Saturday, January 16, 2010

Eat road side weed -Trip to Carmel, Dog Friendly Town -3-

There is an expression in Japanese that "Michi-Kusa wo Kuu".  Word by word translation of this expression is "Eat road side weed".  Most often used as "Michi-Kusa wo Kuuna".  Again, literal translation is "Don't eat road side weed".

The meaning of this expression is "Don't loiter (coming home)", or "Don't stop off anywhere (unnecessary (like a bar)) to delay coming home."  This is one of the expressions that you will never figure out without native people telling you the meaning.

I really did not know where the expression came from.  But, I found out after we started to keep Xue Er.  Walking her out, she stops every block to smell something, pick up some tissue papers, licking road muds, and eating road side weeds.  Then, I hit my head with my finger "Oh, this is what the expression came from!"

This time, Xue Er had a problem in "Eating Beach-side Seaweed".  In the 2nd day in Carmel beach, when she was playing, running around, she found some seaweed in the beach.  She smelled, licked, and bit as usual, and when we found her doing that, she ate some part of the seaweed.  She showed a little bit wired face, but there was nothing until that night.

That night, Xue Er had a bad diarrhea and caused my wife and I stayed up almost all night to take her out every 30 minutes or so.  Her diarrhea did not stop until next morning.  Actually it took her 3 days until her digestion recovered to be normal.

Ancient Japanese people were great telling people what happens if you "Eat Roadside weed" and delay coming back home.  Don't go to the bar causing your family worry about you and what time you will be home.  It is not good for your health, too.  It does not worth trying.  This was very good lesson for our White Cutie and ourselves.

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. such are the joys of owning a dog!!! That's life .. not pleasant but it happens.

Enjoy her company though!
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Shaw said...

Hi Hilary,

You are right it is the fact of life. No difference between human beings and dogs. We are trying to enjoy all happening.

Thank you for your comment.
Shaw Funami
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Shaw said...

你好 123