KUMA’S Korner is a new online column that will take you along on the adventures of Kuma – Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith

   I am a Shiba Inu dog who just moved from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Friendswood, Texas. I love a great adventure, so I am game for exploring the area. I thought I would share my experiences with my fellow canines and their humans. Since my brother is a Maine Coon cat, I guess felines are welcome to read my stories if they must.

            Recently, my family and I went to Huntsville State Park, a 2,083 acre park located about six miles southwest of Huntsville. We opted for the Dogwood Trail, partly because dog is in the name, but mostly because it was a short, one-mile loop. I am still adjusting to the heat and humidity…pant, pant. The park has lots of great trails of all lengths, so any family can have an enjoyable time.

The drive took us a little over an hour, allowing me time to rest up! We went straight up highway 45 until we saw signs for the state park and took the State Park Road 40 exit. We turned left off the ramp and headed west until we came to the park entrance in no time. Make sure your humans bring about $5.00 per car.

The Beautyberries were robust with purple berries. I was good and didn’t eat any. The verdict isn’t in yet on whether they are safe to eat or not. I concentrated on sniffing and peeing on everything so future adventurers would know I was here! I would advise my doggie comrades to be careful. Do not venture off the trail. Rattlesnakes lurk in the leaves, and a legendary water moccasin lives under one of the bridges. Although I got hot, I decided against swimming.

After building up an appetite (when am I never up for eating?), we had sandwiches and cool drinks. The park has awesome picnic spots with lake views and lots of shade. We watched the birds and kayakers go by.

On the Kuma scale, I would rank this place a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “wooowho!” Remember, I have some pretty spectacular adventures under my belt, even though I am only four years young. Perhaps I will tell you about the fourteeners I climbed some day. Anyway, Huntsville State Park is easy to get to, inexpensive, and offers nice, easy hikes for the entire family…except the cat. Hee hee. He had to stay at home!

Until next time, enjoy today because life is one great, big adventure!


Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who moved from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Friendswood, Texas. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing squirrels out of his yard, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping…well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, was kind enough to help him tell his story.  She is the author of seven published books, writes for magazines on assignment, has been seen on national television, and inspires people to live healthy, balanced lives through personal training, life coaching, and workshops.  You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: www.thetotalyou.biz. Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Kumathedog?ref=hl

You never know what he’ll be up to next!