Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friends

We went to Komazawa Park with mama's friend from work and her JRT named Muku-chan. We are really good friends...except when he has something I want... I also ran into an old friend. Look familiar??? I think his name is Hannibal... Sometimes I hear noises outside and have to check it out. Unfortunately my legs are too short...but fortunately, papa helps me (unwittingly...)...It's been so hot in Tokyo lately. Today it was up around 34 degrees with humidity in the 80's. I spent my time lounging around with my friend...
...and being lounged on...
Mama bought me a new toy! She and papa put delicious treats inside for me to get...if I can...it's very difficult and frustrating...
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...but I finally got one!!!
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And to end on a happy note, papa finally broke 100 today in golf!!! He went to
The Glenmoor Country Club near Narita which was designed by Pete Dye. The course looked pretty tough with a lot of water hazards and bunkers. Papa was expecting to score 120 but managed a 98! Check out the 9th hole! And the 18th!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Eggplant

Last weekend mama and papa took me to Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture over the long weekend. Nasu also means eggplant in Japanese. Papa was so happy that he could eat nasu in Nasu! Mama thought it was a stupid joke...I agree...

Mama and papa stayed at a place called Niki Club. Mama got a discount through work so it was half price. We arrived in Nasu Sunday after a morning of heavy traffic from Tokyo. We went to a place called Nardius that had a dog run for me to play in. I got to run around until I was tired at which time I couldn't even stand up to drink. Papa had to give me water while I was lying down. He was muttering something about being lazy and spoiled...

I don't mind when papa makes fun of me sometimes because he provides me with necessities in life like shade when it's 32 degrees cel
cius... After running around Nardius, we went to a place called Sheik Omar for lunch. It actually wasn't as bad as the name would suggest...

After doing a little shopping at some local stores, mama and papa took me to a dog hotel called Suno House since I wasn't allowed to stay with them at Niki Club. The people who took care of me were nice but the place was a little dumpy. Mama and papa were a little worried but I was fine. Mama and papa really enjoyed Niki Club. It was located in a really nice place surrounded by trees and secluded from civilization. Mama and papa had French for dinner and then enjoyed themselves in the spa where there was an outdoor hot tub and sauna.

There was a greenhouse where they grow their own veggies for dinner as
well as a rice field just behind the cottage where they stayed.
On Monday, mama and papa came to pick me up and we went to the new outlet mall in Nasu. There was another dog run there and I ran around and played with other dogs for a while. They had some agility equipment and I did a few jumps and ran through the tunnel a bunch of times but try as they might, mama and papa couldn't make me do the slalom.

Just before coming back home, mama and papa took me back to Nardius for a shampoo and trim. The owners have a Schnauzer...
...and one of the other customers had a polar bear...
It took 4 and a half hours to drive home due to long weekend traffic but we finally made it back last night. All in all it was a really fun weekend!!! But papa keeps making fun of me. Do I have something on my face again???

Monday, July 7, 2008

Muck Me

Last weekend we went to Jonan Koen again and had a great time. Not only was I able to steal other dogs' toys, but I also found something new that I love to do - I love to find a puddle of mud and lie down in it, much to the dismay of mama and papa. Fortunately, they'd had the foresight to make a shampoo and grooming appointment for me that afternoon so I came home nice and clean!

Papa found some weird grape-sized fruit called "Miracle Fruit". Not sure what it does but it costs $5.00 for just 1 of them...

Ever get the feeling that you're trapped like a prisoner in your own home???

Or that you feel like you're boxed in with nowhere to go...

Papa went golfing again this past weekend with 3 friends to Gunma Prefecture. He played Saturday and Sunday but wouldn't tell me his scores...he probably can't even count that high...

I just love spending time lounging around the house with my friends...