OUR STORY

Behind Mountain Shiba

We are dog parents to two beautiful Shiba Inu's, Rukia and Saki, who graced us with their presence in 2013 and became a part of our family. Throughout the years they have taught us to relax, unwind and appreciate the little things in life.  As dog parents, we wanted to give them the best of everything and that was our motivation for creating Mountain Shiba.  Our dogs are fun-loving, silly, adventure-seeking girls, but most of all, they are family.

In the Fall of 2015 life took us on the road less traveled and we stumbled upon Bryson City, located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.  It was there that our love of the mountains and our passion for Shiba Inu's inspired the name behind the brand.

One Adventure at a Time

Exploring new grounds with the family dog is what it's all about.

Our goal is simple: to inspire dog parents to seek off-road adventures while outfitting dogs with rugged luxury gear.

Our Story

Back in 2013, our son expressed an interest in having a dog, as he'd never had the experience of taking care of one before. At first, his dad was adamantly against the idea, but quickly changed his mind when he learned more about the Shiba Inu.

It was then, ironically, that his father began to do all the research on these dogs and after about a month or so of visitations, we finally stumbled upon our first Shiba Inu. Rukia was so full of energy and had such a spirit about her so we knew she was the one.

It was a real learning experience for us, very akin to bringing home a baby from the hospital and having to prep the house to make sure it was a safe environment for the puppy. The main difference being that this baby was always on the floor and didn't wear diapers, meaning there were a few mishaps in the early days.

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Rukia adjusted quickly and became quite comfortable with her surroundings. Although, we noticed that there were times when she seemed a bit underwhelmed. She needed a sister. And so, just three months later, our second Shiba Inu, Saki came into our lives. At first, it didn't go too well, as the established one saw the newcomer as a threat to her dominance ~ but over time they learned to co-exist. Now they do almost everything together; they play (ruff), eat (with one often finishing the leftovers), sleep (lightly), and bark at strangers. Well, howl...

They may sound like "the average dog", but it's during those in-between moments that their personalities shine. Saki will do anything you say, and Rukia wants everything her way. Rukia is better with people, and Saki is better with dogs. And likewise, they both take different approaches to the unfamiliar and the new. Each day is an adventure. Not only have they changed our entire world, but they have enriched our lives in ways that are unimaginable. They are family!

 

Rukia and Saki - The inspiration behind Mountain Shiba

Some dogs are more suited than others towards outdoor adventures. Even outings can be a struggle at times. All dogs have different levels of potential. Some you can go on a hike with, and others, to an outdoor café. It doesn't matter where your furry family member is from, or what they're used to, whether they be country dogs, or city dogs, or even suburban dogs - it's about giving them exposure.

When you bring the family dog on all your adventures, the journey becomes enhanced. Whether it's a cross-country trip or a walk in the park, the greatest joy is knowing that your furry family member is right by your side.

Bring your Dog on Your Next Adventure!

Your Dog's Next Journey Awaits

Find the best rugged luxury gear & accessories for your furry family member.