Earlier this year, a terrible find was revealed a dog buried alive on a Hawaiian beach. Although the abuser with the machete 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 machete burying a dog alive in plain sight. He promptly called PAWS of Hawaii, and the whole team raced to the animal’s rescue.
The poor girl was sunburned, covered with sores, nearly bald, had wounds on her legs, and was in awful health. The puppy, now called Leialoha, was transferred to Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services, where veterinarians 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 rescue dogs taught them the importance of rescuing 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 terrific 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 horrible from being buried and her skin disorders,” she stated. She was swollen and crimson. 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 exhausted, and she needed time to recover, but she had hit a turning point and was on her way. “I went to visit her the following morning, and she gave me a little tail wag,” Amanda said. “I knew she was a warrior and would make a complete recovery 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 would play continuously with one of our dogs, play catch with my husband, then curl up next to me for a nap,” Amanda said. “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 sick, and they were unable to acquire a new dog at this time.
When the family got back from their vacation, Leialoha came back to their house, and Amanda’s husband became extremely loyal to her. “We wanted to make sure she went to her permanent home and that someone would not want her simply because she was “famous,” she stated. “We concluded that keeping her was the best choice.”
Leialoha is happy and healthy owing to Amanda and her family’s diligent and loving care. She loves to play all day long and has a lot of energy, according to Amanda. She is quite noisy and demands on your attention, lol. She is, nonetheless, an exceptionally sweet youngster who enjoys everyone. You’d never suspect someone had ever hurt her.”
Our warmest appreciation goes out to the Krasniewski family, PAWS of Hawaii, and everyone who helped make this very happy ending possible. According to tales like Leialoha’s, love triumphs over everything.
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