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.
And this is the road before the parking lot. I got out of the car and set up my camera, but the deer did not even try to run away, and I was able to take this picture. After this, we decided to go to “PIXY” in Izu-kogen for lunch.
This is a cafe where dogs are allowed inside.
It was Sunday and we were the only customers in the restaurant at lunch time. So we were able to spend a very relaxing time.
It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the seafood consisted of one prawn tempura, two amago tempuras (amago is a type of trout that is more refreshing than trout), and the rest were vegetable tempuras. This Tempra rice box was super tasty!
My wife’s was a Japanese bento. Both were very nice, cosy enough!
We went to Amagi Kogen for 4 days and 3 nights. The itinerary for this trip had been set long in advance, but two days before we left, Konatsu suddenly stopped eating and seemed to have no energy, and we were in a situation where we were not sure if we could go on the trip.
After much hesitation, I took Konatsu to the veterinary clinic on the morning of the trip to have her examined. The results showed that she had a slight fever (dogs’ body temperatures range from 38.0 to 38.5 °C, and Konatsu’s was 38.7 °C that day), but nothing to worry about, and her stomach was only slightly rumbling. Konatsu was given an injection to improve her stomach condition and prescribed medicine, and the veterinarian diagnosed that “She should be fine to go on the trip. So I decided to go on a trip.
And so we arrived at Tokyu Harvest Club Amagi Kogen.
In one corner of the area, there is a doggy lodge where you can stay with your dog. It was almost 1,000 meters above sea level, and the temperature was 17 degrees Celsius when we arrived. I didn’t think it would be this cold, so I didn’t bring any winter clothes…
Well, Konatsu was completely fine at night, probably thanks to the injection at the hospital in the morning, and her appetite was restored and she ate her supper as usual, which was a relief for us! Thanks to the doctor at the veterinary hospital!
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.
Hungry, I searched on my smartphone for a doggy-friendly cafe or restaurant nearby, and found a doggy-friendly steakhouse less than five minutes from here. Steak for lunch? I thought to myself, “But why not have a light dinner! So we went to the restaurant.
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.
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
Last Saturday and Sunday, I went to support my alma mater, Shizuoka High School, as they competed in the Tokai Tournament. On the way back, I stopped by “Hamamatsu Flower Park,” and the roses were in full bloom this time of year, making a big impact.
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.
小型犬ニコルは避難列車「Ukrzaliznytsia」の乗客のストレスに対処するのを助けます。4年前、ドニプロガイドTatiana min ʹkovaの駅で見つかった犬。今、彼女は避難した人たちがストレスに対処するのを手伝っているそうです。
This is a dog story from Ukraine. Small dog Nicole helps passengers of the evacuation train “Ukrzaliznytsia” cope with tress. The dog was found four years ago at the station of Dnipro guide Tatiana min ʹkova. Now she is helping evacuees cope with stress. From UAnimals.
The following dog was rescued by a volunteer from being left behind in a dumpster one day. This boy may be able to find a new family with the support of UAnimals. I have written before about “people who cannot evacuate because of their pets,” and there are dogs in these pitiful circumstances.
Such a state of war continues, but this happened yesterday in Japan.
It was a sumo match between a Ukrainian wrestler “Shishi” (left) and a Russian wrestler “Roga” (right). The audience applauded loudly. What was the result? If you are interested, please check it out. (lol)
The other day I wrote about Konatsu’s epileptic seizure, and I would like to let you know how she has been doing since then. On that day, my wife and I tried not to push her too hard and kept an eye on her. Konatsu started eating normally that night, and from the next day, she started taking short but cheerful walks. Konatsu is now an old dog, so I will let her spend her time at her own pace without overworking her. Thank you very much for your concern.
Today I am in Gunma Prefecture for work. On the way there, I stopped by Mentai Park, a recently opened food theme park. Mentai is cod ovum slowly marinated in chili pepper sauce. It is usually served hot on rice. Furthermore, Mentai pasta is very popular these days. There are even snacks which are made of spicy cod roe.