Friday, December 31, 2010

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

2010 has just several hours to go.

People tend to look back at each year and look ahead to the next year. However, New Year’s Eve is not irrelevant to dogs. So this morning Kona was digging a hole and Lupita was relaxing under the sun like every day.

As usual, Lupita was going to be dusted with the sand from Kona’s digging.

Lupikona enjoy the present in each moment…

with a smile as usual.

Thank you all for visiting LUPIKONA this year. I’m grateful that I was able to promote old friendships and cultivate new ones through the blog. We hope to keep you as dog lover friends for 2011 and years to come.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2011.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Gift from the US

Scott’s mother in the US sent a small packet to me.

It contained her handmade salt & pepper shakers. So pretty!

Hey, Lupikona, do you remember Scott’s mother?

She gave you your favorite treats.

Lupita, you never let your guard down when other people are around. But you were relaxed and even showed your tummy in front of Scott’s mother, didn’t you? You knew she was part of our family?

Sniff, sniff, sniff…

"I can smell her."

Sniff, sniff, sniff…

"You’re right, I can smell her too."

Dear Scott’s mother: thank you for the nice present. We miss you!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Finding a New Place to Walk

It was a Hong Kong holiday yesterday.

"The Woof Guide to Hong Kong" is a reference book for Hong Kong dog owners with tons of information, including dog-friendly restaurants, beaches and trails. Yesterday we went to a place chosen from the book that we had not been to before.

Scott had to run 16K for his half-marathon training. So while he was running on a hilly trail, I had an easy walk with Lupikona.

Lupikona and I walked along the reservoir…

and turned up the path with a pretty view of the mountains.

We enjoyed pleasant weather and peaceful surroundings.

"Kona, come here!"

"Here I am!"

Finding a new place to walk the dogs is…


Then we reunited with Scott who completed his long run.

Kona and Scott’s reunion dance of delight.

[Bonus pic]

Black mother-child goats we saw in a village on the way. They are first goats I have seen in Hong Kong.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Kona’s First Fetch

This is a video of Kona fetching a ball for the first time yesterday.

At 2 years and 7 months old, Kona finally fetched a ball. Scott heaped praise on her. She wagged her tail heartily. Good job, Kona! Then when Scott was going to throw the ball again, guess what Lupita did? Please see the video to find out what happened.
(Click ▸ to watch)


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Yesterday was Christmas Day.

We invited friends to our place for a cozy Christmas party. When we have guests, Lupita still barks at them. She doesn’t submit herself to my orders completely. It’s a big challenge I’m still dealing with.

The menu last night: (Dishes Scott cooked are indicated in green, the dishes I cooked are in red, and the dishes friends brought are in blue)

Caprese aka tomato burger, Arugula and Prosciutto Roll, Artichoke with dip, Orange Carrot Soup

Butterflied BBQ Leg of Lamb, Cranberry Sauce, Arugula and Orange Salad with Herb-Lime Vinaigrette, Mashed Potatoes au Gratin

Pumpkin Pie and Christmas Pudding with Ice-cream. Three Berries and Assorted Nuts


And, today was Boxing Day.

We took Lupikona to the country park.

Lupita enjoyed chasing and…

picking up the Frisbee.

And lo and behold…

Kona fetched a ball I threw. Scott and I were so excited because it was the first time Kona fetched successfully outdoors. Good girl, Kona!


On our way back. It was fun!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas '10

My blog friends’ dogs gathered to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Clockwise from top right are: Sarah, London, Lupita, Kona, Milo and Ma-san. (Click image to enlarge)

Ma-san’s owner, Wan-san, kindly made the Christmas card again this year. Thank you, Wan-san!

The theme for the last Christmas card was “Santa hat”. And the theme this year is “Reindeer antlers”. Every dog looks so cute!

I wish you a peaceful Christmas…


Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve at Home

It’s Christmas Eve. We stayed at home with Lupikona.

Lupikona sitting under the Christmas tree.

We hung up our very own Christmas stockings, one of our new family traditions.

Scott made Christmas Eve dinner. He made grilled organic chicken with thyme, lemon and garlic; and grilled asparagus and tomato with vinaigrette sauce. I very much enjoyed the dinner. Thanks, Scott!

Lupikona ate their food earlier and relaxed by the dinner table. Just being around us makes them feel a sense of belonging.

Yawn… Kona was getting sleepy. Will Santa come to fill your stocking with gifts while you are sleeping?


Well then, the dog sleeping in peace in this picture is called Kai, which means ocean in Hawaii.

He is a rescued dog. Just the other day one of my best friends adopted him.

Kai had uneasy and sad eyes. When my friend was beginning to be concerned about him, his eyes stayed her head. She wanted to make him smile with shining eyes. That was one of the reasons she adopted him.

This photo was taken about one month after living with my friend.

He smiled at her for the first time!

Now Kai can spend this Christmas with his owner at his warm home. It seems Santa made his wish come true a bit earlier than Christmas day. I’m really happy for him.

And at the same time, I hope as many rescued dogs as possible find a good home soon like Kai.


Happy Christmas!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Shining Eyes

I finished all my work this morning and had some free time to go to the dog park.

When Lupikona run back to me with such a beaming smile it makes my day!


Lupita has been lacking energy for the last couple of days. Although her hormone level is controlled by medication, it seems that she still has good days and bad days.

However, after we got to the park today, her eyes shone and…

she enjoyed playing with Kona a lot.

It was worth taking her out.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tail Sock II

The number of times Kona sits down on the pavement during a walk is… perhaps 10 or maybe 20? No wonder she has a bald spot on her tail.

For instance Kona often sits at times like below…

Lupita often stops to sniff for a long time. When Lupita isn’t moving, Kona wants to keep walking.

So I have her sit and wait.

Lupikona waiting at a red light.

There are other situations as well, when we pass joggers on the narrow sidewalk, when I am cleaning up their poop, when I try to calm Kona down, etc.

sniff, sniff, sniff…
"Come on, Lupita!" Kona sat waiting.

Kona doesn’t mind wearing the tail-sock when she walks outside. Now she won’t scratch her bald spot on concrete. I hope her hair grows back soon.