Who is in the photo at right?
My name is Paige Evans and my husband Chris and I live in Southern California. He's going to dental school at USC and I'm working a couple jobs to help us stay afloat. We have a 7 month old Shiba Inu named Joey and he keeps us on our toes.
What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?
We took Joey to the Huntington Beach Dog Park to check out the ocean for the very first time and to interact with other dogs.
We don't drink coffee, but we do love a good vanilla steamer and/or hot mint chocolate from Starbucks!
Any goodies to go with the coffee?
Toasted bagels with butter or cream cheese, mmmmm.
Any treat for your dog on this occasion?
Not at the beach :) His treat was seeing all the other dogs, it's his favorite.
How were you and Joey united?
Well...about a year ago Chris and I were at a pet store (I LOVE looking at animals) and we saw some puppies that were a breed I'd never heard of or seen before...Shiba Inu?? We thought they were rad looking which was rare because we've NEVER agreed on the same kind of dog. Chris is a poodle boy and I love miniatures. Anyways I looked up Shiba Inu breeders when I got home and found out there was a breeder less than a mile from my parent's house in Washington state. We put our names on a waiting list and last Halloween I flew to WA and brought back our puppy!
How did Joey get his name? Any aliases?
We love the show Friends and have been naming our pets after them for awhile. We have a cat named Rachel, a rabbit named Chandler, a pair of zebra finches named Frank Jr. and Alice (although Frank Jr. recently passed away) and we had a guppy fish named Gunther. Joey just seemed like the best fit for our puppy. And if we ever get a poodle we'll name him Ross.
Cat, squirrel, postman...?
Dogs and people. Joey just gets so excited an anxious whenever he sees another dog or human.
Tennis ball, squeaky-toy, Frisbee...?
He loves plush toys with squeaky things in them and will chew the toy for hours until he gets the squeaker out and scatters the batting EVERYWHERE.
You have an active blog: Is Joey ever an inspiration for it? A distraction?
Joey definitely pops up on my blog a lot. We do a lot of things with him and I think he's very photogenic and cute so he makes an appearance quite often.
Where's Joey's favorite place for an outing?
He loves being outside and going on walks around the block.
Who is Joey's best pet-pal?
He loves our cat Rachel, though she doesn't quite reciprocate his feelings...
What's Joey's best quality?
He's such a mama's boy and follows me around everywhere and it's so nice to be loved.
What's his proudest moment? Most embarrassing?
His proudest moment was when he learned to "sit" in 30 seconds at the dog trainer's house. It really only took 30 seconds!
His most embarrassing moment was when he got outside and ran after a man walking his two dogs and one of the man's dogs broke free of his grip and the man started yelling and swearing and it was scary...
Read about the visit to Huntington Beach, and learn more about Joey--and Chris and Paige Evans--at their blog.