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Monday, August 5, 2019

The Hachi Chronicle

Another boring week, and that's a good thing.

I had a lot of time with Hachi outdoors. I am struck, again and again, at how hard he tries when I ask him to "come" or any other cue. Because he tries so hard, he can look very serious.

He can also look zany!
I can feel him softening still more toward people who aren't me or the Runner. He seems to want to interact with them. A friend dropped by who he hadn't seen in a while and he showered her with kisses. He greeted another friend on the trails with great enthusiasm. I am getting the feeling that he will someday get over the worst of his stranger fear. He is moving in that direction, one person at a time.

In terms of his interactions with R, he didn't have any closeup ones inside the house this week. He did go for off-leash runs with R and the Runner every morning, and they got along well outdoors. I keep reminding myself that slow and steady is what might eventually win in terms of Hachi's attitude toward R. So, we do our behavior modification exercises with Hachi and R every day, and I try not to ponder whether I have a clue about what the future holds.

Life is full of twists and turns. I don't know when it will happen but I predict that I will temporarily be forced to post less frequently in the near future. Please bear with me when that happens. Also, please forgive me for having trouble visiting all of the blogs that I want to visit. Life isn't easy right now.


  1. i am so sorry to hear your life is not easy, we will all be waiting and praying for you and fully understand that life sometimes kicks us in the teeth. hang in there. don't wory about not visits. we gotcha... hugs.. these two photos are priceless. Hachi is so HANDSOME

  2. We are sending our love and support and will be here when you are back. Remember to take some time for you.

  3. Hari OM
    You know you have our love and wishes... anyway, absence and fonder hearts and all that!!! YAM xx

  4. We get it and hope your normal enthusiasm and positive attitude returns soon. Love is hard, and you love your dogs so much that their problems can weigh. One day at a time. The future is out of our hands. All we have is now, and things have a way of working out even when we think they won't...

  5. Wishing you the best in dealing with whatever challenges you are facing. I, too, regret that lately I just haven't had the time to check in with blog friends the way I would to...

  6. Thinking of you and praying that your dad is
    surrounded with love and comfort.

    ♥ Astro Mitzie and Linda

  7. I'm thinking of you and yours every day, and sending a little "telepathic snapshot to KB" when I'm out doing chores and see something wonderful. Mostly it's been flowers, plus the occasional sweet goat face or smiling Piper.

  8. We are with you as you go through this difficult time. Focus where you need to focus; we'll be here when you're ready to come back. And thank goodness for boring weeks!

    Chris from Boise

  9. We'll be here when you are able to return. In the meantime, ensure you find a way to take care of yourself in the midst of the challenges.

  10. KB,
    Zany is a perfect description of that 2nd Hachi photo. Ears flying and eyes as big as saucers. He is on a mission. I don't know anything about dog training/behavior but is surely sounds encouraging that Runner, R and Hachi had a good boys outing.

    You all remain in my thoughts and prayers

  11. We are so glad for another boring Hachi week...Please don't worry about posting or commenting, take care of your father and whatever else life throws your way.
    Sending hugs and POTP!

  12. Know we're thinking of you and sending digital hugs as you deal with life's curve balls. Keep up the good work with Hachi-love those stop action photos that show his focus and zaniness. 😍

  13. I love the zany picture. I know what you are going through - been through that with my late husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. We have our paws crossed for you and your family for all the things you need POTP for. Of course we know and understand if you can't visit or post as often as usual when life events happen. Our best to you and your family and we're glad to hear Hachi is doing well.

    P.S. our mom has been busy helping our Oma (grandma) since she got a new hip this past Friday so we haven't been around much either.

  15. You really do look zany in that second picture, Hachi! We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers, KB.

  16. The people and as animals who need your help right now are more important than anything. May you have peace.

  17. You do what you have to do. It's all good.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

  18. bless you darling girl. you and the Runner and your three precious furry ones.
    look at all the people here who love you.
    we're here for whenever or whatever you want to share.

  19. Blog posts take time and a lot of thought. Your sharing of your life, the wild life and all else is wonderful, but when you need to step back and post less, you know what is best right now. Love that Hachi so serious. Hope he continues to progress into lots of happiness with everyone. Cold weather here, snow storms down south, but as the lambing is a lot later there, no little lambs as yet.Up here, lots including twins ,we can see them in the paddocks as we drive to the nearest bigger city .

  20. The secret is patience and not rushing things. If you push too hard, it sets you all the way back to the beginning. Enjoy the progress moments, but don't ask for too much. It will all work out.

  21. Slow and steady sounds like the right course! Hope things settle down quickly.

  22. Nice to hear that positive news about Hachi. As for the rest of life - we send you lots of HUGS and LOVE.

  23. Hachi is doing good. Do what you need to do, we will all be here sending hugs your way.

  24. Things are so positive with Hachi! We're sorry other things in life are not going so well. Our hearts are with you. My posting was hit or miss when my sister was going through chemotherapy. Life has to be dealt with, I hope things may end up more positive than you expect. ♥
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  25. KB, I am so sorry. I know you feel like the sky is crashing around you.
    It has to be so hard for you to stay positive, with your uplifting posts.

    We are rooting for Hachi to keep progressing in a good way
    We love all of you
    tweedles and georgie


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