We don't have a dog, we have a bird I really want a dog, but honestly, in Tokyo, well, I don't think it is going to be the best place to have a dog, plus, we are VERY busy........... or at least that is what I tell myself
My Dad had a really great dog for a lot of years, her name was Brandy.
She was a rescue dog, a Britney Spaniel. My brother rescued her, an older friend had Brandy, and when the older friend passed, his widow asked my brother to help her sell his workshop stuff. When he went to the house, the widow gave him the key. Locked up in the workshop was Brandy, on a very short leash, no food, no water, and hand been so for maybe a week. My brother asked the widow what she was thinking, locking up the dog like that, the widow basically said that it was her husband's dog, not her dog, and the dog lived in the workshop, NOT in the house. My brother told me it was the only time in his life he wanted to punch a 70 year old lady in the face
He took Brandy to a vet friend, and they nursed her back to health, she had worms, and all kinds of problems, but they got her back on her feet. Then, my brother and family were going to Disneyland for a vacation, so they asked my Dad to take care of Brandy for a couple of weeks.
My dad had always had dogs, but once he was married to my mom, well, they found out she was allergic to dogs and cats, so no dogs at home when I was a kid. For whatever reason, as my mom got older, the allergies have faded, and the doctor gave her the OK to have a cat or dog, she got two cats. My dad decided that he did not want a dog, but after taking care of Brandy for two weeks, he told my brother to not bother coming to take her back, she was a "Keeper" Brandy was a a really great gal, the first dog that my daughters got to know well.
Last year, just before Christmas, we lost Brandy. Se had bad arthritis for a few years, but still got around, but then they found a tumor the size of a grapefruit in her, and she just went downhill, it was a piece of kindness to end her suffering, she was so very sick.
Brandy, and my daughter Mizuki goofing around
When we went to Canada this last summer, it was really odd to NOT have a dog at my parents house. My dad just turned 75, and he was not sure if he wanted another dog. After my wife and I came back to Japan, while the girls were still in Canada, each week, they would go down to the SPCA and take a look. At one point they found a dog that was in the running, and my daughters REALLY wanted grampa to get that dog........ his name was "Stu" but my dad has always preferred bitches, so he did not find the right dog, until this last week.
This is Lady, she is a 4 year old Shepard/Malamute cross.
My mom reports that my dad is really happy with Lady, gives him some constant companionship, but my mom's 14 year old cat, is NOT very happy to have another dog in the house
Now, my daughters are wanting to go to Canada for Christmas, just to see the new dog
I'm just so happy for my dad, I wanted to share.