Meet Suki, a friendly Shiba Inu.
Hi Everyone, meet Suki, a friendly Shiba Inu. And yes, Champi (right) our Japanese Akita, Is the big version of cute little Suki. There is a little bit of a back story for this shot. I am thrilled, and actually amazed that I even had the chance to take this photo. It all began back in early 2010. At the time, I was just getting into photography fairly seriously and purchased my first DSLR (Nikon D300.) Dorothee and I were living in Dallas and trying to decide what breed of dog we wanted to have for a puppy. We watched the AKC Dog show, animal planet, researched online and in books. You know how Dorothee is, she is a researcher at heart. So back in mid 2010, we narrowed our breed search to Husky, Shiba Inu and Akita. We thought we were dead set on getting a Shiba, but we tracked down some Japanese Akita breeders just an hour south of Dallas. Small world! So we were set, after waiting about 2 years, we finally brought Champi into our home.
Now for the Suki connection. While researching dog breeds, I found some amazing photos of Suki (left) in a 52 weeks of Dogs project. Not only did we fall in love with the Japanese breeds, I was drooling over the great photography by Jonathan Flemming (Suki’s owner.) I remind you, at the time, we just brought Champi in our lives and still living in Dallas. So the combination of great Suki photos and having a great new pup inspired me to join the 52 Weeks of Dogs project in 2011 for Champi. Furthermore, in March of 2011 Dorothee found a great cancer research position in San Francisco. And SF is the home of the Suki. So amazingly enough, today we see Suki and Champi sitting side by side. 2 little stars that have way too much internet fame!