Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Days Have Gone...

There are a lot of times I've attempted to come back to blogging. After all, it's because of my typing craziness that I've met wonderful people like all of you. And some of you already address me by my first name... 

This isn't me, but I still have a thing for anonymity.
The truth is... priorities have changed so drastically that I'm not sure if I could keep up with you guys. And it's just not fair that you visit our blog and leave nice comments while we haven't done the same.

Even Baby Girl feels neglected at times...
On the bright side, the dogs do get more attention than they used to... I don't take as many pictures, but I do see them on a daily basis. 

Walkies in the morning are so exhausting...
So my friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I will try to get back to blogging starting today.

Huggies and Cheese,
Haopee
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Rommel & Badgi: A Tale of True Friendship Between a Filipino Boy and his Dog.

Dear Friends,

I know I have not been actively participating on keeping with your blogs. For this, I am truly sorry.

To be honest, I only check my email to see what Anne usually sends us for POTPs and friends that have pass through Rainbow Bridge.

However, sometimes, there are just stories that are worth telling, and this is one of them.


Rommel & Badgi's story is a bittersweet one. Rommel's father eloped with a housemaid while his mother left them for her drunkard boyfriend. His company is his pet dog named "Badgi". 

According to him, Badgi protects him from Rugby boys (boys who take his money just to pay for an addictive inhalant like Rugby).

Sometimes, we tend to disregard the good things we have in life... Food, shelter--enough money to pay the vet... This kind of story reminds us how blessed we are.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

3 Ways Your Dog's Social Life is Better Than Yours (Guest Post)

Yes... the busy minutes and hours just keep piling up. Even Chooey is demanding more time from me. I'm really sorry, my friends. I want to be a lot of things right now, and it's forcing me to put blogging at a low priority scale. This guest post itself should've been up last week because it's funny--and let's face it, it's the truth!

This amazing post was brought to us by Amber Kingsley. She's a writer, travel junkie, coffee addict and an animal lover as well. 

By William Wallace Denslow [Public domain]
 via Wikimedia Commons
We have a little, black dog, a Cairn Terrier named Kady, who looks exactly like Toto from The Wizard of Oz. I can say without a shadow of doubt, that she has a much better social life than I do, mainly because of her demeanor. Like Toto, this dog believes she is famous, that everyone and everything put on this planet is here for her enjoyment.

This dog has no fear and barks at nothing and no one. When walking with her in the evenings, upon seeing other humans with their dogs, she quickly and happily approaches them. She often gets so excited, she simply runs around in circles out of pure joy. When the doorbell rings, it is not a package delivery for us, in her mind, it is a messenger sent specifically to her for love and attention. She’s quite the little package herself.

If Kady had opposable thumbs, was a little bit taller, I’d swear she’d be on social media. As pack animals in the wild, dogs are actually very social creatures. That being said, here’s three reasons why your dog’s social life is probably better than yours:

#1 - The Meet and Greet

As humans, we usually shake hands when meeting, or there’s always the “high-five” or “fist-bump” used as our interactive way of greeting each other. As we all know, dogs get right down to business and go in for the intimate sniff of the private parts. According to the Huffington Post, sniffing each other’s rear end is more complicated than one might imagine.

Nice too me you, human.
We’re all well aware that a dog’s sense of smell is highly magnified compared to ours, and this unusual greeting can actually tell one canine the emotional state, gender, diet and other information about the dog they are greeting. If you think about it, that’s a lot of information from a quick sniff. It’s one of the many examples of chemical communication that can be found in the animal kingdom that we don’t possess as mere humans.

#2 - Perception and Companionship

Ever had a really bad day, perhaps you’re upset or depressed about something and you don’t really want to talk about it or share your feelings? But you decide to put on a happy face and go hang out with your friends anyway. Most of the time you’ll get away with this charade around your friends and family, but not with your dog.

If you're depressed, I can pretend to be depressed,too. Just to make you feel better...
A study from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, found that dogs can sense feelings of happiness and sadness in their human companions. Many dog owners believe their canines can understand them on a deeper level and this research only confirms what pet parents have suspected for many years. Dogs instinctively know when we are happy and get excited right along with us. Then can sense when we are sad and cuddle up next to us for love and support.

#3 - More Facebook Friends?

Earlier I suggested that if my dog could type, she’d be on social media. It turns out that pet parents that post profiles for their animals online have a surprising number of followers. An infographic called “Savvy Social Critters,” shows us that 14% of dog owners maintain a Facebook page for their pet.

Yeah, this pretty much proves that this fact. They get more cards than we humans do.
Of those animals with an internet presence, 42% of them have between one and twenty-five friends and 20% gain an audience of fifty to one hundred followers. These socials stats also report 27% of dogs have their own YouTube page and 6% are active on Twitter. Although the average number of followers on Facebook is around two-hundred, I know many people who only have a few dozen internet connections.

Even though they have a better sense of smell, know what we’re feeling and might have more online connections than we do, they are still our beloved pets and we’d do almost anything to keep them healthy, happy and safe.

Oh, and one more thing: If you guy's haven't visited Sue and Steve yet, please do. Your kind words and comments on Taiko's passing will mean a lot to the WDA.
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother: Haha/ Okaasan (Learning Japanese with Dogs)

Unlike the English language, the term for mother is different depending on one's point of view.

For instance, if you are referring to your mother, you use the word haha (はは).

If you are referring to another person's mother, you use the word okaasan (おかあさん).

Chooey-ちゃん は しんせつな おかあさん です。(Chooey-chan ha (pronounced as wa) shinsetsu na okaasan desu.) Chooey is a kind mother.  
The Japanese word for mother as used in the sentence:

はは は きれいな ひと です。Haha ha(pronounced as wa) kirei na hito desu. [My] Mom is a beautiful person.

「わたし は わたし の」 ともだち の おかあさん に カメラ を あげました。「Watashi ha (pronounced as wa) watashi no」tomodachi no okaasan ni kamera wo agemashita.  [ I ] gave [my] best friend's mother a camera.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Pawrents out there!
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Dog- Inu (Learning Japanese with Dogs)

Today's word is pretty basic and always used in bloggyville.

The term inu means dog. So most of bloggyville have inu (dog) or neko (cat) masters dictating their posts.

ちいさい いぬ- chiisai inu- small dog 
いぬ (Hiragana characters for inu) is a noun. The sound a dog makes in Japan is ワンワン (Katakana characters for wanwan)
しろい いぬ - shiroi inu- white dog
Check this dog's talent out.


これ いぬのビデオ は とても かわいい です。(Kore inu no bideo ha totemo kawaii desu.) This dog video is very cute. 

Yes! In Japan, even dogs aren't spared from pranks.



Sample Sentences:

チョオイ-ちゃん は げんきないぬ です。Chooey-chan ha (pronounced wa) genki na inu desu. Chooey is a healthy/lively/energetic dog.

(あなた は)いぬ が すき です か。(Anata ha) Inu ga suki desu ka. Do you like dog(s)?

わたし の いぬ は わたし の かぞく です。Watashi no inu ha watashi no kazoku desu. My dog is my family.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Like- Suki (Learning Japanese with Dogs)

Today's word is suki. It's pronounced as "ski".

According to JED (Android's Japanese-English Dictionary), the term suki means fondness, love, or liking. So, if you've come across a few Japanese drama or anime  series, when a person is in-love with another, he/she says "Daisuki desu" (silent u) or "Suki desu" (again, with a silent u). The term love is barely used.

 マンゴ が すき です。 - Mango ga suki desu.- I like mango. More correctly put, I like mangoes.
Unlike the English language, suki is used as noun rather than a verb. So, when they say Inu ga suki desu (いぬ が すき です), it roughly translates to "I like a dog." or "I like dogs." It can also mean "I love dogs!"

Breakdown of Definitions:

Inu (いぬ) -dog
ga (が)- particle used to denote ability or preference.
suki (すき)- like
desu (です)- is/are/be/am; polite filler

So, to create a sentence where you want to express liking/ loving something, just pick a word and add "ga suki desu" after it.

Example:


バナナ が すき です。- Banana ga suki desu. I like banana(s).
チョウィ-ちゃん が すき です。-Chooey-chan ga suki desu. I like/love Chooey. 


Note: The suffix -chan or -san is added after a name just like Mr. and Ms. is added before a name in the English language. However, chan is added after a child's name while san is added to an adult's name.
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