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Rusty Cover Model Winner:

Learn more on page 8!

m a r l ey & m e

• Win a Trip for 2 to the Los Angeles Movie Premiere of Marley & Me • Local Movie Premiere Ticket Giveaway

also inside:

• holiday pet gift guide • local pet pictures • pet advice • calendar • holiday recipes •discounts • events • & more!

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Starring Jennifer Aniston & Owen Wilson Hawaii Pet Magazine is proud to be the official Hawaii sponsor of Marley & Me! Check out the movie trailer on and our new networking site We’re excited to offer our valued readers fantastic giveaways throughout November & December to celebrate the local and national premiere of the movie including:

Win a Trip for 2 to the L.A. Red Carpet Premiere of Marley & Me at’s right, you and a friend could rub elbows with the stars at the Los Angles premiere on December 11th and be one of the first in the nation to see the movie! Go to to learn more and enter to win this amazing Marley & Me movie premiere package from November 17-December 4, 2008. We’ll announce the winner LIVE on KHON FOX2 morning news on December 5th.

100 Pairs of Tickets to the Honolulu Marley & Me Movie Premiere See it first! Be one of the few to see the movie first in December at our local premiere.

Marley & Me Posters, Books & More! We’ll be giving away movie items and passes away at and at local pet events.

To learn how you can win the L.A. Premiere Package, local premier tickets & movie items, visit NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. All prize packages are subject to change. e contests run Nov. 21, 2008, through Dec. 25, 2008. Open to legal residents of Hawaii, age 18 or older as of November 21, 2008. All federal, state, and local regulations apply. A recipient assumes any and all risks related to use of tickets and accepts restrictions required by ticket provider. e Hawaii Pet Magazine and its affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in conjunction with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of prize(s). Tickets and prizes cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash in whole or part. Employees of all participating sponsors are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law. For a complete set of contest rules go to For more information, email november/december 2008 Issue


Mary Long

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John Hind, Kuakini Hind, Kamuleilani Dickson, T.H. Long


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Rusty (& Kiana)

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Pet Calendar


Cover Model Contest


Adventures in Dogsitting


Holiday Gift Guide


Company Profile


Tis the Season to Be Cautious


Deck the Halls with Paws of Wally


Pet Recipe


Marley & Me

Hawaii Pet Magazine

The Dog Therapist

P.O. Box 240008 • Honolulu, Hawaii 96824 (808) 988-9108 •


As many of our reads know, we’re HUGE fans of the book Marley & Me (see review in July/August Issue) and have been eagerly awaiting the re-

lease of the movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. To celebrate the premiere we’re giving away a trip for 2 to the Marley & Me Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere on December 11th! That’s right, you’ll rub elbows with the stars and be one of the first in the nation to see the movie. That’s not all, we’re also giving away 100 pairs of passes to the Honolulu Premeir of Marley & Me on December 18 as well as books, posters and other cool movie items.

To enter and learn more, visit our new networking site at And, with the holidays upon us, don’t miss our gift guide on page 12. Good luck and happy howling holidays! Mahalo, Mary Long Publisher Hawaii Pet Magazine


Mary & Fibberwe’ll be focusing on pet P.S. Next month health and will review pedi paws! | november/december 2008


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All events are either submitted by readers or found on existing calendars. We’d like to thank HKC & Ilio Magazine for our dog show information. If you would like to submit an event, send your information to or P.O. Box 240008, Hon., HI 96824.

View details and more events at

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Doberman Specialty Show, Mililani Waena Park



Election Day - VOTE!

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All Breed Pet Loss Obedience & Rally Support Group Pomeranian Specialty Trial Hawaiian Humane Society Show, Kaneohe VCA Animal Valley Isle Kennel Club of Maui 11/2



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Sister Parrot Club Box Exchange, Heeia

State Park

Valley Isle Kennel Club B Match, Kihei Elementary Valley Isle Kennel Club B Match, Kihei Elementary


Shiba Inu Meetup Hike Makiki Valley Loop Trail


HKC Rally Trails

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ence Training Club of Hawaii All Breed Agility

Basic Dog Training Kauai Humane Society



Santa Paws


Kauai Humane Society

Maui Santa Paws at Lee’s Pet Grooming


Shiba Inu Meetup


New Volunteer Orientation

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Hawaiian Humane Society


Neighborhood Park


to the L.A. Premiere of

Obedience Training Club of Hawaii Tracking,



Tripler Army Hospital Grounds

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hawaiian Humane Society

Obedience & Rally Trial


Hilo Obedience Training Club Edith Kanakaole Stadium



Kauai Humane Society

L.A. Movie Premiere


Volunteer, Foster Care & Dog Trainer Orientation





Phoebe & Racheal

31 New Year’s Eve

Make sure your pet is prepared. Read helpful tips on page18.

Hapuna Beach Prince

Hawaiian Humane Society




Kauai Humane Society

Shiba Inu Meetup McInerny Dog Park

Great Dane Meetup


Moanalua Dog Park

Kailua Public Library


Boston Terrier Meetup, Mililani Dog Park Basic,Advanced & Keiki Dog Training Kauai Humane Society

Read to a Dog Kailua Public Library

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Kauai Humane Society

Paws on the Path Hike, Maunawili Ditch

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Volunteer Orientation Hawaiian Humane Society

Edith Kanakaole Stadium



Grooming Orientation Hawaiian Humane Society

Read to a Dog Kailua Public Library


Christmas Day

Parent Training

at Lahaina Gateway Shopping Center

Honolulu Movie Premiere

Opens Nationwide

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Maui Santa Paws

Maui Santa Paws



Hanukkah Begins


55 Pawsh Place

Obedience & Rally Big Island 1st Annual Trial Hilo Obedience Training Club Charity Furball learn more on page 20


New Volunteer Orientation

Marley & Me

Drawing on KHON2

An Evening With Dr. Pepperberg

Crooked Louie

Grand Opening

Win a trip for 2 Hawaiian Humane Society to the L.A. Premiere of


Animal Handling Orientation

Hawaiian Humane Society

Maui Santa Paws

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Volunteer Orientation

Maui Humane Society Obedience Training Club of Great Dane Meetup Hawaii Kai Dog Park Hawaii All Breed Agility Trials, Enchanted Read to a Dog 11/15

Lake Elementary School

Hawaiian Humane Society

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Hawaii Kai Dog Park

Volunteer Orientation

Dog Walking Orientation

Hawaiian Humane Society


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McInerny Dog Park


Newfoundland Specialty Show, Heeia



Pet Loss Support Group

Santa Paws

Hawaiian Humane Society

Heeia Neighborhood Park

Hawaiian Humane Society

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Siberian Specialty Show


Obedience Training Club of Hawaii, Thomas Square




Kauai Humane Society

Dachshund Specialty Show, Kaneohe VCA Animal Hospital




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Paws on the Path Hike Peacock Flats

New Volunteer Orientation

Kauai Humane Society

Get your pet on the network! create your own pet page • upload phots & videos blog • meet new friends • create pet groups • view events chat • discuss issues in the forum • pet news • & more!

Tons of costumed dogs and their owners helped Pet’s Discount celebrate their 13th Anniversary in Hawaii Kai on October 19 and it was a barking good time. Thanks Danielle & the Pet’s Discount Team for putting on a great event! View more pictures at

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COVER MODEL SEARCH Hawaii Pet Magazine held our second online pet cover model search on our new networking site, We had 86 dogs (and their parents) enter adorable photos and after a week of fervent voting, Rusty received the most votes from our readers. We’d like to congratulate our top 12 pets and thank all of our pet parents and voters for their participation. To view more pet photos, turn to page 31 or visit our website. Do you think your pet should be the next cover model? Go to and submit your pet’s picture for the next cover by December 19, 2008. The January/February theme is health and fitness, so we’re looking for pets in action! We’ll once again be inviting the public to vote for the next cover model from December 21-28. Without further ado, meet Rusty!

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Rusty & Kiana

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Breed: Red Rottweiler Birthday: March 28, 2005 Owner: Kiana Mohika-Miyashiro Pet Story: Rusty is a very unique dog. A "red" rottweiler used to be considered defective, but Rusty is such an awesome dog. As you can see he loves the beach, but sometimes he gets a little tired and needs a lift. Kiana wasn’t looking for a dog, but happened to meet an adorable Rottweiler puppy a friend had just adopted. She tracked down the owner of the litter, fell in love with Rusty and they have been inseparable ever since. Rusty loves frolicking in the surf and prefers the fine sands of Lanikai above all other beaches. Rusty’s favorite beach toy is the “Water Wubba,” a flexible dog throw made of neoprene (wet-suit material from Pet’s Discount. This toy that can be easily thrown and its durable construction makes it easy to retrieve without breaking apart. We were lucky to meet Rusty & Kiana at the cover reshoot and it was apparent how close thier bond truely is. Poor Kiana braved the surf while she piggy-backed Rusty who kept smiling at the camera no matter how long we took to get the right shot.

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By Tammy Goodreau • Doggie Adventures and Training • (808) 551-7994 •

Tammy, Cub B, Ginger and Cody on the Makapuu trail.

Our most recent Adventure takes us to one of Hawaii’s most familiar landmark, Makapu’u Lighthouse located on the southeast side of Oahu. This hike is a bit of a fitness hike as it involves a long uphill climb on a paved road, but make no mistake, the scenery for the humans and the smells for the dogs are well worth the efforts. Cody, Cub B, and Ginger joined me for this exciting Adventure. Cody is a mix between a lab, chow, and German Sheppard. Cub B is a playful energetic 6-month-old Cocker Spaniel. 10 | november/december 2008

Ginger is a white slender Whippet. As we began, the 3 dogs wanted to take me in 3 different directions. It appeared that all of them had some very important things to smell. After turning over every last pebble, rock, and weed for smells we were able to continue on our way. All along the way we encountered other hikers who looked on enviously at my little pack of dogs. Many of them were visitors who missed their own fuzzy friends at home. After providing temporary comfort in the form of licks and enthusiastic tail

wags, my little team continued up the path. Our first water and treat break was at a beautiful spot noted for watching Humpback whales between the months of December and April. After enjoying treats and time to rest, the dogs and I marched onward, this time trailing a beautiful Golden Retriever named Kona. As we reached the summit of the hike all sorts of wonderful sites welcomed us. At the top of the trail sits Makapu’u lighthouse, built in 1909 to steer ships away from the rocky cliffs below. On clear days, like this


Cub B

one, you have views that stretch the windward coast while behind you the island of Molokai and, sometimes, even the top of Haleakala on Maui can be seen on the horizon. While I was enjoying the view, the dogs took the opportunity to play and wrestle. Once the dogs calmed down I gave each of them water. Cub-B eagerly placed his entire head, up to his ears, in his bowl. After his drink, Cub-B tried to tussle with princess Ginger who wanted nothing to do with a wet dog. Fortunately for our little wet friend, Cody had no problem running and chasing him. On our way down we came upon 2 other dogs enjoying the hike with their own-

Animal Law Emily A. Gardner, Attorney

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ers. After all greetings were made between dogs and humans we continued our venture downward. The dogs were still energetic and leading the way as we approached, what I thought would be a good stopping point, but due to the dogs’ energy I decided to do the hike again. I pride myself on the fact that dogs are tired thus well behaved at the end of one of my Adventures. So, we turned around and made the 2-mile hike once again. When I saw that the dogs were lagging behind me on the way back down, I knew I could announce – “Mission Accomplished!”

Preparing for this Adventure The Makapu’u Lighthouse hiking trail

does not have shade thus this paved hike can become very hot with the sun and pavement. It is best to go for your hike early in the morning or later in the afternoon. No matter what venture you are doing with your dog you should always provide them with fresh water. There are doggie bags provided at the beginning of the trail to clean up after your dog. This hike is very popular among tourists and residents. Be courteous, always have your dog on a leash. Tammy Goodreau is the owner of Doggie Adventures & Training which specializes in outdoor adventures for dogs. Don’t have time to take your dog on a hike or beach outing? Treat your dog to a pet adventure today! Call Tammy at (808) 551-7994 or visit

View more Makapuu hike pictures on page 20!


Adventure Tours for Dogs

Innovative & Fun Activities Small Friendly Classes Private 1-on-1s

Hiking, Swimming, Running & Playing (includes pick-up & drop-off)

Emily A. Gardner is a local attorney with a Master of Science in Zoology who has successfully assisted Hawaii residents with legal issues involving animals including:

- Serious Dog Bites - Animal Attacks - Pet Housing Issues - Pet Trusts - Equine Law - And More -

To learn more about animal law and obtain legal assistance, contact:

Emily A. Gardner

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It’s Not Just a Walk in the Park!

Tel: (808) 535-8462


Gift Certificates Available

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Holiday Pet Gift Guide The holidays are upon us, which means that it’s time to find the purr-fect gift for your pet! Although it is tempting to shop online at a mainland retailer’s website for the latest furlicious trends, we encourage you to shop locally and support our virtual and storefront kamaaina businesses. We’ve listed a few of our favorite items for the season, but if we’ve missed your favorites, email us at info@hawaiipetmagazine and we’ll add the to the online holiday pet wish list!

Pet Gift Certificates A gift certificate isn’t the most unique gift, but it’s extremely useful and a great gift for not so easy to please pet lovers. Pet store gift cards can be used for the essentials like pet food, grooming items, toiletries, snazzy new collar or cool pet toy. Gift Certificates for pet services can treat a pet to a day at daycare, training session or a doggie adventure.

Cool Leashes & Collars

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Just like a new outfit for yourself, a new pet collar and leash for your furry friend will brighten their day this holiday season. Collars are like jewelry for pets. This accessory has to match not only your dog’s habits (and neck), but also their personality. Have a hound with attitude? Go with a durable and fashionable hound collar from Have an active dog that needs a little taming? Try the Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness. Our dogs LOVE it! When choosing a leash, you can go with a durable nylon or leather option, or splurge for a designer leash that matches your pet’s collar. Stop by 55 Pawsh Place or your local pet store (check out the Pet Store list on the next page) to find the collar (and leash) that matches your pet.

Eco-friendly Pet Items Are you green owner or looking for a gift for an earth-friendly pet niece or nephew? Eco-friendly pet items are HOT right now and it’s easy to find a present that makes Fido roll over with joy as well as saving the earth.

Skooperbox Made of 100% recycled material and completely biodegradable, skooperbox helps the environment as you do your duty to pick up your dog’s doody. - available at local retailers

The Green Retriever Save the earth and clean up your pet’s bus-nastiness with biodegradable poop bags from

Eco Friendly Pet Beds Made of recyclable material, these comfy pet beds cuddle your pet during nap time. - available at 55 Pawsh Place Bark Avenue and other local retailers statewide

Picture Purr-fect! Are you sending out holiday cards this year? Make sure you customize them with a picture of you and your pet! Capturing the perfect shot of your pet is a daunting task. When in doubt, turn to the professionals! Paw-tography with Alvarado Photography (808) 780-8911 • Eclectic Designs 888.798.0555 • 888.798.0555

The Gift of Grooming Nobody wants a stinky pet around the holiday table, so this season, make sure you book an appointment for your pet at a local groomer. Better yet, if you have a friend with a stinky pup,a gift certificate the perfect way to pamper their pet and take care of the dirty doggie without insulting their owner. Apple Puppy • (808) 734-8282 • Kaimuki The Dog Shop • (808) 262-8804 • Kailua Ohana Doggie Day Care & Spa • (808)791-DOGS (3647) • Kakaako

Charitable Gifts


This holiday season give the gift that keeps giving – a charitable donation to your favorite animal shelter. More and more pets are being abandoned and turned into shelters each day and they need your help! Most organization accept cash donations, but you can also support them by purchasing their annual calendars online or by attending local Santa Paws events. We do also encourage everyone to adopt this holiday season, but make sure you that your household can handle a new pet in your home. Read the Hawaii Dog Foundation’s article on page 20 for more information.

East Maui Animal Refuge

Tails of Hawaii • (808) 676-WOOF (9663) • Waipio & Mapunapuna

Pedi Paws

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Hawaii Cat Foundation Hawaii Dog Foundation Hawaii Island Humane Society (808) 329-1175 • Kailua-Kona (808) 966-5458 • Keaau 808-885-4558 • Waimea Hawaiian Humane Society (808) 946-2187 • Oahu Joey's Feline Friends (808) 554-2797 • Oahu Kauai Humane Society 808-632-0610 Maui Humane Society (808) 877-3680

Pet’s Discount • (808) 395-0448 • Hawaii Kai

Most homes in Hawaii have beautiful wood floors that unfortunately get riddled with scratches from dog and kitty nails. Pedi Paws rounds your pet’s nails down and reduces scratching. - As Seen On TV Store

Hawaii Animal Sanctuary

Maui Humane Society 2009 Calendar

Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary (808) 982-5110 • Keaau

PET What pet doesn’t love a toy? Most of the pet toys out there are geared for dogs, but there are many fun bird & kitty items at local stores. Here’s a few ideas for your favorite fur ball.


The Canine Genius Leo, named in honor of genius Leonardo da Vinci, is a great bouncing, fetching, tugging and challenging treat-dispensing toy. You can also link multiple Leo toys together and the treats inside can move from one toy to another. - Bark Avenue

Hide-A-Bee Puzzle Plush

Christmas Tree Puzzle Dog Toy With this dog toy, the presents are inside the tree instead of underneath! It includes the hid-a-tree and 4 plush stuffiest: Santa Hat, Candy Cane, squeaking Snow Man and a squeaking Leo bottle. Show each of the stuffiest to your dog, tuck them inside the tree, and watch as they try to get all the toys out. Great bow-

This toy will not only keep your pet occupied and eliminate boredom, but it will he;[ develop your dog's intelligence and puzzle-solving skills. - 55 Pawsh Place

wow brain exercise. - Bark Avenue

WHERE TO FIND PET GIFTS 55 Pawsh Place (808) 674-2055 • Kapolei Bark Avenue (808) 394-2343 • Hawaii Kai Fauna Collection Kalihi Pet Center (808) 841-5234 • Kalihi Kihei Pet Supply (808) 874-0015 • Kihei Ohana Doggie Day Care & Spa (808)791-DOGS (3647) • Kakaako Paws University (808) 325-6436 • Kailua-Kona Pet’s Discount Salt Lake (808) 422-5763 Hawaii Kai (808) 395-0448 Waikele (808) 678-8808 Ala Moana (808) 955-3774 Kaneohe (808) 247-7297 Kaimuki (808) 738-0059 Tails of Hawaii (808) 676-WOOF (9663) Waipio & Mapunapuna

Wubbas Loofa Dog One of the most popular pet toys nationwide, Loofa dog is funky, fun and a great fetch toy. The squeaker is sure to enthrall your dog, making it one of their favorite toys. Our favorite is the football Loofa Dog, but other colors and styles are available. - Kalihi Pet Center

Are cover model Rusty love his Wubba! They are the ultimate interactive fetch toy for dogs. You can play fetch and tug of war without getting your hands slimy. There are Wubba dog toys for every situation including beaches and pools, ski slopes, indoors, night play, and training. - Pet’s Discount

Plush Turtle Toy This toy is so soft and adorable that you may keep it for yourself! This toy is tough enough to stand up to repeated machine washings and is filled with featherlight poly-fill making it soft enough for safe play with your pampered pet. - Kalihi Pet Center | november/december 2008


Holiday Pet Gift Guide Furlicious Fashions

Outfit your dog in cool local pet outfits that reflect their personal style and attitude.

Pet Tees Outfit your dog in adorable dog tees from the Fauna Collection. We’re fans of their UH line! Various styles, sizes and colors available. - 55 Pawsh Place & Tails of Hawaii, or order online at

Game Day Gear It’s that time of year where even the quietest Program Analyst becomes a frenzied football fan during the weekend. While you’re putting on your face paint and vikings helmet to watch the Sunday Game in your living room, don’t forget to get your pet in the spirit! Yup, football jerseys are available for your dog so that they can join you as you cheer for your favorite team. - Bark Avenue


Pet Walking, Day Care & Boarding Unfortunately, during the holiday season we’re so busy that we’re not around for our pets as much as we should be. Make sure they are properly pampered, exercised and socialized by hiring a pet professional. Whether you need to take a break to go shopping, have to work longer to earn your holiday bonus, or heading to the mainland or another island for the holidays, a pet professional can make sure your pet’s holiday is grand while you deal with seasonal stress.

2 Sisters Pet Sitters

Koolau Bed & Biscuit

dog walking, home drop-in pet care, overnight sitting, pet taxi

dog day care & overnight boarding

(808) 291-4836 Windward Oahu

Balanced Obedience dog walking, dog training, pet behavior & health analysis, horse training

(808) 358-9190 • statewide

Bark Busters dog training

(808) 734-3440 • Oahu

Dog Training Solutions dog training

(808) 203-4661 • Oahu

Hawaii Diva Dogs dog walking, grooming, home drop-in pet care, overnight sitting, pet taxi

(808) 239-1214 • Kaneohe

Ohana Doggie Day Care & Spa dog day care, grooming & overnight boarding (808)791-DOGS (3647) • Kakaako

Paws University agility, dog day care, grooming, overnight boarding & training

(808) 325-6436 • Kailua-Kona

Pro-Dog Hawaii puppy, dog and agility training

(808) 988-6596 • Oahu

Tails of Hawaii dog play care, grooming & overnight boarding

(808) 676-WOOF (9663) Waipio & Mapunapuna

(808) 927-9342 • Windward Oahu

An Evening With Dr. Pepperberg Friday, December 5th 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Neil Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites (book signing for her new book, Alex & Me to follow) Proudly presented by Aloha Hawaii Parrot Association

e Aloha Hawaiian Parrot Association is sponsoring the exclusive Hawaii appearance of Dr. Irene Pepperberg. She will be presenting her research concerning the cognitive and language abilities of African Grey parrots and her amazing journey with the famous Alex. e Aloha Hawaiian Parrot Association is a non-profit group committed to “encouraging and promoting the highest standards in aviculture, welfare and conservation of the world's most charismatic birds....Parrots.” Membership is open to all who share our love of birds. Tickets are $25.00. Seating is limited so get your tickets early. To purchase tickets & learn more contact either: Flo at 782-6991 • Karen at 228-6224 • If you can't make the event but would like to donate to our organization please contact the people above.

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company profile

Balanced Obedience By Sabrina Clark Sabrina Clark is the owner of Balanced Obedience Dog Training Hawaii • Call (808) 358-9190 •

Great are the rewards we reap from loving relationships with the animals in our lives. Unfortunately, many people have a pet that does not trust or respect them and the relationship is strained and unbalanced. We all know how distressing bad behaviors can be. Imagine the dog that is not housebroken prone to separation anxiety, is animal aggressive, pulls on the leash, barks excessively or only follows commands when it feels like it. Animal training has changed a great deal in the last few decades. Dog training has moved from a strict punishment-based system, where the dog is corrected by a yank on the collar for not following a command, to bribe-based training where the dog gets a treat or toy for following a command. Both methods can train a dog, but neither is suitable for all dogs and all behaviors. I believe in balanced obedience, where the focus of the training is the language of the command itself followed by verbal praise and touching. We all want a dog that will do what we say, when we say it, off leash and without a bribe in our hand. Most people do not understand how to become the pack leader in their dog’s eyes. The pack leader is calm, self-confident, aloof, fair and respected. A dog can love you without respecting you, and this is the cause of virtually all bad behaviors. Love and respect are separate emotions in the dog’s mind and to garner the respect of a dog, we need to teach it to be obedient to our commands. Basic obedience is the best way to have a balanced relationship with your dog. The obedience commands of sit, stay, come, lay down and heel are the basic ones any dog needs to know in order to be able to travel outside of the home in a safe and controlled manner. I want animal owners to have loving, harmonious relationship with their pets.

Balanced Obedience specializes in socialization and obedience of dogs and can help your dog become a well-mannered and happy member of the family. I will come to you and teach you and your dog basic obedience and discuss any

Behavior and health analysis are available for all kinds of animals, including cats, horses, birds and exotics. Horse training is also available. I received a BS in zoology with a focus on psychology and animal behavior, and

behavior issues your dog has and the best training methods for your dog’s age, breed and temperament. I can also train your dog in my home and socialize it with other animals, which is great for people who would like their dog to improve while they are away on vacation.

have been training animals since 1986. I am a certified dog trainer and have many excellent references. Training is available on all of the Hawaiian islands. To learn more about Balance Obedience, contact Sabrina Clark at (808) 358-9190 or

Balanced Obedience Dog Training of Hawaii • Certified Animal Training • Over 20 Years Experience • Private Lessons • Doggie Boot Camp • Behavior Modification • Island Wide Service

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Pet Blessings were plentiful this fall, coinciding with St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day on October 4th. St. Francis of Assisi, founded the Franciscan Order and is the patron saint of animals and the environment. Pets are blessed on and around his feast day in remembrance for his love of all creatures. To view the full story and more pictures visit

St. Andrew's Cathedral’s Pet Blessing October 4, 2008

(808) 841-5234 • City Square Shopping Ctr, 1199 Dillingham Blvd, #101 Open Mon.-Fri. 9am-7pm • Sat. & Sun. 9 am-5pm

Stop by and enjoy our great holiday pet specials including:

Unity Church Pet Blessing October 5, 2008

Hawaii Diva Dogs

20% off All Doggie Toys Offer expires 12/31/08.

30% off all regular price

freshwater fish in stock with this ad. Offer expires 12/31/08. Gift Certificates Also Available!

Call 808.927.9342 Pamper your pet with our elite services! • Pet Sitting • House Sitting • Pet Fitness

• Dog Walking • Grooming • Pet Taxi

$10 discount with this ad.

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Aiea Loop Trail

Dog lovers came together on October 29th for the 3rd Annual Howl-ween Fundraiser Ball for the Ala Wai Dog Park at the Willow Restaurant. The mood was festive with face painting, Hawaiian music, a silent auction and yummy food. To learn more about the Ala Wai Dog Park and how to support their organization, visit

A dozen pets and their owners put on their hiking shoes and conquered the Aiea Loop Trail. This 5 mile hike was led by the Hawaiian Humane Society. We braved some braved rough terrain to get some epic shots of the adventure (posted on Paws on the Path hikes are conducted the last Saturday of each month.

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TIS THE SEASON TO BE CAUTIOUS By Dr. Leianne K. Lee Loy D.V.M., VCA University Animal Hospital in Manoa • (808) 988-2111

The holiday season is a for time family g a t h e ri n g s that include o u r f u r r y a n d feathered friends. It is also the season with many temptations that can be hazardous to our pets.

ALL IN THE OHANA As we gather with our Ohana this season, we will bring an ethnic diversity of foods to the table. Many of us would like to include our pets in this Holiday celebration; however, foods that are perfectly safe for humans could be harmful or deadly to dogs and cats. Be safe and keep the following foods out of your petʻs menu: coffee grounds, grapes/raisins, onions, yeast dough, tea, macadamia nuts, alcohol, salt, garlic, chewing gum, candy and breath fresheners containing xylitol (a product used as a sugar substitute sweetener in many products). A sudden change in diet or rich foods can upset a pet s stomach to the point that they are vomiting and having diarrhea. Fatty foods can cause the pancreas to become inflamed, a disease called pancreatitis, which is serious and may require hospitalization. Keep the garbage out of a pet's reach, because the rotting food contains molds or bacteria that could produce food poisoning. This also includes the bones such as 18 | november/december 2008

from poultry which can splinter and damage your pet's mouth, esophagus and intestines. During the hustle and bustle of preparing your meals, keep pets out of the kitchen. I have seen many pets who have gotten stepped on and burned from hot dishes being moved around in the kitchen.

condition requiring surgery. Supervise animals who play with string, yarn or ribbon.

TWINKLING LIGHTS Puppies and kittens who are teething and interested in chewing are tempted by these interesting objects. If a pet bites through an electrical cord, it could result in a severe burn to the tongue, respiratory distress or electric shock. This is an emergency that requires immediate veterinary attention.

SWEET TREATS Many people are familiar with the fact that chocolate can be a poison. Unsweetened baking chocolate carries a much higher dose of the toxin “theobromine” than does milk chocolate, but even normal milk chocolate can be dangerous. Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include hyperexcitability, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea and death.

TINSEL, ORNAMENTS & DECORATIONS Christmas decorations, such as tinsel and ribbons, pose a hazard to pets. These ornaments are of special interest to playful cats and kittens, who see these materials as toys (or prey) to be chased, pounced upon, chewed or swallowed. Chasing and pouncing are not health threats; but chewing and swallowing are, as these strings or “linear foreign bodies” can get caught in the GI tract, leading to ”bunching” of intestine as the body tries to move the string or ribbon through. This is a life-threatening

HOLIDAY PLANTS The Christmas tree that we decorate can be a centerpiece of wonder and enjoyment in our eyes; however, to our pets (especially cats and kittens), it is a place to climb and jump as if it was a piece of equipment at the local gymnasium. Take time to protect the tree so that you do not find it in a horizontal position when you get home from work. Stagnant water in the tree stand contains bacteria that, if ingested by a thirsty or curious pet, may lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you place a preservative (such as fertilizers) in the tree water, be aware that this can upset your pet s stomach too. Poinsettia are not deadly; however, this holiday plant can be irritating to the mouth and cause upset stomach if consumed. There are several types of mistletoe

and therefore difficult to predict the clinical signs of poisoning. Some mistletoes produce only stomach upset while others may lead to liver failure or seizing. Consider mistletoe to be a hazardous substance and keep it away from pets and children.

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS As you prepare for the celebrations of the New Year, take time to prepare your pet as well. The sounds, sights and smell of the fireworks can cause great anxiety and discomfort to our pets. If your pet is outdoors, have them in an area that is well ventilated so that the smoke does not cause them to have respiratory problems. Secure the area that they are in so that they do not escape and become injured. Make sure they have a form of identification, such as the microchip, so that if they are lost, they will be reunited with you. If you are able to bring your pet indoors, place them in a room that can protect them from the sounds. Otherwise, turn on the air condition, television or radio to minimize the sounds of the fire-

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Holiday hazards PLANTS: Ingested pine needles, tree preservatives, stagnant tree water, mistletoe, poinsettias and tree acrobatics. DECORATIONS: Tinsel & garlands, twinkling lights, glass ornaments, lit candles and electrical cords. HOLIDAY FOODS: Rich holiday foods, poultry bones, unsweetened and milk chocolate, coffee grounds, grapes/raisins, onions, yeast dough, tea, macadamia nuts, alcohol, salt, garlic, chewing gum, candy and breath fresheners containing xylitol (a product used as a sugar substitute sweetener in many products).

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While you’re feating on holiday fare, don’t forget your dog! Some holiday food is harmful to dogs (see page 18), but that doesn’t mean your pooch can’t celebrate! Here’s a few recipes to make your dog’s holiday a feast to remember and get rid of a few leftovers at the same time. Please note that some dogs do have allergies and dietary restrictions. Please check with fellow pet owners before serving these treats.

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Turkey Treats

Ingredients 2 eggs 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons dry milk 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 2 Tablespoons water

Ingredients: 2 cups cooked & chopped turkey 4 teaspoons grated cheese 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley 2 eggs 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine eggs and pumpkin in a large bowl. Add salt, dry milk, and flour and use your hands to create a dough. If it’s too hard, add water as needed, but it should be dry and stiff. Roll out dough on a floured cutting board to 1/2-inch thick and cut into fun shapes. Place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes on each side or biscuit (total cooking time 40 minutes).

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine turkey, cheese, parsley in a large bowl and mix well. Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour over turkey mixture. Add the flour, yeast, and oil and s until thoroughly mixed. Drop spoon-sized lumps onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, until brown and firm. Store in refrigerator.

Earlier this year, due to complaints about irresponsible dog owners on the Makapuu Light House trail, the Department of Land and Natural Resources prohibited pets on this popular trail. Due to the tireless efforts of the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board and the Hawaiian Humane Society, the trail reopened to dogs on October 4. Over 65 dogs and their owners joined the Hawaiian Humane Society and DLNR at the reopening hike. The Hawaiian Humane Society also generously donated a pet wast station complete with biodegradable poo bags, to make sure the area stays clean. This is a relatively easy hike and a great way to start exercising with your dog. To view more pictures, visit

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DECK THE HALLS WITH PAWS OF WALLY (OR REMY OR LAYLA OR…..) By The Hawaii Dog Foundation Every holiday season, there is inevitably a “hot item” that is high in demand but low in supply. Last year, many parents spent hours at the mall or online trying to get their hands on a single Nintendo Wii or Tickle Me Elmo Extreme. Decades ago, these parents were once children themselves, hoping that they would find a rare Cabbage Patch Doll or Furbie under their Christmas trees. Unfortunately, this problem of “inventory shortage” during the holidays does not apply when it comes to the homeless dog population in Hawaii. There is no seasonal lull for animal rescue organizations such as the Hawaii Dog Foundation as dogs continue to need homes and assistance regardless of the time of year. It is a sad reality that for every dog successfully placed in a new home, there will be another canine (or two or ten) in need to take that fortunate Fido’s place. While recent news articles report that even in this time of economic hardship, high-end accessories and expensive trinkets for dogs continue to do well in the marketplace, the only present that any abandoned truly wants is a warm place to call home. While our Hawaii Dog Foundation dogs live in a loving foster home rather than a shelter from day one, our goal is to find each one a forever family. In order to be a successful adoption, every two legged person must be well-informed and work together to do what is best for their four-legged friend. Therefore, if you are considering decking your halls with paws of doggie (hopefully

from HDF), we hope you will follow these tips for being a wise SANTA:

S is for STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. Dogs should not be an impulse buy. It is amazing that people will spend hours online researching which blender to purchase but w i l l HDF adoptable dogs at the Hawaii Woman’s Expo

these owners taken the time to learn more about the breed, they could have saved themselves and more importantly, these poor little throwaways a lot of pain and suffering. A good place to start your studies is the HDF website at where local experts and HDF staff provide specific information on the “rehoming” process. As some HDF dogs have been rescued from neglectful circumstances, are “senior citizens” or have special needs, a variety of issues may come up in their transition from foster care to a permanent home. Every prospective adoptive parent should review the article “Suggestions for Successful Transforming of Adult Dogs” by Cara Hellman which lays out the responsibilities of ownership including finding a veterinarian and obedience training class, learning about pack leadership, and obtaining necessary pet supplies. Additional information can also be found at the HDF blog on

A is for ATTEND AN HDF MEETAND-GREET OR SPECIAL EVENT. give minimal thought to the lifelong commitment of adding a dog to their family. It is important that you do your homework to learn as much about your prospective pal and the impact he or she will have on your family, before bringing him or her home. Recently, hundreds of Chihuahuas are being abandoned across the U.S as owners swayed by Hollywood hype realize that they are ill-prepared to deal with a real pup “off-screen.” Had

A roster of dogs available for adoption is at the HDF website. Each dog will have a photo or two as well as a detailed profile based on information provided by his or her foster families. However, there is nothing like a face-to-face meeting with your potential pooch-for-life, so HDF offers a number of opportunities for families to get to know our dogs in person. HDF Meet-and-Greets are held two Saturdays a month from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at the Mililani Mauka Dog Park. Think of it as doggie “speed dating” | november/december 2008


out the stress of wondering if your Kapolei where the public could meet lovprospective match will care about what able Lucy, sensational Sherman and other car you drive or where you work. It is a bully breed HDF dogs. Please visit the great opportunity to get to know the dogs Calendar of Events at our website for inin an environment where they are relaxed, formation on upcoming events. happy and at their doggie best. It is also a If you cannot make it to a meet-andchance to speak to the foster families who greet or a special event, please call HDF care for the dogs on a daily basis. They are always friendly and welcoming, open to answering any questions you may have as well as making suggestions on which HDF dog would be a good fit for you. All members of the family, The Hawaii Dog Foundation Team at the St. Andrew’s Pet Blessing including any canine “older” brothers and and alternative arrangements can be made sisters, are welcome to come to the Meet- to introduce you and your family to the and-Greets. HDF dog you are interested in. Once HDF also participates in a number of your adoption application has been apspecial events in the community where proved, a trial sleep over (up to two weeks) some or all of the adoptable dogs are pres- can be scheduled. ent. On November 1, 2008, we celebrated HDF Bully Day at the grand N is for NEVER SAY NEVER. opening of 55 Pawsh Place Pet Shop in While romantics believe that there is

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one and only one human soul mate for them, there are many dogs who will touch your soul and “complete” your family even if they are not THE dog you had your heart set on. Regardless of breed, gender or temperament, every dog wants nothing more than to give and receive affection from the members of his loving home. Although you should never adopt a dog you absolutely do not want, keeping your heart and your options open will better your chances to find a dog that will meet your family’s needs. Earlier this year, when we decided to find a new “sister” for our dog Rayni, an obese, long-haired senior citizen, the first place we looked was the HDF website. We were initially drawn to a photo of a beautiful dog named Lana (who kind of looked like Rayni) but decided against her because she was also a senior and suffered from arthritis. Instead, we considered adopting three other younger dogs. Our entire family went to two HDF Meet-andGreets and both times, Rayni made it clear that her choice was Lana. As soon as we entered the Dog Park, Rayni walked over to Lana’s side and stayed there the whole

time, having nothing to do with any other dogs, let alone our three potential “adoptees.” On the 2nd Meet-and-Greet, when we started to leave, Lana followed us to the gate, as if to say, “Okay, I’m ready to go home.” Because of her age and ailments, we still were not sure about adopting Lana and were considering a trial sleep over for a younger HDF dog. However, we were asked if we would be willing to take Lana home for the weekend as her foster mom had an emergency and could no longer care for her. Well, what was supposed to be a foster stay of a few days turned into a permanent home as we fell in love with Lana and decided to become her forever family. Kudos to Rayni and whatever stars in the universe aligned to bring Lana into our home. Bottom line is, never say never in the search for a doggie soul mate.

T is for TIMING IS EVERYTHING. In her HDF article mentioned above, Ms. Hellman suggests that adoptive families devote the first few weeks after bringing their new addition home to bonding with their dog as well as starting group obedience training after a month. According to Ms. Hellman, it is overwhelming for a dog to go to a new home and it is typical for him or her to react to the change by having potty accidents, not eating for two or three days, having loose stools or exhibiting timid behavior. Therefore, to ease your dog’s transition from foster care to forever family, it is important that he or she comes home at a convenient time when EVERYONE can pitch in as needed. While many parents want to present their children with a “live” holiday, this may not be the best time for your new pal to adjust to his or her new environment. Do the kids have a habit of leaving goldwrapped Hannukah gelt around the floor? Are your antique Christmas ornaments easily accessible to even the shortest fourfooted elf? Does it sound like WWIII in

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your neighborhood on New Years due to a barrage of fireworks? Is the whole family going on a ski vacation for a week? Dealing with the demands of the holidays – the gift giving, cooking and baking, crowded celebrations – may result in the needs of the newest addition getting lost in the shuffle. Consider bringing your dog home at a less chaotic and stressful time when everyone can peacefully welcome him or her into family. As every HDF dog’s foster family wants only the best for him or her, arranging for an adoption date in the future can easily be arranged.

A is for ALWAYS BE YOUR DOG’S BEST FRIEND. Any new relationship always has a “honeymoon” period where everything is perfectly heavenly. In the early days at home, it is likely that even the most unpleasant doggy obligation such as cleaning up “accidents” will be met with enthusiasm by family members. As time goes on, somehow the same chores may feel much more burdensome, particularly as the demands of normal family life fall into place. Nonetheless, your dog relies on you 100%

to be his compassionate and responsible caregiver on Day 1000 as much as he or she did on day 1. To know what your dog expects and needs from you as his or her forever family, please read the Adopters Pledge posted at the HDF website. Remember, owning a dog is not a part-time job or a “maybe, Baby” half-hearted promise. It is your total commitment to be a full-time, for-life best friend. If you would like to be Santa this year and give the gift of a forever family to a homeless dog, please contact us at 2566927 or to arrange to meet one of our dogs. If you are unable to permanently welcome a dog into your house, there are many ways you can help our adorable canine angels including becoming a foster family, helping at special events and fundraisers, assisting with educational programs and more. Please visit our website, call 782-8387 or e-mail for more information. Have a happy holiday season and let’s make 2009 a year with no homeless dogs!

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As most of our readers know, our staff LOVES the book Marley & Me, the best-seller by John Grogan. When we heard that Twentieth Century Fox was making a movie based on an adaptation of book starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, we stared counting down the days until the premiere. Marley & Me, is a heartwarming story of a young couple, played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, who want the ideal dog (don’t we all) as a way to test out their parenting skills. They end up purchasing an adorable puppy that turns into the worst dog in the world. Marley is bad to the bone and tears apart their sofa, runs wild throughout their neighborhood, and basically eats anything a n d e ve r y thing he can get his paws on. Yet, even though he throws their lives upside down, his owners can’t help but love the little devil. We can all take a lesson from Marley, because in the end, it all comes down to loving your companion through thick and thin. Marley’s unconditional love and devotion to his family is a constant throughout the novel --

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THE PEOPLE-POOCH CONNECTION: WALK YOUR WAISTLINE AWAY Turn on any TV or radio, and it won't be long before a pitch for the latest fad diet, exercise gadget, or weight loss book surges through the speakers. But missing from the over-hyped offers is the most critical ingredient for success – the motivation to stick to the plan. Enter our furry canine friends. America has a love affair with its pets.

And canine companions are the "top dog" with more than 34 percent of American households owning one or more dogs. That's more than 70 million pooches in the U.S. While dog lovers nationwide know the strong emotional bond that can develop between humans and dogs, a study at the University of Missouri-Columbia has found that this relationship can result in more exercise and more weight loss than most nationally known diet plans. The study showed that participants who walked their dogs daily lost 14 pounds on average in less than a year – far more than the average "fad" dieter. A key

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reason for the better results: the dog walkers stayed with the program because of the emotional connection between dog and dog owner. Dogs are pack animals. As such, they relish companionship. While we humans are not described as 'pack' animals, we are social creatures who also need companionship. Therefore, dogs are perfect pets for humans since the relationship is based on the same need for love and interaction. This mutual need was a key driver for the study participants, who reportedly "stuck to the program" because the emotional bond was a motivator. Despite a solid emotional bond, many dog lovers have difficulty controlling their dogs on leash while walking, which can dramatically reduce the frequency of walks and the enjoyment of them. We've all seen the scenario: the hapless human stumbling down the sidewalk, dragged by the dominating dog. It's a classic suburban image – but it need not be that way. As pack animals, dogs need clear and consistent leadership to feel safe and happy, whether within their packs or their human families. This need is instinctual. If in a dog's mind a human companion is not up to the task, the dog will constantly challenge for leadership. Both research and anecdotal evidence show that the key to managing dog behavior is communication and leadership. Dogs have a specific manner of communicating and need leadership to feel secure. If they don't get it from us, they will instinctually try to take charge, which can lead to behavior problems. Just like humans, dogs need training to set parameters for behavior. Your dog's behavior on leash is in large part dependent upon your leadership and the way you communicate.

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Establishing On-leash Leadership The key is focus, focus, focus. Keep your dog focused on you, rather than distractions, such as other dogs, people, kids' toys, etc. To establish and maintain this focus, anticipate distractions (rather than waiting for a distraction to occur), communicate with your dog in a way he understands. To refocus your dog, voice a low guttural sound ("BAH," like a growl) and gently flick the leash, just enough to get your dog's attention. When your dog responds appropriately, give positive praise in a hightoned voice, such as "good dog." Use this technique to direct your dog to walk at your side. When the dog's focus strays, repeat the procedure. With practice, dogs will respond to this method because it is similar to their instinctual method of communications.

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More Ideas for Walking Dogs Keep your dog's interest by changing pace frequently – intermittently walk fast, slow, stop, etc. Do this regularly and your dog will see this as a game – and find the activity fun and stimulating. Also, dogs can easily differentiate sounds. When you want to stop, shuffle your feet on the ground to indicate you are coming to a stop. Also, change directions frequently. Go left, right, turn in front of the dog, reverse direction, etc. Each time you make a change in direction give a gentle flick of the leash to alert your dog you are about to change direction. Gaining a better understanding of the dog psyche strengthens the human-canine connection, and learning how to communicate effectively with your dog in a language he understands is a critical step in establishing leadership and control. With some practice, dog owners can establish the leadership required for a satisfying stroll with Fido and reap the benefits of both weight loss and overall fitness. Much more so than the ubiquitous weight-loss infomercials, the emotional bond will be a motivator – and your waistline and your pooch will thank you. Scott Argus is a dog behavioral therapist and trainer with Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company. Bark Busters trainers, who have trained more than 400,000 dogs worldwide, are renowned authorities in correcting dog behavior with all-natural, dog-friendly methods. Bark Busters training is the only service of its kind that offers a written lifetime guarantee. For more information, call 734-3440 or visit

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pets for sale

Kalihi Pet Center • pg 16 (808) 841-5234 • Kalihi Kihei Pet Supply • pg 23 (808) 874-0015 • Kihei Pet’s Discount • pg 6 Salt Lake (808) 422-5763 Hawaii Kai (808) 395-0448 Waikele (808) 678-8808 Ala Moana (808) 955-3774 Kaneohe (808) 247-7297 Kaimuki (808) 738-0059

pet photography

Eclectic Designs 1.888.798.0555 888.798.0555 Paw-tography with Alvarado Photography • pg 26 (808) 780-8911

pet sitting & dog walking 2 Sisters Pet Sitters • pg 26 (808) 291-4836 • Oahu | november/december 2008

Hawaii Diva Dogs • pg 16 808) 927-9342 • Windward Oahu Paws University • pg 29 (808) 325-6436 • Kailua-Kona

pet supplies

55 Pawsh Place • pg 19 (808) 674-2055 • Kapolei Bark Avenue • pg 25 (808) 394-2343 • Hawaii Kai Fauna Collection • pg 14 online * at local pet stores Kalihi Pet Center • pg 16 (808) 841-5234 • Kalihi Kihei Pet Supply • pg 23 (808) 874-0015 • Kihei Ohana Doggie Day Care & Spa (808)791-DOGS (3647) • Honolulu Paws University • pg 29 (808) 325-6436 • Kailua-Kona Pet’s Discount • pg 6 Salt Lake (808) 422-5763 Hawaii Kai (808) 395-0448 Waikele (808) 678-8808 Ala Moana (808) 955-3774

Kaneohe (808) 247-7297 Kaimuki (808) 738-0059 Pet Pouch Hawaii Tails of Hawaii (808) 676-WOOF (9663) Waipio & Mapunapuna


Balanced Obedience • pg 15 (808) 358-9190 • statewide Bark Busters • pg 2 (808) 734-3440 • Oahu Dog Training Solutions (808) 203-4661 • Oahu Doggie Adventures & Training • pg 11 (808) 551-7994 • Oahu

Paws University • pg 29 (808) 325-6436 • Kailua-Kona Pro-Dog Hawaii • pg 22 (808) 988-6596 • Oahu

veterinary services

Haiku Veterinary Clinic • pg 24 (808) 235-6405 • Kaneohe

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