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Letter for Monday, September 28, 2020

Freddy’s Dog Park needs you

I write this letter on behalf of our Vizsla girl-pup. She is a paid-up ‘Ohana Member of the Kaua‘i Humane Society and an avid enthusiast of Freddy’s Dog Park at Puhi.

After re-opening subsequent to the COVID shutdown, the humane society has chosen to require a minimum $90 ‘Ohana membership to use the park, with a restricted, key-entry system.

Understandably, with current economics, many former dog park users find themselves unwilling to incur the extra expense, and the park remains deserted much of the time.

Our pup, Auhea Ilio Manu Ula, is forlorn. While used to a midday stop and romp at the park following my twice-weekly “town run,” she now makes her rounds sniffing all the familiar and unfamiliar scents, canters around the perimeter, then sits, watching the driveway and the gate for any sign of another dog coming to play.

She has a large, fenced yard, and enjoys accompanying solitary hikes and pursuits, yet Freddy’s has been her social milieu since she was a 12-week-old pup. She misses her playmates, former and future. Will you return?

While no longer a free public facility, but requiring a fee-based entry, my twice-weekly, hour-long visits at $90 per annum winds up to be a little under a dollar a visit. My dog’s welfare and enjoyment is worth that. How about you?

Kalanikumai ‘O Na Ali‘i Hanohano, Koloa
Source: The Garden Island

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