Tomorrow is the summer solstice. I don’t know if it has anything to do with it, but it seems to be hot all over Japan today. I am here in Gunma for work, and it is as hot as midsummer here. Most dog breeds seem to be sensitive to heat, and Konatsu is also very sensitive to heat. This summer is going to be hotter than usual, too, which will be hard on Konatsu, who is very old.
This video is from a recent trip. We hope Konatsu will survive the summer with this energy.
The way back, the man pulling the rickshaw who came from the other side was also telling the passengers about Yoritomo. “Yoritomo is going to die in two weeks,” he said. I laughed when I heard him spoiling a story.
It is almost the season for hydrangeas to bloom. Kamakura is going to be overflowing with more and more tourists.
Konatsu is having his tartar removal done without anesthesia. The veterinarian recommends it because it is risky for her to have general anesthesia due to her age. Konatsu doesn’t like hospitals, but once she is on the table, she is a very easy patient for the veterinarian to deal with.
This is an antibiotic syrup. After tartar removal, the gums are slightly damaged, so this is given to prevent inflammation of the gums. But Konatsu doesn’t like it and won’t take it, so we have a lot of the ones we’ve had so far. What a problem…
The Kanto region entered the rainy season a few days ago, and we have been having rainy and cloudy days. I hope the rainy season will end soon because it is hard to take a walk when it keeps raining, but it will probably be like this for another month.
Didn’t take a picture, but her teeth are shiny too!
It’s such a beautiful day today, but it’s supposed to rain hard all day tomorrow. I’m looking forward to watching the Japan vs. Brazil soccer game tomorrow, but the condition of the field is going to be bad…
I don’t know what happened, but the page for creating posts on this blog has changed from yesterday, and it is very difficult to work. But that aside, my daughter came to my house last night. Naturally Konatsu was happy to see her, but her joy was short-lived, as she left for Nagoya early this morning.
The hydrangeas in my garden have begun to change color. Why is it said that Kamakura is famous for hydrangea? I looked it up and found that “Kamakura is surrounded on three sides by mountains, and because of the fragile soil, hydrangeas were chosen as a countermeasure to prevent soil erosion by keeping their roots firmly planted in the ground, and also to prevent them from becoming large trees”.
We have hydrangeas in our garden and they are beginning to bloom. I had never been interested in hydrangeas in our garden before, but when I took pictures of them, it seemed that there were many different types.
Except for the second from the top, maybe it’s just the color difference, but…
I have always said that Konatsu’s goal is to be 20 years old, but lately I have been feeling a little less confident about that. People often tell me that she still looks young, but it is clear that her movements are becoming slower and slower.
Konatsu doesn’t like crowds, so we walked around looking for a place with fewer people. When the temperature rises more and the sand gets hotter, the dogs won’t be able to walk there, but today is still fine.
After walking for about 30 minutes, more and more people started to arrive, so we decided to leave early, and…
On the way home, I bought some raw whitebait and boiled whitebait, and today’s lunch is a bowl of whitebait.
Prepare various condiments.
If I eat so much at lunch, I’ll have to moderate at night, lol.
We arrived at the temple. This temple is also called “Ajisai-dera” (hydrangea temple), and if you search the Internet, you will find many pictures of hydrangeas blooming in the precincts of the temple.
The one in the middle is liverwort. If left unchecked, these will grow in large numbers and need to be removed because they will look bad and will make it easier for slugs and other insects to proliferate.
This one is hair moss.
Hair moss makes the garden look beautiful, so there is no problem with its proliferation. In fact, they are welcome.
I sometimes help with the weeding, but it’s hard on my legs and back when I squat for long periods of time. I have to do it in moderation. However, it is thanks to my wife that the garden is kept in this condition.
Konatsu must feel good here because she can roam around as she likes without a leash. She circled the yard many times.
This morning’s incident During our walk this morning, Konatsu vomited yellow gastric juice. I had seen this happen several times before, and I thought it might be because she was too hungry. and didn’t pay much attention to it. This morning, however, Konatsu began to wobble on her feet, and as if she had lost her footing, she collapsed from the hips and fell to the side. I was surprised because I had never seen such a symptom before. I hurriedly called Konatsu’s veterinary clinic and was able to get her seen before the clinic opened.
The doctor examined Konatsu and found that her heartbeat was normal and that there was nothing else wrong with her. The doctor’s diagnosis was that Konatsu was probably suffering from senile epileptic seizures. The doctor’s diagnosis was that it was probably senile epilepsy, a symptomatic form of epilepsy caused by damage to part of the brain due to the decrease in the number of brain cells caused by aging. So Konatsu has reached such an age. The doctor gave her a subcutaneous steroid injection and we returned home.
After returning home, Konatsu was anxious for a while, perhaps because she felt something was wrong with herself, and she had this expression on her face
When I went to the hospital again in the afternoon to check Konatsu again, she was in such good health. Now I no longer have to worry about things like I did this morning. Since Konatsu is now a senior dog at over 12 years of age, it made me think that I needed to take better care of her health than ever before.
As expected, Golden Week Holidays As expected, Kamakura and Enoshima are crowded during the Golden Week holiday season. One of the aim for tourists is fresh shirasu (whitebait), but the catch has been slow recently. Today, I called fisherman’s store Hamano and asked, “Do you have any fresh baby sardines?” They replied, “We have some! So I immediately made a reservation.
Hamano Store is located at the mouth of the Sakai River, which flows right in front of Enoshima.
A famous fisherman’s store for those in the know
Got two bags of freshly caught sardines as well as fresh whitebait! Cheap and fresh!
Plenty on the dinner table! Great with beer & wine.
Konatsu, who loves sashimi, eats about one human portion in one sitting.
Furthermore, the remaining sardine bones are baked in the oven at 65°C for 7.5 hours. Then…
Here’s another one of Konatsu’s favorite “bone crackers!”
That’s mine, isn’t it? Konatsu stares at them.
In no time at all, there are only a few left. Let’s eat the rest little by little with care!
Day 64 of the War: “The Story of Abandoned Sonya” Sonya is 6 years old and from the Odessa region. Since the war began, her owners left her alone in their apartment. An acquaintance of the author gave Sonya some food, but she missed her family and began to bark loudly. Then a neighbor called the police and Sonya was kicked out of the apartment to the front door. Now she lives on the street. Sonya’s character is not easy, her family betrayed her, so she is untouchable, does not trust people, and is adapting to life on the street. In some of these cases, they are not able to evacuate together, but this would not have happened without the Russian invasion.
The weather is about to change from spring to early summer, and as I turn around in the garden, I see that many of the flowers my wife is growing are in bloom. I hardly know the names of the flowers, so I’ll just put up pictures.
I think it would be beautiful if they bloomed all at once like this, but I can’t comment appropriately.
I don’t know what’s so fun, Konatsu suddenly smiled.
We are having such a peaceful evening, but it has been 45 days since Ukraine was invaded by Russia. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this image from the UAnimals site, but it’s a scene that should not be happening on the planet we live on.