Hawaii Island Humane Society Pet Walk

I am one lucky dog and when I heard about the opportunity to help raise funds for pets less fortunate than I am, I said sign me up! Plus, I get to go on a walk with fellow dogs and humans. Yipee! I sent out an email to all my, Alpha’s and Alpha Fem’s friends asking them to sponsor me for the walk and I raised $570! Team Pets for Fitness raised $1670 and we came in 4th place. We raised over $20,000 total for the Humane Society.

Thank you so much for your generous support.

Here I am trying on my new shades I’m going to be sporting on the walk.

Alpha Fem and I are ready for the walk. Alpha had to teach yoga so he met us later.

This is my buddy Miss Mandy or shall I say, Miss Butterfly.

And here are my hiking buddies with Nose for Adventure.

After the walk, I joined the Weimaraner Crew and tried to pass.

The post walk party was held at Ruby and Bella’s home. Over 15 of us dogs ran around and
swam. The water felt great after walking in the hot sun.

It was an awesome day. Yes, I do settle down eventually, especially after an action packed day and a bath.
Thanks everyone.

Volcano Adventure with James

We had a visitor over the New Year weekend. His name was James. He is Mary’s brother who lives in NY City. They refer to this location as the “big apple.” I like apples!

See how closely I can watch alpha eat the apple, I even get the core if I’m good.
Watch closely
It is a long drive to Volcano National Park but I like driving in the car because I always get to meet new people and new smells.
drive
I usually get to have the whole back seat to myself, but this time I had to share with James.
backseat
He is a nice human, he gave me lots of loves and feed me when alpha was not looking. The volcano was stinky. Lots of fumes coming out of the ground.
volcano
I did get to clear my nose with the smells of some rain forest plants like these…
Amau
Ohia
orchid
while we walked down an old road that was closed after a large earthquake. Some of the road fell into the caldera.
trail
I had a great time with James at the Volcano, I hope he comes back so we can share the backseat again and those treats while alpha wasn’t looking!

Accepting Consequences

We took Bodhi to Puppy Playtime at Petco where he is learning socialization skills. He is still a fabric toy hog and tires out most of the other dogs by the end of the hour. I wanted to take Keith out to dinner at a sit down restaurant instead of ordering take out and eating at an outside table where Bodhi can hang out with us. We put Bodhi in the backseat of the car with his car halter clicked in. He spread out, luxuriating in comfort. I told Keith that I accept full responsibility for any damage he may cause to my car seat. Whatever he does, I accept the consequences. We opened the car windows and the cool evening air breezed through. We had a celebratory dinner. When we returned to the car, Bodhi half opened his eyes to see that we were back and then went back to sleep. I trusted him and he came through. If Bodhi would have eaten my car seat, I was ready to accept the consequences of my decision. Thankfully, we did not have to find out.

Bodhi the Canine Good Citizen

For the past 8 weeks, we have been attending AKC’s Canine Good Citizen class. The 10 item test consists of:
1. Accepting a friendly stranger
2. Sitting politely for petting
3. Appearance and grooming
4. Out for a walk on a loose lead
5. Walking through a crowd
6. Sit and down and stay in place
7. Coming when called
8. Reaction to another dog
9. Reaction to distraction
10. Supervised separation

The first time around he failed sitting politely for petting and supervised separation. After all the other dogs got a chance at the test, the evaluators allowed dogs who failed two items a “do-over.” After waiting about 2 hours, Bodhi was tired, hot, and thirsty. In a state of low energy, he was able to pass the two items without a problem. Bodhi at 4 months and 3 weeks old passed.

I wondered if a human baby at 2 years old could pass the test. It probably depends on the baby.

Cosmic Lint

I just finished listening to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. He points out that in the realm of the universe, the earth is cosmic lint which makes us even less than cosmic lint. That perspective helped me realize that Bodhi and I are only here together for a blink of time. Whatever he does, I don’t have to take it so seriously. Time passes quickly. Take a breath and enjoy.