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.

Evasive maneuvers!

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!

Make sure your you check out the very epic 52 Weeks of Champi project! Of course, Suki has one as well 😉

All Images: Nikon V1 + 1 Nikkor 10-30mm & 30-110mm VR lenses

20 thoughts on “Champi the Akita

  1. “She looks like what would happen if Suki ate one of those Super Mario mushrooms. Can you hear the sound effect in your head?” LOL. Why yes, yes I can!

    And I see a tricolor basenji! I wonder if I know that one…

  2. wow, i couldn’t tell the difference between suki and champi until they were in the same frame. and holy smokes, champi is so much bigger! you are so spot-on with that mario mushroom analogy. ha! i can hear that sound, too.

  3. Fantastic shots Jonathan! It really is great (and refreshing) to see someone else’s perspective on shooting our little Champi. It is almost surreal to see photos of the girls together. What are the odds!? I guess I need to get my act together and post some shots too. Thanks for sharing and great doggie meet up!
    -Jay

      1. Sounds like a plan! We would definitely be game! (FYI, I made a link to your post on my blog, and it did that silly comment thing below…WP gets a little redundant sometimes, sorry about that.) -Jay

  4. I LOVE that last picture!!! Champi is adorable and I miss her already. =D These photos are brilliant and beautiful. Still so impressed by that little camera!

  5. You almost have me convinced that the Nikon V1 may be my next camera, Jonathan. I just wish I could find a lens road map for the system somewhere…..

  6. Champi is a pup? She soooo adorable! I couldn’t appreciate how huge she was til you showed images of her next to Suki. I want to just jump in there and hug her 🙂 I didn’t know that Shibas don’t enjoy human affection. How can a dog as snuggly-looking as Champi not want human hugs? 🙂

    1. Well, she’s not technically a puppy, but she’s still very young for a dog. Suki can be cuddly sometimes, especially if we’re relaxing at home where she likes to lay on my lap, but out and about…she just wants to play. =P

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