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01/11/14: This is Sugar. She is at least a 10 year old (probably older) purebred shiba inu who was most definitely used for breeding. She is special needs in the fact that she is extremely skittish about everything. She is completely unfamiliar with a leash and had never been up or down stairs prior to coming to her foster home a couple of weeks ago. She also didn't want anything to do with the snow storm we had this past weekend in fact she wouldn't go outside (she would stand and scratch at the door to come back in) for two days when there was snow on the ground (although she didn't have an accident during this whole time). I think she may have never seen snow before either?? Her breed is bred to hunt the mountains of Japan so it should be her natural habitat so I believe she has led a very contained life and was just used for breeding. She hunches down when u pick her up and prefers to just stay on the bed. Otherwise she is as sweet as sugar, hence, her name. She loves to have her face rubbed (she closes her eyes as if "this feels so good"). As you will see in the pictures the few times she gets off the bed is to gather the stuffed toys which she picks up very gently and brings them to lay next to her as if they are her babies. She pretty much ignores the other 5 dogs in the home except to snap at them if they bother her "babies" too much. I believe she has had many litters. In fact when she was spayed she had pyometra and infection of her uterus, which was completely infected with pus. She was lucky it didnt' burst. She also had the worse teeth I had ever seen, they were completely black. They are nice and clean now, but she did have to have 6 of them removed. She will require a very quiet home that has easy access to go outside to do her business and understand that she has probably had a hard life and just needs security and time to adjust. She has amazingly only had one accident in the home, but that is not unusual for the shiba breed. They do not like to go where they live. Sugar's adoption fee is $145.00. If you are interested in adopting, go to our home page at www.partnersforpetsil.org/ Applications are found on the left side of this site. Please visit our adoptable pets at PetSmart in O'Fallon, IL every Saturday or the Glen Carbon, IL PetSmart the 1st Saturday of the month and every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If there is a dog in particular you would like to meet at PetSmart, be sure to email and inquire whether that dog will be at that particular PetSmart that day.