i am taro.
i’m a small, red, male shiba inu. so small, in fact, that i’m technically a mameshiba. everyone says i look like a fox, but i can assure you: i’m all shiba.
i own two humans—kai & tra. i allow them to do things for me, including these posts. as we say on twitter, it’s #shibamindcontrol!
hi there! i’m taro, a small, red, male shiba. i’m trying to figure out which photo to submit to project dog (i’m in the rescue category).
can you help me?
my #ShibaMindControl last night was epic.
got male human to take me to Mitchell Dog Park. 1 mile walk each way. except… i used my Shiba powers to make my male human lose his keys at the park! success! result: 2 trips to Mitchell Dog Park.
(male human @OBEYshiba eventually got his keys back)
The last couple of nights at the dog park, I’ve been barking quite a bit. But all the people I bark at have one thing in common: they’re smokers.
Most of the time at the park, I’ll just be minding my own business—I sniff around, ignore the dogs that I feel superior to, and maybe even play a bit with my humans (I choose to be nice to them sometimes). Then, to my humans’ surprise, I’ll run as fast as I can and bark/borderline-howl directly in front of any smoker who is sitting down.
The thing that really puzzles my humans is that the smokers don’t have to be smoking to make me want to bark. If someone’s standing and smoking, we’re fine. But, if that smoker should sit down, smoking or not, there’s a 75% chance I will feel compelled to bark at them.
My humans have seen this phenomenon before; when some of our cigarette-loving family friends come over, it takes me forever to be comfortable around them. I’ll occasionally erupt into barking mini-fits around these family friends, even though I know it’s ‘wrong’ (the pet communicator, Dr. Monica, told my humans that my shiba mom taught me not to bark & that I know it’s wrong). My humans can usually calm me down quickly and without incident, and after a while I revert to my normal semi-loving, semi-aloof, trouble-making self. Yet, there’s something about these smokers just makes me want to bark…
My humans think that this smoker-directed barking is a bit weird. They think that when I was a pup (before they rescued me from Shiba Inu Rescue Association), I might have known a smoker human who wasn’t so nice to me. I insist that it’s just part of my wonderfully unique shiba personality. We have struck a deal, agreeing to disagree, on the condition that there are treats forthcoming.
Anyway, do any of you shibas out there do this? Let me know in the comments or on twitter (@_tar0_).
last chance to vote!
please let me know which photo i should use for my project dog profile. respond here in the comments or via my twitter (@_tar0_).
thanks for the help, everyone!
my humans have a goal. it’s a simple one, but they hope to achieve it nonetheless. what is it? they hope to get a picture of me onto a post on consumerist.com.
the one problem is, consumerist.com doesn’t talk much about dogs (unless there’s a recall on kibble). so, i used my #ShibaMindControl to impart to my humans an ingenious idea: take pictures of me with different brands in our house. it’ll maximize the potential opportunities for me to be the lead photo of a post!
starting on 8/17, i’ll give you our first taro shiba advertisement… stay tuned, shibas! (and feel free to start your own shiba advertisement galleries!)
taro’s first shiba advertisement: netflix! i love those envelopes. i steal them every chance i get… delicious and fun to shred, they get the taro shiba seal of approval.
UPDATE: fellow shiba Zuko (@demondogsports) informs us that just 1 day after this advertisement we had this headline “Netflix Stock Continues To Defy Gravity: Up Another 30% In 2 Weeks.” it looks like this advertisement worked!
UPDATE 2: this photo was on the hacking netflix flickr feed (screenshot).