2008/03/26

Conan the Chihauhau

by Momo the Wonder Dog

This dog has found a pretty good gig (though I still think mine is better). He is Conan, a Chihauhau who lives in Naha City down in the Ryukyu Islands (aka Okinawa Prefecture). Conan lives in a Buddhist temple and has figured out that sitting up and putting his paws in "gassho" (like human hands together in prayer) pleases people no end.

As a result, the Zen Temple, Shuri-Kannondo, now gets 30% more visitors (and hopefully donations).


Conan "in gassho" with Priest Joei Yoshikuni.


Yoshikuni Sensei would like to teach Conan to meditate, but will settle for him just sitting still while he does so. "After all, it's not like I can teach him to cross his legs".

Pandabonium thinks it is funny that newspapers refer to Okinawa as "southern Japan". He says that's like calling Puerto Rico "southern USA".

Good job, Conan. Now just don't blow it by raising your leg on the statue of Kannon Bodhisattva!

17 comments:

Happysurfer said...

Conan is cute. He even has his own mat! Cool!!

Dear Momo, thanks for sharing this lovely story.

The thing about extending country borders is amazing at times. When I was in Australia, the ticket-clerk asked whether Malaysia is in Sgp.

ladybug said...

Ha Ha! Love the story, Momo! However you are just as cute and don't need to do tricks to earn your keep! Also love the comment about our "southern state" Puerto Rico...

Anonymous said...

Hello Momo, can you do that just like Conan did (gassho)? :-P

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Happysurfer - well, Okinawa prefecture is a part of Japan, but has a different history and culture, just a Puerto Rico is a part of the USA, but is Spanish.

Ladybug - thanks. I do shake, dance, and "high five" for a treat, but mostly I just have fun.

Anonymous - well, I could if I wanted, but I wouldn't want to make Conan look bad. :p

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

How sweet! The near neighbours have gone away for two weeks and someone is feeding their little black foxie (?) but he runs over to our house every time we go outside - through that empty block awaiting new fences etc. Should we feed him too?
w.

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Wendy - oh my, not unless you want to have him stay with you! That's how I came to live with PB and K - they fed me.

Since he isn't a stray and you know he is being fed and that his owners will come home, best not to give hime food. Playing with him would be fine. :*p

Olivia said...

I got a similar image by email last week - of an American boy kneeling down beside his bed saying his bedtime prayers. Beside him his dog sat, paws on bed, face tilted up towards heaven, eyes earnestly screwed shut - seriously that last bit is the one that got me!

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Olivia - that's good, but closing the eyes is mistake - he won't see the treat coming!

Don Snabulus said...

If I believed the cable news I've been forced to watch last week, I would have thought the world was divided into America and Enemies of America.

Don Snabulus said...

Oops. I wasn't done before I posted...

That is kind of a fun attraction. Interestingly, the dog is probably closer to losing his attachments than most people are, hence a better disciple. Meditation is a dog's life.

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Snabby - yeah, the "with us or against us" mentality. They'd sing a different tune if there were as much money to be made in making peace as there is in making war.

You said "Meditation is a dog's life." You've got that right. Humans are always rushing around trying to keep "busy". They can't just sit still and "be".

We dogs are always in the moment. When we play, we play, when we eat, we eat, and when there is nothing to do - there is nothing to do.

Swinebread said...

I find it interesting that a the good old Irish name, Conan, keeps popping up in Japan

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Swinebread - I don't know where the dog got the name, but there is a popular anime and manga series called "Case Closed", the main character of which is named Jimmy Kudo who turns into a young boy and uses the disguise to solve crimes.

He uses the alias "Conan Edogawa" in honor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes of course) and Edogawa Ranpo (a famous Japanese detective story author).

khengsiong said...

Japan is one of the most secular societies in the world. Now the temples have to rely on non-traditional tricks to attract visitors...

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Khengsiong - whoa. relax. Temples here do quite well without tricks. It's just a cute story of a priest and his dog that caught on and resulted in more visitors.

Now sit down, take a deep breath, smile, and let me lick your face! :P

Swinebread said...

There's also future boy Conan by Miyazaki

Robin said...

saw this on the net ..

so cute,

He pray for inner peace, and hopefully it will too.