Neither do we. Our Shibas, Rukia and Saki came into our lives in 2013 and that’s when our adventure began. It only took a few months after my husband and I became dog parents to realize that our world had forever changed. Suddenly, the simple life made so much sense. From the very first adventure, our Shibas taught us a valuable lesson – that we should live each day like a new adventure!
It’s all about the dog life…
Do you remember what your life was like before dogs?
In the beginning, we wanted to give Rukia and Saki the best of everything… and it all started with a Kenyan Collection collar that I purchased online. At that moment, it was clear to me that I would never sacrifice quality on any product that my dogs needed.
It wasn’t until the Fall of 2015 that our path would lead us in a different direction. After watching an HGTV show about Bryson City, NC, we decided to take a four day trip on a whim. I’ve always loved the mountains and this town felt like home to me. One night while we were walking in downtown Bryson City the vision for our brand was born and we named our company Mountain Shiba – after our two greatest loves.
I know your dog means the world to you because we are dog parents too. We’ve partnered with some of the best brands in the industry and offer products that are of the highest quality. Our dog gear has been tested by our own pups and our ambassadors. Our goal is really simple. We want to inspire you to have fun with your dog on all your outdoor adventures.
We’re a family business and I like to think of our customers as friends. If you ever have questions or comments, just give us a howl or connect with us on Instagram @mountainshiba
Arlet & Ralph, Founders
Behind Mountain Shiba
In 2013 our son expressed an interest in having a dog. At first, his dad was 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.
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, making each day an adventure.
Our Chief Pup Officers
Rukia “Little Bear”
The boss of everything!
Saki “Little Fox”
Security freak and quality control manager!
Luna “Little Wolf”
Product tester. Model in training. Only works for treats!
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These collars go great with the matching waterproof leash! Waterproof is the way to go if taking your pup on a water adventure, high chance of rain or if the area is muddy. These collars are very easy to clean!Elise Petersen
Absolutely love this collection of toys! They are so unique, our pup loves them! I think these are the coolest toys we have ever ordered! Definitely plan on ordering more collections! Thank you!Lynne Henson
This collar is absolutely stunning. Great colors, craftsmanship and quality!Jennifer H.