I ’m a Finnish woman living in the country side with my dear family which includes also five Shibas. Our shibas Harumi, Seita, Ilona, Myobu and Muru are always pleased as I make a new (soft) Shiba or blanket and they participate willingly on taking pictures. What I think is very sweet, is that Harumi seems to be always especially satisfied as a new black and tan puppy is born and Inari has been looking more for the red puppies.
After the puppies are "born" my daughter takes good care of them until they are old enough to be exported to their new homes. She has also been helping by drawing pictures to the “export” pedigrees we created to follow each puppy not to forget the early show training and other things which needs to be done with the pups.
As making blankets I usually get shiba help - and lovely kisses.
If you want to find out more you may also visit http://inaridou.blogspot.fi/ where I post time to time about Shiba related things - you may even find a nice Birthday cake recipe for your own Shiba!