Yuri was with a Shiba Inu rescue but he was having terrible difficulties recovering from a sad life in a puppy mill. Shibas are very smart and sensitive animals--trust in humans does not always come easy to them once they have been neglected or mistreated. Caregivers and volunteers have worked and worked to convince Yuri that not all humans are mean. He finally began to believe that. He is still a bit wary of strangers but Yuri adores the people he loves. He gets very excited to go on his leash walks, and when he is let loose to romp in the big yards he will wait to be re-leashed when it is time to go back indoors. He has even begun to ask for belly rubs, which is a huge improvement. Yuri would do best with a confident female dog who would be happy to show him the ropes.