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Age: 12 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Little Corn Chip, Tari, Tar-Tar, Pup-Pup (but mostly we just call him Atari)

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

May 9th 2004

Breakfast, dinner, treats, any and all food! After that, he loves to lick people and perform tricks for them to see if he'll earn any food. He also loves lap time and gazing out the window at the city streets below.

Really loud traffic (like motorcycles and ambulances); people repeatedly telling him to roll over but not giving him food in return.

Favorite Toy:
His chewed-up Galileo bone; his Puppy Kong (preferably stuffed)

Favorite Food:
Peanut butter; whatever the humans are having for dinner (though he never gets any!)

Favorite Walk:
On the way to the dog park or along a windy street so he can chase leaves!

Best Tricks:
High five; roll over; crawl; wave; bow

Arrival Story:
My husband and I did a lot of research to find a breed we'd like. We wanted a dog that was a good size for an apartment, but not a toy breed. Above all we wanted a smart dog. Someone recommended Shibas to us. We read that they were intelligent, independent and sometimes stubborn and difficult. Sounded great to us! :) So we found a great breeder in Pennsylvania, drove out three hours to meet their new puppies. There were four -- three black and tans, and one cream puppy -- our Atari! We fell in LOVE with him. He was adventurous. Even though his little legs were still wobbly, he wandered around, exploring the room, all while slipping on the tile floor! He also stuck out his tiny tongue and licked us, almost as though he knew we were going to take him home (although maybe we just smelled like treats!). After an anxious few days, we learned that we passed the test to take Atari home! The breeder drove him out to New York after we returned from our honeymoon, and since the first day, Atari has been nothing but a delight! He's the best wedding present we could have asked for.

Forums Motto:
I live to chase leaves!

The Groups I'm In:
New York Shibas, NYC - Let me get on that train!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
November 10th 2004 More than 12 years!

I Was In The:
2004-2005 Holiday
Picture Party

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Chasing My Tail and Other Adventures

Leaves, leaves, leaves!

November 10th 2005 1:57 pm
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Daddy took me on a walk the other night, and there were lots of leaves blowing around on the ground. Yay! I love it when there are leaves -- I can dig in them, hunt them and pee on them!

Anyway, I saw this one leaf that I really wanted to pee on. I was all set to do it, but then, I saw something wrong with it! It had a spot on the side I was about to do my business on -- and you all know I require a PERFECT leaf! Thank goodness I saw it. I looked at Daddy to see if he'd seen the ugly spot on the leaf, but he must not have good taste in leaves, because he looked confused as to why I put my leg down. So I had to pick up the leaf myself and turn it over to the other side.

Luckily, the other side was not marred. So I peed on the leaf. Afterward, Mommy and Daddy laughed at me for a long time. Hmmph!


There's a doggie in the window!

August 2nd 2005 1:00 pm
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Last Friday night, I told Mommy and Daddy to go to bed by walking back and forth from the living room to their room until they got the hint. Once they were in bed, Mommy and Daddy invited me to join them, so I jumped up onto their soft, fluffy blanket. I sat down and faced the window like I do every night so that Mommy could pet me straight from my head down my back, but I noticed that tonight she hadn't pulled the curtains over the window.

Well, guess what? There was another dog staring at me from the window! At first, I wagged my tail and tried to be friendly, but the other dog just kept looking at me! Doesn't he know that he's in my home and that I'm top dog? After all, staring means aggression in our language! I'm very forgiving, though, so I barked a few friendly barks, thinking that the other dog just hadn't seen me. He was a little blurry, so maybe I was blurry to him too.

The nerve of that other dog! He kept staring at me even after I'd barked. He also barked a little bit, but no noise came out! So impudent -- mocking my noises! I got mad and growled deep in my throat. For some reason Mommy and Daddy thought this was really funny. Dadddy even went over and blocked my view of the other dog! I think he was petting it, even. Grrr! I growled some more. Daddy pulled the curtain over the window, but I knew the dog was still there. I leapt off the bed and sniffed under the window. I think the dog escaped that night, but I'll sure be watching out for it from now on! After I teach it some manners, maybe we can be friends.


I'm famous!

June 3rd 2005 11:07 am
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These days, everyone seems to recognize me! Maybe that's because I made my debut as a male model in the June/July 2005 issue of Details magazine. I know, it has Tom Cruise on the cover, but that's just because I was too gorgeous to put on the cover (you know that they have to save the best stuff for INSIDE the magazine, right?). To see scans of the magazine, go to my mommy's site

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