Monday, August 31, 2009


Lupita was sleeping. Kona curled up and then…

lay down. She pillowed her head on Lupita’s legs. Was she comfortable?


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Guard Dog III

When I am in my office on the second floor…

Lupita sometimes sleeps at the top of the stairs.

Why is she sleeping here? It’s not a comfortable spot. She will fall down the stairs if she moves over a little.

I have been thinking about why she was there.

I have concluded that…

Lupita is guarding the second floor to protect me. If there is an intruder, he or she will need to come up these stairs to reach me. She is blocking the way.

Lupita is trying to protect me. However, I want to be the one protecting her.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bearutiful Dog

We met a beautiful dog on the beach.



Friday, August 28, 2009

Everyday Walks

I walk Lupikona twice a day every day. I want to make every single walk a good walk.

“Yup! I’m having fun!”

“I’m having fun too!”

After coming home, Kona and…

Lupita looked at me happily. I had fun too, Lupikona!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

When I said, “Let’s go for a walk!”...

Kona came to me cheerfully. She sat down eagerly while I put a leash on her. Kona was ready to go!

Lupita is a homebody. Even when I put the leash on her, she still didn’t move as if to say “I’ll stay at home.”

“Aren’t you going, Lupita?”

Kona clung to Lupita as if to say, “Well, I’ll stay at home too!”

Kona adores Lupita. Do you really prefer being with Lupita rather than going for a walk?


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Little Friend

At the kiosk in the country park on Sunday, a little girl approached Scott and Kona.

“May I pet your dog?” she asked Scott.
“Of course,” he replied.

It’s very good that this little girl’s parents taught her to ask before petting strange dogs.

“What is the dog’s name?”
“Her name is Kona.”


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ice II

Eating ice cubes is one of life's simple pleasures for Lupita.

“Can I eat this now?”
I said, “Wait!”

“Sigh. I can’t believe that I have to wait. It’s going to melt!”

“Okay!” I said.



Monday, August 24, 2009

What Are You Doing?

When I curled up in Lupikona’s bed, they walked up and looked at me as if to say…

“Hey! What are you doing in our bed?”


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lupikona Go to a Pub

What is this place, Lupikona?

This is a pub where dogs are allowed.

Yesterday we went to the pub with Lupikona to watch rugby.

It was an ordinary pub where people play billiards…

and darts…

but actually it is also a dog friendly pub that has hooks under the bar for dog leashes.

“Are you having another pint?”

Thanks to Lupikona for being patient…

so that we could see the last-minute, match-winning penalty!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Meeting Lupikona in front of Our House

When I got back home from my soccer training, our house was empty. It seemed Scott took Lupikona for a walk. I wished I could go with them. I guessed it was about time for them to come home, so I went outside and waited for them in front of the house. Soon they came back.

Lupikona found me from a distance and ran up to me.

Welcome back, Lupikona. I bet you had a good walk with Scott!


Friday, August 21, 2009

Our Garden – August ’09

Basil smells like summer.

Japanese Shiso is often used in summer dishes.

Rue is an insect repellent herb.

Our Torenia buds have bloomed.

Torenia flowers have deep purple markings and a crisp yellow dot.

White flowers bloomed by the walkway.

This flower is known as the White Rain Lily.

We have Ixora Coccinea blooming in another corner of the garden.

I cut them and put them in the house.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Summer Night Sky

The sky was filled with stars, so we enjoyed star-gazing up on the roof last night.

While Scott was trying to find stars with a telescope…

Kona and I were on the deckchair watching the starry sky.

We could see the W-shaped Cassiopeia very clearly in the northern sky.

The bright star on top left of this picture is Jupiter high in the southern sky. We could see Jupiter’s stripe pattern and its Galilean moons lined up in a neat row through the telescope. I was so delighted!


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Walks in the Dog Days of Summer

It’s very hot in Lupikona district every day. It’s 32 degrees Celsius today.

We walked along some tree-shaded trails in the morning.

“Smile!” Lupita was in a good mood.

After walking through the forest, there is a short shadeless path. It’s hot!

We cooled down in the river before we went home. This is our typical morning walk in summer.