taro the shiba

Fallout from a Rainy Walk/Trip to the Dog Park
Time: This conversation took place at 9:10pm 8.17.2010.
@OBEYshiba: just took a 20 minute walk with @_tar0_; drizzling when we started, pouring before we got home. #VeryWetShiba
@_tar0_: hey @OBEYshiba, you know when I sat in mud 5x at the dog park? and did the shiba zoomies 500 after we got home? payback. #VeryWetShiba
@OBEYshiba: if you keep up the payback but don't let @tli330 and i towel you off, it'll be shiba bath time! #VeryWetShiba
@_tar0_: :::calms down, sits and waits to be toweled off, snuggles with towel::: i'm good! i'm dry! no bath necessary! #CleanEnoughShiba

shibas just love to be under furniture

Yesterday, Dakota (@DakotaTheInu) tweeted:

Crawling under the recliner. What’s wrong wif dat?



Keido under the desk

 Earlier this week, Keido (@Keido) posted this photo (left) showing himself

 under his human’s office desk.







phineas the shiba under the bed

And, before that, Phineas (@PhineastheShiba) posted this photo (right) of   himself under his humans’ bed.





well, i, taro, wanted to join in the under-the-furniture trend (which i love to do!).
here are two recent photos of me under the couch. enjoy!


taro (@_tar0_) under the couch 1


taro (@_tar0) under the couch 2



UPDATE: Keido (@Keido) told us about another shiba under furniture. This time it’s Niko of Our Shiba Inu under a table.

blog roundup & final photo choice for project dog

hi shibas! 2 items today.



1) i’m going to start a links page. please suggest some good shiba blogs and links so i don’t miss any. and, if you like my blog, please add it to your blog roll.



2) my humans will *finally* submit my profile to project dog this weekend. the clear winner in the contest was photo 1 (taro is king of the mountain!).  thanks all for voting!


Taro Shiba is King of the Mountainhowever, there was a bit of a snag… the photo submission size is pretty constricted. and, as cool as the king of the mountain photo is, it’s pretty hard to see me, even after cropping. so, i’m giving you one last chance to weigh in: if you think it’s too difficult to see me in the cropped version of the king of the mountain photo (left), please tell me. if enough people suggest it, i’ll make my humans switch it to a different photo. thx!

Dog Hit By Car: A Guest Post by my Human, Kai

my fellow shibas,


i’m allowing my human, kai, to write about our experience with the dog who was hit by a car just a couple of nights ago. it’s a little sad, but not graphic. you can read the full entry after the jump below.


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dear human,

try as you might, i have no intention of urinating outside during this rainy thunderstorm. if you do not immediately return me to my warm, dry home, i will allow you to become thoroughly soaked by the rain, consequently causing you to appear increasingly foolish for being unable to get your dog to micturate…

your move.

taro the shiba, night of 8.21.2010

we spend at least an hour every saturday morning at mitchell park in tempe. this time, my human remembered to bring the camera. while he snapped quite a few photos, this one stood out as one of our favorite outdoor sit/pose/smile shots. hope you like it, too.


UPDATE: this photo and description made it onto FYEAHSHIBAINU.

it’s tuesday, and that means more taro shiba advertisements!


last week’s advertisement for netflix was a success. although my humans didn’t get me into last week’s consumerist.com friday flickr finds, we did, according to fellow shiba Zuko (@demondogsports), increase netflix’s stock price (article here). we also made it onto the hacking netflix flickr feed (screenshot). also, in a late update, one of the pictures from the taro shiba advertisement for netflix was used in this article in the consumerist on 8-31-2010. so, all-in-all, a good week.


this week, i did a taro shiba advertisement for starbucks. my humans like to get these on saturday mornings after our trip to the dog park. i always try to lick them… the whipped cream is delicious!


hope you enjoy these as much as i did when i was letting my humans take these pics!


UPDATE: this photo set made it onto FYEAHSHIBAINU.

my humans call me the CEO. i stay up late to play and i get up early to ‘take care of business.’ i keep everyone on schedule—my schedule. and when my humans don’t adequately fulfill their shiba-related duties, i intimidate them with my shiba-stare.

shiba taro (@_tar0_) gives a shiba stare!  taro the shiba

what is wrong with my leg?

during my last trip to the dog park last night, something happened to my leg.


i was playing with a pack of dogs. although all of them were much bigger, none of them were doing anything untoward. we were all about to play ‘chase the taro,’ but as i started, something went wrong in my leg.


i screamed and cried, half-running. i sat down so the dogs would know my playtime was over. my human ran to stand above me and keep other dogs from sniffing me (really, dogs, it’s not nice to take advantage of an injury as an opportunity to sniff butts). i kept crying, with little shiba screams once in a while.


my back left leg was all tight. i was sitting but it was off-the-ground, almost curled up back into my body. my human tried to see if i would calm down by myself and just stretch it out. after a minute, he figured out that i wanted to be picked up and loved.


my human grabbed me and i finally stopped crying. he stretched my leg a little bit and that seemed OK. he put me back down and i limped a little before stretching it out fully. my humans even let me walk home (almost a mile!)—i seemed to be moving OK with just a little limp that gradually went away.


we stopped at the small dog run on our way home. my humans said i was moving about 90% normally, and figured i’d be OK.


but now, it’s the next morning. after a long sleep, i don’t know if my leg is tight or if it’s just plain messed up. my human is convinced my kneecap has slipped. i won’t put pressure on it now—it feels weird. even when i move around on the bed, i’m holding that leg up and limping. if i walk around a bit, i’ll stretch it out and put some more pressure on it. but not full pressure. not this morning, anyway.


i’m not crying, because i’m tough. but i have huffed myself into a little ball on the bed. i want whatever is wrong with my leg to end. my humans are giving me lots and lots of hugs. humans say they’ll come home early (YEAH!) to take me to the vet (BOO!). so, i guess i’ll let all you shibas find out what happens later tonight, either on here or @_tar0_ on twittter.