Monta back home again

I went over to the Ekoin to pick up Monta’s urn just before. It’s located in Ryogoku, which is also the home to the main sumo stadium, and the Edo Museum, and is just 4 stops from Shinkoiwa, where I live.

The sumo stadium, from the Sobu line platform at Ryogoku Station.
At Ryogoku Station there is a lot of sumo memorabilia, including hand-prints.
The front entrance to the Ekoin, which is just a few minutes walk from the station.
In front of the main mausoleum there are monuments for different kinds of pets.
There’s an old cemetery on the grounds as well.
At the entrance to the cemetery.
Some of the grave markers go back hundreds of years.
The main mausoleum, where Monta’s urn was. There are pigeons on the window ledges..
Inside the mausoleum entrance.
Monta’s locker, #24.
The label on the locker, with our names, and Monta’s name.
Carrying Monta’s urn on the train back to Shinkoiwa Station.
Monta, at his favorite place in the world – by his swing. Next to him is Mon, and next to her is Hao.
And there on the far right is Tao, who passed away 14 years ago this month.

Everybody is home again. I’m sure Mon is thrilled to have Monta close by again. And that Hao is thrilled to have someone else for Mon to share her attention with.

Some Pao Anxiety

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I’m feeling a bit nervous this morning to tell the truth. Pao is super cute and sweet, but he is also super needy.

He has the puppy toilet almost down pat. He gets all his poops in there, and about 80% of his pees. I’m not sure how to make that 100%, I’m hoping it’s just a matter of time. That doesn’t bother me so much. After all, he’s only 41 days old.

But sometimes he gets a bit hysterical with his squealing, and I try to figure out what he wants. Is he hungry? Does he need to go to the bathroom? Usually it’s just that he’s lonely and wants to play.

He gets really hyper while jumping around and playing and I play tug rope with him, and roll a ball around that he chases, and pet him and all sorts of stuff. After a while he’ll run out of energy and hop into his bed and take a nap. That’s all fine and fun.

I’m a bit worried about tomorrow though. I have to go out for about six hours and it will be the first time he will be left all by himself for that long.

It’s strange, but I don’t remember having the same problem with Tao, 27 years ago. For one thing, Tao never cried. Even the first day. And I didn’t work from home then, so I was out most of the day, and when I got home Tao was just fine. But Pao squeals all the time when he wants something. Get me more food! Play with me!

I think we are bonding, but not fully bonded. He is staring more into my eyes, which is a good sign. I think that’s what creates bonding. And if he’s acting squirmy, and if I start singing the Beatles song “Yesterday” he stops dead in his tracks and stares at me. So that’s good also I think. Not many living creatures can tolerate my singing.

Anyway, just feeling a bit shaky this morning.

Mon is home again

I’m just back from the Eko-in where I picked up Mon’s urn. So she is home again, resting next to Hao and Tao.

The locker where Mon's urn was kept, waiting to be picked up. Some people leave their pets there indefinitely.

The locker where Mon’s urn was kept, waiting to be picked up. Some people leave their pets there indefinitely.

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At the exit of the house containing all the urns.

At the exit of the house containing all the urns.

Back at home. From left to right is Mon, Hao and in the large box is Tao's urn

Back at home. From left to right is Mon, Hao and in the large box is Tao’s urn.