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Malama holoholana at Kindness Club

May 26, 2011
Maui Weekly

Earlier this month, we discussed the subject of dogs with our great guest speaker, Peter Tierney from SPCA Maui (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

Peter discussed what makes a responsible dog owner, and then the kids got to paint dogs in watercolor guided by myself as their art teacher. Aunty Merlyn brought along “Duke,” a senior Chihuahua she rescued after he’d been turned in at the shelter. Prasa, age 7, said “rescuing a dog is like adopting.” Janae, age 9, said “dogs cannot take care of themselves so we must adopt them and take care of them.”

The class learned that “dogs are not disposable.” The Maui Kindness Club art class all agreed with Peter, who said, “When you adopt a dog, it is forever.” He also told the class: “We should think of dogs and cats not as just pets, but instead as companion animals.” Sophia, age 7, agreed. “A dog remains beside you like a friend,” she said.

Peter and the SPCA Maui remind us that we must spay and neuter our dogs and cats, and they not only need water, shelter, food and vet checkups—but love, kindness and exercise, too!

Our Kindness Club wants everyone to know that dogs are great companions and great inspiration for artwork, too.



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