It’s a Dogs Life

DSC_0063People pay thousands of dollars to visit Hawaii. Imagine their shock when approaching this Park  under the famous landmark, Diamond Head and being confronted by smatterings of tents with dirty feet protruding from the entrance of a one person domicile. Piles of black bags and bottles lean against the structures. This is the heart of Waikiki and of course these people, many who were in fact paid by their states to relocate here, are quite happy to have landed in, what is for them, paradise. The parks in this area have been cleaned up but still there are many who have moved on to the more local areas of the island. Even out to the outskirts to the bedroom communities.
Here in Hawaii we are having a tremendous problem with homeless. Many homeless come from the mainland as it is much easier to sleep in the warm weather on the beach then on a street in the freezing temperatures where they lived. I found this article I had written a while back that reminded me of the sad state of affairs society is facing and still, I don’t know the answer….
I was reading an article in the “Morning Honolulu Advertiser”
http;//the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/200i/mar/23/in/hawaii803230347.html
concerning stray dogs. It seems that the authorities have taken to rounding up all the pets that the homeless have been keeping while living on the beach. The photo in the paper showed a man and wife in their 70s at least. the photo was sad indeed.

I mentioned this to my daughter as I thought how low the officials were stooping . It wasn’t enough that these people did not have a place to live but now they were taking away a loved pet and much-needed protection. It was not so long ago when were reading about how people risked their lives to stay with their pets rather than evacuate and leave them behind as the New Orleans flood waters were rising.

Could Max have been one of the dogs that had been rounded up? Of course the Humane Society would say he was a stray. They would never say the dog was taken from his homeless masters as they were out helping friends, leaving them to feel that a member of their family had been kidnapped, as the homeless couple had stated.

Max was undernourished to be sure as his little skinny body showed. His fur was in dreadlocks. There were sores under his matted fur and he looked dull with his tail between his legs. But he immediately took to the family. He loved my little grandson right off the bat and he was so friendly. Not like most dogs who have been on their own so long. So I wondered.

My practical daughter pointed out that yes it was a very sad situation and it was upsetting but if I were to look at the bigger picture I would have to admit that if Max were one of the dogs, he was off to a very bad start and surely would not live that long in such a horrible condition. Now he is groomed, has picked up weight and has taken over my bed. Yes he is in a much better place.

But what about those homeless kupuna (http://www.calvin.edu/weblogs?/idisw20/january 14th/) ? The displaced and yes, even the derelicts who have no one to take them in or make sure that they received the proper medical care and nutrition?

Where have we as a society gone wrong that we sweep the beaches to take the dogs from the homeless to make sure that the dogs are taken care of and yet leave the humans to their own salvation? Yes there were other reasons that the animals needed to be removed but the bottom line seems that the animals are far better off. I don’t have a solution. I will have to think of a small way that I can do something but I can only say that somehow at this time and place in society, the human race seems to be going to the dogs.

Fido Gives Back To The Economy And Other Foupaws

Homeless are starting to take over Waikiki Parks

 

In today’s economy I think there are some things that one should not brag about or admit too.

1.What extravagant gift you are going to give to somebody.

The Topic on the talk radio I was listening to was, what gifts to give in today’s economy. The first thing the guest speaker said was, he had best get something that will sparkle even though his wife has lots of items in their deposit box at the bank.

That comment incited the host to mention the look on his wife’s face when she saw the new car he had bought her for Christmas is still the topic in their house to this day,

Meanwhile I’m figuratively sticking my finger down my throat and saying to the radio, come on guys people are worried about where their next meal will come from and you guys are bragging about your pay checks. What kind of gift suggestions are those?

Then they suddenly came back to reality as if they remembered what the show was supposed to be about. What were the gift suggestions? Wine. What would be the best wine to give as gifts.

If I had had a gun I would have shot my radio. This is a political commentator who is supposed to be in touch with the world. But at that point I was not sure what world he he was in touch with.

2.What trappings you buy for your dog.

Then the other morning I’m sitting and reading the paper and see this article heading “Owners don’t skip on presents for Fido.” And there is a photo of this little dog wearing a crystal Necklace and a Couture dog gown.

They go on to talk about a dog who has 150 collars and leashes, 200 Couture dresses, 300 bow and on and on. This dog even has a pink mink made by Saks Fifth Ave. (Owners Don’t Skimp On Presents For Fido)

What kind of stupid, disgusting person would admit to spending that kind of money on a dog when so many people are hurting right now?

It’s a good thing  they extended the tax break to the rich again or these poor dogs might be reduced to their own fur and bowls of silver instead of gold.

3.How you choose your charities

Here in Hawaii we have lots of homeless living on the beaches. Yes we have the derelicts who would rather drink and do drugs as homeless but we also have married couples who work and have kids, old people who can’t afford a house on their social security and single parents just trying to get by while unable to find any better job then McDonald’s.

They struggle day to day trying to keep it together along with those who are disabled or kids who go to a schools that have no cafeteria and the only place to sit down and eat is on the ground or in the bathrooms. Yes, in the bathroom. They have to share text books and often times can’t even afford rubber slippers and come to school with them taped altogether.

Yes, these are a few of the problems just here in Hawaii and I am not even touching on the others states. So you can imagine what I felt when I was listening to a guest on public radio talk about how she chooses to put her money from her organization to helping people in other countries.

When the host asked her why doesn’t she give to those in need in the United States? The guest stated that her money went a lot further in other countries so she feels she would rather put it towards somewhere that can get more bang for the buck so to speak

What a sad state of affairs we have gotten ourselves into when our country has not only outsourced all of it’s jobs but now they are outsourcing their charities too! What ever happened to “Charity begins at home?”

Insensitive  people with pampered pets while children tape their shoes together and people who brag while others go without need a reality check. If you want to wallow in your wealth keep it to yourself. Don’t brag about it. You don’t have to prove to us how useless you are, we already know that. The only thing I have to say to them is, bah humbug!