The adventures of Hoku the shiba inu in Southern California!

We found ourselves back in San Diego for a few hours last week and naturally, headed straight for the beach! I never knew I could miss seeing the ocean this much but there’s just something about it that just feels very homey and comforting and just melts all the stress away.

While David was in a meeting (sorry David), Hoku and I walked the entire stretch of La Jolla Shores, past the park, under Scripps Pier and along the cliffs. Dogs are allowed on most San Diego beaches after 6pm until 9am (summer hours) and luckily for us, there weren’t too many other dogs around so we practically had the place to ourselves. It was beyond gorgeous and relaxing and if I could take Hoku for a walk on the beach every day, I think I might just live a few more years. 

And let me tell you, there must be something about sunset at the beach because Hoku was totally copacetic with getting his paws wet this time. He didn’t jump in the water or anything like that, but I think he might have actually enjoyed walking along the edge of the sand and having the tide wash up on his paws. MAGIC hour.

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Happy National Dog Day! 
#TBT to a sunny afternoon by the San Diego harbor when Hoku showed us his Shiba attitude. He cracks us up.

Happy National Dog Day! 

#TBT to a sunny afternoon by the San Diego harbor when Hoku showed us his Shiba attitude. He cracks us up.

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Mochi the shih-tsu and her humans came to visit us last week. At first, Hoku wasn’t too thrilled about a little, white, fluffy shadow following him around and especially having to share his toys (being an only child and all) but he quickly warmed up! The two share what can be best described as an “odd couple, big bro/lil sis” kind of friendship! 

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This is a late post from our day at the Shiba Club of Southern California’s9th Annual Summer Celebration Picnic” at the Yorba Linda Regional Park last month! We had a nice picnic by the lake with lunch courtesy of the bbq masters at Cafe Shiba, took pictures with shiba-sized photo props, and played shiba games. Hoku participated in the musical chairs event where they played “Who Let The Dogs Out” to everyone’s amusement. And even though he was the first one to claim a spot in the first round, another shiba came back, snapped at him and shooed him off! He wasn’t very happy about that (thanks to VM Photography for capturing that moment!) but it was all in good fun and they gave him a little prize pack anyway for playing.  

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Hoku had a doggy reunion with his motley crew of LA friends this past weekend: Mochi the shih-tzu, Charcoal the goldendoodle, Abby the sheltie and Cody the bulldog. He had only been with us for a couple of weeks when we brought him here to meet everyone last February and it’s amazing how much happier and relaxed he was this time. Last year, all he really wanted to do was sit on the side and be left alone while the other dogs played.  

Sadly for us humans, none of the dogs wanted to go on the slide this time for some reason, but they all had fun running amuck in and around the pool. Here are some takeaways from LA Dog Reunion 2014: 

1. You can’t keep a goldendoodle out of the water.

2. Bulldogs are misunderstood by other dogs.

3. If there were a doggy Olympics, shih-tzus would totally dominate the rings event.

4. Out of 20+ attempts to get a decent doggy group picture, two out of three dogs will be sitting nicely in one of the shots and that will be the best take of the day. (Treats help.)  

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