We went to the Cabrillo tidepools today because the weather was just too perfect to be spent indoors. And apparently everyone had the same idea, because it was packed! It was the first time we’ve ever experienced the rock pools at low tide and it was a fantastic wonderland of sea life. Hoku was happy to be able to walk over the rocks and discover new, fishy smells usually hidden below the surface of the water. Caught up in the excitement of being at one of his favorite places in the world, he unknowingly ran into the waves until the ocean water was half way up his legs. And in true Shiba fashion, suddenly remembered that water was the root of all evil and jumped out as quickly as he could.  
Here are some snapshots of the day through the lens of my iPhone!

We went to the Cabrillo tidepools today because the weather was just too perfect to be spent indoors. And apparently everyone had the same idea, because it was packed! It was the first time we’ve ever experienced the rock pools at low tide and it was a fantastic wonderland of sea life. Hoku was happy to be able to walk over the rocks and discover new, fishy smells usually hidden below the surface of the water. Caught up in the excitement of being at one of his favorite places in the world, he unknowingly ran into the waves until the ocean water was half way up his legs. And in true Shiba fashion, suddenly remembered that water was the root of all evil and jumped out as quickly as he could.  

Here are some snapshots of the day through the lens of my iPhone!

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Where does a discerning pup find fashionable eyewear? Eyeglass makers, Warby Parker brings their expertise in eyewear to man’s best friend with their hip canine collection, Warby Barker! (Here, Hoku is modeling the Begley with his best thinker pose.)
Sadly, Warby Barker is not actually real, though it takes the cake as the cutest (and my most favorite) April Fool’s joke ever. How adorable is that pug with the dog-ocle?
Happy April 1st!

Where does a discerning pup find fashionable eyewear? Eyeglass makers, Warby Parker brings their expertise in eyewear to man’s best friend with their hip canine collection, Warby Barker! (Here, Hoku is modeling the Begley with his best thinker pose.)

Sadly, Warby Barker is not actually real, though it takes the cake as the cutest (and my most favorite) April Fool’s joke ever. How adorable is that pug with the dog-ocle?

Happy April 1st!

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We live in a pretty small apartment so whenever we walk past some of the bigger homes in our neighborhood, especially the ones with nice, open green spaces, I get serious yard envy. So until the day comes that we move into a place that has an outdoor space for Hoku to frolic as he pleases, Balboa Park is pretty much our backyard. All 1200 acres!

Last Sunday, we drove down to the park for a change of scenery from our usual neighborhood walking routes. Hoku, by the way, loves having the trunk space in the Outback all to himself with his comfy doggy seat, a panoramic view of the outside world zooming by, and a personalized storage box to keep all his stuff in (thanks Mom!) At the park, we switched him over to his flexi leash and off he went, chasing squirrels up trees, exploring new scents and basically loving the freedom (all 25 feet worth of flexi leash freedom) to just be a doge. 

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Hoku and Kai watched the show with us on the grass, occasionally saying hi to the other dogs in the audience, playing with each other and taking short walks in the shady areas to cool off from the sun. Our neighbors were an elderly couple with a sweet little Shiba named Hana to our right and two ladies with an Akita named Kuma to our left. 

Hoku didn’t react much to being back in the show environment though he did seem to enjoy relaxing next to us, snacking on treats and smugly watching the show dogs from the sidelines (now that the pressure was off of him, of course).  

While asking around to see if Hoku and Kai might be able to participate in future shows (and unfortunately, they can’t because they’re neutered), we coincidentally met Marisa Wilson who’s the current president of the Southern California Shiba Inu Club and one of Hoku’s previous owners who had also bred him. We brought Hoku (or Qing, as she had known him) over to say hi and he recognized her right away, dropping his ears and wagging his tail happily. It was really sweet. Marisa mentioned that Hoku had the bear-like features characteristic of her Shibas and that his nickname used to be Frank Sinatra.  

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We drove up to attend the 28th Annual Beikoku Shiba Inu Aikokai Specialty Show in Gardena, CA this past Sunday. Hoku won first in his class here back in 2012 with his previous owners so I’ve been really interested in attending the event for some time. This year’s expert from the Nihonken Hozonkai (the Japanese equivalent of the AKC) was Yoshikuni Tanozaki who flew in from Japan to judge the Shibas based on Japanese breed standards.

We found a nice spot on the grass and watched as Shibas from each gender+category stepped inside the ring to be judged. First, the Shiba would stand nice and upright with their leash held straight in the air while the judge walked around them. He would then measure the Shiba’s height with a ruler and examine the inside of their mouth. And finally the handler and dog would sprightly walk in a circle before returning to the judge, who would bow and thank them for participating. 

My favorite part of the show was the competition for Best Puppy. Though all the pups were all 100% certifiably adorable (especially the black and tan puppy who had a smile that could melt the coldest of hearts), the title went to the red Shiba puppy with the red leash. 

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