Konatsu does not play with everyone and just watches from afar. Until a few years ago, Konatsu loved to run around with everyone, but I wonder if it is because she is getting older. Recently, Konatsu’s decline has become apparent in various situations, and I am concerned, but I hope that time will continue to pass slowly as it has in the past, and that we will still have many more memories to make in the future.
I was able to take a picture of everyone when we parted.
Howl, a Border Collie. Konatsu is good friends with him.
Bobby, a black lab, and Hina, a white lab.
Bam Bam, a flat-coated retriever, and Portress, a black lab.
In a situation like this, Konatsu could not go inside and just watched from a distance.
Anzu washing her feet. Her feet get so dirty from all the morning dew!
I made “Kimi to Boku 2022” (meaning you and me) by collecting photos of friends who have become good friends with Konatsu over the past year or two. I feel that the members have changed a lot compared to the “Kimi to Boku” I made in the past. Also, there are some dogs who are good friends of her but did not appear here due to lack of photos, sorry! BGM：”kimi to boku” Song by Suzuki Ranran ,1998
We went to Hakone, thinking that the sightseeing spots would be free on a weekday as the Golden Week holidays were approaching. This time, we went with Anne and her family, but we were meeting locally, so we had lunch in Hiratsuka on the way there.
Recently popular “Cafeteria at Hiratsuka Fishing Port”
I thought it would be empty on a Monday, but I wrote down my name and waited my turn.
There were many delicious-looking dishes on the menu, and we ordered a bowl of kaisen-don (rice topped with seafood). It was ￥1,480 and included miso soup and oshinko (pickles), which are not shown in the picture. And it takes almost an hour to get to Hakone from here.
As usual, we stayed in a pet room at Tokyu Harvest Club Hakone Koshien. The purpose of coming here this time was to eat delicious Chinese food at “Taigen,” and with four people, we could order many kinds of food, which is fun. While we were taking a rest in the room, Taigen’s microbus came to pick us up.
Unfortunately, it was raining that day, but the restaurant was almost full. We quickly placed our orders one after another.
After toasting with beer, dishes were brought out one after another. The first dish was cold greens with sesame tofu and tomatoes.
You can’t miss the unbai meat (un pai lu) when you come here. It’s as fun to look at as it is to taste!
Vinegared pork（stir-fried sour pork and vegetables）, black vinegar taste and aroma is very good.
Conversation is lively and the meal progresses. But this is just the beginning.
After the beer, the Shaoxing rice wine goes on and on…
Bean-curd soup seasoned with red bean paste. It is not too spicy and has a rich flavor that is hard to find in other restaurants.
The well-known spring rolls, which are deep-fried meat and vegetables in a wrap.
stir-fried liver and garlic chives. This is the sixth dish, but it is not over yet.
This is light noodles, just noodles with no garnish, just a small plate of aromatic greens. One portion was divided among four people.
steamed dumpling (Chinese-style)
Fried rice to finish. The rice was wonderfully crispy and wonderfully tasty fried rice.
From here on, it’s dessert, and this is a white bean dumpling. Lastly, I had apricot bean curd, but I forgot to take a picture of it. We had 11 dishes in total, but as you can see from the pictures, all of them were shared by 4 people, so we were full, but not so much that we ate too much.
The wives are all smiles of satisfaction.
The next morning, the rain finally stopped, and I took a walk with Konatsu in the foggy weather.
My wife prepared a light breakfast of bread and salad, so the four of us and our two dogs took our time to relax and enjoy the afterglow of last night. Below you can see Konatsu and Anne enjoying themselves.
I would like to travel here and there as much as possible while Konatsu is healthy.
I always have Konatsu’s tartar removal done without anesthesia, but this time, since it had been about four months, the doctor said, “There was so much tartar on her teeth that she needed anesthesia, but she was able to do it without anesthesia because she was so quiet even with the ultrasonic scaler. The doctor said. Oh well, I’m glad. ※The black part at the root of the tooth is the discoloration of the gum. It was not left behind.
It’s been about ten years since I got to know HANA. The other day, I had just made a copy of HANA’s old pictures on a CD and gave it to her owner, so we walked together for about half an hour while talking about the old days.
The photo above shows Konatsu and HANA in 2013, both of whom were slim. On the far left is Alex.
Now she has the dignity of a Miss (lol). And this morning, Konatsu came to wake me up at a little past five o’clock. She usually doesn’t do that, but for some reason this morning she was in a “take me for a walk early” mood.
If you look closely, the names “KONATSU” and “HOWL” are written. Actually, this was drawn by Kentaro, the son of Howl’s family, a friend of Konatsu at Nanarigahama. As mentioned in the title of the picture, this is a land mixed relay, and Howl is the first one! , Konatsu is the second place with a close margin! Goal by pulling away 3rd place or less! Thank you, Kentaro !
Konatsu rarely walked to a place close to everyone. But she’s just doing this. Since the time when Konatsu first came here 10 years ago, the generations have gradually changed, and finally Konatsu has become the oldest. “For the time being, I can’t give up my oldest position.”
On Saturday morning, almost all of the recent friends, both people and dogs, gathered and everyone seemed to have fun. It’s a time to forget the Covid-19 pandemic. I will introduce the photos without comment.
It’s been almost a year since Maron didn’t come to Shichirigahama in the morning, so it’s been a while since I met him. Maron, who I met after a long time, had the impression that he was quite calm after he was three years old.