MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake

This past February, our family bid our dog Hana a “Happy Fourth Barkday!”

With this year being the “Year of the Dog” according to the Chinese calendar, I thought I’d tell you about our family’s experiences with man’s best friend in Okinawa.

Since moving to Yomitan, we’ve taken care of four dogs.

Our first dog, a white mixed-terrier stray that I named “Kea” (“white” in Hawaiian language) showed up in our backyard in 2004 while I was grilling. She was pretty well behaved and didn’t seem to want to leave. I felt bad that she didn’t seem to have a home to return to, so I convinced Keiko, who prefers cats, that we should keep her and take care of her.

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