誕生日 tanjoubi—birthday

Today is Shiro’s 6th birthday.

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This is what he looked like on the day he came to live with us, almost 6 years ago.

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Since then, he’s been a constant companion. Whether I’m sitting on the sofa…

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…on the slopes of Mount Fuji…

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…in the front seat of the car…

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…swimming in Lake Constance…

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…or in a fancy restaurant,

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he is happy just to be at my side, doing whatever I’m doing.

Shiro loves the great outdoors, and has got into a lot of adventures and scrapes.

He’s a great and enthusiastic hillwalking companion.DSCN0523

He enjoys the view from 1000 feet up…

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And is always ready to take over the controls.

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He likes to feel the salt sea-breeze in his hair.

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and to act as lookout and navigator on calm river waters.

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When he was three years old, I decided he needed a haircut. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and I thought it wasn’t a bad first-time effort. But the hair grew back (eventually) and he forgave me even that indignity.

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In that same year, Miffy came to live with us. Although she wasn’t always easy to live with, and there was a lot of rivalry, they gradually learned to get along together. Most of the time.

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Shiro has a secret super-power. His hedgehog-tracking abilities are astonishing. He can sniff out a hedgehog at 500 paces.

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He’s a well-travelled dog. He’s been to many different countries. Here he is in Paris:

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in Cantabria (with Miffy):

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In Liechtenstein:

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and in llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (seriously!)

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But, more than anything, Shiro loves the snow.

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So, here’s to the next 6 years of fun and adventure together. Happy Birthday Shiro!

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