"A library should be like a pair of open arms."
~Roger Rosenblatt
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Oregon ~ "Fredi"  

This Shiba Inu is a therapy dog listening to a child read.

Fredi is enjoying the pictures in this book
with her reader.

Fredi is an exceptional example of her breed. In June 2009, at the age of 8-1/2, she won Best in Specialty Show from the Veteran Class. An AKC Champion and International Champion, this mighty little dog is formally known as B.I.S.S. Ch., Int’l Ch. Sagewood’s Mighty Aphrodite, CGC, and registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. She is a member of F.E.T.C.H. Therapy Dogs, R.E.A.D., and she is trained as a Response to Tragedy Dog.

This boy is reading to a Shiba Inu.

Fredi relaxes with a young reader

Fredi and her partner, Charlotte, are a very busy R.E.A.D. team. Fredi works with children at two schools, one in Springfield, Oregon, and the other in Eugene, Oregon. She visits these four students once a week. In addition, she visits resident homes several times a month. Charlotte and Fredi have also made special appearances for dog education at schools and at fairs. 

There is a big smile on this Shiba Inu's face.

Smile for the camera--a perfect pose!

But all work and no play would not be for Fredi. She is a very laid-back girl, and she loves to roll over for a tummy rub, smiling the whole time. Born on Valentine’s Day, Fredi is pure sweetness.

A champion Shiba Inu gets a tummy rub after a busy day.

Tummy rubs feel great after a busy day.

Books about Shiba Inus include:
Hi, It's me...Kazu, by Julie Schmitz
Jojofu, by Michael Waite
Nicholas, you are ... Ridiculous! by Olena Kassian
Silver Charm: A Folktale from Japan, by Robert San Souci

(Click on the titles above for a brief description and convenient ordering information.)

Fredi is a Shiba Inu, a breed native to Japan that may have been used for hunting as early as 300 B.C. In Japanese,“Inu” means dog. "Shiba" means brushwood, a type of tree whose leaves turn red in the fall (similar to the most common color of this breed), but it can also mean small or tiny. Thus, "Shiba Inu" can be translated to "Little Brushwood Dog."  The first Shiba Inu was brought to the United States in 1954 by an armed service family. Their popularity has continued to grow in the States, and they are still the most popular companion dog in Japan.

This is a champion Shiba Inu.

In the arms of love.

The Shiba Inu, like many ancient dog breeds, is associated with traits such as independence, intelligence, and a bold spirit. Because they were originally bred to hunt, they have a high prey drive and should always be kept on a leash unless they’re in a very secure area.  An interesting characteristic of the Shiba Inu is that they like to be clean, going out of their way to avoid puddles and dirt and even licking their paws and legs much like a cat.

A champion Shiba Inu.

Fredi is a winner in more ways than one.

Although a Shiba Inu can be reserved toward strangers, they are loyal and affectionate toward people they trust and respect and are generally known for their good nature.

 

     
 
 
 
 

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