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3月 31, 2010, 5:25 pm
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Kinta finds his new interest one after another.  This time was cables.  We have cables for TV etc. outside of our house on a wall.  Those cables are usually put together and tacked them on the wall. Kinta pulled those cables off of the wall.  Thank God, he did not chew cables and we still have working cable TV so we believe there’s no damage.  But I’m just wondering what that short black cable I found in a backyard this morning.  I guess I don’t wanna know.

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3月 30, 2010, 4:56 pm
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Since I started to add vegetables to Kinta’s dog food, his stool quality has been improved.  He always had soft stool but now he has ‘easy to pick up’ poops.  Smell of it got better.  I believe he’s absorbing nutrition better because amount of his stool was decreased.  I only add sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, ground meat, tofu, green vegetables and yogurt to his regular dry dog food.  It’s easy and the result is beyond my expectation.  Fantastic!

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3月 29, 2010, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Dog, Family, Work



Today was Monday.  Both Todd and I were supposed to have a day off together.   But I had to go to work due to a session with Medical Students. While I was working, Todd went to Marina Del Ray with Kinta and stopped at Tonny P.  I bet Azuki and Makiba enjoyed their freedom from Kinta’s tyranny.

暴君、金太。Kinta, the tyrant.


I’m glad that all my family had a good day off, except for me.

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3月 28, 2010, 9:12 pm
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It has been over 80 degree this weekend and it’s like summer already.  We had Palm Sunday worship at church and had breakfast at 50s cafe.  I have been suffering from some kind of alergy…hay fever?….so I took an antihistamine which made me really sleepy. So when we came home from church, I was gonna take a nap for 30 minutes.  But I end up sleeping 5 hours!  I wish Todd woke me up.  I may not be able to sleep tonight.



We went to Balboa Lake Park near by since cherry blossoms have been at their best now. Friend of mine told me that it was full bloom last weekend.  So this weekend cherry blossoms have been fallen some. But still it was beautiful and there are so many families having a picnic there.  I passed several Japanese people there, too. 



It was 3 years ago we took our engagement pictures in this park under cherry blossoms.  This park is a memorable special place for Todd and me.




We stopped by the dog park.  Kinta did better than last time but still, he gets timid and hind in between Todd’s legs here and there.  We hope he continues to get better at socializing with other dogs.

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3月 27, 2010, 7:05 pm
Filed under: Daily Life, Dog, Family, Health and Beauty, Nature



We started today with haircut and shampoo for Azuki, Makiba and Kinta.  We cleaned our house and did laundry.  Since it’s getting pretty hot lately, we decided to try moving pooches cages to more cool location.



Makiba has been sleeping in a garage with Kinta but his cage was brought into dining room to be with Azuki.  When I was single, I used to put Azuki & Makiba’s cage stacked like this in my small condo. Azuki has been sleeping in a dining room.  From tonight she will sleep in a top cage.  Or maybe both can sleep in a bottom cage.




Kinta’s cage is huge and we were not sure where to put it though he has been sleeping in a garage. We decided, for now, to put it on a landing space in front of our bedroom.  Since we keep AC on 24hrs during the hot summer, this should work for heat sensitive Kinta.



I got a new toy for Kinta since he destroyed most of his staffed animals.  Most of toys still in use are mostly made of rubber or plastic now.



I did my nails, too.  Since Easter is coming, I used pearl white with pastel pink, green and yellow.  Sweet.  Maybe too sweet.

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3月 26, 2010, 12:16 pm
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Unlike Azuki and Makiba, Kinta does not take a nap much.  When he was little he did but lately he wakes up at 6am and until 9pm to go to bed, he is fully active.  If I’m reading a book or doing something on a computer, Kinta brings a ball and pushes it on my hand, “Play with me, Mom.”



I just ignore him and keep reading a book.  Then Kinta puts his paws on a book or computer keyboard and demands me to play with him.  It becomes an endurance contest between him and me.



Usually I get annoyed by him and tried to take his ball away.  But Kinta thinks I’m playing with him, so he won’t let go of a ball. That gets on my nerve, too.



Todd finally cannot ignore my frustration and struggle with Kinta, he holds Kinta away from me.  As soon as Todd kisses Kinta, Kinta drops his ball.  It’s just too funny.

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3月 26, 2010, 11:45 am
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The relationship between Todd and Kinta is very different from Kinta and I.  Well, of course I cannot hold him on my lap and spend a quality time like Todd. Kinta, as of yesterday, is 73lbs.  Who else but Todd can handle this monster?

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3月 25, 2010, 9:10 pm
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This past week, Kinta made a good progress in terms of his violent attitude toward Azuki and Makiba. Of course, I am observing him closely.  When he gets too excited, he forgets my presence and tries to be rough with Azuki but if I say “No!” he listens.  On the other hand, Azuki seems that she has already made up her mind that ‘Kinta is a bully and bad boy,’ and she does not even show any interest in restoring her relationship with him.



Azuki’s strategy is to ignore Kinta’s presence completely.  As if she’s telling herself, “He is not there. He is not there.  There is nothing behind me.” 



Kinta tries to get her attention by bringing a toy.  And yet Azuki completely ignores him.



Kinta stares at Azuki.  Still Azuki pays no attention to him. I wonder if this will get better.



Well, what can I say?  It partially Kinta’s fault since he has been a real bully to Azuki (and partially our fault).  We all just need patience and time.  Never give up!

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3月 24, 2010, 7:28 pm
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Every year we are doing this battle against little birds in the yard from Spring to Summer.  Birds make nest under our awning and we take it off.  24 hours later, we find another nest and take it off.  We have to take it off before a bird lays eggs (since I don’t want to ‘kill’ eggs). With patience, we continue this battle until birds give up.



Since Kinta has joined in our family this year, birds have to risk their lives to make a nest. Kinta observes birds in and out of the nest, he jumps and try to catch a bird.  A few days ago, I found a wounded bird on our patio not being able to move, most likely because Kinta attacked it. Thank God, the bird was able to escape after a while.  I thought it’s cat that catches birds.

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Dinner Menu
3月 23, 2010, 5:32 pm
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This is Kinta’s dinner.  We give him Hills Science Diet Large Breed Puppy Formula + Kirkland Puppy Dog Food every day.  In the morning I don’t have time so we feed ‘straight dog food.’  At night, I have some time.  So I put yogurt, pumpkin, carrot and cod liver oil. 

このおどろおどろした物は金太の晩御飯です。我が家はヒルズサイエンスダイエットの大型犬仔犬用のドッグフードとカークランドの子犬用ドッグフードを混ぜて毎日与えています。ちなみに、あずまきはヒルズサイエンスダイエットの小粒ドッグフードです。朝は時間がないのでドッグフードをそのまま与えますが、夕方は時間が有ることが多いので 少なめのドッグフードに南瓜、人参、ヨーグルトと鱈の肝油を混ぜて与えます。


Kinta does not show appetite much and he has been a small eater but since I started to make this special dinner menu, he eats very well. He does not need Makiba to accelerate his appetite (though Kinta is next to him in this picture).



It is interesting to see Kinta put one of his ears up and one of his ears down while he’s eating.



That’s because Kinta needs to pay attention to Makiba so that his food won’t get stolen.


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