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Summer 2010 :: Volume 1 No. 2

Hawaii Pet Awards Voting Pet Event Etiquette Caring For Pets With Cancer Latest Pet Gear Summer Pet Events Get To Know Dr. Lissa Kam Poi Dogs & Popoki


In 1975, Solid Gold introduced the first natural dog food into the U.S. Then, other companies tried to copy us. Our dog food was named Hund-N-Flocken after its German name, after having been a top seller in Germany for 20 years. In 1985, Solid Gold introduced the first holistic dog food into the U.S. Holistic does not mean natural. It does not mean organic – no matter what other dog food companies tell you. It means the whole body works together – mind, body and spirit. Holistic is a philosophy of life. Example: All the Oriental dogs, dogs from Ireland, Scotland (terriers, spaniels, retrievers, mastiffs), and water dogs, like labs and poodles, were fed a fish – based dog food and sea vegetation such as our Solid Gold Sea Meal for hundreds of years. If you don’t feed them a fish-based dog food and Sea Meal, they will chew at the root of the tail and lick their feet. Fish supports the DNA so you don’t get allergies. All of the Solid Gold dog foods and cat foods (Katz-N-Flocken and Indigo Moon Holistic Cat food) are fish-based. White dogs or dogs with white on them, also need a fish-based dog food. Think of the animals in the arctic. The polar bear is white, the American Eskimo dog, and the Samoyed dogs are white. The Siberian husky has a white undercoat and frequently has blue eyes. This permits the ultra-violet light to enter the body and boost up the hormone, enzyme and immune systems. See Tolkien’s book, “Lord of the Rings” for further details on the importance of ultra-violet light. This is part of why the Solid Gold Sea Meal must be fed twice a day. It has 60 trace minerals from sea algae. Dogs are 11% trace minerals, but only 4% vitamins. Without trace minerals, the vitamins don’t work. See previous article on why we don’t use Norwegian kelp and radiation from the explosion from the Chernobyl Russian plant. Back to the white coat – if too much blue light enters the body, it destroys the immune system. In Florida and southern California, keep white dogs inside between 10 am – 4 pm to prevent photo-aging and tear stains. Other types of dogs have “holistic” considerations. The Coton-de-Tuler was originally from the island of Madagascar near South Africa. The Havanese was originally from the island of Cuba. The Bichon Frise was developed around the coast of France. The Maltese was developed on the island of Malta. You must feed these dogs a fish-based dog food and Sea Meal. Our “Just a Wee Bit” dry dog food has small pieces for the little mouth. It is 28% protein, small dogs need a high protein diet their whole lives because small dogs have a high metabolism. The pink bag has a Westhighland White Terrier on the front. Recently, at a dog show, some other dog food company was next to our booth. They proudly announced that they were now holistic too. We asked them what holistic meant. They replied that they put apples in their food. They said this made the food holistic. You can add any cooked vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and green beans – but never peas. Peas cause gas in dogs. Dr. Karen Halligan, DVM warns never to give avocados to dogs. It may cause pancreatitis problems. Our food bags are hermetically sealed, like vacuumed packed. So, we don’t use any artificial preservatives. Never empty the bag into another container. The act of pouring exposes the food to air. Just open the top, scoop out and then seal with clothes pins or bag clips. This way, only the top layers are exposed to the air. Solid Gold sources its food in the U.S. and has it manufactured here. Two years ago 197 brands of dog food were made in China and killed 6000-7000 dogs and cats. Only about five dog foods are sourced and made in the U.S. Solid Gold is one of them. Solid Gold answers to a Higher Power! Now for a cute story One afternoon, a lady heard a scratching at her door. She opened it to find an old dog that walked right in. He was well fed and seemed friendly. He walked through the living room, curled up in a corner and went to sleep. Later on, he scratched the door to be let out and disappeared. This routine went on for several days. Finally, the lady attached a note to his collar as he was leaving. The next day, a new note was on his collar. It read, “We have six very active children in our home. I guess the dog just need a place to rest. Tomorrow, can I come to your house too?” Solid Gold is the only dog food company that is a member of the Organic Trade Association, the American Nutraceutical Association, the Medicinal Food Association, Nutraceutical Foods Association and the Life Extension Association.

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It’s summer time! Something about this time of year just makes me smile -- the days are longer, the weather is fantastic and there are so many pet events to attend! If you’re looking for something to do with your pet, or just want to check out what’s going on in the pet world, there are a variety of events going on this summer

contents 8 • • summer 2010


Cover Model Search


Adventures in Dogsitting


Pet disaster Preparedness




Pet Cancer




When “No Pets” Rules Don’t Apply


Cesar Milan’s Summer Tips

including the Hawaii Pet Expo, Canine Game Day, Hawaii Weiner Derby, Pet Blessing Festival, Hawaii Kai Dog Walk, Marmaduke movie release and so much more. Check out our calendar on page 6 for details. To celebrate summer and support our local pet businesses, we have opened voting for the Hawaii Pet Awards. We invite you to vote online for your favorite pet organizations or by paper ballot at our booths at this summer’s pet events. Categories include favorite pet boutique, store, photographer, clothing line, accessories, treats, food, day care,

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Pet Event Calendar.....................4 Pet Pictures..................................31 Pet Directory.............................28

dog walker, shelter, groomer, training, toys and much more. One ballot per person, so make sure your vote counts! Learn more on page 22. This issue also celebrates Hawaii Pet Magazine’s 2nd anniversary. We’ve published 10 issues and have made so many pet friends along the way. Mahalo for supporting and encouraging the growth of our little magazine! As always, please support our advertisers. They make all of this possible.



Mahalo! Mary Long Publisher, Hawaii Pet Magazine | summer 2010


pet calendar All events are either submitted by our readers or found on existing calendars. Submit events at or email

May 5/2 & 5/8: National Pet Week 5/8 & 5/9 - Hawaii Pet Expo. Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall., Honolulu; 10:00 am4:00 pm. Presented by the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association. Enjoy vendor booths, animal demonstrations, dog shows, free samples, tons of cool pet products and hundreds of fellow pets with their owners. All animals must be leashed/contained and controlled by their owners at all times. Free admission. We encourage you to bring a nonperishable donation for the Hawaii Food Bank. 5/14 - Hawaii Island Humane Society's TROPICAL PAWS. Four Seasons Hualalai Resort, 6:00-10 pm. 14th Annual Tropical Paws benefit for the Hawaii Island Humane Society. Silent

and live auctions, Four Seasons-style buffet dinner, live entertainment and dancing are anticipated for the evening. Tickets sell out every year. Visit for more info. 5/15 - Pet Spot Ward’s 3rd Anniversary Party. Ward Warehouse, Honolulu; 12:00-4:00pm. Doggie Games, sale items, prizes, vendors and fun for your furry family! 5/15 - Waggin Tails. Kauai Marriott, Lihue. Annual fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Kauai Humane Society pet adoption program. Western themed event with country rock band. Guaranteed good party! Palomino and Mustang sponsorships available. Individual tickets $85 on sale now at shelter. This is their only fundraiser of the year and they need your support! Call (808) 632-0610 or visit 5/22 - Earthdog Fun & Training Day. Training day for is dogs that have already successfully passed an earthdog test; fun day is for new dogs or for dogs who need more exposure to earth-

dogs. Visit or for updates. 5/23 - Paws for Pasta. Animal Care Foundation, Hawaii Kai. The Animal Care Foundation fundraiser at 6650 Hawaii Kai Drive. Paws for Pasta will feature food donated by Assagios Restaurant and a variety of entertainment, including Amber Ricci and the DragonFly Band, Starstruck Studios, Willow Chang, and Mehetia Productions. Silent auction, raffle prizes, open house, and more! Tickets are available pre-sale at or at the door. 5/29 - Canine Game Day. Thomas Square, Honolulu. Join the Hawaiian Humane Society from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Thomas Square (King Street & 925 S. Beretania St) to ruff it up at Canine Game day! Pooches and people of all sizes will play and frolic at this free family event! If you are still looking for your own canine companion, come see some of the dogs on the side-lines available for adoption wanting to join in the fun. Free admission. Street parking is available and $6 flat parking rate at Neal

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pet calendar Blaisdell Center. Visit or call 356-2225 for more info. 5/29 - Hawaii Wiener Derby. Thomas Square, Honolulu.Watch Dachshunds race for prizes at the 2nd Annual Hawaii Wiener Derby. Last year’s event was a blast! Held at the Canine Game Day at Thomas Square from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free admission for spectators. Register your doxie today for the event and learn more at 5/29 - Paws on the Path: Kaunala Hike. Bring fido and join the Hawaiian Humane Society for their monthly dog-friendly hike. 8:30 am. 5/29 - Rise Up! A Benefit Concert: The fight against animal cruelty. Tropic Cafe , Honolulu; Doors open 8pm-2am. A collaboration event between Rise Up Hawaii & The Hawaiian Humane Society to help spread awareness about animal cruelty and to raise funds in the effort to support The Hawaiian Humane Society in their fight to care for abused and sheltered animals.

Featuring: The Deadbeats, Erika Elona, Ill Hill Society, Frank Bressi, Almost Strangers, Futatsu, 4in Tongues and Darron Cambra of Youth Speaks. $5 for 21+; $7 for 21 under. &

June 6/5 – Marmaduke Movie Celebration. Koko Marina, Hawaii Kai; 11am-2pm. Who doesn’t love a talking dog? Join Hawaii Pet Magazine and Bark Avenue to celebrate the movie release of this loveable Great Dane. Bring your dog down to take a picture for the Marmaduke Yearbook that will be featured in the next issue. Enter to win great prizes and passes to the movie courtesy of Koko Marina Theaters. Visit www.barkavenuehawaii and to learn more! 6/6 - 6th Annual Hawai'i Kai Dog Walk. Hawaii Kai Dog Park. Sign up for the 6th Annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk, a fundraiser for Hui 'Ilio Hawaii, bringing the community together to celebrate the human-animal bond. Enjoy a 2.3 mile walk

or mini .9 mile walk through beautiful Hawai'i Kai with your best friend(s). Vendor booths, exhibits, games and goodies. Each pre-registered walker will receive a T-shirt and gift bag (walkins too, while supplies last). $20 pre-registration at 6/6 - Pet Blessing Festival. Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha - Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu, 1239 Olomea Street, Honolulu; 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Leashed or caged pets and their owners of all faiths are invited to attend the annual Pet Blessing Festival for a complimentary blessing. Take time out of your busy lives to create a day of love and celebration honoring our faithful friends and loyal companions. Help your pets beat the summer heat with their special “Pet Shave Ice” and multi flavored pet pops. Lots of street parking on Olomea Street and in the shrine “barking” lot. 6/11 & 6/12 - Hawaii's 1st Annual Bully Specialty Show. Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Honolulu; 11:00am- 10:00pm. Join Hawaii’s elite bully lovers and enjoy strong dog compecontinued on page 24 >>>

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summer cover model search We changed things up a bit for our last cover model search and allowed our readers to vote on both Hawaii Pet Network and our Facebook fan page. With the introduction of Facebook voting, our votes doubled and it was interesting to see how many pet parents have embraced social media as a way to connect with other pet owners. We’d like to thank everyone who submitted pet photos and voted for our sum-

mer 2010 cover model. With 199 photo submissions, there were just too many cute pet faces that we wanted to feature including birds, cats, turtles and, of course, dogs. After a week of online voting, 13 finalists were chosen by our readers, and our staff picked Dobi from these finalists. The finalists are featured on the following page and you can view the other pet photo submissions throughout this issue

and online at or to view all of their photos and stories. Also a big mahalo to Jennifer from Eclectic Designs for taking over 100 of our cover model photo submissions at the Great Aloha Run’s Pet’s & People Park on February 12, 2010.


Hometown: Ewa Beach, Oahu

Congratulations Dobi! This adorable 12 1/2 year-old Shiba Inu won our hearts with her inquisitive stare and sandy snout. According to owner Holly Kramer, “Dobi is new to the Hawaiian Island lifestyle. Having recently retired to Ewa Beach in Oahu, she is discovering that being blind doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Here she is enjoying One'ula Beach Park with Diamond Head in the background. Dobi has lived an adventurous life full of road trips, hiking and helicopter rides. To finally see this Shiba relax and enjoy Hawaii's amazing beaches... pure bliss.” As seen in this photo, Dobi cocks her head to the side in a perfect pose whenever Holly makes a clicking noise in her throat. Such a ham!


Does your pet have star quality? Stop by the Hawaii Pet Magazine booth at the Hawaii Pet Expo or submit one high resolution picture of your pet on by July 1, 2010. The public will vote online for our finalists, and the cover model will be chosen by our staff from the finalists. Photo Tips: Pets are adorable, but always on the move, so make sure you have your camera handy for photo opportunities. Try to 8 | summer 2010

take photos that capture your pet’s personality. The most popular photos are taken from a pet perspective, usually at ground-level. Pet photography is difficult to master, so when it doubt, turn to a professional pet photographer (see page 29).

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

Don’t miss the Hawaii Kai Dog Walk on June 6th!



AT PET EVENTS I eagerly await pet events! It’s a time to get my dogs out of the house, socialize with friends and have fun. Before taking my pets to any public event the first thing I consider is safety. I like to ask myself a few questions, “Is this a good event for my pet to attend? Is it safe for my pet to be there? How well socialized is my pet? Can I count on my pet to behave? Can I count on other pets to behave? Can I count on other people to behave?” You may have a small dog that you will have to carry if the event is crowded. You may have a big dog that might be hard to 10 | summer 2010

contain if over stimulated. Safety for my pets, others, and how I can make it the most fun for myself and my dog are my top priorities. Here are some proper dog etiquette ideas to think about while attending your next pet event. • DON’T FORGET YOUR LEASH! Your dog should always remain on leash or in a pet carrier with proper identification on them. Remember, Hawaii has a leash law. • AVOID THE DRAGGING DOG. You may find that when your dog is in a new environment or around many other dogs they do not walk as well on a leash. Consider walking your dog on a Gentle Leader or Easy Walk Harness to discourage your dog from pulling you from dog to dog or booth to booth. • NO FLEAS PLEASE. Your dog should be well groomed and free of fleas or ticks. If

you use flea/tick deterrent medications, make sure your pet is up to date. Make sure that your dog is clean before you go to the event -- no one wants to pet a stinky pooch. • BRING POOP BAGS. Clean up after your dog if they go potty. Many events will have a designated potty area for your dog. Scan the event grounds upon arriving so you know where to take your dog if they have to go. Also be very aware if your dog tends to mark objects. Do not allow your dog to mark products that are hoping to be sold. • MEET & GREET. Ask another person if your dog can say hi to their dog instead of letting your dog charge up to another person or dog. This could be scary to the unsuspecting dog or owner. To properly meet and greet another dog both dogs should be sitting, then released on the owners cue to say hello. • KNOW YOUR PET’S LIMITS. Do not over

stay your visit at a pet event. As your dog becomes tired they can also become more agitated and less tolerant of others. A dog that is normally dog friendly and excited to be around others can snap or growl if they are tired or stressed. Another thing to consider when taking your dog to a pet event is if your dog is comfortable in that type of situation. Some signs of stress in dogs include: panting with mouth curled back, sweating through paws, tail down, scratching at themselves, shaking, whining, ears pulled back, pupils dilated, and excessive smelling. If you see these signs in your dog during pet events, do not coddle your dog at that time, but speak confidently to your dog. Tell them they are ok, then leave the situation or put enough space between you and others to make your dog feel comfortable. If you fuss over your dog in stressful situations, you may inadvertently reinforce their fear, thus they will become more fearful during similar situations. If you know your dog is shy, fearful, or becomes stressed in these situations, set your dog up for success by taking them to small

Come to the Pet Blessing Festival at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu on June 6th.

events or events that are held outside where you can have a lot of space between you and others. Indoor events can be overwhelming for shy dogs as the noise may echo off the walls and there is not a lot of space for you or your dog to move. If you would like to at-

tend an event that is indoors with your timid pooch, take your dog, but do not go inside. Hang outside with your dog and play with them. Give them treats and love them as others pass by. This is a great way to build your dog’s confidence in new settings without stressing them out. Make sure you bring a friend if you want to attend the event yourself and you can take turns going in and out with one person always remaining outside with your dog. If you know your dog is fearful or stressed during these events you may want to consider arriving to an event early or towards the end, when the crowds are smaller. As mentioned above, keep your time at the event short and leave when your dog is still having fun. If you personally want more, take your dog back home and come back. But it’s not worth stressing your dog out just because you want to go. Tammy Goodreau is the owner of Doggie Adventures & Training which specializes in training for puppies and dogs. We offer fun, personal classes ranging from Puppy Kindergarten to Agility. If you do not have time to train your dog send them to us, we'll train them for you! Call Tammy at (808) 551-7994 or visit

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Submitted by Jacquelyn Leblanc for the Hawaiian Humane Society •

This year’s tsunami alert was a good reminder for us all to ensure we’re ready should disaster strike. At the Hawaiian Humane Society, we share your belief that pets are part of our family and a plan for their safety is as important as our own. Readiness includes having an pet emergency kit in your home now and always. In fact, animals may not be admitted to a petfriendly emergency shelter without a crate or carrier (one per pet only) that’s large enough to accommodate the pet comfortably. Pets need an ID tag, collar and a leash, as well as a week supply of the following: food, medications and litter for cats. Hawaii’s State Civil Defense Agency, the County Disaster Emergency Department and all of us at the Hawaiian Humane Society share the same conviction that when it comes to fleeing your home in an emergency, always take your pets with you. If your home isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. That’s why 30 Oahu pet shelters have been designated from Waianae to

Waimanalo. However it’s important to listen to radio and television broadcasts to find out if your nearest shelter will be open. Depending on the nature of the emergency, not all shelters may open. Pet shelters are located at public school campuses next to Red Cross emergency shelters for people. Animals will be cared for by specially trained Humane Society volunteers and staff. In fact, we need more caring animal lovers to be part of our volunteer team. Call 356-2216 to help. Another important thing to do is to choose a designated caregiver. Consider

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someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility. When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this "foster parent," consider people who have met your pet and have successfully cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet. For additional information about disaster planning, contact 356-2247. And visit for the shelter nearest you.

Make sure to bring: A crate or carrier (one per pet). Pet ID tag, collar & a leash. One week supply of food, water, medications & litter (for cats).

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With Dr. Lissa Kam Meet e Driving Force Behind e Hawaii Pet Expo

The Hawaii Pet Expo is THE premiere pet event in Hawaii featuring demonstrations, pet vendors and pets of every shape and size. What you may not realize is that this annual event is organized by a few volunteers that donate their time, money and sweat-equity to make the event a success. Leading this dedicated group is Dr. Lissa Kam, a humble and hilarious local veterinarian that truly loves animals. Dr. Kam and her staff coordinate the event each year and it is a huge undertaking while also running a thriving veterinary practice in Kalihi. We recently sat down with Dr. Kam to learn more her practice and the Hawaii Pet Expo. Q: How did you become a veterinarian? A: My uncle, Dr. Choy, was a veterinarian and I grew up around animals. When I had to choose a career, veterinary medicine was a perfect fit. I’ve been practicing veterinary medicine in Hawaii for over 26 years, first

for about four years. I specialize in pocket pets like guinea pigs and rats. Q: What type of pets do you own? A: My first pet in the 6th grade was a guinea pig, and I now have 6 guinea pigs and two dogs. Taiko is a 12-year-old corgi mix and Rosco is a 3-year-old jack russell mix from the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Lissa Kam DVM, Ohana Veterinary Hospital

at Kapalama, then making house calls, and I’ve been here at Ohana Veterinary Hospital

Q: This is the 13th year that the Pet Expo is being held. How did it all start? A: Dr. Hirata and the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association started it at Ala Moana Center 13 years ago, to celebrate National Pet Week. I’ve been involved all 13 years and took over more duties over the years. At that time it was only 10 vendors and a one-day event. In 1990, we decided to move the event to the NBC so that people could bring their pets. The challenge is that we wanted to alcontinued on page 19 >>>

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A New Therapeutic Approach to Animal Well-Being

Submitted by Liz Limtiaco • Certified Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner • • E-mail:

The benefits of acupuncture for animals is gaining acceptance in the traditional animal medical world. Many veterinarians are now using the practice as a successful treatment with grateful patients and pet owners. Now comes a new alternative for treatment, using the same acupuncture points and meridians but with a less invasive approach: acupressure. Acupressure has been used with great success for behavior modification (particularly calming), and for positively affecting disorders such as arthritis, skin conditions and a variety of internal disorders. The Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in Larkspur, Colorado is the pre-eiminant institution providing training and certification in animal acupressure. This institution utilizes the revolutionary Tellington TTouch® Training program, developed by Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD, who was recently granted the first honorary membership by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). The Ttouch ® program has helped the physical, mental, emotional and behavioral aspects of thousands of animals and humans around the globe for decades. Tallgrass is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Edu-

cation of Private Occupational School Board. The courses offered by the Tallgrass Institute are also approved by the National

online training programs. Check out the Testimonials Page on the Tallgrass website at Liz Limtiaco, a recent graduate of the Tallgrass program, and the first Tallgrass-certified small animal acupressurist in the state of Hawaii, states: “The Tallgrass experience was invaluable. Through hands-on training at their Colorado campus, I was able to see first-hand the benefits of acupressure for both large and small animals. This therapy offers a less invasive approach than acupuncture; but with the same alternative approach to the flow of chi as it promotes health in the body.”

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Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Continuing Education program. NCBTMB upholds high standards and a rigorous approval process. The school has served the human and animal community for almost 20 years through acupressure manuals, meridian charts, videos and extensive hands-on and

The goal of practicing acupressure is to restore, replenish, and maintain the natural harmony and balance needed in animal and human bodies to create optimal health and well-being. Chi plays a very important role in the body of living beings. It is considered as the vital energy that flows in a certain pre-determined direction, from one meridian to another meridian, circulating continuously through the entire body. Any abnormality of the flow of chi is considered to produce diseases or poor health. This has been known for centuries in China and constitutes a fundamental tenet continued on next page >>>

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Stamps to the Rescue! The U.S. Postal Service continues a 50-year tradition with its latest social awareness stamp — Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet. The 44cent stamps, is currently on sale nationwide, features photographs of five cats and five dogs from animal shelters and rescue groups. “As a pet owner myself, I find this campaign enormously gratifying. Because of these stamps and the Stamps to the Rescue campaign, more people will learn about the plight of shelter animals,” said Joseph Corbett, Postal Service Chief Financial Officer. “More people, we believe, will adopt shelter animals, fewer people will abandon their pets, more people will spay or neuter their animals, and fewer animals will suffer.” The animals featured on the Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet commemorative stamps are based on photographs of cats

New Stamps Encourage Pet Adoption… One Letter at a Time and dogs from shelters and rescue groups — seven from an animal shelter in New Milford, CT — taken by veteran stamp photographer Sally Andersen-Bruce. All were adopted into

loving families. The stamps were introduced to the public on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month. The Postal Service has been working with DeGeneres and HALO, a holistic pet care company she co-owns, to promote the stamps and the Stamps to the Rescue campaign. Created by the Postal Service to provide additional information about the stamps and pet adoption, the campaign includes posters featuring DeGeneres in post offices nationwide as well as an Internet presence at “If there was just a modest uptick in the

percentage of people acquiring their animals from shelters, we would eliminate the euthanasia of healthy pets in this nation,” said Wayne Pacelle, president, Humane Society of the United States. “We hope this new Postal Service awareness campaign will place a stamp of approval on shelter dogs and cats and help us lick the problem of pet overpopulation.” The Postal Service has been working with the American Humane Association, HALO, Purely for Pets, the Humane Society of the US, and to promote the Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps, the Stamps to the Rescue campaign and shelter pet adoption as widely as possible. “These stamps literally will be sending the adoption message into homes and workplaces all over the country,” said Betsy Saul, co-founder. “They have the capacity to really make a difference.” The stamps can be purchased at your local post ofice or online, or by calling 800.STAMP.24 (1.800.782.6724).

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of their practice of medicine (hence acupuncture). Imagine your body as a river system. Blood and chi are like the water and the meridians are the channels that they flow through. All the meridians are connected to each other. Stagnation, blockages or imbalances an develop in the meridians, affecting the body functions and leading to poor health and disorders. Acupressure serves to aid in restoring health and maintaining free flow of chi, blood and other body fluids. Stimulation of acu-points is believed to be effective in correcting abnormalities of the flow of chi by breaking up blockages within the meridians. Acupressure is very safe, noninvasive, gentle and soothing. Pets often fall asleep during sessions. Although acupressure is not a substitute for veterinary medical care, it can be a beneficial complement to medical care--and one which your pets enjoy tremendously. It is yet another method in our growing list of treatments to ensure our pets’ well-being and comfort. | summer 2010


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

“I DIDN’T KNOW ANIMALS HAVE CANCER” How often have I heard this comment from a pet owner, who appears frightened, dazed, and confused when informed that his or her loving animal has a condition called Neoplasia or tumor, an abnormal growth of cells or tissue in the animal’s body. Questions start “pouring” from the owner immediately amid tears: Why? How did it happen? What caused this condition? How much time do I have left with my pet? Is the “cancer” contagious to the other animals? Because Neoplasia is a less known disease in animals, allow me as an experienced and licensed Veterinarian to provide as much information as I can to help you, as a pet owner, to understand, and then to accept emotionally, this condition in your pet. Neoplasia is actually very common in pet animals; and the incidence increases with age. Almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age are due to cancer. It has been documented that dogs and human beings can have cancer at “roughly” the same rate, while cats receive fewer “cancers.” Neoplasia is categorized as being either malignant or benign. “Benign” Neoplasia do not grow aggressively, do not invade the surrounding body tissues and do not spread throughout the body; whereas, “malignant” Neoplasia are rapidly growing tissue that invade and “spread” to other parts of the body. The actual swelling of a Neoplasia is defined as a “tumor or mass;” while “cancer” is used to define a “malignant” Neoplasia. Neoplasia is a suspected medical problem based on a physical exam and medical history. Many family members inform us that they feel or see a “lump” on their pet. To confirm the diagnosis of the “growth,” the Veterinarian, based on the

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physical exam, may recommend additional tests such as radiographs, blood test, and ultrasound. In addition to theses tests, a biopsy is necessary to confirm the diagnosis and this will categorize the Neoplasia as being either malignant or benign. A biopsy is a procedure of taking a sample from the Neoplasia for examination under

the microscope. Neoplasia can be found anywhere on our pet’s body. The most common types of Neoplasia are found in the skin, mammary glands, testicles, oral cavity, abdomen, lymph nodes and bones. It is important to report conditions/”growths” promptly so that your Veterinarian can determine the cause and treatment in order to provide the best possible care to your pet. The type of Neoplasia identified will determine the treatment plan by your Veterinarian. Each Neoplasia requires individual care and can include a combination of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, immunotherapy or cryosurgery. Today, there are many Veterinarians who incorporate "Complimentary Medicine" (i.e. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Massage, herbs) to help improve the chances of

overcoming this disease as well as improving our pets quality of life. Once your Veterinarian has given you the diagnosis of your pet’s Neoplasia, he or she will discuss the recommended treatment and any potential risks and side effects associated with each treatment. To improve your pet’s chances for improving his or her quality of life during the treatment, your Veterinarian may recommend changes to the diet and pain management. Some types of Neoplasia can be cured; however, other types may only be managed to decrease malignancy and provide comfort to your pet’s life. The success of the treatment can be determined by early detection and the type of Neoplasia identified. The following are the most common signs of cancer in small animals: abnormal swellings, sores that do not heal, weight loss, loss of appetite, bleeding from any body opening, difficulty eating, decreased exercise, persistent lameness or difficulty in breathing, urination or defecation. We are learning more about Neoplasia through research and experience. Animals today have a better chance of being successfully treated for Neoplasia and cancer than they did before. The more we learn about this condition, the more our pets’ lives can improve. New diagnostic methods can also help detect Neoplasia at an earlier stage and improve your pet’s chances. New treatment methods are being developed to provide better success rates with less risk of side effects. I cannot emphasize, however, that during this illness, the petʻs owner must continue the human-animal bond that is mutually beneficial to both the owner as well as the pet animal. This dynamic relationship will be influenced by behaviors and interactions, which are essential to the health and well being of people and animals.

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ways offer free admission to the event, so we accepted donations and invited more vendors to offset the cost of the exhibition hall rental, booth setup fees, insurance and supplies needed for the event. We were still a one-day event until we partnered with the Hawaiian Kennel Club, merging their popular AKC Puppy Match with our show. Q: Who are your volunteers? A: We’re luck to have so many people who love animals and are willing to donate their time to help the event. Our volunteers are a mix of my staff, Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association members, family, friends, girl scouts and seniors. They graciously work at the Pet Expo as greeters, show marshals, security and keiki crafters. Each year, Animal Clinic Waimalu also donates 2000 poop bags, each with a folded paper towel inside, for the event. Q: Tell us about the Ask-a-Vet booth. A: The Ask-a-Vet is staffed by volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians and staff, and the public is invited to stop by with questions about their pet. Flea problems? Itchy pets? Pain problems? Dental questions? Surgical procedure inquiries? We’re there to help. Q: What are some of the trends that you’ve noticed at Pet Expo? A: Right now pet boutiques are very popular and they are brining in specialty items to Pet Expo that most pet owners haven’t seen before. Although we are in a recession, we haven’t seen a drop in what people will pay for their pets – they are part of the family. People also just come to show off their dog at the event. Q: What is the relationship between the Hawaii Pet Expo and the Hawaii Food Bank? A: The Hawaii Pet Expo has always supported the efforts of the Hawaii Food Bank and we started accepting non-perishable food and monetary donation at the event eight years ago. Last year we collected over 2000 lbs. of food and about $1000 for the Hawaii Food Bank. We ask that you stop by our donation booth at the event, and drop of a non-perishable food or monetary donation to help out this worthy cause.

Q: Who should attend the Hawaii Pet Expo? A: Everyone! Current pet owners can find great advice and products. Make sure your pet is well socialized and on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Do not bring dogs in heat. People looking for a pet can experience different breeds and their temperaments at the event. Q: Finally, what is something that not everyone knows about you? A: I enjoy Ikebana, the Japanese art of

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Where do they go? Submitted by Jennifer Hill for the Oahu SPCA •

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 432 animals in Waianae that were taken away from a couple in July 2009? They were all, fortunately, rescued by the Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). Here is one dog’s account of how fate led him to where he is now. The OSPCA established itself as a 501c3 non-profit corporation in April of 2009. Three months later, the OSPCA received a call requesting to take in 432 animals from a single property overnight. This alone was no small feat. Within 24 hours, the OSPCA built 70 cages in a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse that was donated to the organization. One of the 432 animals rescued was a male terrier-mix dog, which was given the name, “Keoni”. A month after Keoni was received at the OSPCA, along came volunteer Linda Vannatta, who showed up at the OSPCA to volunteer her time. Jennifer Kishimori, co-founder of OSPCA, told Linda that there was a dog, Keoni, housed in the “back room” because he was able to climb out of his 6-feet tall kennel which wasn’t capable of containing him. Linda found Keoni in the back room, and Keoni, being a shy, fearful dog at the time, would not let Linda touch him, as he would run away whenever she tried to get near him. During Linda’s following visit to the

OSPCA, she found Keoni placed in a kennel with an older, nurturing female dog, appropriately named, “Mommy.” This time, Keoni reluctantly allowed Linda to place a leash on him. She took him for a 1 ½ hour walk and Linda knew immedi-

ately that he was really happy. This was the start of a beautiful friendship--one that led to Linda becoming known at the OSPCA as, “Keoni’s Mom.” During her visits as a volunteer at the OSPCA, Linda always tended to Keoni first, before any other animals. If Linda didn’t have any other dogs of her own at the time, she wouldn’t have given a second thought

at adopting Keoni. However, she had two dogs at home that were also rescue dogs, a 17-year old blind female, and another dog that looked just like Keoni. Linda was concerned whether or not Keoni and her two dogs would get along, so she decided to foster Keoni. Linda’s two dogs immediately took to Keoni. It must’ve been a wonderful moment to have witnessed, knowing that all three dogs were rescued from unfavorable conditions and yet were so respectful and appreciative of each other.

Keoni is now close to completing a sixweek Adult Dog Socialization Class, with Ho’olaka Canine Specialists in Kailua, which he thoroughly enjoys. When taken to a dog park, he bolts away from Linda and plays with his other canine friends. At home, he loves to sleep on a bed with Linda, appreciating the warmth and softness of its cushion, a luxury he was not aware of earlier in his life. There’s something to be said, of dogs that somehow instinctively know they were given another chance for a better life. The OSPCA offers us all the opportunity to connect with these beautiful spirits, who by no fault of their own, are waiting and hoping for a loving family to adopt them. View adoptable animals and learn more at

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When “No Petsâ€? Rules Need Not Apply: Obtaining a Reasonable Accommodation for a Service Animal Submitted by Emily A. Gardner, Esq. •

Finding housing in Hawaii can be challenging. Finding housing when you have a pet can be even more so. When your pet is a service animal and essential for your dayto-day living, it is important to know your rights when and if your landlord or property manager pulls the “no pets� card. Under the federal Fair Housing Act it is unlawful to discriminate against any person in the provision of services or facilities associated with the person’s dwelling due to their handicap. Discrimination under the Act includes a refusal to make “reasonable accommodations� in the rules, policies, practices or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a handicapped person an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their dwelling. As a renter or property owner with a service animal, it is important to understand, that the law does not extend a preference to handicapped residents, but merely an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. The first thing the owner of a service animal should do, if confronted with a “no pets’ rule, such as those included in a housing association’s house rules or by-laws is to request a “reasonable accommodation� for their service animal under the Fair Housing Act. This request should be made in writing. In order to properly request a “reasonable accommodation,� a resident must establish four things: 1) that they are handicapped or disabled; 2) that the landlord or property owner is provided with notice of their particular handicap or disability; 3) that an accommodation for the service animal is necessary to afford the resident with an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the dwelling; and, 4) that the accommodation is reasonable under the specific circumstances of the case. Discrimination under the Act does not occur until a reasonable accommodation has been properly requested and denied. It is not until after a reasonable accommodation has been denied that the owner of a service animal can file a legal claim against

their property manager for the right to keep their animal. This all sounds well and good, but how does one know if they or their pet fall under the Act, and whether they are entitled to request a reasonable accommodation in the first place? Under the Fair Housing Act, the term “handicap� is defined as “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities.� The individual must either have a record of having such an impairment (as documented in their medical records and/or history) or be perceived as having such an impairment. Accompanying regulations interpret the term “physical or mental impairment� rather broadly to include any mental or psychological disorder, such

as emotional illnesses, including depression and anxiety. The Act does not define “service animal,� but it has been understood for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to include any guide dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The ADA defines disability the same way the Fair Housing Act defines “handicap�. In interpreting the term “service animal,� courts recognize that most animals are not equipped to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. They typically require something more— evidence of individual training—that sets the service animal apart from an ordinary pet. continued on page 25 >>>



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This is not necessarily a taxing requirement, as there are no federally mandated animal training standards, but the owner of a service animal must be able to establish that their animal has had special training or possesses unique characteristics that somehow assist them with their particular disability. Under Hawaii law, the owner of a service animal must be able to show that their animal is specially trained to ameliorate the unique problems or symptoms associated with their disability. Merely stating that the animal “helps” someone or “is beneficial” is not enough under the law. Hawaii law makes it clear that the owner of a service animal must be able to distinguish their animal from a pet or companion animal. The owner of a service animal must be able to show that the animal at issue is medically necessary to afford them with an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their dwelling. A landlord or property manager is not obligated to do everything humanly possible to accommodate a disabled person. He must only do what is reasonable and necessary. Those seeking a reasonable accommodation should also be aware that by doing so they often give up some of their rights to privacy regarding their medical information. In many circumstances, waiving a no-pet rule to allow a disabled resident the assistance of a service animal would be a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act. Achieving this outcome, however, may require that both the disabled resident and the property manger maintain some flexibility. For instance, requesting an accommodation for more than one service animal may not be reasonable. Or, the particular type of animal requested may not be reasonable under the unique circumstances of the case. This could occur for example if a smaller, possibly frail person seeks an accommodation for a large, powerful breed of dog, which they are unable to effectively control. In summary, individuals seeking a waiver of a no pets rule to accommodate a service animal should do the following to improve their chances of success: 1. Notify their landlord or property owner of their disability and their need to

have a service animal (remember, it must be necessary). 2. Provide the landlord or property manager with a letter from a physician that states the nature of the individual’s disability and how a service animal will alleviate the effects of their disability. 3. Make a request, in writing, for a “reasonable accommodation” under the federal Fair Housing Act. 4. Make sure the animal is specially

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On a beautiful, sunny Saturday morn- know how or lack the resources to do better. pet food, toys and perform ear cleanings and ing, 10 volunteers eagerly walk up and down We want to help people become better pet nail clippings, among other services. residential roads in Ewa Beach, knocking on owners so that more animals stay with their “We pick communities to canvass that doors, passing out fliers, handing out bags families and fewer animals are removed,” we feel are at greater risk and in most need filled with dog toys, offering free micro-chip of the types of services we provide. This way, identification, flea and tick medicine and dowe can use our limited resources strateginating dog food. cally to make the greatest impact on the lives Surprisingly to many of the weary, susof pets and their people,” Maluafiti expicious residents the volunteers are not askplained. ing for money or selling a product. Instead, There is also a nomination process via they are on a mission to save Hawaii’s pets the website to elect a pet owner who may from being surrendered to Oahu shelters. need a little help with their animals. Instead Hawaii’s animal rescue agencies play a of complaining about the neighbor with the vital role in the community by accepting anout-of-control dog, the nomination projects imals from owners who can no longer care allow residents to come together and work for them. Each year, these organizations must with the pet owner on ways to build affordalso tend to the thousands of discarded, lost able shelter, or fencing for a chained animal. Stacie Welsch & Jackie Gravener trim the nails of a dog. and stray pets, roaming the streets in desperPoi Dogs and Popoki also works with local ate need of medical care and food. said Maluafiti. community associations and regional legisHowever, one Oahu resident saw a The mission of Poi Dogs and Popoki is lators to identify future nominations. large gap in the services provided by local to help owners provide care for their pets. Char Naone, a resident of Nanakuli, animal rescue organizations. Animals need a safe and contained living en- had three 9-by-17 foot kennels built for her “It was really clear that here in Hawaii vironment, a nutritious diet and access to three mixed-breed dogs. Prior to constructthere was this missing piece and that is help- veterinarian care. ing this enclosure, Naone relied on small ing people take care of the animals that they However, there are thousands of wire crates to keep her animals safe, making already have,” said Poi Dogs and Popoki Hawaii’s pets that go everyday without these it difficult for her animals to move freely. President Alicia Maluafiti. basic needs and this is where Poi Dogs and With six feet high fencing, she is less worried Last November, Maluafiti and about a Popoki wants to help. about her dog’s safety and says she is confidozen others joined together to form Poi Using fences, kennels and catteries, Poi dent she has improved their quality of life. Dogs and “My dogs now Popoki, an anihave space to run. I mal care organican attend my colzation that lege classes withworks to out having to worry counter the about them. It has Volunteer Lizzie Ley leaves a pet goodie bag for a pet owner. roots of pet President Alicia Maluafiti & volunteer vet tech insert a microchip ID. Volunteers unload supplies & prepare to canvass Ewa Beach. made my life so overpopulation and euthanasia at Hawaii’s Dogs and Popoki are building these enclosed much easier and I can tell my dogs are so animal shelters. Poi is the Hawaiian term for areas to keep the pets safe and the commu- happy. They also brought me food four difa mixed-breed dog and Popoki stands for cat. nities safer. According to the national or- ferent times and sterilized my dogs. I am so The group is building (literally) ways for ganization Dogs Deserve Better, a chained grateful to Poi Dogs and Popoki,” said animal owners to keep their pets, improving dog is three times more likely to bite than an Naone. the quality of life of the pet as well as the unchained dog. Education and resources like what was ohana. That might mean constructing an enBesides building enclosed areas for given to Naone demonstrate compassion for closed area in an owner’s yard. Or, offering owner’s pets, the non-profit organization has not only the animal that needs the care and free tick and flea preventative medications as several other community outreach projects. services, but is a way for the owner to learn well as micro-chipping Oahu’s animals in One such project is Poi and Popoki’s can- how they can better care for their animals. need. vassing efforts, where each month Maluafiti The group hopes their efforts will lead “For most people, they love their ani- and her team go door-to-door in Hawaii’s to less animals winding up in Oahu’s shelmals and want to do better. They either don’t under-served neighborhoods and hand out ters where most pets, according to local and 26 | summer 2010

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national statistics, will eventually be euthanized. According to the organization’s website, more than 70 percent of all admitted animals to Hawaii’s shelters are put down. And Maluafiti knows this reality firsthand, having worked at the Hawaiian Humane Society and as one of the original founders of the Oahu SPCA. Working in animal rescue for so many years gave her the understanding that people needed an alternative to just giving up their animals when they no longer could care for them. However, Maluafiti is quick to point out that the owners must be willing to work at keeping the animals as well. “We don’t help someone unless they are ready to help themselves and sterilization is a big part of that so we provide that to owners we help. They have to embrace the process, so we can help people help their pets,” she emphasized. Poi Dogs and Popoki needs support from Hawaii’s ohana to make their outreach efforts a success. Volunteers can help with the monthly canvases, assist with building shelters, or donate supplies. What is also needed are more vet technicians to install microchips on the canvasses. “Poi Dogs and Popoki has opened my eyes to a need that was previously neglected. Most pet owners can find resources to drop off their animals, but not many resources help keep the animal and family together through education, food, micro-chipping, sterilization, fencing and catteries,” said Stacie Welsh, a vet technician and volunteer. Additionally, any donation to expand their outreach efforts is deeply appreciated. On May 8-9, Poi Dogs and Popoki will have a booth at the 2010 Pet Expo at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. At the expo, the team of volunteers will be on-hand, and can explain how you can make a difference in the lives of countless pet owners and their animals. “It is such a rewarding experience – to see the surprise or joy on their faces when we offer help; it makes it all worthwhile,” said Welsh. For additional information, visit or find them under Poi Dogs and Popoki on Facebook.

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1. Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night. Since these are the cooler parts of the day, this will make the walk more comfortable for both you and your dog. I'm a believer in vigorous exercise for healthy dogs, but this is the time of year to back off on exercise intensity. 2. Use doggie boots. You can find these at your local pet supply store. If you can't walk your dog during the early and later hours of the day, this is a good way of protecting him. Heat rises from the ground, especially on surfaces like cement and asphalt, and dogs absorb and release heat through their feet. Just like boots prevent the dog from absorbing the cold in the winter, they also isolate heat. 3. Watch for signs of dehydration. Dogs can't sweat. They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. It will become lethargic, its eyes will be bloodshot, and it may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place. 4. Keep your dog hydrated! Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats. Also, overweight dogs are at higher risk for dehydration. Carry a bottle of water when going on a walk with your dog. Better yet have your dog carry it for you in a backpack or a vest! The water in the bottles will keep the dog cooler and also give the dog a sense of purpose. 5. Find innovative ways to cool your dog. Don't have air conditioning? No problem! Find a spot in the shade and set up a kiddie pool. Lay down a wet towel for your dog to

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