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Monday, June 14, 2021

The Hachi Chronicle

Hachi overall had a great week. He loved playing with his sister out in the meadows. One day, Shyla was reluctant to start playing so Hachi threw himself onto his back to entice her to play. We love seeing him be so socially savvy!

His strategy worked well. Soon, she'd be pursuing him.

All of his formal training went great too. He relaxed, he learned to be more consistent at taking a breath on cue, and he handled having workers outside remarkably well. In fact, when the foundation was finished for the greenhouse, Hachi seemed to think that we'd built him his own personal basking pad! He declined to go for a walk because he preferred to sun bathe!

Late in the week, he did run into a little bit of stress that caused him to act out. We asked too much of him socially. On one day, he went to a friend's house and hung out on their deck. Then, on the next day, we had friends over for a picnic. After sitting close to them for a half hour, he went over threshold and snarled at Shyla as we got ready to walk back to the house. It was all noise and no damage but I hate when it happens. 

I think that he's reached a phase where he can outwardly appear to be handling a situation well because he has no outbursts or other signs of distress. But then, all of a sudden his stress bursts out. I feel like we need to realize when he's stoically managing a situation and diffuse his stress before he bursts. But it is hard to identify the moment when that's needed.

In general, when Hachi looks like this, he is happy and relaxed.
Overall, he had a great week. I like to analyze the small outbursts so that we can help him avoid them. But they were a very small part of the week.


  1. we are happy to hear about good things...and maybe that one time he snarled something outside was wrong? a noise, a smell or a move?

  2. Hari OM
    such a handsome fellow!!! So glad to hear of the 95% positive... YAM xx

  3. Get another post with good news. That last photo of Hachi is just absolutely beautiful I love that big long pink tongue and he looks so happy. I think you did really good to only have one little outburst. We will never know what goes on inside their heads for sure

  4. We're glad to hear that Hachi had a good week overall. Now you'll just have to pour another slab so Hachi can use it for his personal basking pad. BOL!

  5. He's come such a very long way. You're patience and love has helped too. You're a worthy pup parent.

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

  6. "On one day, he went to a friend's house and hung out on their deck. Then, on the next day, we had friends over for a picnic." Holy cow, you've come a long way with Mr. Hachi! That would have been unimaginable even a few months ago. I bet you're right that he can contain stress better than he used to, but that it's still there in those settings.

    LOVE that he is now self-handicapping for Shyla! Rowan has now done so with her play buddy Phil, but has never offered herself up for Obi. Still working on those play skills, and envious of the relationship Hachi and Shyla have.

    Chris from Boise

  7. Even the most laid back can have a 'moment' where they uncharacteristically lash out. I'm sure it was just a aberration. He sure looks like he's enjoying the new property.

  8. Of course you built the pad for Hachi. LOL he is a funny boy and Shyla is just a doll baby
    Hugs Cecilia

  9. Hachi is just trying out the base for size, and waiting till the walls and roof go up, warmth even in winter, he says. He has come so far, unimaginable months ago, enjoy those warm days together.

  10. We love hearing that Hachi had a really good week, he really deserves it!

  11. Funny boy! He looks very content on HIS pad. :)

  12. OMD, this is FABulous news! And dude, your sun deck is amazin'!!!! I thinks I could set up my margarita machine in the corner, and have a FABulous pawty spot! BOL!!!
    Ruby ♥

  13. He has come so very far! Even though his occasional "bursts" are frustrating, they are nothing compared to how he was previously. He is making so much headway!

  14. It sounds like 10 steps forward and a half a step back. Not bad. I want to lay down in the sun next to Hachi.

  15. I'm so glad there were more good than bad times this week! I love how relaxed he looks lying on the foundation. ♥


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