Page 1 • Spring 2009

get fit

with your pet

•Tips to start out 2009 the healthy way •Pets & People Park at the Great Aloha Run Expo

Cover Model Winners:

Tyson, Pua, Gigi, Scootz & Decker Learn more on page 8!

also inside:

• the truth about pit bulls • leash laws • local pet pictures • recipes • giveaways • advice • calendar •discounts •& more!

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Hawaii Pet Magazine Cover Model Search

get fit

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•Tips to start out 2009 the healthy way •Pets & People Zone at the Great Aloha Run Expo

Cover Model Winners:

Tyson, Pua, Gigi, Scootz & Decker Learn more on page 8!

also inside:

• leash laws • local pet pictures • recipes • pet advice • calendar • pedi-paws review •discounts • events • calendar •& more!

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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.

Every Tuesday: Love Your Pet on KHON2 Morning News with Dr. Kaya & Hawaii Pet Magazine.

February Pet Dental Month. Learn more at Responsible Pet Owner Month. Visit 2/7 - Sepulveda Cat Club Show, Honolulu. Watch fabulous felines compete for awards at Ala Wai Golf Course Club House from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm.$4 for adults and $3 for children & senior citizens.

will walk adoptable dogs in the Whale Day parade and will have a mobile adoption and community outreach table at Whale Day at Kalama Park. 2/22 - Obedience Training Club of Hawaii All Breed Obedience Trial & Rally, Honolulu. 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Thomas Square. Go to 2/21 - Pug Love Meetup, Oahu. Join the Honolulu Pug Meetup group for pug love and fun. Visit www. to learn more. 2/22 - Doberman Meetup, Honolulu. Stop by the McInerny Dog Park at 2:00 pm to meet Dobies and their owners.

as Cleocatra including fine dining, cocktails, Cleocatra’s Jewelry Chest (sponsored by Jere Diamonds & Fine Jewelry), Cleocatra’s Treasure Room (live and silent auction) and entertainment provided by Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats. Visit for more information. 3/22 - Leeward Training Club of Hawaii All Breed Obedience Trial & Rally, Mililani. Stop by Mililani Waena Park to watch dogs of all breeds and sizes compete for points and titles. 3/28 - Paws on the Path Hike: Maunawili Gulch Trail. Bring fido and join the Hawaiian Humane Society for their monthly dog-friendly hike. 8:30 am. For more information, visit

3/28 - Pet Events At The Tower: MardiGras Petstavaganza. Join Pet Events At The Tower for a rocking 2/27 - Pet Events At The Tower: Mutt-iny Night dog friendly social event. Bring your pooch to Join Pet Events At The Tower at the first evening 0XWWLQ\ 1LJKW )HE   IURP SP WR SP Aloha Tower Marketplace from 7:00 pm – dog friendly social event in Hawaii. Bring your )ULGD\DW $ORKD 7RZHU 0DUNHWSODFH 11:00 pm and enjoy fabulous cocktails, dogs & pooch to Aloha Tower Marketplace from 7:00 owner disco party, fashion show-hair and pm – 11:00 pm and enjoy fabulous cocktails, more! You’ll be able to meet and mingle with dogs & owner disco party, fashion show-hair other dogs & their owners at the barktastic nightand more! You’ll be able to meet and mingle with club event. Dress to impress. Animals must be sociable other dogs & their owners at the barktastic nightclub and on a leash (or in carrier) at all times. $15 per perevent. Dress to impress. Animals must be sociable and son pre-sale, $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased on a leash (or in carrier) at all times. $15 per person preat Bark Avenue at the Koko Marina Center or call (808) sale, $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Bark 386-3823. Presented by J2 Marketing Solutions and JP Avenue at the Koko Marina Center or call (808) 386Productions in conjunction with Bark Avenue, The Wa3823. Presented by J2 Marketing Solutions and JP Proterfront and Hawaii Pet Magazine. ductions in conjunction with Bark Avenue, The Waterfront and Hawaii Pet Magazine. - 0DUNHWLQJ 6ROXWLRQV DQG -3 3URGXFWLRQV SUHV 3(7 (9(176 $7 7+( 72:(5

2/7 - Oahu Shiba Inu Meetup, Mililani. Mililani Dog Park. Learn more at 2/8 - "Your First Dog Show" Seminar, Wailuku. Join the Valley Isle Kennel Club of Maui for a free educational seminar at the War Memorial Soccer Field from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. This seminar will explain the basics of dog shows: how to enter a show, what to bring, what to wear, dog show terminology, demonstration of what to do in the ring, and much more. For more information, contact Luana Mitchell at (808) 242-1962 or 2/8 & 2/9 - Pet Fashion Week, NY. The hottest pet trends will be strutting their stuff down the catwalk in New York. Go to to view past shows and learn more about the event. 2/9 & 2/10 - Westminster Kennel Club 133rd All Breed Show, NY. Watch the show on USA! 2/11 - New Volunteer Orientation, Lihue. Positions include dog buddy, cat cuddler, front desk assistant, vet assistant, foster parent, special events and PALS (Pets Are Loving Support) program volunteer. For more information visit 2/12 - Humane Lobby Day, Honolulu. Join the HSUS Hawaii Action for Animals group for Humane Lobby Day at the Capitol from 10am-3pm. They’ll have a brief presentation on animal protection bills that our state legislature is considering, provide easy tips for lobbying and handle scheduling for you to meet with your respective legislator. Visit www. to learn more and get active! 2/13-15 - Pets & People Park at the Sports, Health & Fitness Expo, Honolulu. Bring your pet to this pet friendly event and they could be on the next cover of Hawaii Pet Magazine! Stop by our booth to take your pet’s picture with a professional pet photographer and they could be our next cover model! Stay at the “park� and enjoy Wendy Mah’s canine games with cash prizes ask-a-vet with Dr. Kaya, clicker training seminars with the Hawaiian Humane Society and more! Learn more at 2/14 - Great Dane Meetup, Mililani. 10:00 am at Moanalua Dog Park. Learn more at 2/14 - Honolulu Boston Terrier Valentine's Day Meetup, Mililani. Mililani Waena Park. Learn more at 2/21 - Whale Day, Kihei. The Maui Humane Society 4 | spring 2009





2/28 & 3/1 - Hawaiian Kennel Club All Breed Shows. One of the largest purebred dog shows in Hawaii, this HKC event showcases the best of the local dog world. Visit the Hawaii Pet Magazine booth for great giveaways and pet information. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. 2/28 - Paws on the Path Hike: Old Pali Road. Bring fido and join the Hawaiian Humane Society for their monthly dog-friendly hike. 8:30 am. For more information, visit 2/28 - Ohana Hou! Training, Lihue. Fun with agility and some off-lead work will take you and your dog to the next step! Class fee is $45. 2/28 - New Volunteer Orientation, Lihue. For more information visit



Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Visit to learn more. Pets in Paradise Calendar. The Hawaiian Humane Society will be accepting entries for their 2010 Pets in Paradise calendar. Contact 4/4 - Siberian Husky Club of Hawaii All Breed Obedience Trial & Rally. This beautiful breed will be competing at Thomas Square – a much warmer alternative to their natural habitat! 4/5 - Tropical Toy Dog Fanciers of Hawaii Toy Specialty Show & Obedience Trial. Little dogs, big talent. Stop by Thomas Square to watch these well trained canines compete for points and accolades. 4/11 & 4/12 - Windward Hawaiian Dog Fanciers Association All Breed Show, Kaneohe. King Intermediate School.

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(tba) - KITV Pets on Set 3/1 - National Pig Day 3/8 - Shetland Sheepdog Club of Hawaii Specialty Show, Honolulu. Thomas Square. 3/4 & 3/15 - Obedience Training Club of Hawaii All Breed Agility Trials, Kailua. Stop by Enchanted Lake Elementary School Playground in Kailua to watch these “agile� canines navigate jumps, runs, chutes and more! 3/20 - World Frog Day 3/21- Maui Humane Society’s Fur Ball. Cleocatra: Queen of the Nile ~ Where all Cats are Revered - Enjoy an exotic evening hosted by KPOA’s own Alakai Paleka

4/11 - Wine, Whiskers & Wags, Oahu. Join the Hawaiian Humane Society for an evening of gourmet food, wine and dancing, and fun! The event will also include a silent and live auction with proceeds benefiting the organization. Call (808) 356-2225 to find out more about Honolulu’s hottest charity social of 2009 or visit 4/22 - “Ocean� Opens In Theaters Nationwide. The first film in the Disney nature series, earth, narrated by JAMES EARL JONES, tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their amazing journey across the planet we all call home. Visit to win screening passes and other movie giveaways. 4/25 - Paws on the Path Hike: Waimano Valley. Bring fido and join the Hawaiian Humane Society for their monthly dog-friendly hike. 8:30 am. For more information, visit

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


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Tyson, Pua, Gigi, Scootz & Decker

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contents 8 • • spring 2009


Cover Model Contest


Adventures In Dogsitting


The Great Aloha Run


Hawaii Leash Laws


Pet Fitness


Step In the New Year


Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Pit Bull?


Marley & Me Sweepstakes Winner


The Dog Therapist

Benefits of Socialization

Hawaii Pet Magazine

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With the holidays behind us, we’re knee-deep in starting a fresh new year and trying to keep our New Year’s resolutions. We’ve de-

voted this issue to getting fit with your pet so that we can help keep our readers (and our own) healthy resolutions on track. I love creating the Hawaii Pet Magazine, but it does require hours of sedentary computer work and I’ve piled on the pounds the past few months. Coincidentally, my unhealthy lifestyle rubbed off on our dogs and they’re a bit chubby as a result. I decided to be proactive and contacted our local pet professionals and health experts to find the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle with your pet.

I’d also like to congratulate Tyson, Pua, Gigi, Scootz & Decker, our Kihei cover models! If you’d like your pet to be on the next cover, make sure you stop by our booth at the pet friendly Sports, Health & Fitness Expo on February 13-15 at the Neal Blaisdell Center. We’ll be having an on-site cover model search and more. See you there! Mahalo, Mary & Fibber

Mary Long

Publisher Hawaii Pet Magazine

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This past November & December, Honolulu families and their pets came together to support the Hawaiian Humane Society at their annual Santa Paws event. A great time was had by all as participants posed for pet-tastic holiday photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Learn more at

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Cover models Tyson, Pua, Gigi Scootz & Decker.

Over 148 pet pictures were submitted for our latest cover model search and the response was tremendous. Proud pet parents and pet lovers flocked to to vote, rate and comment on their favorite photos. The group picture of Tyson, Pua, Gigi, Scootz and Decker won by a landslide. We’d like to congratulate our top 15 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. If you’d like your pet to be on the next cover, stop by the Hawaii Pet Magazine booth at the Sports, Health and Fitness Expo at the Neal Blaisdell Center on February 13, 14 & 15. Bring your pet for a professional pet photograph or pick up information how to submit your own picture for the cover.

Tyson, Pua, Gigi, Scootz & Decker Hometown: Kihei, Maui Decker: “I just turned 8 and am an Aussie-mix (which consists of shelty, border collie and husky) rescued as a puppy by my Humans at the Maui Humane Society. I am very playful and very smart. I love soccer, the beach, especially chasing fish and crabs, walking, running and hiking. I used to catch the frisbee in my early years. At a year old, mom Decker and I would meet at the park with a few friends along with my friends Scooby & Danny Boy. This is where sunset watching and dog heaven got started, which led to my bonding with Scootz, Pua, Tyson and Gigi. We are all best friends to this day!” (Decker's humans are Joan & Glenn Musshorn.) Scootz: Golden Retriever, lab mix, 7 years old. When we saw his puppy's face, we just fell in love with him. He approached us by wiggling his entire little body. We were so delighted to take him home, as he was also on his way, with the rest of the litter-mates, to the Maui Humane Society. He is a big time talker, always happy to share his thoughts, feelings, emotions, ideas, whatever Scootz & Pua runs through his 8 | spring 2009

mind with his humans. He loves life! Scootz is basically an overly caffeinated hololo mama's boy dog. Pua: Black lab mix, 7 years old. Someone found the whole litter in a box on the street. They were on their way to the Maui Humane SoGigi ciety when we ran into them at the parking lot by the beach, we were taking our puppy Scootz for his daily beach run. Scootz needed a friend and when he met Pua, right there at the beach, it was love at first sight! So we took Pua home. To this day Pua and Scootz are such a loving, playful, happy buddies. Even though Pua is the opposite of Scootz, very independent, very silent, very laid back, unless she's on the hunt for schools of fish, or Tyson crabs, then she transforms into a very focused & fast hunter. They both love to swim, go to the park and meet with their best buddies Tyson, Gigi and Decker. Pua loves kids and meeting people. And she is also the elected protector of the pack. (Scootz & Pua's humans are Sharon & Bill Baldwin.)

Gigi: After losing their beloved dog Pilialoha, Madir and Jeffrey Heisel headed to the Maui Humane Society to fill the void. They found 3 year old Gigi alone in a kennel and terrified of strangers. A bit scruffy around the edges, Gigi wasn’t the puppy they had been looking for, but she turned out to be more than they could of expected. After tons of loving dedication, healthy exercise, boundaries, affection, and exposing her to all kinds of environments and social situations her personality started to shine through. She has a joy for life, is very affectionate, and well behaved. She loves to go to the park every sunset to meet with her best buddies. She is deeply in love with Scootz -- when she sees him or hears him, she runs up to him with pure joy! Tyson: Tyson is a pure bred Boxer. He is so well behaved and a very good mannered dog. He may seem scary but he is nothing like it. In fact, he is scared of dogs that are smaller than him. He slobbers like no other dog with a tongue hanging out at all times. He loves children, plays well with them, and even is protective of them. Although he is seven years old, people often thinks he is a puppy. (Tyson's humans are Helena Kim & Mr. Kim.)

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

It’s 2009, is there a better time to make the commitment to get fit with your pet? Each year many of us make a New Years resolution to loose weight, eat healthier, and get fit among other things. All this can be done with your pet! There are many benefits to exercising your dog: • It is mentally stimulating for your dog Did you know your dog has 220 million scent receptors and humans only have 5 million. Dogs like to smell, smell, smell. Taking them on an adventure will help stimulate your dogs senses. 10 | spring 2009

• Your dog will become more socialized with other people and dogs. • Exercise will tone your dogs muscles, build stronger bones, and will improve their circulation. • Your dog will feel and sleep better. • Your dog will encounter fewer health and behavioral issues. • It’s quality time spent with your dog. • Because you love your dog! At Doggie Adventures and Training we put the fun into exercising your pet. Taking your dog on an adventure adds novelty to every outing, stimulates your dogs senses,

and adds excitement to their exercise routine. Taking your dogs on hikes in the mountains, to beaches to run on the sand or swim in the ocean, or to play at various dog parks, does this. Imagine your dog running on trails, crossing streams, jumping over fallen trees, digging in the sand, swimming after a ball, wrestling with other dogs, running free at the dog park. This is what is accomplished while your dog is on an adventure. To fit adventures into your schedule or your dogs schedule make a commitment once a week or twice a month to spend 3 hours with your

dog on a outing that will benefit them for a lifetime or you can call a professional to add additional adventures to your dogs weekly routine. In every issue of the Hawaii Pet Maga-

weather conditions (trails can be quiet muddy this time of year), and fun. Keep in mind taking your dog on hikes, to the beach, or dog parks is the best way to get fit but your dog will also consider a car ride, tossing ball in the backyard, or participating in a class fun as they are spending quality time with you.

Preparing for your Adventure

zine you will find the Adventures In Dogsitting article that highlights various places you can take your dog on an adventure. While deciding on locations for adventures I review if it is legal to have dogs, safety,

Animal Law Emily A. Gardner, Attorney

Clay Chapman Crumpton Iwamura & Pulice

When starting any adventure program with your dog you must start slowly. Just like humans, dogs can become sore due to a new exercise routine. It is also important that you warm up and cool down before starting a adventure to alleviate injury. Another thing to keep in mind while on an adventure with your dog is that Hawaii has a leash law; your dog must remain on a leash out in public due to safety for your dog and courtesy to others.

Always have plenty of water, it goes without saying how hot and humid it is in Hawaii (isn’t that why most of us live here) stop for frequent water breaks. Plan your adventure for early in the morning or late in the afternoon to take advantage of cooler temperatures. If you plan a beach day provide shade and even sunscreen (for your short white haired dogs).

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


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Meet Carol Jaxon & Carole Kai: Pet Lovers & Fitness Enthusiasts Carole Kai is the Great Aloha Run. Whether you’ve seen her in recent GAR commercials, or have followed her successful career in the local entertainment scene, Carole’s energy and commitment to healthy living is clearly apparent. At her picturesque Alewa Heights home, her 14 year old bichon frise Sebastian is the star and rules the roost. Carole and her family’s commitment to health and fitness has enabled Sebastian to have the vitality of a dog half his age. Although almost blind, he enjoys his daily morning walks up and down the mountain with Carole’s husband Eddie. Sweet, tender and loving, Sebastian spends his days at home with Laura Onouye, Carole’s mother-in-law, feasting on a diet of Eukanuba, rice and chicken. With daily exercise and a simple, healthy diet, he’s never been sick and energizes the rest of the household.

Carol Jaxon, Race Director for the Great Aloha Run, knows a thing or two about fitness. Walking into her incredible Hawaii Kai home, it is apparent that fitness is not just her job, it’s ingrained in every part of her lifestyle. From the full-scale gym, to the race directional signs in her driveway, CJ eats, breathes and exudes fitness. Carole & Sebastian Both CJ and her husband actively compete in races and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle that extends to their two dogs. Butler, a 12 year old gordon setter mix, and Kelekele, a border collie mix, enjoy daily runs with CJ and her husband. Kelekele “Dogs are the best training partners,” explains CJ. “They help you stay in shape and they enjoy the exCJ, Butler & Kelekele ercise too.” If you’d like to train with your dogs, CJ has a few tips to get the most out of your workout: • Start short. There’s no need do too much too fast. Add mileage over time if both you and your dog are comfortable. • Hydrate. Carry water for you and Butler Carole & Sebastian your dog. They’ll let you know if they’re thirsty or tired. • No excuses. If it’s raining, invest in a rain- commit to a fitness program. Anyone can coat and get out there. It’s up to you to do it!

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GETTING A GRIP ON HAWAII’S LEASH LAW By Emily A. Gardner, Esq. • Specializing in Animal Law •

Hawaii Pet Magazine was contacted by a concerned reader about our last issue, which featured a dog and its owner in the ocean without a leash. Both our reader and their friends had been attacked by dogs not on a leash, and they marley & me were concerned that our message sent the wrong message about leash laws in Hawaii. We contacted Emily A. Gardner, Esq., who specializes in animal law, and asked her to tell us more about Hawaii’s leash laws. 


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premises; or (2) on a public street, on public school grounds, or in any other public place, except when under control of the owner by leash, cord, chain or other similar means of physical restrain, provided, that such leash, cord, chain or other means is not more than eight feet in length…. ROH § 7-4.1. An owner is defined under the ordinance as “every person owning, harboring or keeping a dog or having custody thereof.” Id. The Honolulu leash law does not apply to licensed guide, signal or service dogs, police dogs, licensed hunting dogs, licensed dogs in obedience trials, training or dog shows, or licensed dogs in public dog parks. ROH § 7-4.4. Both the Honolulu Police Department and the Hawaiian Humane Society are tasked with enforcing the leash laws on the island of Oahu. Both entities have the authority to impound unleashed dogs and issue court summons to owners who vio-

The law in Hawaii, like most places, requires that dogs when off the property of their owners be leashed, with a few notable exceptions. Leash laws are designed to protect people, other animals and property, as well as the dogs themselves. The laws are generally created and enforced at the county or municipal level. Failure to observe your county’s leash law can result in serious penalties including the impoundment of your dog, fines, and even arrest and imprisonment. The City and County of Honolulu makes it unlawful for the owner of any dog, whether such dog is licensed or not, to permit such dog to become a “stray. ” Revised Ordinances of Kalihi Pet Honolulu (“ROH”) § 7-4.2. A “stray” is defined as any dog: (1) on the premises of a person other than the owner A stylish dog on leash at PetWalk 2008 of the dog, without the consent of the occupant of such 16 | spring 2009

late the law. Violation of Honolulu’s leash law requires a mandatory court appearance to answer to the charges and set the appropriate fine or penalty. First time violators get off fairly easy, and are assessed only a $50 fine. The amount of the fine increases with successive violations and can reach a maximum of $1,000, if the violations occur within less than two years. The amount of the fine is based on the conduct of the owner or handler—not the dog— and escalating fines will be assessed even if the dogs involved in the successive incidents are different. ROH §§ 7-4.5 – 7-4.9 In addition to avoiding court time, fines and the possible impoundment of your dog, compliance with leash laws also helps to protect both you and your dog from unnecessary injury or costs. After all, if your dog is leashed and under your control, it is much less likely that the dog will bite, chase, frighten or jump on another person or animal and cause injury. Failure to adhere to the county leash laws can be used to establish fault or liability and is deemed evidence of negligence under Hawaii law. Following the leash laws therefore greatly reduces your chances of being sued. I know people who claim to have very well trained dogs that sometimes pooh-pooh the leash laws, but I always tell these people to think of the leash laws for dogs as being comparable to seat-belt laws for people. It doesn’t matter how good a driver you are if a less skilled driver runs into you. The same goes for dogs and leashes. If an in-

cident with another dog or a person occurs, and you are violating the leash law, you are much more likely to be found negligent and at least partially at fault. Given the high incidence of dog bites and animals attacks, these days many people with smaller or older or more timid dogs have taken to walking their dogs while carrying some sort of “weapon” to protect them and their dogs from unwelcome approaches by stray dogs. These weapons can range from baseball bats and crowbars to rocks, maze, and even varieties of guns. The last thing any responsible dog owner would want is for his or her dog to be hurt under the guise of self-defense by someone the dog had frightened. If you keep your dog on a leash at all times when off your property, this risk of harm to your dog is greatly reduced. Lastly, as an island state, Hawaii is surrounded by beaches, which are a big draw to many dogs. Compliance with the leash laws can be challenging when Fido is charging for the surf. However, it’s a good idea for all the reasons stated above to ad-

here to the leash laws while at the beach. This is especially true when your dog is within the area of the beach above the wash of the waves, as this area is undoubtedly within the county’s jurisdiction and subject to leash laws. While the law is somewhat murky when your dog is in the ocean (the ocean and the land beneath it are considered within the state’s and not the county’s jurisdiction), it’s best to do your best to ensure your dog is under your control so that a good time and a safe time is had by all. This article outlines the leash laws of the

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City and County of Honolulu. Each of Hawaii’s four counties has its own ordinances relating to leash laws and animal control. For information regarding the specific leash laws of Maui, Kauai or Hawaii county, consult the appropriate county code. For Maui county see §§ 6.04.040 and 6.08 of the Maui County Code. For Hawaii county see §§ 4-29- 430 of the Hawaii County Code.

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Pet Fitness By Dr. Leianne K. Lee Loy D.V.M., VCA University Animal Hospital in Manoa • (808) 988-2111

Happy New Year to all of you! The first few days of the New Year gave me time to reflect on 2008 and I now look ahead to that which may await all of us in 2009. It is a year that we will see a new furry friend in the White House as well as a time that the economy may affect what we will be spending on our pets’ health care. Our pets’ health can still be properly taken care of by addressing preventative care and addressing one of the most common concerns in both veterinary and human health. It has been reported from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that human obesity has increased significantly in the United States just in the past 20 years. Coincidentally, our own pets are not immune to this problem. Pet obesity is a condition more Veterinary Health Care teams are finding during their pet examinations. An article in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA, June 1, 1998, page 1725) discussed the relationship of body condition and disease in cats. The article concluded that obese cats are more than twice as likely as cats of optimal weight to develop nonallergic skin conditions, four times as likely to develop diabetes mellitus, and five times as likely to develop lameness requiring veterinary care. Another article in JAVMA, "Effects of diet restriction on life span and age-related changes in dogs" (JAVMA, May 1, 2002, page 18 | spring 2009

1315) found that diet restriction in dogs increased median life span and delayed the onset of signs of chronic disease. Your pets’ annual visit to his or her Veterinarian is the place to begin in addressing animal obesity. If your pet is overweight or obese due to a medical condition such as an abnormal thyroid gland, then the proper medication will be prescribed to address this concern. If there are medical conditions that are identified during the exam that are secondary to the excess weight of your pets, Veterinarians will prescribe a wellness program that will include proper nutrition and exercise. There have been cases where diabetes has been diagnosed in an overweight cat, however, by addressing the diet and therefore seeing the weight loss, daily insulin can be avoided. There are many benefits of an exercise program for you and your furry friend. Exercise (and proper nutrition) can prevent or eliminate obesity as well as minimize behavior problems that are seen with boredom. More importantly, it can build a relationship between you and your furry friend. There are a variety of exercises that can be done, such as a simple walk around

the block with your “best friend.” As you and your pet become more physically fit you can increase your activities by joining “pet friendly” hiking groups, going to one of the many dog parks or enjoying the many dog approved beaches. For the dogs who have arthritis or back problems swimming, or hydrotherapy is ideal. For those dogs who want to be mentally challenged during your exercise time, you can provide obstacles such as benches, trees and logs that your pet can use as hurdles, tunnels and even a slalom course, where objects can be set one yard apart. Other exercises include a game of “fetch” or playing “hide and seek” where you can hide a toy or a tasty treat. Your dog will have the mental challenge as well as the physical excitement to find its toy or treat. For your feline family member, exercise can include simple toys, such as those you can pick up at the pet store or those that you can make at home. A simple box or paper bag, or even aluminum foil or paper towel shaped in a ball, can keep your feline friend interested. By participating in a weight loss program with your pet, you can improve the quality of life for you and your pet. It will increase exercise, strengthen human-animal bond, and create a fun and motivating way to trim down together. Through proper nutrition, increased physical activity, and regular Veterinary visits, owners can help their “best friends” live longer and healthier lives. This is based on the scientific evidence that obesity is not just an appearance problem but a condition that can lead to serious diseases.

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Ingredients 1 3/4 cups plain flour 2 tsp toasted wheat germ 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup sesame seeds rind of 1 lemon 12 tsp butter or margarine 1/2 cup ground walnuts 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Directions: Combine all the ingredients. Knead until thoroughly blended. Divide into 6 parts. Roll each into a log. Wrap loosely in waxpaper. Freeze. When needed, thaw and slice into 1/2 thick slices (across roll). Preheat oven to 375F. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie pan. Bake about 12 minutes. Makes 6-8 cookies per roll.

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2 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup dry milk powder 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 tbs. brown sugar 2 vegetable bouillon cubes; dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water 1/2 cup carrots (optional) 1 egg Directions: Preheat oven to 300F. Mix all ingredients into a ball and roll out to about 1/4" thick. Cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter, or strips, or a cutter shape of your own choice. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes at 300F.

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Making the leap from couch to sidewalk is hard under any circumstances. A little nudge from your cold nosed furry friend can help. While we’ll debate the idea of exercise with ourselves, dogs make no bones about it. Exercise for them is innate. They don’t let their mind control their body. They know that movement means joy along with burning calories, the release of feel-good endorphins and energizing muscles. Walking is one of the finest forms of exercise for people and dogs. As with humans, pets with well-exercised bodies are healthier and have more agility. Exercise fortifies the immune system, strengthens muscles and slows the progression of degenerative joint diseases such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. Animals that frequently engage in strength-building and endurance-enhancing activities experience fewer ailments, behave better when left alone and have closer relationships with their owners. Here are a few exercise ideas for you and your pet:

BIRD GONE BATTY? Even birds benefit from playful exercise. Teach your bird to talk, perform tricks, or perch on your finger — this fun interaction makes them feel more a part of the family.

BIG BUNNY? Small mammals naturally enjoy hide-and-seek or chase games. Or set up a bunny playland in an empty room where your rabbits and guinea pigs can climb and explore cardboard boxes, paper tubes and carpet mountains. Start with short workouts and gradually increase the level and duration as

your pet gets into shape. If your pet is older or has health problems, ask your veterinarian to recommend appropriate exercises. A side benefit of a good pet exercise program is a tired animal that is less likely to get into mischief when it is home alone and more likely to sleep through the night. But the biggest bonus is the opportunity to spend time with your best buddy. The playful relationship that grows between people and pets brightens the lives of both, and a pet exercise program is a perfect way to reinforce that bond.

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CHUBBY CHIHUAHUA? Exercising dogs can be as casual as an evening stroll around the block or as rigorous as a long hike in the mountains. Many dogs love to retrieve balls or Frisbee-style toys on land. Water dogs can swim their way to fitness through repeated retrieving in a pool or the ocean.

TUBBY TABBY? Because cats love to pounce on moving objects, a feline version of "fetch" will provide both exercise and entertainment. Or try casting a fishing line with a toy mouse or other feathers, then reel in the bait with jerky motions to pique the cat's natural hunting instincts.

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Sired by Ch. Sierra Gaff's Smith N Wesson and Ch.Sierra's Sunflower Sadie, I adopted Coco, an American Staffordshire Terrier, soon after she was born. Coco’s first show as at the tender age of 9 months and she proudly walked away with Winner’s Bitch and Best Opposite Sex at the Windward show. In addition Coco also won group 1 for the HKC Puppy match and a group 2 fora WOKC all breed match. She was fast becoming a champion show dog like her rest of her siblings who in 2003 won Pedigree top honors for all litter to become champion in 1 year. In May of 2002, after confirming her status in the ring, Coco retired to help her owner (mommy) start Cocojour, named after and dedicated to my two American Staffordshire Terrier dogs Coco and Jordan. Coco was n a m e d after my favorite designer Coco Chanel who inspired me to make a collection of Hawaiian couture. I was able to combine my love of fashion and dogs to create my own line of dog fashion for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Through personal sacrifice and hard work, I successfully created the first line of Hawaiian doggie couture that has been featured at International and U.S. fashion shows, dog shows in numerous magazines. The accolades piled in: Dog Fancy Magazine’s Best Pet Product in 2004 and Editor's Choice Award 2004, the cover Vogue Japan and top dog magazines, and television appearances New York Pet Fashion week and 2007 Tokyo Pet Party for 40,000 people in Japan. Through it all my dogs remained my inspiration and driving force. 22 | spring 2009


Yet, despite my success, I discovered that Coco was struggling with skin problems. Coco was bleeding every day with blisters and puss and even going bald. Numerous veterinarians and specialist, recommend several different types of medication and suggested surgery. Unfortunately the nothing worked. Like any mother, I hated seeing my “baby” suffer, and contemplated on putting her to sleep to end her suffering, but knew that Coco had some kind of undiscovered destiny. In 2007 a client in Japan introduced me to a machine called "Mico Bubble" as a solution to Coco’s problem. The Micro Bubble warm bath is an all natural bath that has negative ions that take out the dirt, which have positive ions, and it makes the

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the body to make the blood stream smoother and it stimulates the activation of the cells, the muscles and internal organs, while it massages the dog. I tried the treatment on Coco and the results were miraculous. The treatment helped her skin and she stopped all puss and bleeding. Coco and Jordan's skin improved 100%. On December 26, 2008, while Honolulu was experiencing blackout, Coco passed away while I was driving her to the hospital. As the sun was setting over Sandy beach, I heard Coco taking her last breath and knew she went in peace. I know that the “Mico Bubble" helped Coco live a little longer. I believe that Coco’s last wish before she passed away

was to help other dogs with skin problems feel more relief from their afflictions. My goal in 2009 is to introduce this treatment to the USA and continue Coco’s legacy In celebration of Coco's 7 years of life, she has thought me the true meaning of unconditional love and to believe in myself that dreams do come true, Cocojor Hawaii is now celebrating it's 7 years in business we are revamping our product line to the world and while sharing the ALOHA spirit. Come visit her line of collection at Always be true to yourself... never doubt it. Jordan and I will truly miss Coco, but she will always be alive in our heart and soul......her energy of life is still with us.

If you’d like to (legally) play with your dogs offleash, the only option for most of us are the local public dog parks. We found a handful of privileged pups that socialize in a dog utopia on the slopes of Tantalus. These lucky dogs “own” the grounds of a gorgeous private estate twice a week, and roam freely on the well-manicured lawns while their pet parents share pet stories, cocktails and a mutual love of pets. Don’t have access to your own private dog park? Start one of your own! All you need is a friend with a fenced yard and pals with sociable dogs. It’s a great way for you and your dogs to socialize in a relaxed setting.

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Everyone who meets three year old Sherman is first struck by his twinkly dark brown eyes and his big goofy smile. He is a lovable lug who delights in daily walks in the neighborhood and the occasional ride in the car. However, there is nothing that he adores more than spending time indoors close to his beloved foster family. There is nothing this fourlegged Hawaii Dog Foundation doggie likes more than making his two-legged pack members happy. The words “twinkly” “lovable” and “happy” are not words usually associated with pit bulls like Sherman. Intensive media coverage of dog attacks, YouTube videos of savage dog fights and mounds of misinformation including the recent comment by actor Jamie Foxx that “I’m going to get (President-elect Barack Obama) a pit bull, we just got to keep it street,” have resulted in the inaccurate yet widespread belief that all pit bulls are vicious, blood-thirsty animals who would like nothing better than to lock their jaws on the nearest child. As Cesar Millan, the wellknown Dog Whisperer (, put it, “In the 70s, they blamed Dobermans, in the 80s they blamed German Shepherds, in the 90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull.” The frightening portrait of the pit bull has become so prevalent that many prospective forever families are hesitant to consider a canine companion who is even slightly pit-like in appearance. Because of these misconceptions, pit bulls and their mixes make up a large majority (often up to 50%) of the dogs in shelters or rescue organizations and spend the longest time “on 24 | spring 2009

the block” waiting for a family. While every Hawaii Dog Foundation pit bull lives in a loving home with a foster or forever family, there are dozens of beautiful bullies who are euthanized on a daily basis solely because of the baseless belief that they are “unadoptable”. This negative image has also led to many of these poor dogs being s ub j ec te d to heartbreaking neglect or abuse because “they deserve it” or “they can take it.” However, ask anyone who has brought a pit bull into their home and they will tell you that if you look at facts and not fiction, there is no reason to be afraid of the Big Bad Pit Bull.


There is a breed of dog

called the Pit Bull. “Pit Bull” is a catch-all term that describes a type of dog rather than a single breed of dog. The most common breeds included in the designation “Pit Bull” are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and mixes of these breeds. Other breeds that are often put into the pit bull category include Boxers, all Bulldog breeds, all Mastiff breeds, Boston Terriers and their mixes. Collectively, these dogs may also be referred to as “bullies,” “bully breeds” or “bullydogs.”

MYTH: Pit bulls have “locking jaws.”

There is absolutely no evidence of any sort of “locking mechanism” in the jaws or teeth of pit bulls. The few studies that have been conducted on this subject show that there is no difference in the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls when compared to any other breed of dog. As explained by the BAD RAP, a Bay Area pit bull rescue group (, “There’s no ‘enzyme’, no special mechanism that would make a pit bull’s jaws lock. They’re DOGS, not alligators! What a pit bull does have is strength, tenacity and determination. When he grasps something he wants to hang onto, his willpower is the glue.”

MYTH: Pit bulls are born mean, nasty and aggressive. Regardless of specific breed, a common misconception about all pit bulls is that they are inherently mean, savage and vicious. You never hear about a killer Pomeranian but everyone seems to have a story to tell about the crazed baby-eating pit bull. Yet, statistics from the American Temperament Testing Society ( as of December 2007 reveal that every pit bull breed mentioned above achieved a much higher passing rate on a canine temperament test than Pomeranians. The Pomeranian had a 75% passing rate compared to 83.4% for the American Staffordshire Terrier, 84.1% for the Bulldog, 84.3% for the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Boxer, 88.8% for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and 92.1% for the Bull Terrier. Pit bull passing rates were not only higher than the 81.6% average pass rate for all 122 breeds tested but also rose above the scores of many “family friendly” breeds including the Beagle and Border Collie (80.3%), Collie (79.4%), Dalmatian (81.8%), and the

current pop culture darling, the Chihuahua (70.3%). As a dog will fail the test should he or she show panic, strong avoidance without recovery or unprovoked aggression during any part of the simulated walk through the park that makes up the ATTS examination, the high passing rate earned by the over 2100 pit bulls tested clearly reveals that the bully down the street with a face only a foster Mom could love likely has the same warm wonderful temperaments as Lassie or Snoopy living in your home. While it is true that pit bulls were originally bred in the 1800s to fight with other dogs, these canine gladiators were cherished pets who lived in the home with their families. A prized pit bull was not only a good fighter but had to be loyal to his family and reliable around other people. The goal was to have a pit bull who, even in the heat of battle, would allow its human handler to reach into the fighting pit barehanded and pull it out of harm’s way. In fact, aggression was viewed as a highly undesirable trait and was intentionally bred out of future litters of pups.

MYTH: The only people who own pit bulls are gang-bangers, drug dealers, dog fighters or criminals. The negative portrayal of the pit bull owner began in the early 1980s, fueled by tabloid reports of unsubstantiated dog attacks and Hollywood portrayals of glamorized criminal activity. If there was a slick drug lord in the movie or on TV, chances are he had a highly bulked up pit bull with a spiked collar on a heavy chain by his side. Contrary to this popular image of the pit bull as a “gangsta dog,” the overwhelming majority of pit bull owners are good people with good dogs. Because of their strength and loyalty, pit bulls have worked in a number of health service industries during the 20th century, including serving as therapy dogs to people with special needs. One of the best-known therapy pit bulls was Helen Keller’s canine service dog, Sir Thomas, an American Pit Bull Terrier – the pair was even memorialized in a U.S. Postal postage

stamp. Even the family pit bull can become a hero in an emergency situation as evidenced by actor Ken Howard who credits his American Pit Bull Terrier, Shadow, with saving his life when he was in poor health and awaiting a kidney transplant. In a 2001 interview in Parade Magazine, Mr. Howard explained Shadow’s life-saving act, “My wife and our dog, Shadow, were outside and I fell on the bathroom floor upstairs, and somehow the dog knew. If he hadn’t alerted my wife, I might have bled to death right there.” Pit bulls have excelled in search and rescue missions as part of governmental teams, including serving in the military as early as the Civil War. The bravery of the pit bull continued with Stubby, an American Pit Bull Terrier, who became the most decorated war dog in United States history. Although he was never trained to cope in the heat of warfare, Stubby voluntarily ventured out into 17 battle zones in

France to seek out and comfort wounded soldiers caught in the crossfire. For 18 months, he carried messages, stood sentry duty, and helped paramedics find the wounded in “no man’s land”. He gave early warning of deadly gas attacks, found and helped capture a German spy. He was credited with saving his entire regiment many times, even returning to combat after he had recovered from serious injuries due to shrapnel. Many pit bull terriers continue to serve their country and their owners with great bravery and devotion. The top U.S. Customs Service canine enforcement dog before his retirement was Popsicle, an American Pit Bull Terrier who was responsible for one of the largest cocaine seizures in the history of the department. Pit bulls are also important members of search and rescue teams, called upon to assist in high profile investigations as the 2003 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and the World Trade Center on 9/11. Pit bulls even lived in the White House, serving as First Dogs to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

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Slowly chipping away at the image of the Evil Big Bad Bully Owner are an extensive list of well-known celebrities (and pit bull parents) who are using their clout in Hollywood to debunk the myth of the Big Bad Bully. This diverse list includes Jessica Alba, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks, the late Fred Astaire, the late Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Eden, Michael J. Fox, Madonna, Mary Tyler Moore, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Pink, Brad Pitt, Anthony Robbins, Ray Romano, Alicia Silverstone, Sinbad, and Usher. Pit bulls and Rachel Ray are an unlikely match but fans of the popular TV chef know that she owns American Pit Bull Terriers, is a strong supporter of pit bull rescue organizations and was a vocal opponent against a recent citywide ban on pit bulls proposed by the New York City council.

MYTH: Pit bulls should NEVER be around kids or other household pets. Pit bulls love kids – and not for dinner as the many urban legends suggest. Some of the most famous pit bulls spent the bulk of their day at work and at home around children including Petey from The Little Rascals (the first Pete was a Bulldog, the rest were American Pit Bull Terriers), Tige from the Buster Brown comedies and shoe advertisements (American Pit Bull Terrier), and Daddy and Junior from The Dog Whisperer television show (American Pit Bull Terrier). The BAD RAP rescue group encourages families to consider adopting pit bulls, concluding that “(w)ell managed, responsibly owned pit bulls are some of the best family dogs…Many (pit bulls) will go out of their way to lick little faces and will wag, wag, wag their tails when they see a child. Many will let kids pull their ears, climb on their backs and, rough and tumble fans that they are, will love every minute of rugged kid-style attention.” This observation is supported by Rachel Ray who wrote that one of her fondest memories is of her American Pit Bull Terrier, Boo, giving “doggie kisses” to children whenever they went to an ice cream store in her hometown. A staffer at a West Los Angeles animal shelter agreed, stating in a Los Angeles Time news 26 | spring 2009

article that “the best dogs are the female pits that’ve had puppies. They mother everyone – dogs (and) kids.” A pit bull who is properly socialized with other dogs starting at a young age, and is fulfilled physically and mentally, will be a good friend to his or her four-legged siblings. Bred fighting characteristics, if any, won’t surface due to this combination of early interaction and a positive mind and body. However, BAD RAP cautions that because pit bulls are strong and active dogs, they can knock down smaller sized children or other animals in their playful exuberance. But even this accidental bump may be a blessing in disguise. One day, Lori Watkins was surprised to see the family’s American Pit Bull Terrier, Weela, plow into her 11-year old son Gary with a body slam, sending him sprawling. Her surprise turned to horror when the saw a rattlesnake sink it’s fangs into Weela’s face. Somehow, Weela had sensed the snake’s presence and rushed to push Gary out of striking range. This was the first of many acts of extraordinary bravery by Weela, who would go on to save the lives of 30 people, 29 dogs, 13 horses and a cat over a period of several months in 1993. For that, she was named Ken-L Ration’s Dog Hero of the Year.

MYTH: Never adopt a rescued pit bull as it cannot be rehabilitated. Many of the exceptionally talented dogs mentioned by name in this article were rescued pit bulls, coming to their forever families from less than desirable early lives. The Watkins family discovered four week old Weela and her siblings dumped in an alley to die. Daddy was given to Cesar Millan by rapper Redman who could no longer care for him in his present environment. Private John Conroy found a scrawny stray puppy he named Stubby on the cam-

pus of Yale University in 1917. In 1997, a police officer discovered a 5 month old puppy inside a black garbage bag that was stuffed in an abandoned refrigerator. The poor puppy who was suffering from bite marks, hypothermia and dehydration was christened Popsicle. In November, a pit bull/boxer mix puppy named Tiger was brought to the Hawaii Dog Foundation by a caring family who had discovered her abandoned in their neighborhood. Less than 2 months old, Tiger was completely furless, and instead she was covered from head to toe with a severe case of scaly mange. Our dog, Rayni, fell in love with Tiger at first sight at the HDF Meet and Greet, and we knew she was meant to become a part of our forever family. Now, a month later, Tiger sports a coat of soft brindle fur, spends her days gently “boxing” Rayni and sleeps curled up in bed next to our 5 year old. I know first hand that the vicious pit bull is a myth since nearly 30 pound Tiger was beaten up last week by an 8 pound fluffy Japanese spitz less than ¼ of her size. Every pit bull puppy, whether an extraordinary hero or just an everyday pooch, is a dog who loves to please its owner and will give everything it's got to become whatever kind of dog its owner desires. As puppies grow into adulthood, they reflect the devotion, care, affection, training, and attention (or lack thereof) received from their owners. A pit bull puppy will do its best to mirror the wishes and desires of his family. The fearless Weela, the vigilant Popsicle or even my own peaceloving Tiger were free to blossom into wonderful dogs when they found the right family to love them. If you open up your heart and mind, you will surely see that there is no reason to be afraid of the Big Bad Pit Bull. Prior to printing, State Senator Colleen Hanabusa introduced Senate Bill 79, which if passed, would make it a misdemeanor to own or sell a American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Hawaii. This is a breed specific bill that is prejudiced against one type of dog rather than address the real problem: the need for responsible dog ownership and training for all breeds. Hawaii Pet Magazine opposes Bill 79 and we urge our readers to contact your representative to voice your concerns.

This past December, Hawaii Pet Magazine partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Studios to promote the Movie Marley & Me in Hawaii. We hosted an advanced screening in Honolulu, and gave away books , books posters and plush dolls. For our grand prize, we awarded a trip for two to the Los Angeles Premiere of Marley and Me. Sherrie Barros of Kaneohe was selected as the winner during our live drawing on KHON2 Morning News, and she had a fabulous time! Here’s a quick snapshot of her amazing experience. First of all, I’d like to thank Mary Long of flight and we were on our way. We arHawaii Pet Magazine, and Kirk Matthews rived in L.A. at 2:30 pm and were headed of KHON2 News for picking my name for to the W Hotel in Westwood. The hotel the Marley & Me movie premiere in L.A. was beautiful. The staff at the W were so and giving me the opportunity to have friendly and so welcoming. Our room such a once in a lifetime experience. I was so nice I could have stayed in there was so excited to hear that my name had been chosen. It didn’t set in that I won until I received THE phone call from Mary Long. It was Friday day morning and Mary said we needed to leave for L.A. on Wednesday…the next week. I’m thinking…4 days?! 4 days to get ready? Oh, no! Finding someone to go, I thought wouldn’t be a problem, it’s taking off of work. All the way to work, I kept asking myself…”will he let me go?, what will I tell him?”. He, of course, I mean my boss, Sherrie Barros, “Marley,” & Jan Tamayose Ben Petersen of Pioneer Electric. at the L.A. Premiere of Marley & Me. But to my surprise, when I walked in to work everyone was so happy...even all night but, we were in LA. So, we put Ben! He immediately gave me the 3 days all our things in the room, freshened up I needed for my trip. I was so happy and and we were on our way to Hollywood. excited, I called Mary right away and ac- Jan and I walked the walk of fame, and we cepted my prize. Now was choosing who went to the Chinese Theatre, and a big to take. I ended up taking my co-worker outdoor mall that the theatre was conJan Tamayose. She is the friend that told nected to. It was so cold, my island temme about Nala and helped us bring her to perature was not used to. We also saw our family. And YES, Ben let her off of some strange things too. We even took a work too. That weekend, instead of picture with someone who thought he was Christmas shopping, we were shopping Edward Scissorhands. The next morning for our “Big Premiere”. Finally, Wednes- after breakfast, we kept it simple so we day morning was here. We had a 7am wouldn’t be tired for our premiere. We

walked around what must have been “college walk” since we were right next to UCLA. There were so many shops and food spots. We then went back to our room to rest up and get ready for our night. At 6:00 pm we were ready so we went down stairs and waited for our car. Now, we were at the premiere and it looked so amazing. The lights, the red carpet, and the security, there was so much security. We walked up the red carpet and it felt so nerve racking. We got to take a photo with Marley. Unfortunately you can’t hangout outside and wait to see the stars. Before you go in to the theater, you need to surrender your camera’s and anything you could record or take pictures with. Security at the door waved wands over and around you and searched your bags. About 10 minutes before the movie started, Owen Wilson and his crew came in and Jennifer Aniston and her crew followed. They walked right past us and stopped to talked to some of their friends that were sitting right in front of us. It was so amazing. I didn’t see anyone else that I could recognize. A few minutes before the movie ended, Jennifer Aniston and crew, and Owen Wilson and crew left. We came out of the theater, got our cameras and waited outside to see if we could get a picture of a star, anybody. But no luck. There was an after party at the Napa Valley Grill, so we tried to go there but no pass, no get in. We even hung around across the street with the paparazzi waiting for a picture. (sounds desperate huh). None. Sorry to disappoint all you readers but we only had pictures of ourselves. Oh, and one with Marley. The movie was excellent. Our overall experience was still a plus. One thing to remember if your going to L.A. is to take lots of cab money! Ha ha! Thank You again Hawaii Pet Magazine for such a wonderful experience I will never forget. Dedicated reader for life… ~Sherrie Barros | spring 2009



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doghouse is an ideal place for your dog to rest, sleep, and feel safe. The enclosure should be large enough for your dog to sit, stand and turn around comfortably, and should be out of the sun, so your dog is not subjected to the heat of the day. • Travel safely. Keep your dog safe in the car by using a crate or by attaching the dog to a seat belt with a harness. Never let your dog ride free in the back of a pickup truck (he could be thrown into traffic) or allow him to hang his head out of the car window (a danger to his eyes). • Watch for temperature extremes. Never leave your dog in the car if it is extremely hot. Your car is like an oven under the blazing sun. These tips are offered as a public service by Bark Busters Home Dog Training and are based on the experience and expertise of its worldwide network of dog behavioral therapists. Bark Busters dog behavioral therapists are renowned authorities in understanding, correcting and managing dog behavior. 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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away. • Get training to help you understand your dog. Knowing your dog’s unique temperament and tendencies will help you to better control how he behaves. A well-behaved dog is less likely to upset people and other pets in public places, will be more welcome at gatherings, and will enjoy a better relationship with everyone he meets. Plus, his good manners will reflect positively on you, his responsible owner. • Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian. Choose a veterinarian who shares your medical philosophies and beliefs; then follow his/her recommendations for vaccinations, diet, spaying/neutering, annual check-ups, and other care. • Make time for your dog. Owning a dog is a big responsibility that takes time and discipline. Make time daily to pet, play with, take on walks, or do other activities with your dog that are fun for both of you. • Provide regular exercise appropriate for your dog’s breed, age, size, and other unique characteristics. Whether it’s a short walk or a rousing game of fetch, exercise is essential to your dog’s physical and behavioral health. The dog's kennel or play area should be appropriate to his size, breed and activity level. A Pomeranian's area, for example, would not be adequate for a Border Collie. • Provide shelter for your dog. A crate or | spring 2009





Benefits of Socialization

As a guardian we want to provide the best care for our dogs. And why shouldn’t we? They arouse in us a feeling of appreciation. They greet us with enthusiasm after a long hard day’s work, they are there for us when we need a trusting soul to vent our frustrations of the day, they offer motivation for us to become physically fit and most importantly: As much as we need them to make us feel these great things, they in turn depend on us to survive. We are appointed with the responsibility of creating and maintaining a nurturing environment and providing them with experiences that would benefit us both. These benefits can be achieved through Obedience Training and Socialization. In addition to Obedience Training, where both dogs and their human counterparts learn a lifetime of useful information, it is important that we do not overlook an important aspect in the training process that will add to an already positive learning experience. Socialization between dog-dog(s) as well as dog-humans is a vehicle to achieve a well rounded dog. What makes this a seemingly fun activity is that dogs are genetically hard wired as social beings. They acquire essential social skills at an early age from both their mom and littermates. Mom will growl and follow up with a soft bite if her pup is doing something she perceives to be wrong, in addition, through play, her littermate will unexpectedly shriek to indicate that the mouthing being done on her delicate skin is hurting . The pup learns quickly not to repeat the behavior that caused mom to become upset as well as the correct amount of pressure that may be applied during mouthing that doesn’t hurt her littermate. There are other behaviors that begin to take shape through experience and it is crucial that puppies are exposed to this at the first four and up to five months of life. When the pups are old enough to be weaned a huge disruption occurs. The setting they have become used to changes and it is usually by fate that puppies go to homes that provide the enrichment they need to continue in this lifelong process. Guardians that are willing to commit to

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a meaningful relationship with their dog will find many outlets that offer great opportunities for their dog to socialize. They range from casual walks with another guardian, Both a Puppy Kindergarten and an Obedience class that offer socialization for dogs as part of its curriculum, a dog park, beaches that allow dogs, and Doggy Daycare. These are some examples where dogs can positively learn to be dogs providing that these areas are safe and in the cases of the Puppy and Obedience classes, the dog park and Daycare, are carefully managed by experienced staff or Animal Behaviorists. It is always best to consult with your Veterinarian prior to insure that your dogs are up to date with their vaccinations. They may also provide references for training that suit both your needs. There are a few trainers that teach using positive reinforcement techniques that can guide you through this process. Although most dogs do well in a social setting, there are a few that unfortunately

don’t. It is important to seek the help of a professional if your dog exhibits any aggressive tendencies. The trainer can best describe the behavior your dog is doing and can provide you with a plan that can change your dog’s perception of other dogs or people. As for me personally, it is always a joy to sit and watch social dogs playing normally. Some of the activities that I observe is a dogs version of tag amongst a group of ten to fifteen of them, puppies four months or older playing king of the hill attempting to claim victory in the most fun and gentle way, dogs both big and small huddled together after a hard day of play near their human caretaker, and one of the things of I love most, arriving at work to a group of twenty or more dogs and being greeted with a wave of enthusiasm. That arouses in me a great appreciation for what I do and I have the privilege of experiencing this on a daily basis.

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Get fit with your pet this spring! Hawaii Pet Magazine's Spring 2009 issue features pet fitness advice, the truth about pit bulls, recipes a...