Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Going to the Field

We walked to the field after long absence.

Hey Kona, what are you doing?

“I’m smelling the scent of the weeds.”

Lupita wants to chase Kona, but…

she has to wait a little more until Kona’s leg heals completely.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Post-Rain Walk

After the rain…

the raindrops impearled a spiderwort.

A duck and Lupita, what are they looking at?


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nice to Meet You

Lupikona and I went to a park where some old friends were having a picnic.

We meet Boo-san’s newly adopted dog for the first time.

“Nice to meet you…

I’m Taku.”

Kai walked with Lupikona.

It makes me so happy to see Kai smile.

“Nice to meet you. I’m Lupita.”

When a friend of mine petted Lupita, she stayed calm.

And another friend of mine also petted Lupita. She stayed calm.

Look at this! Lupita didn’t mind being held around the shoulders. She was on her best behavior.

Like I keep saying in this blog, it’s really something that Lupita let people touch her and she didn’t snap. What inspired me to try to give Lupita opportunities to get used to human beings is a dog behavior rehab session Lupita participated in in April. I really appreciate Kumako-san’s support and guidance.

I had a good day today. Thanks Boo-san for asking your friends to help Lupikona.

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


Friday, July 26, 2013

Water Lily

On our morning walk…

we saw the water lilies blooming.

“Say cheese!”

A carpenter bee was pollinating the flower…


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Keeping in Step

On a dull and humid day like this…

Lupikona just walk along in silence.

This is a short video clip of Lupikona walking. It’s nothing special but…

left, right, left, right… they kept in step with each other.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

After the Thunderstorm

The pouring rain accompanied with thunder yesterday was terrific.

We went out for a walk after the rain.

During the storm, Lupita barked at the thunder…

and Kona was shaken up with fear.

Thank heavens, the storm has gone!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Crape Myrtle

One thing that has added color to our daily summer walks is…

blooming crape myrtles.


Monday, July 22, 2013

A Quick Glance

Walking with Lupikona.

While walking the dogs…

they each glanced up at…



Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weight Check

Lupita understands a Japanese word, taiju which means weight. When I say “Taiju!” she comes rushing over to the scale.

Scott held her to weigh her.

She is 21.5kg. She may not look it, but she lost some weight.

It’s Kona’s turn. Kona requires weight control to help her recovery after injury. She naturally lost 3kg through diet. Now she has reached her target weight, 19kg.


Friday, July 19, 2013




together with Lupita…

it’s a walk called rehabilitation.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Postoperative Examination

It has been a month and a week since Kona’s operation.

We took Kona to the animal hospital for a follow-up examination.

Kona made good progress since the last examination. Although it will take one or two more months to heal completely, now she can return to an almost normal life except that she is not allowed to run, jump, or engage in strenuous movement like ball playing, etc.

Her rehab walk has been increased to one hour twice a day.

It’s great that you can walk for one hour, isn’t it, Kona?

And also the doctor said that we could walk Kona and Lupita at the same time.

Lupikona looked happy walking together.

For those who are concerned about Kona’s leg, fortunately, her leg is making good progress. Because we hope that Kona can run around like she did before her surgery, we are committed to rehabilitating her knee so that she makes a complete recovery.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Cold

I came down with a summer cold from the second half of the long weekend.

Scott fed Lupikona, walked Lupikona, fed me, nursed me, took care of everything, so I was able to have a good rest to heal myself.

I resumed walking the dogs last evening. I would have still stayed in bed if I didn’t have a dog. It was good to get outside for some fresh air. It helped me to feel better.