Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Been meaning to post a translation of an article my dad sent me a while back which he titled, “Chubby’s brother.” It’s about a temple-going, bell-ringing corgi in Japan:
2013.06.05 - A Pembroke Welsh Corgi in Hiroshima, Japan has developed quite the reputation for himself after being conferred the title of exclusive “bell-striking dog” from a local temple. The six-year-old corgi has been reporting to the temple every evening, rain or shine, for the last five years to ring the bell at sunset. Even the head of the temple has said that he’d never seen such a devout dog.
This Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s name is Mash and his owner is a Shingon Buddhist monk of the An Le Temple. Because they lived nearby, everyday walks were bound to take the monk and the corgi past the temple and a neighboring shrine. As such, the monk had grown accustomed to stopping by and paying his respects (拜拜) at the shrine while en route with the dog. At the shrine’s entrance was a bell and stick with a rope tied to it. Those who came to worship often pulled the rope to make the bell ring. Mash may have seen his owner pull the rope back and forth and thought it was great fun, because one day, one-year-old Mash suddenly grabbed the rope for himself and ferociously struck at the bell.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are naturally short-legged, but this fact has not affected Mash’s spirit or interest in standing on his tiptoes to ring the bell. Furthermore, as Mash grew bigger, his ambition also grew bigger. Several months later, when the two stopped at the temple on their walk, Mash suddenly broke from his owner and charged toward the temple’s bell to grab the rope and begin ringing it with all his might. The deep dong, dong, dong sound produced by the copper bell did not frighten Mash or detract from his enjoyment of bell-ringing.
The temple’s bell was not like the shrine’s bell, however, and visitors were not allowed to strike it as they pleased. Afraid to cause complications for those in the temple, the owner attempted to stop the corgi’s bell-ringing antics countless times. However, Mash, as usual, was all “I do what I want” (I took slight liberties with this translation but 我行我素 means pretty much that). Every time he arrived at the temple, he’d make a beeline for the bell tower.
Mash’s five years of bell-ringing and his peculiar yet adorable conduct attracted the attentions of the neighborhood and the Buddhist pilgrims who made their way to the temple. The head monk noted that though Mash did not seem to exert too much force, his striking was able to call forth a beautiful and splendid resonance from the bell. It was clear that Mash had a pious heart, so the head monk bestowed onto him the title of An Le Temple’s exclusive “bell-striking dog.” Now the owner brings Mash in every evening to ring the temple bell and Mash himself has become one of the area’s famous attractions.
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Translated from this sina.com article in Mandarin, originally on yomiuri.co.jp in Japanese.
**There is also a video of Mash ringing the bell that was deleted from the source site, but luckily the Wayback Machine came to the rescue and you can (and MUST!) view it here. It is seriously the cutest thing ever!

Been meaning to post a translation of an article my dad sent me a while back which he titled, “Chubby’s brother.” It’s about a temple-going, bell-ringing corgi in Japan:

2013.06.05 - A Pembroke Welsh Corgi in Hiroshima, Japan has developed quite the reputation for himself after being conferred the title of exclusive “bell-striking dog” from a local temple. The six-year-old corgi has been reporting to the temple every evening, rain or shine, for the last five years to ring the bell at sunset. Even the head of the temple has said that he’d never seen such a devout dog.

This Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s name is Mash and his owner is a Shingon Buddhist monk of the An Le Temple. Because they lived nearby, everyday walks were bound to take the monk and the corgi past the temple and a neighboring shrine. As such, the monk had grown accustomed to stopping by and paying his respects (拜拜) at the shrine while en route with the dog. At the shrine’s entrance was a bell and stick with a rope tied to it. Those who came to worship often pulled the rope to make the bell ring. Mash may have seen his owner pull the rope back and forth and thought it was great fun, because one day, one-year-old Mash suddenly grabbed the rope for himself and ferociously struck at the bell.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are naturally short-legged, but this fact has not affected Mash’s spirit or interest in standing on his tiptoes to ring the bell. Furthermore, as Mash grew bigger, his ambition also grew bigger. Several months later, when the two stopped at the temple on their walk, Mash suddenly broke from his owner and charged toward the temple’s bell to grab the rope and begin ringing it with all his might. The deep dong, dong, dong sound produced by the copper bell did not frighten Mash or detract from his enjoyment of bell-ringing.

The temple’s bell was not like the shrine’s bell, however, and visitors were not allowed to strike it as they pleased. Afraid to cause complications for those in the temple, the owner attempted to stop the corgi’s bell-ringing antics countless times. However, Mash, as usual, was all “I do what I want” (I took slight liberties with this translation but 我行我素 means pretty much that). Every time he arrived at the temple, he’d make a beeline for the bell tower.

Mash’s five years of bell-ringing and his peculiar yet adorable conduct attracted the attentions of the neighborhood and the Buddhist pilgrims who made their way to the temple. The head monk noted that though Mash did not seem to exert too much force, his striking was able to call forth a beautiful and splendid resonance from the bell. It was clear that Mash had a pious heart, so the head monk bestowed onto him the title of An Le Temple’s exclusive “bell-striking dog.” Now the owner brings Mash in every evening to ring the temple bell and Mash himself has become one of the area’s famous attractions.

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Translated from this sina.com article in Mandarin, originally on yomiuri.co.jp in Japanese.

**There is also a video of Mash ringing the bell that was deleted from the source site, but luckily the Wayback Machine came to the rescue and you can (and MUST!) view it here. It is seriously the cutest thing ever!

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Please sir, I want some more!

Please sir, I want some more!

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Chubby’s Aunt Celia made a yummy birthday cake topped with peanut butter frosting and bacon bits! Here’s *dead model eyes* posing with it. Thank you Auntie Celia!

Chubby’s Aunt Celia made a yummy birthday cake topped with peanut butter frosting and bacon bits! Here’s *dead model eyes* posing with it. Thank you Auntie Celia!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

But Chubby Wubby, cleanliness is next to godliness!

Monday, July 29, 2013
Chubby, who has always slept on the bed (oh how I now regret that decision…), has recently taken to sleeping on top of the pillows. It’s become quite a problem—I have to make sure his paws and undercarriage are spotless since he puts his ass where I put my face. If I pick him up and put him to the side, he’ll wait until I fall asleep and make his way up so that he can sleep on top of my head. His “bediquette” also involves slowly pushing up against me until I’m relegated to a tiny corner of the bed. Mr. Chubby is delicate, you see, and needs space! to sleep! horizontally!
Here he is impressively hogging all four of the pillows on the bed. I don’t remember why he had such a sad look on his face. Did I forget to fluff the pillows for him??

Chubby, who has always slept on the bed (oh how I now regret that decision…), has recently taken to sleeping on top of the pillows. It’s become quite a problem—I have to make sure his paws and undercarriage are spotless since he puts his ass where I put my face. If I pick him up and put him to the side, he’ll wait until I fall asleep and make his way up so that he can sleep on top of my head. His “bediquette” also involves slowly pushing up against me until I’m relegated to a tiny corner of the bed. Mr. Chubby is delicate, you see, and needs space! to sleep! horizontally!

Here he is impressively hogging all four of the pillows on the bed. I don’t remember why he had such a sad look on his face. Did I forget to fluff the pillows for him??

Saturday, July 27, 2013 Sunday, July 21, 2013

Happy Sundog! Took Chubby hiking this weekend and the views were just magnificent.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Aaaah… the sunshine on my face! The breeze gently ruffling my fur! Could there be anything better than a beautiful day like th—HEY IS THAT A SANDWICH?

Saturday, June 15, 2013 Monday, May 27, 2013

Ah, the thrill of the chase!

Sunday, April 28, 2013
AM SO EXCITED
YES I WOULD LIKE A TREAT

AM SO EXCITED

YES I WOULD LIKE A TREAT

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Aaaah… enjoying the breeze!

Aaaah… enjoying the breeze!

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Handsome boy.

Handsome boy.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
For the corgi fanatic who has everything…
this mossed corgi topiary can be yours for just $120. Remember to feed and groom occasionally!

For the corgi fanatic who has everything…

this mossed corgi topiary can be yours for just $120. Remember to feed and groom occasionally!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013