dog clothes to admire!

  • Christine

    I love your posts about dogs and sewing – two of my favorite topics!

  • vicki

    I work for a rescue group here in central Florida, Pooch and Poodle, i love doing volunteer work for them I have tried fostering as well. I have three Aussies, and my male is very open to anything , my females however are very pack oriented and do not want anything to do with other dogs other than their pack. they have never harmed another dog they just back and make it very uninviting, I also am hoping fostering will help them to be more open to other puppies. I just transferred 8 dogs to our vets to get checked out and ready for new homes. I think the foster and your own baby are both beautiful.

  • What a sweet puppy! I would have a hard time not getting attached too. He’s so lucky to spend a little time with your family!

  • Shiitake looks so lovely – such a gentle soul.

    And why do pets always sleep on our patterns/material when we want to use them??

    • I think they don’t want to miss whatever fun activity we are doing on the floor lol!

  • What a beautiful dog! I wish I lived nearby so I could adopt him. Maybe he would teach my cat to behave better 🙂

    • Oooo I love how your cat join your pictures! And that’s a wonderful skirt! 🙂

  • I am so happy that these dogs are able to stay with such a sweet, kind family as yours! Shiitake looks like such a great dog– I’m so glad you guys are taking the time to socialize him. How sweet!

  • He looks like such a sweet dog and I’m sure he’ll be loved wherever he ends up. 🙂

  • I really applaud the work you do being a foster mommy to dogs! It would be so hard not to get attached. I loved meeting Shitake! I am sure he will find a good home. 🙂

  • What a sweet dog! Glad he’s getting along so well with Sidra and Fuwawa.

  • Jane

    He looks like a lovely natured dog and will fit in with a family with small children (it can be hard for some rescue dogs). I hope he finds a family as caring as yours.