Dog of the Day: Momo the Shiba Inu Puppy

A special puppy to welcome Autumn back to San Francisco tomorrow. (The name ‘Momo’ has a special meaning for her. Especially a ‘Momo’ with such cute toes.) Momo, a girl, was 7 months old when this picture was taken.

Cream Shiba Inu Puppy

Momo likes people, which is a good thing because people really really like Momo.

Man Petting Cream Shiba Inu Puppy

How could anyone resist petting that fur?

Man Petting Happy Shiba Inu Puppy

Somehow I don’t think she’s minding this one bit.

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Sunday Swap: Pelagic Cormorant?

I am going to switch things up a bit here: when I use my caturday supplements for other things besides cats, I get complaints from my cat-loving readers. But I have a bunch of pictures of other things, and some of them are even kind of neat. So I am going to try to mostly do cats on Saturdays, and ‘Sunday Swaps’ on Sundays. They’ll mostly be animals, with perhaps the occasional vista or city scene.

Today, we have a cormorant. It might be a Brandt’s cormorant, but I am going to hazard a guess, based on a book that calls their necks ‘snaky’, that this is a pelagic cormorant. I took a picture of him against the water, and then he helpfully flew away and silhouetted himself nicely against a houseboat. That’s a lot more cooperation than I typically get from birds.

Pelagic Cormorant On A Half-Submerged Log

Strange-looking birds. Those necks really are quite flexible.

Pelagic Cormorant Perching On Piling

See? Snaky!

Pelagic Cormorant Perching On Piling

I was, alas, not quite close enough to find out what kind of sounds cormorants make.

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Caturday Supplement: SPCA Sibs

Dropped off a donation at the SPCA today — I have long since blown through the amount I said I’d donate from tee shirt and tote bag sales, but I am getting some discounts on pet stuff from Sears so I’m donating regularly now.

And I went through the facility and took a bunch of adorable kitty pictures, so I will have plenty of cats for the next few Caturdays. These two were especially adorable. And they’re still adoptable, so feel free to stop by the SF SPCA and take them home!

Edit: And lo, I did spell ‘SPCA’ wrong. Am I good or what?

Grey Tiger Tabby Kitten

He found me fascinating. Briefly.

Two Grey Tiger Tabby Kittens

And then came the distraction.

Two Grey Tiger Tabby Kittens Playing

I hope they get adopted as a duo, they clearly love playing together.

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Confusing Double Dog Day: Magnet and Velcro the Keeshonds

So very confusing. These two are apparently the same two I ran into back when one of them was just a puppy, in a local pub. And when I was there, I very conscientiously wrote down the following note: “Athena bigger 1 yr f, Bandit or Bandito m 10 wks Keeshonds”.

And yet now their mom and dad insist that their names are, and always were, Magnet (the older girl, now 2 years old, in the fetching red leash) and Velcro (the younger boy, just barely 1 year old, in the handsome blue combination). And I must admit, for a breed whose fur will pick up just about anything, those are a pretty good pair of names. And yet, where in the world did I get Athena and Bandit from? I don’t know… it seems to me that someone was teasing me, either now or then. (Just perhaps it was some random bar patron, who answered the question? Who knows.)

Ah well. I can put up with some ambiguity, if it means I get to photograph two gorgeous pups like these.

Keeshond

Some more pictures from out in front of our local watering hole, ‘The Bell Tower’.

Keeshond Grinning At The Camera

They’re one of those spitz-y kinds of dogs with the great grin.

Two Very Happy Keeshonds Grinning At The Camera

I don’t know what I did to deserve those expressions, but whatever it was, I hope I can keep doing it.

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Dog of the Day: American Akita

I’ve always thought it was a bad idea to drive a pickup with a dog in the back. Dangerous! But the dogs sure do see to love it.

Red Akita In Pickup Truck Bed

There are ALMOST no strip malls in the entire city of San Francisco. This is one of the very few.

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Dog of the Day: Chihuahua Puppy

Ran into this pup (among others) at a puppy training class. He was the littlest one there.

Man Holding White Chihuahua Puppy

A little shy. Glad his dad is getting an early start on socializing him.

Man Holding White Chihuahua Puppy

I think he’s going to do just fine.

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Double Dog Day: Two Foofly Wieners!

I did not get their names, because I ran across these two tied up outside the Crossroads Cafe. But they sure did have a lot of personality.

Black and Tan Long-Haired Miniature Dachshund and Fawn Long-Haired Miniature Dachshund Staring at the Camera

There was definitely a bit of an ‘us against the world’, ‘defending our corner’ kind of vibe here.

Black and Tan Long-Haired Miniature Dachshund Sticking His Tongue Out and Fawn Long-Haired Miniature Dachshund Rolling Her Eyes

Like I said… lots of personality. I want to see more of these two.

Black and Tan Long-Haired Miniature Dachshund Looking at the Camera and Fawn Long-Haired Miniature Dachshund Looking Happy and Goofy With Eyes Closed

I love the expression on the fawn one’s face.

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Dog of the Day: Bailey the Poodle

Bailey’s 14 years old! He doesn’t get around so well any more, at least not after the first couple of miles, so mom got him a very special halter/suit/carrier. Seems like he’s not wholly sold on it, but I think he prefers it to not accompanying her around at all.

White Miniature Poodle

He still gets his exercise… this is just for when he gets tired.

White Miniature Poodle Being Held By Woman

Sweet pair.

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Dog of the Day: Nico the Repeat Customer Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Oh my GOD it’s NICO!! He was ridiculously hilariously adorable when I ran into him almost exactly one year ago. (July 3rd, 2013, to be exact, when he was 4 months old. Go. Go look at the pictures.  Trust me, you want to. It involves the spotty puppy belly OF DOOM.) And now he’s… still ridiculously hilariously adorable. But bigger!

Tricolor Mostly Black Pembroke Welsh Corgi

His eyes are obscured by shadows… but somehow I think it makes him look like he’s wearing sunglasses. For that extra-cool corgi look.

Tricolor Mostly Black Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Nico may be a year and a half old but he still has all the puppy energy.

Tricolor Mostly Black Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Is it just me or do the eyebrows make him look devilish?

Tricolor Mostly Black Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Such a cute grin.

Tricolor Mostly Black Pembroke Welsh Corgi Butt

They really do have cute behinds, too. Especially when waddling.

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Caturday Supplement: SPCA Kitten

Dropped by the SPCA, and what did they have but more kittens! This one played with me for like five minutes, with me popping a finger up above the frame of the window and him batting at it through the glass, before I took these pictures. As you can see, he found something else to amuse him quite quickly.

Tuxedo Kitten Playing With Ball

One of the things i love about kittens is watching them amuse themselves. Hours of entertainment.

Tuxedo Kitten Playing With Ball

Very very focused.

Tuxedo Kitten Playing With Ball

The newly rebuilt SPCA adoption center really is nice. If you live in SF you should drop by sometime and check it out.

Tuxedo Kitten

This one has the ‘please adopt me’ face down pat.

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