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Treat me kindly, my beloved parents, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than this loving heart of mine.


Do not break my spirit with a stick, for although I might lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me know.


Speak to me often, for your voices are the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your foot step falls upon my waiting ear.


Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a part of your family, no longer accustom to the bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the fireplace.


Keep my dish filled with fresh water for, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst, feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life.


And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, don't make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun. Please see to it that my life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw my fate was always safest in your hands. Knowing that with our memories, we will always be one.


With Unconditional Love,


Nikko

 

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The Shiba Inu (柴犬, shiba inu or shiba ken?) is the smallest of the six original and distinct breeds of dog from Japan.


A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting. It is similar in appearance to the Akita, though much smaller in stature.


Inu is the Japanese word for dog, but the "Shiba" prefix's origin are less clear. The word shiba usually refers to a type of red shrub. This leads some to believe that the Shiba was named with this in mind, either because the dogs were used to hunt in wild shrubs, or because the most common color of the Shiba Inu is a red color similar to that of the shrubs. However, in old Japanese, the word shiba also had the meaning of "small", thus this might be a reference to the dog's small size. Therefore, the Shiba Inu is sometimes translated as "Little Brushwood Dog".


Shiba Inu on Wikipedia