Stories & Lit
Print|Email|Text Size: ||
Aloha Laka: A Dog Lost and Found in Hawaii


I hung up the phone and went into the garage. Grabbing a hammer from the workbench, I went back into the house, picked up my keys and wallet, and walked toward the door. Kim knew where I was going. Three hours later, I pulled back into our driveway, the plywood sign in the bed of the truck. I tossed the sign into the trash can and went inside the house.

The four women in my life were on the couch, watching television. They all looked up at me: four pairs of eyes — three pairs dark and one pair blue. Three of the women wagged their tails and the fourth one smiled.



This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 61: Sept/Oct 2010
CommentsPost a Comment
Please note comments are moderated. After being approved your comment will appear below.
Submitted by Lana | November 4 2010 |

Fascinating story! Its unfortunate your phone had no service leaving you without help. You should find reliable big island cell phone providers in case you're caught in a similar situation.

Submitted by Anonymous | November 23 2012 |

awesome. I shed tears.

Submitted by Carolyn | November 4 2010 |

Loved the story, especially the happy ending. Laka is one lucky girl.

Submitted by Hareiana | May 9 2011 |

Dog owners who have not yet heard about antilosta.com may be interested to know about this free website that lets us take preemptive action before the unfortunate event of our dog getting lost happened, thereby increasing the chances of getting our dog back regardless of geographic distances.

Submitted by Anonymous | May 28 2011 |

A beautifully told story of compassion and resiliance what a wonderful family to have cared enough to rescue this dog who surely would have died.

Submitted by Anonymoose | December 21 2011 |

Beautiful story of a rescue most others would have ignored. You were so right to tell the man that it wasn't his dog, and know that Aloha Laka would have a great and loving home for her life. Thank you and your wife!!

More From The Bark

Illustration of homes
Susannah Charleson
Ann Patchett
Todd Stansfield
More in Stories & Lit:
Part-Time Puppies
Walking with Misty
My Dog Murphy
How I Found My Dog Carson
Healing Fraught History of African Americans and Dogs
The Great Unwashed
My Canine Co-Counselor
Canis Mythicus
This Hound