Canines fighting cancer

LIHUE — Mye is undergoing chemotherapy and needs to have the chemo injected every day, said her owner Dena Renti Cruz, Saturday at the Hokuala parking lot.

“It’s not that bad,” Renti Cruz said. “She needs to have it injected. But it’s bacon-flavored.”

Mye was one of about three dozen canines and their owners who turned out for the Bark for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at the Hokuala parking area amidst cooling morning sprinkles.

It raised nearly $5,000.

Diann Hartman of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, event organizer, said Bark for life celebrates dogs who survive cancer as well as the healing power animals have with people who are suffering from diseases.

In addition to the walk on a scenic route along the lagoon, the Dog Fanciers of Kauai set up an obstacle course and a variety of doggie games.

Rafael, a dog who was lost for 43 days in the Poipu area, was one of the Kauai Animals Welfare Society crew, giving Ruby, another KAWS animal, a strong challenge before relinquishing the Best Smile contest to Ruby.

The next big event is the Relay for Life North Shore set for Aug. 14 at Kauai Christian Academy in Kilauea.

“We really want to fill that track,” Ornellas said. “Right now, we have a goal of 21 teams. People are able to sign up online at and search for ‘North Shore.’”


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