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OUR STORY

Behind Mountain Shiba

In 2013 our Shiba Inu's, Rukia and Saki became a part of our family and our lives changed forever.  The memories, destinations and adventures with our dogs gave us the  passion to create Mountain Shiba.

One Adventure at a Time

We understand that an appreciation for the outdoors and exploring new grounds with your dog is what it's all about. Our goal is simple. We want to enhance your family adventures by providing our customers with the highest quality dog gear and dog-parent products available in the industry.  Our collection of products has to be good enough for Rukia and Saki or we will not sell them on our website.

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

Rukia and Saki are the reason we created 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 friends are 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.

It was on a trip to Bryson City in the Western North Carolina Smoky Mountains that the idea for Mountain Shiba was born. We realized there was a need for high quality adventure and urban gear for the family dog.  Dogs are our passion and we want to help you break whatever limitations may currently be in place to get you going on your adventures, even if it's just for a walk in the park on a sunny afternoon.

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