The adventures of Hoku the shiba inu in Southern California!

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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It’s been a whirlwind past few weeks of packing and moving but I’m happy to say that we are finally getting used to our new groove here in Claremont! Hoku is love love loving his backyard and spends his time relaxing in the shade and guarding the stone walls against lizard intruders.
In the morning, we take a little nature walk through the farm at Pomona College (which uses compost from the dining halls to grow fruits and veggies!) or stroll through the Village, which is super cute and tree-lined and basically the epitome of small town USA. Then in the afternoon, Hoku gets social time at the dog park that’s literally just a 5 minute walk away. Aside from the inland summer heat (it hit 107 two weeks ago!) it’s been a great transition and we are loving it. More pics to come!

It’s been a whirlwind past few weeks of packing and moving but I’m happy to say that we are finally getting used to our new groove here in Claremont! Hoku is love love loving his backyard and spends his time relaxing in the shade and guarding the stone walls against lizard intruders.

In the morning, we take a little nature walk through the farm at Pomona College (which uses compost from the dining halls to grow fruits and veggies!) or stroll through the Village, which is super cute and tree-lined and basically the epitome of small town USA. Then in the afternoon, Hoku gets social time at the dog park that’s literally just a 5 minute walk away. Aside from the inland summer heat (it hit 107 two weeks ago!) it’s been a great transition and we are loving it. More pics to come!

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