Our Newfoundland Hikari turned 12 years old this year. That is a very good age for this breed that has an average life expectancy of 10. We often take her to a local park where she can watch the activities, including the other dogs out for a walk. Click on the image for a larger view.
We wish you a wonderful and prosperous New Year!
2018 is the year of the dog by the Japanese calendar.
All fine traits of human nature are found in people born in this year.
Duty, loyalty, and honesty makes them do their best in relationships with others.
Click on the image to see a larger image of Hikari, our Newfoundland.
My wife Naomi and I rescued Kai when he was three. Newfoundlands are known to be gentle giants, and Kai was no exception. To see a 150lb dog hide behind your legs in hopes of protection from having a shower from his mistress wielding a garden hose was priceless.
But Kai was my dog. It is odd the bond you can have with an animal. Naomi noticed the pride he would show in public when I walked him. When I was working, he would lay down at my feet or put his head in my lap. He would also join me on the couch when I was taking a nap—not an easy thing to do when the couch was just big enough for me, never mind the huge Newfoundland trying to climb over my body. We were inseparable for the four years he was with me.
I miss my friend.