Sunday, June 30, 2013

Scott’s First Trail Race

Yesterday morning at 6 a.m., Lupita saw Scott out the door.

“Bye, Lupita.”
“Good luck, Scott.”

Yesterday Scott participated a mountain trail race for the first time. When he applied to it several months ago, we planned to take Lupikona to Nagano to support him. But Kona still cannot go on a long trip following her surgery, so Scott decided to take a day trip and run by himself.

“I wonder how he is doing on the trail?”

Around that time Scott was…

about the 10.5km mark. (Check out the video filmed by Scott running)

And then, at 11.p.m….

“Welcome back, Scott!” Kona wiggled with joy.

Yes! Scott did it!

“Congrats, Scott!”

Friday, June 28, 2013

In the Hydrangea Garden

When it rains, the hydrangea becomes vibrant. When the rain stops, Lupita becomes vibrant.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Water Strider

Hey Lupita, what are you looking at?

"A water strider."

Oh, you’re right. I can see it too.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Show Me the Scar

I observe how Kona’s surgical scar is healing everyday. However, I’m afraid of touching her freshly repaired fragile leg.

But, it’s not a problem because she lifts her leg and shows me the scar by herself.

【Caution】If you do not want to see a surgical scar, please do not watch this video.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Hydrangea Head

Lupita's new look.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Lupita’s Sunday, Kona’s Sunday

The weather was nice. It was a pleasant Sunday.

Scott went surfing and Lupita accompanied him to the beach.

She enjoyed her beach date with Scott. She looked so happy.

Going out is still too much for Kona. So I stayed at home with her.

She enjoyed her 15-minute rehab walk.

Kona, I will do my best to help your recovery, so that we can all go to the beach together again.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

At Postoperative Day 11

It has been one week since Kona was discharged. We took Kona to the animal hospital for a postoperative examination.

Kona made good progress after the operation and her stitches were removed.

The wound healed quickly thanks to Kona, who behaved herself while patiently resting. Well done, Kona.

Kona is able to start rehabilitation from today. She begins with a 15 minute walk twice a day.

I didn’t expect that I could walk Kona again before the hydrangea season ends.

I can only be amazed at Kona’s quick recovery.

However, she is still restricted in many aspects of daily life. Don’t rush and enjoy what you can do now. I’ll always be by your side, Kona.


Friday, June 21, 2013

What Lupita Feels and Thinks

Last week…

Lupita was waiting for Scott to come back home every night.

While Scott was in the US, Kona had surgery. I was not mentally prepared for it. I was so uneasy and upset, and I showed my emotions to Lupita.

“Are you OK, Yumi?”

On the night of Kona’s surgery, I found a coin-sized bald spot on her body. It may be psychosomatic. She might be sensing my anxiety. Oh, I’m sorry, Lupita.

Kona and Scott came back. And it seems Lupita is back to her usual self.

I must make myself mentally stronger so that Lupita can live with peace of mind.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Enjoying the Breeze

Kona recuperates inside all day, every day.

When a breeze comes through the window…

she enjoys a whiff of fresh air. I wish I could take her outside…


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Big Hug

Scott came back home from a 10-day trip to the US yesterday.

Kona was overjoyed. Scott was careful to avoid injuring her freshly repaired knee.

He gave her a big hug.

“Kona, it’s great that Scott’s home, isn’t it?”


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Is Kona there?

It has been one week since Kona’s surgery.

Kona is fine. But we still need to keep her resting, so she is not allowed to go for a walk yet.

Every time Lupita returns home form her walk, she goes directly to Kona’s room to make sure Kona is ok.

I think she wants to make sure Kona is still there.

Please check out the video clip of how Lupita finds Kona.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Kona's Room

Kona is kept in a small, fenced, restricted area at home.

Yesterdy afternoon...

last night...

and this morning. She has been sleeping all day.

Oh? Lupita is also sleeping all day by Kona, even though she doesn't need bed rest and can walk around freely anywhere in our house.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Shaved Butt

Kona was shaved when she prepped for the surgery.

Whether you feel it’s sad or…

sexy is up to you!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Kona Came Home from the Hospital

4 days after surgery,

Kona was discharged from the hospital.

Thank you so much for sending get-well-wishes to Kona and words of encouragement to me.

Kona had Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery. It treats a ruptured ACL by cutting the bone, rotating it to change the angle of the top of the shin bone, and stabilizing it with a plate and screws. Prior to surgery, the vet told me that she would be able to be discharged in 4 to 6 days after surgery if she does well. However, I didn’t expect that she would come home so soon after such a big surgery.

At home, she could release her anxiety and stress. She was fast asleep. When I looked at her peaceful expression on her face, I felt so happy that she could come home earlier. Although she could leave the hospital, she still needs complete rest and it is imperative her activity is strictly limited. Playing with Lupita, being too excited, and any movement that would ruin the surgical site are not allowed. I keep her under my direct supervision as much as possible. I feel very thankful for the time I can be with Kona and I’m happy to take care of her.


Friday, June 14, 2013

The Season for Apricots

The apricot season is very short. I got fresh apricots and…

made apricot liqueur.

By the time this liqueur has fermented, I hope Kona’s leg has improved a lot.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dinner Table without Kona

Normally Lupita and Kona eat food together at the same table. However, while Kona is in the hospital…

Lupita eats alone at the table. Kona’s food bowl at the left is empty.


Lupita licked her food bowl to finish her dinner. Then…

“Did Kona leave any food in her bowl?”

Lupita and Kona always check each other’s food bowl to see if there is anything leftover after they finish their own bowl. Even though Kona was not there, Lupita sniffed Kona’s bowl as usual.

“I’m done!”

Kona is doing fine in the hospital. However, she ate only a little so far. She must still be nervous in the hospital. I wish I could feed her homemade meals at home. Get well soon, Kona.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Night without Kona

Kona had TPLO surgery to repair her ruptured ACL. She needs to be hospitalized.

A night without Kona…

it’s so quiet.

Lupikona always share a bed.

In absence of Kona…

the bed is too big and empty, isn’t it, Lupita?


well… Lupita doesn’t feel it’s too big though.

I wish Kona a speedy recovery so she can come back home soon.


Monday, June 10, 2013

While Walking Down the Street

What are Lupikona talking about?