Cats and dog add a loving touch to every home, and Takane sensei's home has a handful with this new puppy.Sempai and Kouhai relationships are important in cultural Japan and this teacher's blog shows that they can apply to pets too ! Read this Japanese language blog to learn more kanji, vocabulary and phrases.

Senior cat


By TAKANE Yukiko


我が家に生後2か月の子犬が来ました。 しつけは大変ですが、すくすく育っています。 子犬が来るとき、心配だったのは、3年一緒に住んでいる猫がいることでした。



実は猫先輩、1年前までは後輩でした。 13年一緒に住んでいた犬先輩がいましたから。 その時は遊んでほしくて、かけよって、おこられていたんですよ。 すっかり、先輩らしくなりました。 猫先輩、しばらく大変ですが、一緒にしつけをよろしくお願いします。

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我が家(わがや)に生後(せいご)2か月(にかげつ)の子犬(こいぬ)が来(き)ました。 しつけは大変(たいへん)ですが、すくすく育(そだ)っています。 子犬(こいぬ)が来(く)るとき、心配(しんぱい)だったのは、3年(さんねん)一緒(いっしょ)に住(す)んでいる猫(ねこ)がいることでした。



実(じつ)は猫(ねこ)先輩(せんぱい)、1年前(いちねんまえ)までは後輩(こうはい)でした。 13年(じゅうさんねん)一緒(いっしょ)に住(す)んでいた犬(いぬ)先輩(せんぱい)がいましたから。 その時(とき)は遊(あそ)んでほしくて、かけよって、おこられていたんですよ。 すっかり、先輩(せんぱい)らしくなりました。 猫(ねこ)先輩(せんぱい)、しばらく大変(たいへん)ですが、一緒(いっしょ)にしつけをよろしくお願(ねが)いします。

Senior cat

JA two month old puppy has come into our home. Teaching it manners is difficult, but it is growing quickly. One thing that worried us about the having the puppy in our home was that we also have a 3 year old cat living with us.

When the puppy wants to play, it rushes up to the cat, but the cat runs away.
“I'm busy!”
When the puppy disturbs the cat its eating, the cat punched it.
“This is mine!”

Recently, the cat has started to play tag and hide and seek with the puppy a little.
“I'll play with you a bit, once in a while.”
And when a stray dog came along once, the cat got between them to protect the puppy.
“You mustn't go out and play in the garden on your own.”

Actually, 'Neko Sempai' (or the senior cat) was 'Kouhai' (a junior) a year ago. There was a 'Inu Sempai'(or senior dog) that had been living with us for 13 years. At that time when she wanted to play and rushed over to the dog, she got yelled at. Now she has become very 'Sempai'-like. 'Neko Sempai' I know its going to be tough for a little while, but lets work at teaching puppy some manners together, okay ?

先輩 (せんぱい) : senior

生後 (せいご) : since birth

子犬 (こいぬ) : puppy

しつけ: teaching manners

すくすく : (growing) quickly (esp. children, plants)

かけよる : to rush over

おいかけっこ : playing tag

かくれんぼ : hide and seek (the game)

たまに : once in a while

野良犬 (のらいぬ) : stray dog

守(まも)る : to protect

後輩(こうはい) : younger people

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