Taro, a Shiba Inu, is the latest addition to the Avenal household. The initial expectation was the addition of a cat, but a more companionable creature won the final bid.
After being safely extracted from an obscure town in the Adirondacks, he’s personating a puppy of such ebullience that even a cynic must concede.
Shiba Inu dogs apparently have temperaments comparable to that of cats, so Taro is something of a compromise (but, crucially, not compromised).
He is named after the root vegetable, and is seventeen weeks old in the picture below.