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Hana Got Adopted

Posted by: Kim Steutermann Rogers
Destination: Kauai
Dec 13, 2012

Good news: Hana got adopted. She is now living in Ohio. Of all places. Here’s the story:

1. I spent an afternoon with Hana as part of the Kauai Humane Society’s doggie field trip program.

2. I wrote about it and published our adventure here.

3. The Kauai Humane Society posted the story’s link on their Facebook page.

4. A woman in Ohio saw it, clicked on the link and read the blog post. Then, she decided to open her heart and home to Hana.

5. Hana boarded a plane late Tuesday evening and arrived in Ohio on Wednesday morning. And get this: She met up with another Kauai dog named Nani who had been adopted by this same family earlier this year when they were vacationing on Kauai.

There are not enough Facebook “Like” buttons in the world to express my joy. Hana is home for the holidays. Woot. Woo hoo. Hooray. Hoorah. Hallelujah. Amen. Glory be. You get the idea.

The list of people to thank is long. My friend Pam the Pettler told me about the field trip program and chose Hana for me. Brandy at Kauai Humane Society made Hana’s air travel reservations. Mana chauffeured Hana to the airport. A whole slew of other people have fed Hana, cleaned her kennel, taken her for walks and field trips and given her pets and love over the six months she spent at Kauai Humane Society. And, of course, I would like to thank a woman named Laura who lives in Ohio. Thank you, Laura.


pam Woolway | Dec 14, 2012 06:19 AM

Adoption is addictive. As a former staff member of KHS I can advocate for the purity of this drug. Like another infamous drug, it only takes one time. Connecting a dog to a future feels like nothing else on earth. Good good stuff. Another even more successful program at the shelter-- when it comes to midwifing adoptions-- is the foster program. I may not work for KHS any longer but I am still a shameless "Petlar."

Laura karns | Dec 27, 2012 05:57 PM

Thank you Kim for your beautiful and compelling words! You really have changed our world. We love Hani so much and just couldn't imagine life without her! Lucky for Hani she loves the snow! It makes me laugh everytime I see her outside eating snow and rolling around in all that white and I just can't believe she came to us from Hawaii.

Kim | Dec 29, 2012 08:58 AM

Hana in the snow! (Is it Hani now?) That's great. I am so glad she's adjusting to Ohio. But she's kinda like that--fits in anywhere. Dogs are great. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

ROSALIE | Jan 03, 2013 09:41 AM

1/3/2013: I too am an animal lover. I've taken in lots of pets, including the ones my four children brought home. When I mothered two grandchildren for three years (out of nine), we got them both each a black cat pet. One short haired the other long haired. They are still here (the cats). The boys are not here. Now we have four cats. We added a couple of poor looking feral cats that showed up at our country door and have been here ever since then. They went from skinny to fat on our food diet. Some kind(?) person dumped these cats and left them to fend for themselves. They were frightened to be near humans before, but now they wind their tails around my ankles when I go out to feed them, and purr with delight. Over forty years on this property, we have had horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, snakes, turkeys, & fish. Now if my male chihuahua, named Junior, who vanished on June 9th, 2009, would re-appear, on my front porch, I would really feel blessed. I don't know if it was a two legged or four legged varmit that made off with my seven pound dog. Every ad, poster, movie, or live chihuahua I see, brings tears to my eyes. I only hope that who ever has him, have been loving, and treated him like the spoiled dog that he was here.I was there when he was born in a litter with all sisters. I've been tempted to get another pet, but my health puts me in doubt about raising another dog. I've also had to put down several ill adult dogs, which is very hard to do. I've had, poodles, rat terriers, St. Bernard, Great Dane, and Rhodesian RidgeBack, which were all great pets. The first dog I ever showed was a four pound Chihuahua, Poncho, and I got a piece of silver. This was the only time I ever did this because the lady wanted me to buy her dog, because she had larger dogs. Actually the dog trained me, because he was the expert, and I was not experienced. I did replace my deceased Ginger dog, with Poncho the Chihuahua. This was many years ago when the kids were still at home. Now, I only have the four cats, Panther, Sweetie, and, the two feral cats(male orange tabby) and (black long hair female, front paw handicapped). Let me know where you are located and if and when I get over to the islands, I can drop in to see your pets. That's how I got my great dane from the Astoria Pet Shelter, because I thought she was going to be put down. She was a riding partner of a quarter horse circuit showgirl. She wanted a good home for her beloved pet. She contacted me by phone to interview me about having her dog living here. I was accepted, and she drove the dog from Astoria, to my home, a 3 hour drive, and handed me the leash, and vet papers. The dog lived for 13 years old, older than most Danes. I had to put her down when she couldn't stand on her tall legs to go potty. I could share many other stories.

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