The adventures of Hoku the shiba inu in Southern California!

There’s a breezy grassy area in front of the Board of Education building in our neighborhood that becomes an unofficial dog run every afternoon. Hoku loves hanging out there with his good friends Kai and Dexter the Doodle, who’s the sweetest, friendliest fur ball you’ll ever meet. He loves chasing balls (he can fit three in his mouth!) and his hair looks awesome in the wind when he’s running. Dexter’s dad always gives the best treats so whenever he has treats out, the three pups will magically appear, sitting nicely in front of him within seconds looking up patiently with their cutest food-summoning eyes. 

While Kai and Dexter run around and chase balls like normal dogs do, Hoku likes to relax in the grass and chase flies and grasshoppers. Yesterday, he actually caught a grasshopper and ate it (second to last picture) even though it didn’t seem like it was very tasty from his expression. 

Hoku will miss his awesome BOE doggy crew and hopefully will find some new friends up in LA! 

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Here’s part 2 of our San Marcos hike! (See part 1.)

After taking a long water and snack break at the top, we began our trek down the mountain. We assumed the downhill journey would be easier for the doges, but with the hour close to noon and the sun beating down on us, they beelined towards every shady spot they could find to lie down. With each rest and water break, it became harder and harder to get them back on their feet. When we finally made it back to the car, the AC was cranked up high and both dogs dozed off happily, feeling accomplished and completely beat.

All in all, it was a fantastic way to spend our last weekend in San Diego. Hoku is going to miss his BFF Kai, who will always be his #1 walking/ hiking/ lizard-chasing/ body-bumping Shiba brother from another mother!

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This 4th of July weekend, Hoku and I tagged along with Irene and Russ (Kai’s friend beasts) to hike San Marcos, a lesser known trail that leads through shrubs, over boulders, past a communications tower and finally to the top of a hill where stands an American flag. In stark difference to Cowles Mountain, we didn’t see a single other hiker on the trail. And thankfully, also no rattlesnakes or mountain lions. Having hiked the trail a couple times before, Kai expertly led the way off-leash while Hoku followed closely on his long leash. It was a hot day, but the pups were troopers and made it all the way to the top, fearlessly scaling the boulders like pros! The top of hike offered a nice breeze and views of the coastline with Carlsbad directly to the west of us. 

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We’re so happy for Taylor and his people to be moving into a cute little house in our neighborhood! They were nice enough to give us a tour while the pups happily romped around the big empty space. Taylor and Hoku had fun grazing on the grass, relaxing in the shady spots and chasing each other around the front yard. Taylor was Hoku’s first friend in University Heights (matching Ezydog harness friends forever) so he and his mom and dad will be dearly missed when we move!

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We took Hoku and Kai down to the Coronado dog beach this morning. It’s considered by many to be one of the best dog beaches in Southern California and is basically a little stretch of sand with a fence that separates it from the naval base on one end, and just a sign on the other end to indicate where the beach is for people only. I was pleasantly surprised at how clean and not smelly the beach was. And also how well-mannered and friendly all the dogs were.

It was Hoku’s first time at an off-leash beach and in typical shiba style, kept a healthy distance from the water while Kai dug holes and played in the waves with all the other normal, water-loving dogs. Hoku found other ways to entertain himself though and realized a new passion in life for chasing low-flying sea birds towards the naval base fence, which we discovered has perfect, shiba-sized holes. Luckily, Hoku stopped running when he reached the fence, but Kai proceeded to help himself through and take his time exploring the other side while us humans tried to lure him back with treats. 

Overall, it was a fun morning for the pups though Hoku lost his leash-free privileges after running after the birds for a second time and continuing to ignore our calls for him to come back to us. I would say that Coronado dog beach is almost perfect. I so wish it was completely fenced off and that the naval fence didn’t have such big holes in it. We really loved spending time with Hoku at the beach (such a nice change of scenery from our usual hikes and walks) but unfortunately can’t completely relax there knowing that he might run off. If we ever decide to go back though, Hoku 100% needs to work on his recall with distractions! 

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