Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cold Pack Pillows

Today’s high temperature reached 35 degrees Celsius. It was blazing hot in Lupikona district.

Kona and...

Lupita took a nap with a cold pack pillow under their heads.

Because it was nice and cool...

they enjoyed a good nap.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sensitive Plant

These little pompom-like flowers we often see are called...

Sensitive plant. We call it Ojigiso in Japanese which means bowing plant.

Kona said hi to the plant.

Then its leaf drooped and it looked as if it bowed like one Japanese person greeting another.

The “bowing plant” is so cute.


Monday, August 29, 2011

To Open or Not to Open?

When I wanted to get Lupikona into the car...

there was a yellow dragonfly resting on the car door.

Should I open the door, or should I leave the dragonfly in peace for a while?


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bald Again

Kona has a bald spot on her tail again.

When I found it about 10 days ago, I thought it was caused by scraping her tail against a rough ground as before. But when I saw her tail this morning, the bald spot had grown much bigger overnight. It’s hardly possible that she scraped it while in bed. So we took her to the animal hospital.

The vet said that Kona’s anal glands were impacted and that made her chew her tail excessively, causing the bald spot. The vet relieved the glands, gave her an injection and prescribed cleaning wound fluid, topical cream and some tablets.

I’m sorry I didn’t take better care of you, Kona. I will help you to grow back your bushy tail.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Kona and Cats

Kona used to chase after cats like crazy.

However, she hasn’t been chasing them these days.

Today she didn’t pay any attention to this cat and was sniffing the ground with her back towards it.

The cat kept its watchful eyes on Kona though.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Comfortable Distance

Sam and Lupita. They don’t play together…

but Sam is one of the few dogs that Lupita feels comfortable having around although Lupita tends to keep a proper distance from other dogs.

They share a bowl of water.

Sam (female) needs a loving home. Although she lost her left hind leg after being hit by a car, she is able to live just like a normal dog. If you want to know more about Sam, please send a message by using the form at the bottom of the column on the right side of this page.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

In My Shoe

I was about to leave for a dog walk. When I put on my shoe that I left in the terrace…

I felt something spongy inside.


I took it off at once and threw it in the air reflexively.

It landed but nothing happened.

I cautiously picked it up and tapped it lightly.

Then, a frog crawled out from inside of the shoe.

Good thing I didn’t squash it. Phew!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Strolling to the Harbor

We had another hot day.

Lupikona were walking on the quay with ice packs wrapped around their necks.

The blue sky was dotted with fluffy white clouds.

"Hot, isn’t it?"
"Yeah, it really is."

The long summer in Hong Kong is still far from over.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011



Lupikona are playing chase.

Here is Kona in mid-air.

Lupikona, where are you?

This is a helipad. We found it during our walk.

Lupita and...

Kona look full of life.

The flowers swaying in the breeze in the grass field that surrounds the helipad are called...

Bidens alba, commonly known as shepherd’s needles.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Coral Hibiscus

A bright red flower hangs down from a tree.

Does it look like something?

It is a Coral Hibiscus. Because the flowers that hang down like Japanese wind-bells, we call these Furin-bussouge in Japanese, which means ‘Wind-bell Hibiscus’. In Japan, people feel cooler when the Japanese wind-bells, Furin, swing and ring in the breeze.

This is a spot where we can feel cooler on a hot summer walk.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Usual Sunday

Sunday dog walking.

Lupikona leisurely followed Scott.

We walked on the trail and...

climbed up the steep mountain pass.

We all were thirsty.

I brought only one very small water bowl. But…

Lupikona shared the small bowl of water.

One doesn’t need to do very special things on Sundays. I can find happiness in the ordinary things that Scott and I do with Lupikona.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Nodding Off

On the balcony.

Kona is lying down and sleeping. Are you awake, Lupita?


"I feel..."


Isn’t it nice to drift off into dreamland in the sunshine?


Friday, August 19, 2011

Walk! Walk! Walk!

Every volunteer dog walker for the rescued dogs is on vacation. I was the only person available to walk them yesterday.

It seemed the dogs in the kennel were excited and couldn’t wait when they found me.

There were six dogs that needed to be walked. I decided to walk two dogs at a time. Three rounds of about 40 minutes each.

The first round...

I walked Daima and Saima.

On our way back, the dogs cooled down in the stream.

The second round...

I walked Tess and Sam.

The dogs cooled down in the stream.

The third round...

I walked Madelyn and Zita.

I wanted to cool down too!

If one considers Lupikona’s morning and evening walks, I walked five times for a total of four hours. It was a day devoted to walking dogs!