Champi the Akita
If Suki was as big as she thinks she is, she’d probably look just like Champi, the most adorable Akita ever! We finally had a chance to meet this giant puppy over the weekend.
The best way I can think to describe Champi is, well….she’s like a massive Shiba. She looks like what would happen if Suki ate one of those Super Mario mushrooms. Can you hear the sound effect in your head?
Look at that face! So cute it’s ridiculous. Whenever Champi would get close enough, I’d try to give her a great big Akita hug. But just like Suki, this pup is well versed in the art of evading human affection.
A couple of Japan’s national treasures right here, apparently discussing which smaller dog to chase together:
The larger, Clifford-sized Champi would periodically take breaks from all the action, unlike the smaller Suki, who prefers to stay on her feet.
Despite the sun being out, it was freezing at the dog park, and high winds blew dirt all over my camera as well as Suki’s eyes. Not good for allergies (or for lens changing).
Trying to get both dogs in the frame is harder than you might think. More often than not, Suki and Champi would be moving in opposite directions. Most of my shots from the meetup look like this:
We humans had to duck, spin, dive, and spray bursts of frames to catch these two together!
All Images: Nikon V1 + 1 Nikkor 10-30mm & 30-110mm VR lenses