I’m very sad to announce that Mr. Piko, one of our favorite Kaaawa morning dogs, has pranced his last. He was already a middle-aged dog when adopted, as I recall, and eager to be the alpha being in his household. He thought people should be part of the pack and subordinate to him. But he adapted, and was a wonderful little dog. And we were like to doting grandparents who stopped by with doggie treats and didn’t have to put up with his antics.
In the last couple of years, the elderly Piko lost most of his eyesight and hearing, but somehow could still sense when we got to the beach in front of his house with those little Milk Bones. When he was unable to get down the stairs, I would deliver his treats to him on the deck.
It was several weeks ago that he was badly injured in a fall from the deck, despite the safety line that was in place. Given his age and other health issues, it was time to say goodbye. And the worst thing was that one of his people was on an extended dive expedition, and the news was withheld from him until his return.
So, goodbye, Mr. Piko. We’ll miss you.
Meanwhile, life goes on.
–> Check out a lineup of other Kaaawa canines in today’s “morning dogs” photo gallery.
And when you’re done, here’s a little 90-second video featuring Piko and his buddy, Mr. Murphy, recorded back in early 2010.