Letter to the Editor for Thursday — September 4, 2003

• Bring Bodhi home


Bring Bodhi home

One morning, a little over a week ago, as I was driving to Princeville, I was listening to KKCR. I suddenly heard a familiar voice, Ann West, on the radio. This was not her usual time slot (she has a Sunday show), so I wondered what happened. I soon discovered that she had put out a plea for help to find her dog, and “best friend,” Bodhi, who had just disappeared from Ann’s home on Kalihiwai Ridge. Ann is a friend of mine and I could hear the anguish in her voice as she asked people to be on the lookout for her precious friend. Only another “pet lover” could truly appreciate the distress that occurs when an animal companion disappears.

I immediately found myself visualizing Ann happily reunited with Bodhi. Without thinking, I found myself driving to the area of Ann’s home, and around the back roads, hoping that, by some miracle, I would see Bodhi. Unfortunately, I did not see him, but continued to pray that Ann would be reunited with her dear friend, Bodhi.

I thought about the beauty that animals bring into our lives. Sometimes I think that animals, with their lack of judgment and opinions, were placed on this earth to teach us the meaning and power of unconditional love. Generally, it takes work to share unconditional love with another human, yet when we bond with an animal, that special love is there without effort; our “pet” becomes our steady and stalwart companion in life.

Animals help us tap into a place of magic and wonder. As we bond with an animal, (s)he changes from just a dog or a cat, to a special being that reveals a new dimension of relationship. They appear as messengers from another realm, teaching us how to live without the burden of ego . . . totally present in the now.

As these thoughts drifted through my mind, I called Ann to give her some comfort and wish her the best in finding Bodhi. She told me that, through mismanagement of records, Bodhi had endured seven months of quarantine, both in Los Angeles and Honolulu – seven months away from his owners. Anyone, animal or human, would suffer psychological trauma from this experience. It was during this period of healing that Bodhi disappeared.

Many people on the island have rallied their support to find Bodhi, both in action and in prayer. The distress of losing of an animal friend can rival the feelings that arise from losing a human relationship. And so, if anyone sees Bodhi, by all means report it to 828 0370. There is a $1,000 reward. We can all identify with the emotional pain of losing a dear friend; wouldn’t be, wonderful to see Bodhi reunited with his loyal friend? Let’s see Bodhi come home!

Richard Moll (Diamond)

Kapa‘a

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