Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 7 – Adopting a Little Girl

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Emily Jablon:   Daraius and I went to Maui, Hawaii in March 2013.  We loved Hawaii so much that we decided to return, but this time to Kauai.  Kauai is more laid back and less built-up than Maui.

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Emily and Trixie at Kapaa Beach Park

We went to Kauai over Valentine’s Day week, which made for a very romantic getaway.  Using our miles and points made it even better!

Winter Getaway to Kauai – Trip Report Index:

This post will highlight our activities in North and East Kauai, including:

North Kauai Activities

It rained in the north every day we were in Hawaii.  So we didn’t get a chance to explore the sights.  Please comment with your can’t miss recommendations for next time!

East Kauai Activities

Kauai Humane Society

Daraius surprised me with a trip to the Kauai Humane Society.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Were we going to volunteer for the day?  Was there horseback riding?

Link:  Adopt a Dog for a Day for Free!

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What Did Daraius Have Planned at the Kauai Humane Society?

We were going to adopt a dog for a day.  You pick up the dog in the morning and return it 30 minutes before closing.  And they give you a list of dog friendly places.  Daraius found out about the Shelter Dogs on Field Trips program through a post on MommyPoints.

There were dogs of all breeds and sizes.  They give you the water bowl, food, towel, harness etc.  And you don’t pay a thing.  This is such a great idea!

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How Would We Choose?

It was hard to resist taking all of them.  They were all so cute!

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Eeeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe – Who Stays and Who Goes?

They suggested Trixie because we wanted a moderate to good-tempered dog.

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Whew, Hard Decision Averted! We Let the Humane Society Pick for Us

Trixie was 6 years old and a cutie!

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Trixie Came With an Instruction Manual, Too Bad Babies Don’t

The Shelter Dogs on Field Trips program is free!  We had to leave a $200 credit card deposit in case we didn’t return her.  The Humane Society gave us a water bowl, towel, treats, and doggie bags.

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Ready for Trixie’s Big Day in Town

Trixie was excited to go, and she readily jumped in car.

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Chillin’ In the Backseat

I sat with her in the back to cuddle and make sure she wasn’t too frightened.

Korean BBQ

Our first stop was Korean BBQ for Daraius (and perhaps Trixie, too!).

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Trixie Wondering, “Uh, Dad. Where’s Mine?”

Trixie was very well behaved on the leash.  I wonder if Joelle (our cat who thinks she’s a dog) would use a leash?

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Korean BBQ Isn’t 1 of Kauai’s Dog Friendly Restaurants

Kapaa Town

After lunch we took a walk in Kapaa town.  The walk must have worn Trixie out, because she took a nap in the car.

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Must Have Been Tryptophan in the Korean BBQ

Kapaa Beach Park

Then we went to Kapaa Beach Park and walked along the bike path, which was perfect for dogs, too!

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Emily and Trixie: Ready and Eager for Adventure

Kapaa is supposed to have excellent snorkeling and beaches.  So we went down by the beach, but Trixie didn’t really like the water.

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Just Like Her Dad, Trixie Avoided the Water

We tried playing fetch with her, but she wasn’t interested in chasing sticks.  She was a very sweet dog with a great temperament.  She followed directions well and knew how to sit and come.

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“But, Mom.  I See Something Over There.”

She knew her name and was sometimes ready for a cute picture, too!

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How Could Anyone Resist a Face Like That

On the way back to the Humane Society, Daraius cuddled her in the backseat.

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Daddy’s Little Girl

Trixie was such a good girl.  I didn’t want to say goodbye!

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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Daraius also had a soft spot for her.

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Daraius Wondering If Trixie Would Fit in the Suitcase

And Trixie wanted to stay with us, too!

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“Don’t Leave Me, Mom and Dad.”

But we had to return her.

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They Say a Dog Looks Like Its Owner

Folks who have adopted dogs for a day can leave feedback in the dog’s journal.  This is a good way to learn about the dogs before permanent adoption.

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Trixie’s Journal Was Filled With Praise Reports

Here’s what we wrote:

Trixie was so much fun.  She was very well behaved in the car and walking in town.  We wished we had more time with her and didn’t want to take her back.  She’d make a great companion for anyone. 🙂

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Can You Give Trixie a Forever Home?

Bottom Line

Daraius is always full of surprises.  We had so much fun adopting a dog for the day.  I’m curious if other cities offered a similar program.

Would you adopt a dog for the day while on vacation?

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26 responses to “Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 7 – Adopting a Little Girl

  1. You know what, you guys are alright. What a cool thing to do.

  2. Great story and such a great idea. A walk outside is so needed for all of us!!

  3. Highly recommend to go back to Kaui around August/Sept when chances of rain are mininmal. We were there at the beginning of September and there was almost no rain at all. Also the North Shore is out of this world, the Hanakapiai and Ke’ee beach next to each other are prestine and the hiking is green lush and the views are spectacularly beatiful.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanakapiai_Beach

  4. I am really enjoying this series of posts – they are helping me re-live my visit to Kauai last September. No rain then. I hope you can go back some time for better weather – Kauai is so amazing – my favorite Hawaiian Island. And I am so impressed you spent time with Trixie. That program is amazing. For those who do fall in love with the dog that they adopt for the day, I understand that the shelter has a deal with Alaska Airlines that allows them to send the dog to the mainland for no charge.

  5. I would have never thought about doing something like this. We have 2 furry ones and when we travel we miss them. This would allow us a little time to spoil another pup and get a fix of having a good time while giving a sheltered dog some away time from the kennel. Great job!
    Oh and Kauai is one of my favorite islands!

  6. I’m a huge animal lover and advocate for adoption
    This is the best and most unique post ever! I am definitely going To try it. It will be hard to return the dog

  7. Adopting Trixie was the highlight of the trip. I wish these programs were everywhere–I think more dogs would get adopted that way!

  8. Best.Post.Ever. I adopted a cat from Lanai and he lives in Boston with me now… I visited him at the Lanai Animal Rescue Center while on my 20th wedding anniversary trip and fell in love with him. My husband and I love him to the moon and back. Most people come home with a t-shirt… We ended up adopting a cat. Best.Thing.Ever.

  9. That is very cool. I live here in Hawaii and didn’t know this program existed with Kauai. The next time we take a staycation, it might be something we look into. I also think that it’s great because it sounds like it’s a “test drive” between the dog and possible owner. If you spent the day with them, you would pretty much know their personality!!

  10. it’s somewhat amusing you went for korean BBQ with the dog. dog soup was on the menu when i visited north korea two summers back. being a vegetarian i passed, but others said it was an average meat at best.

  11. I LOVE THIS!!!! Will have to do this if I ever go to Kauai!! I wish we had this in SF, it seems like the perfect environment and culture to have something like this! Maybe we do…I will try to google it. 🙂

    Glad you had such a great time, and that Daraius always has such awesome surprises!!

    P.S. my neighbor’s dog is also named Trixie! She’s a white terrier though. 🙂

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  16. I live here in Kauai and adopted my dog from the shelter. It is a wonderful program and I tell people about it all the time. Some people really miss a dog while they are here. Thanks for doing such a good job getting the word out. Also it is a great way to dogs out into the community where someone might adopt them.

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  19. I’m totally going to do this when I go to Kauai this summer! Our 3 year old has been begging us for a dog so this will be a huge treat for her…and us-without the commitment. I think this program should be a model for all other shelters! This is so wonderful and I’m super excited.

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