Innocent, Severely Neglected, Cautious Kaponi.
Kaponi was found with his 2 siblings. They were in a box that was dumped off at one of the homeless beaches. A homeless dog owner came across them and tried to help them by feeding them and providing warmth. He did not have a phone so he asked other homeless to call us.
By the time we got to him, 2 of the puppies had passed away and he buried them.
As we listened to him describe that Kaponi would whine and cry at all hours of the day. He was in pain. He would eat and the water bowl had to be brought up to his face so he could drink, but at least he drank.
One look at Kaponi and we knew that he needed the vet immediately. He was so swollen and red. His feet were cracked and fluids leaked from his legs and pads. He had a diminished sparkle in his eyes and was very afraid of us. He was afraid of everyone except his savior. He tried to bite us as we loaded him into the car. We did not hold that against him at all. He was just a sweet, 3-4month old puppy who was in, what must have been, excruciating pain.
Kaponi's saving grace human, was a rough looking man who was soft-spoken and who was tearing over this little puppy, who he had only known for a couple days. As he sniffled and wiped his eyes, he listened carefully to the vet as she spoke to him about Kaponi's afflictions. Kaponi's skin scrape came back positive for mange, his body fluids were leaking from his pores, he was dehydrated, emaciated, bleeding, sunburned, when his bloodwork came back it was not good. With all of his ailments and the process needed for healing, the vet said that he would not recover due to his severely compromised immune system. He would not survive the treatment and forcing him to, would only prolong his agony.
Sweet Kaponi passed peacfully and we had a private cremation for him. We gave his ashes to the only papa that cared for him. There paths crossed and a bond formed. The gentleman was very touched when we presented him with Kaponi's ashes. He cried and we heard his soft mahalos.
Kaponi, in the end--you were a lucky pup....if only for a couple days.....you felt love from a human. We prayed that you would not remember the terrible life that you had endured before you were discovered by your Hawaiian SuperMan who immediately and instinctively, swept you up into his warmth. Rest in comfort now.
Magnifcent, Regal and beloved Cesar.
We first met Cesar many, many years ago @ a stretch of the beach that is now cleared of homeless people. He and his papa would stroll around (Cesar was always on his leash). At times, we could hear music coming from their nearby tent as we visited the other dogs near. Cesar would chill out as his papa played guitar and it was how they passed their days together.
On January 4, 2010 Cesar's papa was going to go across the street and asked his girlfriend to watch Cesar. He left the camp and soon after, Cesar followed without him knowing. Until he heard the accident. The driver stopped to offer help. His papa went to Cesar's side. He carried him back to camp and attempted to get Cesar's attention focused on him. We can only imagine the desperation of his papa wanting Cesar to 'stay with him'.
Our phone rang almost immediately after the accident. We rushed off without knowing the full details other than "dog hit by a car".
When we got there, we waited for them to bring the dog out. I took one look at the dog on the make-shift gurney that was a boogie board, and my heart fell. I could not believe that it was Cesar. I immediately dialed our vet. We knew that Cesar had serious internal damage (even though his physical appearance was intact). His heart beat was fluttering and I prayed that he go quietly and swiftly. I kissed him on his muzzle and whispered, 'we love you boy'.
Cesar's papa was furious with his girlfriend for not watching Cesar and blames the accident on her. He took stupendous care of Cesar and always had him on a leash when they went anywhere together. Even near the water's edge, playing...Cesar would be on his leash!
You will live on through your papa's love. One day, you will meet again and your ohana will be restored.
Handsome, brilliant and loyal companion, Ali'i.
He was the star that sparkled in his human papa's eye. They were each others' family. One day, Ali'i chased a cat. Ali'i never would wander close to the road but the cat was running, and it ran across the street. Ali'i chased and was hit by a car that was speeding. It happened right in front of his papa's eyes and it was devastating for him to witness. His boy died almost instantly. The car's driver pulled over because the car was badly damaged. the driver offered no condolences, only angry that his car was smashed.
PLEASE let Ali'i 's death be a reminder...no matter how well trained your dog is, no matter if they have never gone into the street, no matter if they have never- not listened to your commands...THEY ARE ANIMALS and will do what comes instinctively to them!
Ali'i was a wonderful, loving dog and I cannot help but to tear up typing this, remembering his face in my mind. Remembering how his papa glowed when he spoke about his boy. Recalling stories of his papa telling us about Ali'i 's frolic at the beach. Knowing that Ali'i really liked a certain kind of food that we brought for him. Giving him the nail trims that he so disliked, but his papa knew how Ali'i needed it done.
God has you now, sweet boy. You are protected by His warmth. We miss you and your papa will NEVER forget you. Since, then he has left the beach to go into a homeless shelter. He has nothing to keep him on the beach, now that you are in heaven. The angels sing about your unconditional love for each other.
~Ohana~Strong~Loyal~Funny~Man's Best Friend~Ali'i
This is Summer's Story. we could not let her death be a silent one. People need to know what happened to her and that she will not be forgotten. We loved her!
Summer was a great gal of a dog. She was an older beauty who was timid, gentle and very accepting of all who crossed her path. She was one of the oldest dogs out there on the beach.
She was mostly blind in one eye and what little teeth that she had left were ground down and barely poking through her gums. Her thin framed body would sway just a little as she took each step.
Summer often suffered hunger and thirst. She never had a soft place to lie unless it was on the dirty sand fronting her owner's tent. She often roamed far from the tent to seek food (even though we dropped off food!) and water, at times encountering mean dogs that would pick on her. She would avoid them as much as possible but often, the other dogs would be successful in reaching her as she ran away.
We first met Summer on a sunny day as we went to check on a dog nearby. As we got to know her, it wasn't hard to fall for her. Looking into those deep eyes of hers, you could see years of homelessness took a toll on her. And yet, you couldn't help but want to see her all the time. See that tail wag or that cute look she gave you as her eyes lit up anticipating canned food for dinner.
Earlier 2008, I got a call from a homeless couple that lives a few tents down from Summer. They said that she had a fish hook in her mouth. Immediately, we all went to the beach, armed with as many first aid items and anti-microbial wash as we could pack. (there was 3 of us doggie friends ready to provide aid to Summer) We got down there, and everyone from a few tents around came to watch as we tried to push the hook through to enable us to cut it out. The hook was in such a place (through her bottom lip and into the bottom of her chin) that had so much scar tissue, the hook wouldn't budge. Needless to say, Summer was taken to the vet to have it surgically removed. She was going to be fine.
During Summer's many, many years on the beach, she had too many puppies to count. Many of her puppies died on that beach and we feared that if we couldn't spay her, many many more would. The last litter that Summer had, were smothered.
At the end of November 2008, I got a call @ about 7am from her owner saying that Summer was attacked by another dog out there on the beach.
We got there ASAP and saw her weakened condition and immediately lifted her to the table where we put a new piece of carpet down for her to lay on. We examined her wounds and cleaned them but it was clear from the sight of the second wound that she needed to go to the vet ASAP.
No one was there when we arrived! It puzzled us but we had her owner's consent.
We rushed Summer to the vet. Summer's front bottom lip and jaw flesh were torn and rotted. The right side of her face was swollen and when I lifted her lip gently to see if her jaw was broken, I saw a white tip stuck in the inside of her lip. I pulled it out and discovered that it was the other dogs canine tooth!! Stuck in there for days! Her throat and tongue were riddled with ulcers. The doctor was trying to be as comforting as possible as she spoke to us. Summer's body was too far gone and the blood test showed that her kidneys were in end-stage and they were rapidly failing. She said that the kindest thing that we could do for Summer was to put her to rest and out of her pain. Her body could not take any more stress and she was tired...
We were given private time with Summer. As I prayed, we rubbed her ever so gently and told her that we were so sorry that humans did this to her. I told her that she would be free now. She'd be in a place that she would be whole again. She would be able to see and run and jump and play. Most of all, she'd be happy again!
Goodbye Sweet Summer, Gentle Summer, Beautiful Summer........
Anela's mama..........we will miss you and you will NEVER be forgotten!
Your life was full of puppy pleasures and growing up with your mama safe. Although she was a stray at one time, she was welcomed into a home while you were still in her belly. Born last and the smallest, you were such a good little girl. There were big plans for you before you were even born. We had visions of finding the perfect home for you and your siblings. It was a tough battle to be sure that you were healthy and once we got the 'ok' for you to go into Foster, we were ecstatic! We knew exactly who you were going to be Fostered by and what kind of life you'd enjoy while you were there while on your way to a permanent home.
It was a Friday that you were dropped off with your sister. Cautiously exploring your new digs, you started to feel comfortable. You were at the puppy palace!
Sunday, your Foster Mama called, concerned. The vet ofc was called, instruction given. Everything was being done that needed to be. Your Foster Mama was right on it.
Then, suddenly...you were gone.
Our little baby girl, the first to pass in Foster Care. You left holes in the hearts of all of us who knew you. We planned everything to keep you and your siblings safe and looked forward to the day of your Adoption by a family who would love you forever.
This, we could not plan for. Losing you was not what we could have forseen. We do understand that there was a reason for you leaving this soon in your life. God had His plan for you. You are in His arms, and being kept company by all the other puppies that were also waiting to find homes. You are a part of a family now. We love you and will always remember you.