Drool

Drool is an occupational hazard for any Newfoundland owner. Fortunately, females like Hikari don’t actually drool that badly for the breed. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Kai

We lost Kai nine years ago on August 19th. 2011 marked our first winter together in Maine. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Attention

Hikari is nine this year and well into her senior years. She still has a puppy face and youthful inquisitiveness—she has just spotted another dog on one of her walks in the picture above. She is certainly enjoying city life. Click on the image for a larger view.

Our Newfoundland Hikari

life_in_maine_hikari_nappingHikari is our Newfoundland dog. She is only a 100lb/45kg—small for a Newfie. Her name Hikari (光) is the Japanese word for sunshine or light.

We are strict with our animals. Absolutely no dogs on the furniture. Except for the couch. And the bed. She has discovered that if she looks us in the eye and tilts her head to one side, she is more likely to get a treat. Newfoundlands are easily trained, almost as easy as their owners.

Newfies make great companions. Hikari is our second dog. Kai was our first. We rescued both of them. Newfies are not without their downside—drool on the kitchen ceiling is hard to clean and, if we could learn to spin their fur, we could have a second income. Click on the image for a larger view.