RJ says Bowdu is turning into a ghost-faced Shiba, wearing a white mask bleached by time and genetics. This is not a criticism. It’s the look of a Shiba who has been around enough to let go of those youthful, headstrong colors.

20130619 It's in the details: brow whiskers

A mark of pride — nevertheless, I’m in denial. Most of what I see is still a vibrant red.

It's in the details: left ear

Sometimes a brazen black, sometimes a petulant pink.

It's in the details: tongue

It's in the details: black-flecked ears

It’s true though that Bowdu has had some white mixed into his black-tipped ears for quite some time now. All the better to catch the colors of the setting sun…

Enjoy your Summer Solstice, everyone!