Earlier this year, a ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ find was revealed a dog ʙᴜʀɪᴇᴅ ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ on a Hawaiian beach. Although the ᴀʙᴜsᴇʀ with the ᴍᴀᴄʜᴇᴛᴇ has not been identified, this tale has a nice conclusion. We are thrilled to announce that this active dog is now living a happy and healthy life with the caring family who fostered her. In case you missed it, a spectator on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii watched a person wielding a ᴍᴀᴄʜᴇᴛᴇ ʙᴜʀʏɪɴɢ a dog alive in plain sight. He promptly called PAWS of Hawaii, and the whole team raced to the animal’s ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ. The poor girl was sᴜɴʙᴜʀɴᴇᴅ, covered with sᴏʀᴇs, nearly ʙᴀʟᴅ, had ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs on her legs, and was in ᴀᴡꜰᴜʟ ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜ. The puppy, now called Leialoha, was transferred to Aloha Affordable Vᴇᴛᴇʀɪɴᴀʀʏ Services, where ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀɪɴᴀʀɪᴀɴs evaluated and cared for her.
Amanda Krasniewski and her husband have prior experience with foster pets. It all began when the couple was on their vacation in St. Croix. They spotted advertising encouraging people to fly adoptable dogs to the mainland in order to enhance their chances of finding permanent homes. During their trek, they halted in the sanctuary. The newlyweds wanted to bring a dog into their newly formed family anyway, so they figured they may as well adopt one from the overcrowded St. Croix shelter. They chose a dog named Mocha and flew her home with them.
When Mocha was still a puppy, the couple acquired Bruce, a stray Chow Mix. Caring for these two ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ dogs taught them the importance of ʀᴇsᴄᴜɪɴɢ and fostering. The duo chose to become fosters with PAWS of Hawaii after coming to Hawaii and have never looked back. Fostering, according to Amanda, “has been a ᴛᴇʀʀɪꜰɪᴄ way to conserve animals while being active in the community.” The duo fostered 12 dogs previous to Leialoha. When Amanda spotted the PAWS of Hawaii’s Facebook post about Leialoha, she promptly contacted the executive director and offered to help.
The first night was quite tough. “She smelled ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ from being ʙᴜʀɪᴇᴅ and her skin ᴅɪsᴏʀᴅᴇʀs,” she stated. She was sᴡᴏʟʟᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴄʀɪᴍsᴏɴ. I tried to pick her up in order to move her from the travel kennel to a very huge dog crate, but she sobbed. I honestly didn’t know whether she’d make it through the night.” Leialoha was underweight and ᴇxʜᴀᴜsᴛᴇᴅ, and she needed time to ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀ, but she had hit a turning point and was on her way. Amanda said: “I went to visit her the following morning, and she gave me a little tail wag. I knew she was a warrior and would make a complete ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀy from that point on.”
Leialoha only came out of her cage to go potty at first. Those first few days, Amanda and her husband spent a lot of time hanging out at the kennel. Leialoha gradually felt confident enough to move from the crate to beneath the coffee table for naps. Within two weeks, Leialoha was acting like any other puppy. She said: “She would play continuously with one of our dogs, play catch with my husband, then curl up next to me for a nap. We gave Leialoha the time and space she needed to heal and gain confidence.” When the adoption fell through, the Krasniewskis were on vacation, and Leialoha was intended to be adopted by a Big Island family.Unfortunately, one of their dogs got quite sɪᴄᴋ, and they were unable to acquire a new dog at this time.