Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Learning to Greet

Last Saturday, I took Lupita to a dog group training session run by Kumako-san.

There were 11 dogs participating. The dog owners worked cooperatively to take something that the dogs are not good at and try to change it.

First of all, we practiced dog greetings.

All of our dogs’ basic information is in their anal glands. A proper dog greeting is to sniff each other’s rear end. It is like a human exchange of name cards. Sniffing face to face is not only rude, but also the chances of causing a fight are high.

Lupita is good at sniffing other dog’s bottoms. But...

she doesn’t like being sniffed. So she sat on her haunches or...

bucked and flounced to avoid being sniffed.

However, after a short time I handed Lupita’s leash to Kumako-san (in green jacket)...

Lupita showed her bottom to the other dog.

Lupita was letting herself be sniffed.

Wow, I want to handle Lupita just as well as Kumako-san did. The one who needs to practice is me!

I got advice from Kumako-san. All other dogs there tried to give Lupita a proper greeting. I practiced having Lupita be sniffed over and over again. Although I didn’t have a clue at first, after practicing...

Lupita and I learned to be able to do that! I was so happy!!



Sunday, April 28, 2013

Today's Lupita

Before telling you what happened to Lupita yesterday, today I want to show you how Lupita behaved today.

A friend of mine, Hata-hata san, walked Lupita.

Kona might felt left out since Lupita got a lot of attention yesterday.

So another friend of mine, Sarah-Lon san, kindly walked Kona. Kona looked happy.

Sarah-Lon san petted Lupita. Lupita remained calm and still.

It’s really something that Lupita let people touch her and she didn’t snap.

Here is a video. Check it out!

"So what?" you may ask. But this is an unbelievable, you-won't-believe-your-eyes-scene for Scott and me.

When Scott saw Lupita in this video, he said... "WOW!!!!!! I can’t believe it. I think it’s fake."

"Hey Scott, it’s not fake. I was really petted."

That’s not to say that Lupita has become a friendly dog. She was undergoing rehabilitation from behavioral problems under my supervision. For your own safety, please do not try to touch Lupita when you see her. Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Today's Lupita

Lupita doesn’t like being touched by people.

She will snap when people pet her. So we have been trying not to let people touch her.

Scott and I are the only people who can pet Lupita with ease. Well, that was true until yesterday...

Today someone...

petted her.

Then, another person...

ptted her.

Then, a different person walked Lupita and...

they smiled at each other.

And then another person petted her.

Lupita didn’t growl, bark or snap the whole time. She behaved different than usual.

What happened to Lupita was... please watch this space.


Friday, April 26, 2013

It's Hot

It’s a warm day today like an early summer day. Lupikona feel hot easily under the sun because they are black dogs.

"It's hot!"

"Are you ok, Kona?"
"I feel exhausted, Lupita."

When we walked in the shade...

they started walking with a lighter step.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Shiba Inu Needs Loving Home

On the river bank at 6:30 a.m….

I’m still not good at getting up early in the morning. But once I step outside the door, it feels very good. A good day starts with a good morning.

On the river bank at 6:30 p.m….

Nice to meet you, Goropi.

Goropi is a rescued Shiba-inu who needs a loving home. He has lived by himself for two years after his owner was hospitalized. (His neighbors have been feeding him once every few days so he can survive.)

Despite his tough experience, he is not aggressive, and he doesn’t look sad. Rather, he looks happy and is enjoying every moment of life. I really hope he finds a new owner who will care for and love him.

If you want to know more about Goropi, please send a message by using the form at the bottom of the column on the right side of this page.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In Our Garden

A tulip opened up finally.

I replanted the smaller bulbs that were separated from last year’s mother bulbs, but they didn’t grow well. So I’m glad to see at least one beautiful flower.

Sniff, sniff. Hello Miss tulip, you did a good job!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Under the Tree

Kona was sitting under a tree called...

Konara in Japanese.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Fine Monday

On the weekend, it was cold. It was as if we were back to winter again, and that made us feel low. However…

it’s fine and warm today that...

made us feel good!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Purple-flowered Walk

Muscari have bluish-purple flowers.

These pale purple flowers are...

Fringed Iris.

Japanese Wisteria has also bloomed.

The cluster of hanging wisteria petals look like a type of hair accessory for a maiko (apprentice geisha).

These wisteria have a beautiful lilac color.

This German Iris has drops of water on its mauve colored petals after the rain.


Saturday, April 20, 2013


It’s cold and also raining today. On a day like this, I hope the photos of doggie smiles bring sunshine into your hearts.




Living with Lupita and Kona, I have discovered that dogs also smile and laugh!


Thursday, April 18, 2013


The dandelions are in full bloom.

A seed from the puff balls....

landed on the tip of Kona’s nose.

Ha-ha-haaa! It’s a pleasing spring day.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Home Alone

I’m not a morning person.

But I woke up at 5:30am and took Lupikona for a walk.

It’s my new habit!

Oh well, actually it’s not. I was going on a day trip to Kobe for family matters, so I just got up early today.

Lupita still half asleep.

Then Lupikona had to stay home alone for 12 hours, from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. Yes, it’s a long time.

As soon as I returned home at night, I took Lupikona for a walk.

They might have felt insecure since they are unaccustomed to being all alone for such a long time.

We feel secure when we are all together at home.

Sweet dreams, Lupikona.