My name is Taro. I am a small, red, male Shiba.
And, I love to travel.
Car rides, hikes, city treks: you name it, I love it.
So, when @PEOPLEpets asked what my dream vacation is… I had to enter.
My dream vacation is a trip from my pack’s home in Phoenix to much cooler, much greener San Francisco.
Why do I want to go there?
What would I do there?
Oh, so many things! San Francisco is a veritable doggy paradise. I would take my humans everywhere!
We’d go to the beach! I love the beach!
We’d see the Golden Gate Bridge (I wonder if I can mark it to tell
other dogs and humans it’s mine?)
My humans would drive me to wine country to feel the cool breeze and maybe, just maybe, I could flavor the future vintages with my own scent!
My humans would also drive me to the redwood forest…
…I could be camouflaged with my red shiba coat!
I’d take my female human shopping:
My humans would take me to Japantown (Shibas are Japanese after all) and I’d eat
sushi! My humans already feed me a raw diet (helps with my allergies), so my stomach
is already prepared to chow down on some salmon, tuna and kelp!
Then, we’d go to the main event: the Shiba Fanciers of Northern California annual Shiba Party!
I’d love to meet all those dogs and I’d probably
win shortest shiba!
Lastly, my humans and I would catch one last beach sunset before coming home.
i’m ready for takeoff!
or i will be in a few hours. y’know. once my humans walk me, feed me, finish packing, etc.
but i’m super excited about my trip. you can see it in my smile:
and not just once, but every time i go outside:
also, i am excited because zuko has said that his mom will give me cheese and bacon. this is most excellent news.
a big thank you to all who have wished me safe travels to san francisco. here’s hoping i fly like a champ, that the rain forecasted is but a sprinkle, and that zuko and i have a lifetime of memories in just a single weekend. that’s not too much to ask, right?
hope your weekend is fantastic. see you on the other side!
(Prince) Zuko the shiba and I were fast friends.
He’s awesome to play with, especially if the game is tug-of-war.
And I love to chase him on the beach (he’s an off-leash beach shiba!).
Here’s a pic of us together—I already can’t wait to share a rental home with him in Huntington Beach this July!
Some of my Twitter buddies got to hang out together in San Francisco last weekend and one of the dad’s posted some great pics on his blog!
From the left are Suki (her dad took the pics and features her on his blog all the time), Taro (who came over from Arizona and has his own blog and Twitter account), and Prince Zuko (also with his own blog and Twitter account, plus a Facebook page, and is Suki’s half-brother).
As you can see they had a pretty good time and from what I hear drew quite the attention of passers by. Well, of course they did - Shibas are awesome. Three Shibas? No human can resist.
Thanks for blogging about this, Misaki! We had an awesome time!
It’s a Zuko Shiba Hipstamatic/Retro Wednesday!
Zuko was on a park path near the ruins of the San Francisco bathing pools. He and I were walking around, gaining new territory for our kingdom with each mark.
Think he’s tired? He might have been. We had just finished running around the beach.
during my trip to san francisco, we spent quite a bit of time in the car.
above, you can see a pic of me listening to zuko’s mom as she talks about the city (also on flickr).
we had to drive up to novato for the northern california shiba party, but we got rained out.
here’s a pic of me, very unhappy that i’m so wet and so cold.
after a while though, i was just happy to be on a car ride.
this is a pic my human tra took of kai & i, hanging out in the backseat.
but zuko is the ultimate heart stealer on car rides! look at this pic of him pretending to be camera shy!
and what about those adorable eyes? how can you not give him treats every two seconds for being that adorable?
we drove alone on the last day, but i sure was tired. see how i was inventing new and creative ways to sleep?
more to come from my vacation later this week. you can see what’s already available online in my flickr set: san francisco.
it’s a taro shiba advertisement for lastolite & for jonathan fleming photography!
as i reblogged from misaki’s world last week, when i was in san francisco with zuko we met up with a very famous shiba named suki. suki’s famous for being beautiful and for being a wonderful shiba model for her human dad’s awesome photography.
if you’ve never seen it before, you really must see the 52 weeks of suki set on flickr. it’s superb.
we asked jonathan to take photos of all the shibas together, which he did, along with lots of help from his wife, bridget. the photoshoot, however, made for a very busy morning and early afternoon.
busy day, right?
well, jonathan did a wonderful job of documenting the whole experience in this blog entry, which is an absolute must-read/must-see. dozens of shiba pics and a great telling of how many humans it took to get good shots. it also includes this stunning picture of me:
so, getting back to the taro shiba advertisement…
jonathan had lots of equipment, including some lastolite equipment that work with his flash (i think; all that equipment is kind of confusing). and, with all his skill, if he trusts lastolite, then i am happy to pose for a couple of shots for that brand.
here’s an additional shot:
you may notice that i don’t have a pic of me posing with a jonathan fleming logo, which is a usual staple of my taro shiba ad series. instead of the usual visual, i just want to gush about my experience with him and then provide you with links to back it up.
my endorsement of jonathan:
jonathan is an awesome photographer with a great eye, real talent, and plenty of patience when it comes to working with shibas (his wife, bridget, does too!). he takes great photos of non-shibas, as well. to see for yourself, follow links at the bottom of this post to his blog, website and flickr. so, if you’re in the bay area and need photos of your dog or anything else, jonathan’s the person to contact.
jonathan has set up a gallery of shots on his photography website (with more to come as they’re done being processed). please go check it out. they’re amazing and available for purchase. to see these photos…
i hope you enjoyed these photos and enjoyed getting to know a bit more of what i did in san francisco.
here are some additional shots that you may enjoy:
stay tuned… more from my trip to san francisco is yet to come!
Even More Links! roundup:
UPDATE: zuko already got some prints in the mail!
in this very special post, i’m sharing pics of my big shiba bro (in spirit), zuko the shiba.
my human, tra, took these pics while zuko and i romped on ocean beach in san francisco. zuko’s very photogenic so tra was able to capture some very memorable shots.
and, now, the 9 best photos we took of zuko the shiba on the beach:
zuko & kai
zuko runs out into the water
zuko regrets going out into the ocean, runs away from an oncoming wave
zuko the shiba, running gracefully on the ocean’s edge
zuko and his human dad
zuko the shiba, running back to his dad, but stopping for a sniff first
zuko investigates a surfer carrying his board, briefly barks at him
zuko and his human mom, running on the beach together
a flying prince zuko the shiba!
hope you enjoyed these. you can see all of the beach photos from my trip to visit zuko the shiba in san francisco over in this flickr set.
recently, the ridiculously talented cara of cara rose photos (who zuko and i met during our photo shoot with jonathan and his shiba suki) posted this photo of zuko on flickr: [can only be seen on flickr, but trust me it’s worth it!]
quick and important notes on cara and her awesome photgraphy:
flickr users should really follow cara’s work on flickr. her username is tumbleweed.in.eden
this is cara’s website: cara rose photos
cara also maintains a blog. it has a great collection photo entries.
recently on that blog, she posted photos of suki, zuko and i. you should read about it by going here.
she took those during the first half of our san francisco photoshoot. some of the images are amazing, and the last one in that blog post makes my humans grin incessantly.
if my humans and i ever make it out to kansas, you can absolutely bet that we’ll be asking cara for a photo session.
so, the aforementioned wonderful shot cara took of zuko’s mug inspired kai and i to look through our own photos of zuko’s face. below is a collection of some of our not-yet-shared photos of zuko’s killer smile and hyper-expressive eyes.
want to see more of our best pics of zuko’s face? try these two blog entries:
i’m going to see zuko again on thursday when we’ll share a house rental in huntington beach. we’ll see lots of other shibas, too, and my humans will have their cameras out constantly.
realizing i’ll have a huge influx of new photos to share, i’ve decided to share a handful of unreleased photos of me, zuko, & our respective packs. enjoy!
in sutro heights
in alamo square
more photos can be seen in this flickr set.