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My 4th Novel

A sprinkle of stars illuminated the sky with layers of blue and purple as a lightly filled tree stood guard near us. Every so often a cool breeze would create a soothing rustle with the showery leaves of the tree. This meditative moment was what the three of us needed. We were looking beyond our embattled past at another world we had envisioned before we met. Now, together as a team, we were determined to get there.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Fiction Writing, June 18, 2017 –

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Had some time with my pal from June 4 to 6, 2017.

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Spending time with my pal at McDonalds as I wait for Petco to open on June 4, 2017. This is my 3rd time dogsitting him.

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Goodbye Stretch

Thank you for all of your warm thoughts and comments for Stretch. He passed away this morning at his home around 9 AM, 1/19/2017 after my dad had a chance to comfort him by talking to him and petting him. I last saw him alive late last night. I got to talk to him, let him, and rub my nose onto his nose. A couple of times, I placed my face next to his face and told him how much I loved him, and how much our family loved him. This is the last picture I took of Stretch as we kept him warm with the roof of his dog house. This morning, my dad and I carried him into the car, and with my mom, we took him to the veterinarian to be cremated. With heartfelt thanks, I send my love to you all.

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Stretchy Boy

Stretch or Stretchy Boy as we like to call him is slowly fading out. He’s more relaxed now compared to earlier so he’s spending his last moments at home. I’ve been sitting by him this afternoon and this evening. I don’t want him to go, but I know it is near. Through him, I appreciate life, and make an effort to be mindful of all the good things I have in my life, especially the simple pleasures of life like being around those you love. For Stretch, he was always so happy to see us, enjoyed walks, going to the beach, and his favorite foods. He reminds me of the importance of loving others in the purest form as he demonstrated it towards us. I love Stretch with all of my heart.

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Our family dog Stretch isn’t doing too well. Today may be his last day with us since my dad is planning to take him to the veterinarian. He’s been coughing out blood, threw up his food last night, hasn’t eaten today, and his breathing is getting worse. The cancer has taken its toll. The blood might be filling in his lungs. Through it all, he never complains. Stretch is 14 human years old so he is on the older side for a dog. It’s so hard to see him suffer. Stretch has such an unconditional love.

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Stretch is such a kind and loyal member of our family.  My dad got him as a little puppy in 2001.  He was recently diagnosed with cancer, but fortunately, his walk and appetite has gotten better, and my mom said he even barked recently.  When I dog-sat him just about month and a half ago, he ran out of the gate and down the street, which forced me to take him for a walk.  I think he knew that that moment was the last time he would be able to run like that.  I love him so much.


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Haiku #26 – Cute Tilted Head Stares


Curls under blankets.

Follows me from room to room.

Cute tilted head stares.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 10/1/2016-

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Dogs teach us about unconditional love and gratitude.

We humans can learn a lot from dogs such as unconditional love, loyalty, and mindfulness. Dogs appreciate the present moment, one of the key teachings in Buddhism, in that we must have gratitude for our lives, loved ones, and opportunities.  With gratitude, we can overcome the challenges of life, and achieve peace and happiness for a great majority of our precious life.

Below is a cute Shiba Inu puppy.


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