I guess there is no typical Sunday when you are in the company of Mango and Blarney, but yesterday was atypical for the atypical.
We woke up early as usual and headed to Hawaii Kai Dog Park. After the dog park, we stopped at Home Depot, and then we started home. From Home Depot, our fastest drive is the Likelike through Kalihi Valley. For those not from Hawaii, the Likelike crosses from “town” through the Koolaus to the Windward side. Less than a mile from the tunnel, a dog crossed our lane and was walking against traffic down the centerline. We stopped. The people beside us and behind us stopped. The dog who looked to be skin and bones moved to the median and continued on her way.
We pulled the truck over. Tim took Mango’s collar and leash and went after the dog. He caught her about a half mile down the mountain after a few harrowing minutes of hoping she would not get hit. Tim walked her back to the truck and put her in the back… at which point I thought he would get back in and drive… BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER DRIVEN HIS TRUCK… I guess I should correct that to I had never driven the truck before yesterday when I did it in a slight drizzle with my husband and a rescued dog in the bed, Blarney barking like a crazy dog behind me in the cab and Mango in her harness tethered in the passenger seat. BEST PART I HAD TO DRIVE THROUGH THE TUNNEL AND I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO TURN ON THE LIGHTS! Tim told me later that facing backward as we “fish-tailed” through the tunnel was quite enjoyable. Sarcasm, not appreciated.
Getting her off the road was one thing, finding her a place to stay was quite another. The poor, old girl was in such bad shape that we were certain that the Hawaiian Humane Society would euthanize her immediately. I started calling the “No-Kills” while Tim fed her and gave her water. Her teeth started to fall out. The old girl had had at least one but likely more litters. She had calloused rub spots on her feet, elbows and knees. Her teeth were in bad shape. “She’s old.”
Finally, we reached Carolyn Brethour HARF, and she told us that Sarah Smith who had been Blarney’s foster parent with HARF was now working at the Oahu SPCA… where we also know the Director Abigail Bingham. Tim and the old mama headed for Kapolei. When Sarah opened up the truck doors and got close to the old girl, she kissed Sarah. She really is a sweetheart.
They are calling her “Mama Roxy.” She is probably seven or eight years old. She is black with a bit of white in her chest and on her paws. She is a bag of bones but her muscles are still toned. Sarah thinks she is probably part Lab and part boxer. Tim thought she looked like she was part Lab.
WE REALLY WANT TO THANK CAROLYN, SARAH AND ABBY. Mama Roxy seems fitting. She now needs a foster home.
Had yesterday been a typical, atypical Sunday, we would have driven back around the east end of the island.
Yesterday, (March 27, 2012) I jumped in the Deb Mobile and drove to Waianae to photograph some dogs who need families, permanent homes. Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF) saved the dogs from euthanasia . I have featured HARF dogs in the past, but yesterdays session… MARATHON! I photographed Perry, Jerry, Maggie, Sweetie, Baby, Herbie, Makamae, Makai, Scottie, and Sammy.
Perry is a one and a half year old Rhodesian Ridgeback and Pit Bull mix. Perry has a brindle coat. He is a precious little guy with dreamy ears! He has a fun loving and happy personality! Perry is a very affectionate and beautiful boy!
Jerry is very mellow. Jerry also has a pretty, brindle coat.
Maggie is very sweet and well-behaved. She stood by me while I photographed Baby.
Sweetie is well…just like her name says a sweetie. She is currently in the process of healing. She arrived at HARF with some facial wounds but is still beautiful inside and out.
Baby is a bit timid but is so loving and has the most beautiful eyes, one blue and one brown.
Herbie, well what can I say about Herbie. He’s a ham and loves the camera as you can see from his photo. He most certainly has some Boxer in him.
Then there is Makamae. She’s a terrier mix and very affectionate.
Makai is a beauty and a great kisser. I know because she greated me with a big wet one!
I fell in love with Scottie. He’s a little guy with a very intense look.
And last, but not least, is Sammy. He’s around six months old and probably has some pointer in him. You can’t help smile but when you’re around him.
They currently live at Affordable Pet Boarding in Waianae. Terry and Lynn, their foster parents love them all dearly but are hoping they all find their forever homes very soon. Lynn says that way they can make room for more wonderful dogs that need their help.
Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF) is a group of volunteer animal lovers whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected animals.
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