That’s No Way To Treat A Dog

I witnessed a horrifying and tragic incident two weeks ago, one that will haunt my mind the rest of my life. I helplessly watched a big, beautiful dog chained to the back of a pickup truck being dragged across the road. Despite urgent honks and cries, it happened, unbeknownst to the driver, until it was too late. The dog, sadly, died shortly thereafter, according to Kauai Humane Society. The part that gets me the most is that the precious pup’s tail was still wagging after the vehicle stopped, despite its fatal injuries — a true testament to the amazing nature of these resilient creatures who look to us for love and protection. Believe me, if you had seen the same thing, you would never again be able to understand why anyone would put their four-legged best friend in the back of a truck. One minor bump, turn or sudden stop easily can result in an unnecessary loss of life. If you must transport your dog this way, there are safer options (required by law only on Oahu): Put the dog in a secured crate or have it properly cross-tethered (these cost much less than a dog’s life). Better yet, put the dog in the cab with you as long as it doesn’t obstruct your view. Please …

Thanks to Gilbert Cabot, I was alerted to the fact that there is another business besides Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai that uses the LiteGait therapy system. Hawaii Sports and Balance Center, owned by Meynard Enriquez, acquired the full-body support equipment last year, and it already has worked many miracles, including helping Cabot’s son Jason stand again after suffering a spinal cord injury …

Addison Bulosan (left) works on a seated patient while Andrew Rivera reviews patient information in Alegria, Philippines | Photo from Addison Bulosan

Addison Bulosan (left) works on a seated patient while Andrew Rivera reviews patient information in Alegria, Philippines | Photo from Addison Bulosan

There will be a book launch Friday (April 10) at 7 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. The novel, Ram-2050, is authored by Joan Roughgarden, an evolutionary biologist from University of Hawaii and Stanford University. She has written a plot that explores the relationships between humans and animals. Visit ram-2050.com for more information about the book …

Addison Bulosan of The Specific Chiropractic Center in Lihue visited the Philippines in February to provide relief care to the community that has suffered from several weather catastrophes of late. Bulosan saw hundreds of patients and provided specialized chiropractic care. The voluntary international service trip was made possible with the support of Kauai Filipino Community Council, Laoag Saranay Association, Kauai Visayan Club and various individual donors …

(from left) Assistant chief Roy Asher, officers Aaron Bandmann, Makenzie Metcalfe and Damien Loo, and assistant chief Michael Contrades. Photo from KPD

(from left) Assistant chief Roy Asher, officers Aaron Bandmann, Makenzie Metcalfe and Damien Loo, and assistant chief Michael Contrades. Photo from KPD

Kauai Police Department and members of the Police Commission recently recognized Officers Damien Loo and Makenzie Metcalfe for their work in responding to multiple burglaries last Thanksgiving Day in Hanalei. The officers were able to expedite an investigation that located the juvenile suspect, and then take him into custody. Most of the victims were visitors grateful to the officers for the return of their belongings … cocomidweek@gmail.com

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