Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lupita’s 2nd Anniversary

The day before yesterday was the two year anniversary of our adoption of Lupita.

The anniversary gifts are…

octopi! They are toys made of rope.

Lupi-Tako-Kona. (Tako is the Japanese word for “octopus”)

Lupita played Tako-ball with Scott.

“Here you go!”

“Good catch!”

Kona is not interested in playing ball, but she loves chewing ropes.

Chew, chew, chew.

She was enraptured.

We hope Lupikona stay healthy and…

happy forever.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Family Walk

Yesterday morning, we took Scott’s parents to a folk museum in our neighborhood.

Lupikona walking behind them.

There are guide plates along the path explaining the flora and history in the area.

“Yeeeeeah!” Lupikona having a good time.

Dogs are not allowed in the museum. Lupikona waiting outside of the gate.

“After Scott’s parents came, we can go out for a long walk every day. I really like them staying with us!”

Lupita turned many times to look at me walking behind them.

Scott’s mother kindly shared her bottle of water with Kona.

Lupita was waiting for me walking slowly.

“That was fun!”


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lupikona Join a Tour

Yesterday we took Scott’s parents on a historical walking tour with Lupikona.

We were a group of 10 plus two dogs. The tour started from Victoria Peak. The man in cream colored shirt was our tour guide. Lupita was on the edge of the group.

We stopped at every place of interest and the guide explained the history, flora and architecture of the area. Lupita noticed it was not our usual walk.

At one of the points of interest, Lupikona copied the behavior of the other members of the group and looked over the barrier to see the sights.

In front of the Chief Secretary for Administration’s house.

“I’m participating in a tour.”

Kona was acting as if she was listening to the guide.

Lupita was obviously not listening, but she looked happy.

Kona was interested in the discussion. It looks like Kona is asking Scott’s father, “What is he saying?”

Lupita behaved well with Scott’s father during the guide’s lecture.

Lupikona had a very fun and interesting walk!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Meet the Parents

Scott’s parents arrived in Hong Kong yesterday. They are staying at our place.

As you may know our concern was how Lupita would behave toward Scott’s parents.

Scott’s father walking with Lupita and Scott walking with Kona behind them.

Lupita obeyed Scott’s father’s command to lay down and wait for us. Good girl, Lupita!

Lupikona walking with Scott’s parents.

Even when they were inside the house, Lupita was not aggressive and didn’t bark at them at all. This would have been unthinkable two months ago. We were so relieved. Lupita has progressed a lot. We hope they enjoy staying at our house and relaxing with us and Lupikona.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sunset Picnic

Scott worked every day during this long weekend. Yesterday late afternoon, the last minute of the three-day holiday, he finally found some time so…

we had a picnic on a nearby beach. It was so nice and relaxing.

The moon rose, and…

the sun set.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Walking Together

It’s been 8 weeks since we started walking Lupikona one at a time.

The two dogs are not yet perfect, but they are making progress.

So I walked Lupikona together as a trial and took a picture of them. I sent the picture to our dog behavior specialist in the US, MASUMI, to ask for her opinion and analysis. “Isn’t it about time for me to be able to walk the two dogs together?”

This is the picture I sent.

Even though I walked the two dogs simultaneously, they both walked submissively behind me as if to say, “we’ll keep you company.”

Last night I opened the reply e-mail from Masumi-san a little nervously. She said that they walked very well and that I could continue walking them together. Wow! You did it, Lupikona! Now we can start walking together again!

For our first walk together, I took Lupikona on their favorite family trail.

At the trail head, they were ready to walk!

In the woods, I walked first and led them like a teacher on an elementary school excursion.

Kona following me attentively.

Lupita walking happily.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Balcony III

We had a fine hot day with a daytime high of 30 degrees Celsius in Hong Kong.

Kona poked her nose out of the balcony and took a nap.

A cow was passing in front of our house today too. It’s another peaceful Sunday afternoon.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Playing Nicely

“Hey, Lupita. Let’s play!”
“Nah. Maybe later.”

“Come on! Play with me!”
“Not now!”


“Okay take that! I’ll bite your leg.”
“Hey! I’ll bite your leg too!”

“Play with me!”
“Stop it!”

Lupikona ended up playing nicely with each other after all.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Shoulder Pillow

Big baby Kona laid down with her chin on Lupita’s shoulder.

Kona’s eyes are slowly closing. Lupita keeps still so that she doesn’t disturb Kona.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dog Owner Training - Lupita (4)

Day 12 of training, September 14, 2009.

Lupita’s training outside the house consisted of making sure that she always walked behind me for restoration of our leadership.

Lupita learned to relax and walk behind me. She is walking submissively as her ears are folded back. Good!

Lupita’s training inside the house became more challenging. We asked friends to come inside the house and every time Lupita barked or lunged aggressively, we corrected her with a leash. We have to tell Lupita what she mustn’t do in a way that Lupita can clearly understand. It would be more accurate to describe Lupita’s dog training as dog owner training.

Day 22 of training, September 24, 2009.

Lupita knows what “go back” and “stay” means. But she still lunges at people because she cannot tolerate them entering the house. Even if we make Lupita sit on the mat, she is still in I’m-ready-anytime-to-attack-mode.

Lupita’s problems stem from a lack of respect for us. She always makes her own decisions with confidence. She believes that her decisions are more appropriate than that of her owners. We mustn’t let her make the decisions. We must make her respect our decisions. This cannot be solved by teaching mere commands. There is no such command as “Respect your Owner”.

In order to make Lupita respect us, we have to change our thoughts, actions and habits in our everyday lives. Many emails from Masumi-san describe the importance of changes that we need to make to our attitudes as dog owners.


Hi, this is Lupita.

My job is to guard our house from others. Even though Scott and Yumi always tell me not to do that, I think “I’m right!” and am doing my job. But these days, I sometimes wonder, “Eh? I’m doing something wrong, aren’t I?” I don’t know why though.

Bye bye now.