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38 Dog Park Petiquette 43 5 Fun Things To Do With Your Dog 48 Spinal Cord Problems in Dogs 52 WCC’s New Vet Tech Degree

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and welcome to Island Dog Magazine’s Solid Gold Summer Issue! Is there a better season to enjoy these beautiful islands with a loyal and loving furry friend? The extra hours allow for a beach walk before work, or a hillside hike before dinner. Need more inspiration? Check out “5 Fun Things To Do With Your Dog.” We were totally taken by our cover dog, Tuffy the Tiny Titan, when we met him and pet parent, George Sodetani outside of Shirokiya’s Beer Garden. Twentytwo years young and still living the life! A shout out to Monica Schwartz for the great cover shot. Ron England opines on the danger of unrestrained canines while Elaine Dobashi looks back at Hui ‘Iio’s Hawaii Kai Dog Park as it celebrates its 4th anniversary. Bonnie Beatson unveils that Windward Community College's Vet Tech program now includes an Associate of Science degree. Dr. Patrick Leadbeater dissects the surgery that treats spinal cord compression, and Wendi Crandall-Amidon illuminates how we can learn from our pets. Carol covers the happy fate of some of the Waimanalo puppy mill pups, and resident artists John Pritchett and Daniel Van Zyle praise public art and the spunky Cocker Spaniel, respectively. A special mahalo to you, our readers, who have made this dream of a dog magazine a reality. Your encouragement, puppy pix and support of our advertisers is both humbling and energizing. May yours be the most fun, full summer ever, and we thank you for your kind attention in this digital age.


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e’ve all seen the disheartening pictures and news accounts: Packed in small cages and kennels, the dogs endured their lives in confinement—eating, sleeping and defecating in the same place—all to provide puppies to the family’s pet store. Matted fur and foul skin conditions spoke loudly of neglect. On February 28, 2011, the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS) intervened, seizing 153 dogs, and was immediately overwhelmed. Within weeks there were an additional 79 puppies. A plea went out for volunteers to foster these dogs and a small swarm accepted the challenge. Ultimately, at the criminal trial in December 2011, Bradley International pled no contest to 153 counts of animal cruelty, and forfeited the animals. Here are the stories of some of those volunteers, and the trials and triumphs of caring for the real victims of the Waimanalo puppy mill.

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bby came to the HHS loaded with fleas and ticks, matted fur and a sore on her left paw. Three weeks after the rescue, Doreen Tom, owner of Crazy Canine in Aiea, decided to foster little Abby. An experienced dog owner with 2 dogs including another Tibetan, Zumi, Doreen fell in love with her at first glance. “When I first got her, I immediately noticed that her coat was very coarse, unlike Zumi, whose coat is soft and fluffy. I never realized how lucky I was that she al-

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lowed me to pick her up on that first meeting. Still to this day, she does not like strangers picking her up. She was afraid of everything, even the grass in our yard. For the first 24 hours, she didn’t even pee. Every little sound, birds chirping or the wind blowing through neighboring trees, would startle her and she would want to go back in the house.” “Zumi was a real role model for Abby. She followed his lead whether it was a short walk, greeting people he liked, and even peeing in a particular area. Even today, she will not relieve herself in a place she has not been before.” After two weeks of Doreen’s home-cooked food, Abby's coat was soft and supple, her dark haunted eyes clearing with brighter whites and less tear stains. In a year’s time, Abby has come out of her shell and even has an air of confidence. “The first day her tail curled up (as a Tibetan Spaniel’s should), it made me smile,” recalled Doreen. Abby’s age at the time of the rescue was estimated to be 9 months and unfortunately it appeared she had already been bred. “I believe that I was lucky that she was so young when rescued because she had not lived such a long life in those conditions and was able to bounce back,” said Tom. “She still has many fears and is very wary of new places. And a walk without Zumi is not very far. But In the safety of her home, yard and at the store, she runs, plays and smiles.” Time has healed many of Abby’s emotional and physical wounds and now that she’s in her forever home, she can look to a bright, safe and happy future.


and all who assisted the Hawaiian Humane Society in caring for or adopted these dogs. If you are interested in fostering, contact Lorraine Shaughnessy, Foster Care Coordntr. For questions, call 356-2229 28  ISLAND DOG MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2012

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s owner and operator of the successful petsitting company, Dogwalker, etc!, Erin Gerwig knows a thing or two about dogs and she especially loves Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She accepted Ariel as a foster in May of 2011 after getting a call from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Hawaii. She had room for one more dog in her home alongside her two other Cavs, Libby, 8 and Isabella, 7. Ariel had already been fostered for a few months so was past the early painful days of transition. She was cleaned up and had already put on some weight. During fostering the dogs were taken to the Hawaiian Humane Society for a monthly checkup which included their flea treatment. The physical needs were attended to, but there was still much to learn. Like the other puppy mill dogs, Ariel was unfamiliar and fearful of the big wide world out there, so even a short walk to the car at HHS was still an unnerving experience. Simple things like walking up a flight a stairs or hearing the wind stirring the trees were cause for consternation for this little Cavalier.

The resident Cavs, being older, were calm and rather blase about the new arrival. Ariel was estimated to be 2 to 2/12 years old. Once in her new home, she was energized and literally bouncing off the walls like a young pup. A month into fostering Ariel, Erin was quietly realizing that she would have a hard time seeing Ariel leave, having opened her heart as well as her home. When the puppy mill dogs were officially forfeited by Bradley Holdings, Erin immediately took steps to adopt Ariel. “The biggest challenge was housebreaking, as Ariel would pee anywhere, anytime the urge struck.” With patience and consistency, Erin worked with her and now there are only occasional accidents. Ariel also had issues with food and uncharacteristically (for Cavs) drooled excessively as meals were prepared. It took some time to quell the urge to steal food from the others. And she stills gobbles down her food like there is no tomorrow. Ariel quickly mastered the stairs and got comfortable on her daily walks, taking her cues from her new sisters. And she put some pep back into the older girls. After a couple of weeks, the energetic Ariel was playing, wrestling and tumbling with the older dogs, who had been quite sedentary. Erin’s philosophy is to “exude confidence and lead.” And her patience paid off—Ariel is bright, observant and eager to please. The reward? “I have never had a dog so loving, and so loyal,” says Erin.

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“Bailey wiggles in glee almost daily, she is free.” Cheryl Robello of the Pet Haven in Kapolei. Bailey had feces and pee matted in her hind area. She had a very short coat, her tail was like a rope, there was no ruff on her chest. Cheryl worked through most of the afternoon; it took five baths to get her to smell not as bad. Her hind area had to be shaved, for there was no saving the fur in that area. “When I picked her up she still had a smell but it was tolerable,” recalls Zoe. For several months, the generous groomer worked to restore Bailey’s coat, at no cost. It took over seven months for the smell to recede out of her pores. “She still doesn’t smell quite as clean and fresh as our Berner’s after they come home from their monthly grooming, but I have hope one day that it will all be out of her system.” At home, Bailey was able to relax once she saw the other girls. Berners are very protective and it was as if they could sense her fear and earlier misery. And Jilly and Dixie came to sit quietly by her side. The months of confinement left Bailey with little lower muscle strength. Initially, she needed to be placed on the sofa, but soon she was able to jump up just like her new sisters. Housebreaking was actually quite easy. Bailey had one accident in the house. Dixie, a mixed Pit Bull and German Short Hair Pointer, stepped in and took care of the night problems by waking the Nabarretes up when Bailey or Jilly needed to go.

Unlike most Goldens, Bailey was unusually quiet, docile and kept still. She responded to her nutritious home cooked stew, getting up to a healthy weight and within a couple of months she was strong enough to join in daily walks. At first, she was very fearful of everything in the neighborhood. So the two Berners, Keira and Maggie, flanked her on either side to calm her. After several months, Bailey has gained confidence and explores areas on her own. “I had not planned on keeping Bailey when she came to us, but how do you take away the sense of safety she has acquired by living with us? That is why I am a foster dog parent drop out. I simply cannot send them back,” admits Zoe. Although the Nabarretes were prepared for a litter of puppies, a prenatal exam revealed that Bailey was actually not pregnant but was exhibiting as a false pregnancy. Whew! Today, Bailey is a different dog. Once officially adopted, she came to life, literally, doing normal things that dogs do—joining her sisters in barking at the people walking along the fence, running and romping through the house. Zoe reflects, “Wiggling on her back is my greatest joy. The kennels were filled with poop and pee, the dogs sitting around the edges of the kennel unable to lie down, sun themselves or wiggle for they would be rolling in poop and pee. Bailey wiggles in glee almost daily, she is free.”

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Safety of Pet Pharmaceuticals Purchased Outside of Veterinary Clinics Questionable You may have seen advertisements for affordable or discount pet medications either online or in your local pharmacy. With the lure of affordable prices, many pet owners are finding it hard to ignore these expanding options. However, it is important to remember that, for certain medications, drug manufacturers do not directly supply non-veterinary pharmacies. This means that some of the medications you purchase outside of the veterinary clinic were obtained from a different source other than the manufacturer.

Important reasons to remember why it is recommended that medications be purchased through your veterinary clinic: • Drug manufacturers will guarantee their products if purchased through your veterinary clinic. As a result, if your pet suffers any adverse reactions or you are dissatisfied with the product, there are experts available by phone (along with your veterinarian) who are available for advice. • Medications not purchased at a veterinarian’s office may not be effective or may even be harmful to your pet due to improper handling or storage (being stored in conditions that are too cold, too hot or too humid). For example, heartworm prevention purchased outside of the veterinary clinic is NOT supplied by the drug manufacturer. As a result, it may not be effective, leaving your pet at risk for contracting heartworm disease. If this happens, the drug manufacturer will not be held responsible and your pet’s health may suffer without proper treatment. • Your veterinarian has received specific training about pet medications and its effects. Pharmacists who prepare drugs for humans have not received such training. • The veterinarian-client-patient relationship is the heart of any veterinary clinic. Each visit or refill of medication from your veterinarian allows for the opportunity to discuss your pet’s condition, answer questions, and even allow for updates or changes to the dosage; all in the interest of your pet’s health. Veterinarians are advocates for the human-animal bond, working to provide the best care for your pets. Consult with your veterinarian with questions about how to ensure that the medications you purchase are the best quality to keep your pet safe and healthy.


Hawaii Kai Dog Park


Hui ‘Ilio Hawai‘i, the dog park people in East Oahu, got their canine oasis built in only nine months. And that included watching the grass grow! It was the prior four years of planning and plotting with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department that was the key to getting the project approved and funded. As they approach their fourth anniversary celebration, we asked Elaine Dobashi, the organization’s president, how this seemingly impossible task was accomplished. Here she tells her group’s story, and of their standing offer to help others to realize their own puppy park dreams.

ocated next to the Hawai‘i Kai Park & Ride and about a block from Maunalua Bay, people who take their dogs to our dog park are treated to ocean and mountain views and spectacular sunsets every day. How could we be so lucky? The non-profit group that helped to build the Hawai‘i Kai Dog Park started out as an informal group of dog owners who by Elaine Dobashi met through our dogs. We live in the Hawaii Kai area and got to know each other during our nightly dog walks. After becoming increasingly frustrated over the lack of places where we could take our dogs (there were no parks in Hawaii Kai where dogs are allowed, on- or off-leash), we decided to do something about it. We held a meeting, and invited someone from the Neighborhood Board and the Department of Parks and Recreation to come and meet with


us. They gave us ideas and advice, and soon after that, we began investigating park sites. Within a month, we’d put together a dog park proposal, which we took to the Hawai'i Kai Neighborhood Board. They approved it! We were on our way, but there was still much work to be done before the park was “on the map.” Because the City hadn’t allocated capital funds for dog park construction, we joined the City in a public-private partnership to build the park. At the same time, we officially became Hui ‘Ilio Hawai‘i, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting dog parks and responsible dog ownership. We worked to get business sponsors who could provide needed services (design, planning & construction) and worked on raising funds to build the park. All told, it took four years to get through all the red tape, raise the funds,

and build the park. The Grand Opening ceremony was held on June 29, 2008. The Hawai‘i Kai Dog Park is a little over an acre in size, with a separate enclosure at the front of the park for small dogs. The park has some shade trees provided by the city, and benches provided by our donors. While small dogs are welcome in the “big park,” some owners feel that their little dogs are safer in the “small dog park” where dogs over 18 pounds are not allowed. Certainly if your small dog is timid or fearful around big dogs, it is best to stay in the small park where your dog can enjoy himself without any stress. Dog Park Volunteers As Adopt-a-Park partners,

Hui ‘Ilio Hawai‘i continues to support the Hawaii Kai Dog Park by recruiting and training park volunteers, and by sponsoring maintenance projects such as weeding and landscaping. We are always looking for more volunteers to work in the dog park. Volunteers distribute water bowls and water jugs around the park, refill the poop bag dispensers, clean up at closing time, and do their best to educate park users about the City’s rules and regulations as well as dog park etiquette. The better informed park users are, the fewer problems there will be. Establishing More Dog Parks People from various areas around the island come to

The Hawaii Kai Dog Park is open daily from dawn to dusk and closed Tuesdays 7am to 12 noon for maintenance. The park is busiest on weekdays after 4pm and on weekends. If your dog is new to dog parks, plan your first visit on a day/time when the park is less busy.


dog parks per 100,000 residents. To be barely average, Oahu should have at least 10 (one per 100,000 residents). And yet, sadly, we have only three City dog parks serving the entire population of Oahu. the Hawai‘i Kai Dog Park because there are no dog parks near where they live. This has got to change. The city needs to be more open to community groups that want a dog park in their district. We urge city officials and representatives to remove the barriers and work with us dog owners. We are a very large percentage of your constituency. Hui ‘Ilio Hawai‘i will continue to support efforts by any community group on Oahu whose goal is to establish a dog park in their community. On Oahu, over 40% of all households share their home with at least one dog. Dog parks are badly needed in all areas of the island. Dog owners desperately need places where their dogs can exercise and socialize with other dogs. That’s what keeps them friendly and well-behaved. It’s what keeps them from developing behavioral problems. And that’s why dog parks benefit everyone, not just dog owners. Dog parks are the fastest growing segment of city

parks in the U.S., according to a study by the Trust for Public Land. In the nation’s 100 largest cities, city parks increased overall by 3% in the past five years, while during that same period there was a 34% jump in the number of city dog parks. Honolulu is #48 of the nation’s 100 largest cities, and dog ownership on Oahu exceeds the national average. Yet we are lagging far behind in the number of dog parks per capita. Many of the top 100 cities have two or more dog parks per 100,000 residents and some have as many as five

Hui ‘Ilio’s 8th Annual Hawai‘i Kai Dog Walk is Sunday, June 3 at 7:30 am. Bring a donation of pet food or pet care supplies to help a homeless pet. Register & Info:


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Petiquette Be a responsible guest and a good citizen at the park. Comply with Honolulu City & County off-leash dog park rules and regulations.

•  No food in the park for humans or animals. Dogs may beg, steal or fight for food.

owners, watch your dog at all times. Be ready to intervene to stop inappropriate behavior and conflict.

•  Your dog must be up to date on flea/tick treatments. Dogs must be parasite-free to enter the park.

•  Does your dog come when called? Reliable and consistent off-leash recall is essential in the park. If you need help with basic obedience, aggression or other issues, seek help from a trainer or behaviorist.

•  Your dog needs to wear a valid current dog license tag attached to the dog’s collar and the handler must carry a leash. •  Follow park procedures for entering and exiting the park and unleashing the dog. Always make sure to close each gate.

•  Always remove and dispose of your pet’s waste properly. •  Enter the park at your own risk. The City is not liable to any person or dog

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Petiquette (cont’d.)


for any injury incurred or caused by another person or dog entering or remaining in the dog park. In the event of being injured or causing injury, exchange contact information with the other dog owner. •  Each owner is responsible for disciplining and keeping their dog under control. Avoid disciplining another park user’s dog. •  High value toys should be left at home to avoid guarding and protection. •  Do not bring your dog to the park if she is in heat. •  Children: Think dog park, not playground. If you must bring children, always watch them! Teach your child to ask the owner’s permission before touching someone else’s dog. Some dogs live with kids and are used to playful chase and bear hugs. Other dogs have only been around adults and prefer a little space. •  Puppies are welcome once they have completed their full set of puppy vaccinations. It’s a great start to socialization under supervision.

Dogs, large and small engaged in supervised play at Hawaii Kai Dog Park.

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Mililani Dog Park

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Mililani Mauka District Park at the Park & Ride 95-1069 Ukuwai Street Open Daily – daylight hours Closed Wednesday mornings for maintenance

Hawaii Kai Dog Park Makai end of Hawaii Kai Park & Ride on Keahole St. Open daily – daylight hours Closed Tuesday mornings for maintenance

McInerny Dog Park Hawaiian Humane Society in Moiliili Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Weekends & Most Holidays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Moanalua Dog Park Moanalua Community Park off Pu‘uloa Road Open Daily – daylight hours Closed Tuesday mornings for maintenance




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inquiring minds and much more. All socialized dogs on leashes are welcome when accompanied by you. Sunday, September 2 Parking Garage behind Long’s 2 to 5:30 pm It’s free and it’s fun!

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point for whale watching when they’re in season. Be sure to bring water for you and your pup, and also pick up da poop. The trail was closed to dogs for a while due to complaints about negligent pet owners. But now everything’s cool, ’cause we follow that rule. After the hike, a quick trip to the beach is certainly in order, and luckily for us, almost all beaches in Hawaii allow leashed dogs.

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It might start with something as simple as noticing that your dog has slowed down. Or when you pick him up, he yelps with pain. Maybe his back legs are weak, and he’s pulling himself more with his front legs. These can all be signs of spinal cord compression, which, left untreated, can progress to debilitating pain and even paralysis. Luckily, it can in most cases be treated surgically. Dr. Patrick Leadbeater of Kahala Pet Hospital provides his insight into the procedure.

Spinal Cord Problems in Dogs by Patrick Leadbeater, DVM



Dr. Patrick Leadbeater, born in England, is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and graduate of Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada.



Normal Vertebrae/Spinal Cord

Prolapsed Intervertebral Disk

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pinal cord problems and disorders occur quite frequently in pets, and not only in Dachshunds and Pekingese. The spinal cord is a direct extension of the brain. It travels down through the vertebra which makes up the backbone all the way to the beginning of the tail. Between each vertebra there is a disc—a cushioning device attached to the end of each vertebra that absorbs shock and allows mobility and flexibility to the spine (see Figure 1). The disc is donut-like in appearance and consists of a strong fibrous outer ring with a less dense, almost gelatinous center to it. Spinal nerves leave the cord itself and extend out to provide feeling and motor control to body parts. Usually these nerves exit between the vertebra, so the cord and the nerves are intimately associated with the disc itself. By far, the most common spinal problem is when inner disc material moves out of place and puts pressure on the cord (see Figure 2). When compressed in that bony tunnel, it quickly becomes seriously traumatized. From the point of compression, spinal cord function forward toward the head is generally maintained, but all motor, sensory and voluntary control from the compression point back toward the tail can be compromised. If the disc compression is in the neck, then all four legs are affected.


Spinal Cord Problems (cont’d.)

Symptoms can develop suddenly or slowly and can range from just weakness, dragging toes, etc. all the way to complete, irreversible paralysis. Any evidence that back or neck pain may be causing hind leg weakness or an inability to stand should be considered an emergency. Fortunately, skilled and experienced veterinary care can usually stabilize and correct the problem. The most serious condition, when time is the most critical, is the sudden onset of paralysis. If the cord is severely injured— meaning no transmission of pain sensation exists—we have at most 6 hours to surgically get to that cord and relieve the pressure. Even then, surgery is not always successful. When pain sensation exists from the hind legs to the brain but there is no motor control, surgery is the most likely approach for success. Should pain sensation exist and partial muscle tone remain so that the pet can support some weight, surgery will still enhance and speed recovery. The surgical approach must be based on the identification of a very precise location of compression, and identifying the site of compression can be challenging. As the cord itself is buried in a tunnel of

The most serious condition, when time is the most critical, is the sudden onset of paralysis. bone, plain x-rays are rarely of use. Advanced imaging is necessary such as: Myelography: a dye is introduced into the spinal fluid that surrounds the cord. This appears white on x-ray images and will specifically identify the spinal cord most of the time, including the site of the compression. CT scans are less invasive, quickly obtained, and generally much more accurate as the images demonstrate all tissue structures in cross section. MRI is excellent, but logistically more difficult and can take up to an hour or more of anesthesia and the fact is, it is usually unnecessary. Having performed hundreds of myleograms over many years, I now rely on CT much more. Once imaging confirms the presumed diagnosis of disc compression, then treatment becomes the


next concern. Surgery requires a great deal of skill, experience and patience to provide the highest percentage of successful return to normal function. The muscles are separated from the bony vertebra, and removal of bone of the vertebra on each side of the defined disc space then exposes the spinal cord. The disc material is trimmed away to eliminate the compression, allowing the spinal cord to return to its normal shape. The immediate post-surgical hospital care can be as critical as the surgery itself. Urine and bowel movement control, appetite, etc. all pose challenges that must be dealt with. Overall, when the criteria I have mentioned are met and in the hands of an experienced team, a successful return to normal function can be anticipated in most cases. I must also stress that proper post-operative care and treatment, which includes dedicated family care and physical therapy, greatly improves the chances of a successful recovery. For more information, contact: Dr. Patrick Leadbeater Kahala Pet Hospital 808-735-4433

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Starting this fall, Windward Community College will offer the Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

Veterinary Technology is among the five fastest-growing career fields in the nation. “Vet Techs” perform vital tasks from assisting with physical exams and providing surgical assistance to performing dental cleanings and conducting diagnostic laboratory tests. Hawai‘i’s Veterinarians are seeking trained professionals to do the job, and Windward Community College is now providing the training. Vet Techs are desperately needed at animal shelters, lab animal facilities, and private veterinary practices (there are over 80 veterinary clinics in Hawai‘i). Since its creation in 2008, the Veterinary Assisting program has become a tremendous success, placing more than 70 percent of graduates in the veterinary industry. Students no longer need to relocate to the Mainland for training and can fill the demand for jobs here. Windward is at the forefront for training Hawaii’s veterinary paraprofessionals,” said Assistant Professor of Biology Ross Langston, who helped to develop the program, and adds, “more than 70% of our students have found employment in veterinary practice.” Building on the success of the Veterinary Assisting Certificate of Achievement, the University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved a two-year Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology at WCC. Not only will this program provide additional training and real-world skills, but students will be able to obtain industry recognized credentials, enabling graduates to obtain reliable employment anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

Students start with the two-semester Veterinary Assisting certificate then become eligible to apply to the AS Veterinary Technology degree program. Much of the curriculum for the program was created by local veterinarians and technicians, several of whom also teach program classes and sit on the college’s veterinary studies advisory committee. The AS degree has been

This degree is the “golden ticket” for students to be eligible to take the VTNE exam. Sam Craddock,

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a goal of the committee for the past five years since answering the call from two respected veterinarians, Dr. Eric Ako, The Pet Doctor, and Dr. Mark Caspers from Feather and Fur in Kailua, expressing the need for trained individuals. Veterinary technicians must perform a variety of services with a high level of training and care to animals large and small.

Skills include animal care and nursing, administering anesthesia, assisting in surgery, dentistry, working in the lab and pharmacy, and taking and developing radiographs (x-rays). “I want to work with animals, and this program is perfectly suited to my goal of being a veterinary technician,” said student Sabina Doherty. Students are excited about the expanded degree program at WCC because it means graduates will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and work anywhere in the U.S.

as a certified veterinary technician. Instructor of Veterinary Technology and Interim Director, Sam Craddock, is looking forward to the program being accredited next year, making it possible for students to take the VTNE when the first class is ready to graduate. She says hiring highly skilled employees allows veterinarians to focus on patients while allowing a trusted technician to handle some of the more advanced nursing tasks such as radiology and dentistry. “I’m in the vet tech program because I want to be a part of a team or clinic dedicated to healing— my heart lies with animal wellness. Too many animals are treated inhumanely, and if I can make a difference in helping just one puppy, then it will be worthwhile,” said Sheryl Souki, a student in the program. Dogs and other animals will rest assured when they have trained technicians like Sheryl and Sabina caring for them. For more information about the new AS degree in Veterinary Technology, contact: vettech@hawaii. edu or go online to http:// Academics/Vet_Tech.


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Located Behind Safeway on Keolu • 398-3360

Ph. 262-2219

& runs all through the week Host Denby Dung


ll Creatures Great and Small are such blessings in our lives. They are divine beings in tune with nature and the flow of life. They understand the interconnectedness or web of life that is to be honored and blessed. Ancient and indigenous cultures respect animals and the earth, knowing animals brought messages or had valuable insights and wisdom to share. This interconnectedness/oneness flourished and life was harmonious. Living in 2012, we can also create harmony and balance within our lives and animals’ lives. But where do we start? The key is to transform our own consciousness! Transformation is the key to any kind of healing. Expanding consciousness by aligning it with the heart can positively affect your whole ohana, especially your furry ohana. By realizing that true healing is within us, humanity will take a huge leap toward a more harmonious life. The first thing an animal guardian can do? Keep it simple! Human minds think, think, and think. This confuses animals. Try breathe, breathe and


Wisdom of nimals A by Wendi Crandall-Amidon, Nalo’s Healing Arts for Animals, LLC

Human minds think, think, and think. This confuses animals. Try breathe, breathe and breathe.


breathe. Focusing on breathing and staying in the present moment are what the wise practice and live. The animals understand and relate to this. Slowing down and enjoying the ordinary things in life is extraordinary. Take it easy. Enjoy your journey. I am seeing an increase in canines and domesticated animals with the same diseases and illnesses as humans. This can be caused by worry, fear, anger, struggling to control a situation, war within yourself, unforgiving thoughts or just not being your true nature of love. Our beloved dogs can get out of balance because of our stuff, in truth, our unbalanced minds. The animals are taking us through healing lessons to help us wake up and notice we need to balance within. Challenges can be a chance for you to truly learn what is going on within your mind, body and spirit. So what can we do? First, ask for help and it will come. Of course, not in the way you may expect it, but in a mysterious way. This loving and powerful force is within our hearts. The beauty of it is that animals and humans have the divine power within us to change, heal and align to our hearts. When we

honor the complete being (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), great shifts in inner healing and expansion of our consciousness can take place. My first wake up call happened 15 years ago when I had a 500 pound boulder hit me. The three things that brought me back to life were hydrotherapy, acupuncture and slowing down in my life. My second wake up call to teach me more about the power of healing within occurred 6 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34. Some special animals in my life taught me what a blessing these challenges in my life were because I truly experienced life is a gift. I decided to take responsibility for my own healing and dedicate my life to honoring the “Oneness” of all our hearts. I knew whatever was shared with me on this healing journey was to be shared with others. As harmony in life comes from being part of the “Oneness” or dance of life, when any animal or human feels separate or alone in life, this is when disharmony happens. Our consciousness affects everything in our lives. What we say, think or do creates

the kind of world we live in. What we believe becomes the energy we are sending and rippling out to our ohana (furry ones too). If we approach animals’ issues with uplifting stories, encouraging and highlighting peaceful thoughts, this will empower animals. When we are conscious and see animals as divine beings and we all have the power within us to heal and transform, then we are empowering them. When we set up organizations that honor animals’ wisdom, power and how valuable they are to the interconnectedness of life, then we are expanding and transforming our consciousness honoring All Creatures Great and Small. Thank you for speaking, thinking and being love. Nalo’s Healing Arts for Animals LLC Ph. 230-8972 Nalo’s is offering courses in “Hearts as One” Animal Reiki, Animal Oneness, Reverence to our Shamanic Animal Guides and Gratitude, Love and Light Meditation. My dog Kalama and I will also be facilitating an empowering workshop at Nalo’s Sanctuary: “Transforming Our Own Consciousness Benefits All Creatures Great and Small” will share simple empowering practices that connect us to our hearts to benefit and honor our furry ohana.



escending from the hunting English Cocker Spaniel, this made in the USA, American Cocker Spaniel still retains much of its cousin’s game flushing and retrieving skills. But this gentle, loving dog

Cocker Spaniel prefers retrieving frisbees on the lawn, romping with the kids or being a follow you anywhere pal. Happiest with an active family, they require daily exercise and regular trimming/grooming. Good breeding and family history is important. 13½" - 15½" tall 26 - 34 lbs.

Notes from Afield. Cocker Spaniel. © O. Daniel Van Zyle. 2012. All rights reserved.


Your Dog would ask for us if he could... Our new facility is conveniently located in Kaka’ako with lots of parking. We offer: small animal medicine and surgery, dentistry including non-anesthetic dentistry, integrative holistic veterinary medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, therapeutic cutting edge laser treatments, digital radiographs, selective boarding. Visit us soon. Your pet will thank you. 592-9999

815 Queen St. Hon., HI 96813




June 24 at 11am Meet the pets available for adoption. First 50 people will receive a Prize Pack (up to $100 value). Enter to win a Vacations Hawaii California Hotel Las Vegas Trip for 2! Hawaiian Humane Society personnel will be on site to answer all your questions.

Mike is donating $50 to the Hawaiian Humane Society plus $50 in “McKenna Bucks” for every new or used car sold. Redeem your McKenna Bucks for pet adoption fees, shelter renovation, and even dog food! During 2011 Pet Adoption Days, Mike McKenna has helped find homes for over 100 furry friends and donated over $42,000 to the Hawaiian Humane Society. As Hana Boy says...

“Couldn’t be a better time to buy or adopt!” F-150

No purchase necessary to attend our Adoption Day event...but should you decide to purchase a car, truck or SUV, we have great savings and service. Take the Pali to the end, that’s where your savings begin! Edge



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