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My Abby is Gone

Abigail “Abby” Sakura

Born ???? Died Feb 7, 2023

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really”

-Agnus Sligh Turnbull, author

It is with a heavy heart that we must pass along that our dear Abby lied down for her eternal nap on February 7, 2023.

(As Abby would not tolerate any weepy maudlin obituary, I will adhere to her wishes for the rest of the announcement)

Abby’s early life is a bit murky. All we know is she arrived at the Tokyo Dog Pound on Christmas Day 2013. she beat the odds, leaving the Pound and entering our life.

For months she told us she didn’t need any more help from humans. Eventually she allowed us to treat her as a companion, then a partner. Her best work would be as senpai/teacher/older sister to her sisters, Lydia and Matilda.

Her passions were loyalty, punctuality, and a clean plate.

Her main interest was eating, especially fine dining. Some of her favorite culinary spots include Fishing Hole, Hula Hana’s, and Tuna House.

Her favorite day of the week was Sunagimokuyobi or Gizzard Day

She also enjoyed long walks on crisp fallen leaves in autumn. Also, she was a Jumping Master, getting the gold medal 2014-2018 in hopping onto animal statues in parks all over Suginami-ku. (FYI- the Turtle was her favorite)

While displaying a lack of interest in humans she was the Dog Ambassador in her active service years, extending a paw to all dogs from Borzois to Pomeranians. On more than one occasion she was able to lower the guard

and exchange greetings with dogs that were said by their owners to be completely unsociable.

Abby is survived by her sisters, Lydia and Matilda; Mama & da-DEE; and Baaba, many cousins, aunts/uncles.

Last, over the years people have mentioned how “kind” we are to open our home to rescue dogs. Unfortunately, I have to come clean about that. I’m afraid it is completely unabashed selfishness. The experiences she gave us, the lessons she taught us, and the love we had to earn thoroughly outweighs anything we provided.




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Gramma out of the hospital. And back to normal. She bragged that in her room of four people she was the only one who didn’t wear diapers. And for lunch, while she was getting hiyashi chukka, my wife,

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Rainy season has lifted, and the heat has set upon us. Brutal. Adding salt to that wound is that mother-in-law is in the hospital. Gallstones. Two weeks. Two surgeries. On the bright side- Total expen

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