Today is the last day of November so I still have time to get this post in before everything becomes all about the next big holiday.
I’ve been working this post out in my head since just before Thanksgiving, but after cooking a full feast last Saturday, on my own and for around twelve people, I needed a few days for clean up and recouping.
I spent a lot of time this Thanksgiving really thinking about the past year and what I’m thankful for. This past spring, Brian lost his job on the east coast when the company went bankrupt. Job stability is not common in the video game industry, but the loss still blindsided us and the other 300+ people working there. Following that, we drove across the country, back to Phoenix. Shortly after arriving, Brian was offered a new job at a studio in Orange County so we headed out there. Since then, we got Kyota and got married. Those two are the two things I am most thankful for.
But mainly Kyota. I had a lot of apprehension about getting a dog, especially a shiba inu because I’d heard how difficult they can be and stubborn. Since we have had Kyo, he has been nothing but perfect for us. I can’t but cuddle him throughout the day and I can just lose myself from petting his soft, plush fur. Getting to wake up every day with a great husband and a great dog what makes me happiest.
Now, back to the large feast I mentioned earlier. That was a big step with Kyota because I’ve noticed he is pretty protective of his home territory. He’s fine meeting other dogs out on walks, but if he runs into one in the breezeway outside our door, he makes it known that they are in his territory. So having 12+/- guests in our apartment was new for him, especially with people he hadn’t met. When the guests arrived, I instructed them to give him a bit of time by ignoring him, not talking to him or making eye contact. That way he could sniff around and warm up to people on his own terms.
Kyota decides our friend Klimas isn’t that bad after all
Kyota took it all well and he did get a bit barky at a few people, mainly when they made sudden moves to say hi. Towards the end of the night he was happy to find a quiet part of the house and take a nap.
Kyota watching everyone play a card game.
As soon as everyone had left, Kyota seemed quite overjoyed and started bouncing around with his bone, probably excited that everyone left and nobody took him with them.