Hawaii

Max Visits Valhalla on Halloween

The dogs of the Viking Age were both working animals and beloved companions. That’s quite unlike your common or garden variety Maltese who has never done a lick of work in his life. We know Viking dogs were considered devoted friends because they were frequently buried along side their masters. Ancient runestones show Viking warriors […]

Hummingbirds and Pineapples

Hawaii has more endangered species per square mile than any other place on the planet and that does not include the Alpha Japanese Female (AJF) referring to me as the “odd duck.” But some common critters are missing in the islands. We have no robins, magpies or chickadees. No seagulls and no pelicans. […]

Here We Go Again, Maybe

Once again there is a storm bearing down on the Malt. It’s too soon to assess whether Tropical Storm Ana, soon to be a hurricane, will be a problem or not. The local lore is that late season hurricanes are the dangerous ones. Our hurricane season ends October 31st. Well, […]

Max Visits Kualoa Ranch

“Let’s go for a drive today,” said the Alpha Japanese Female, “It’s such a pretty day.” We talked for a bit and decided to go up the windward side, make a stop at Kualoa Ranch, and then maybe continue around the island. So we crossed the Koolau, the mountain range […]

Not Max

It’s not Max but it’s how I wish Max would handle bath time. This photo has been circulating the ‘net. I can’t find the original source for attribution. A more realistic version of Malt-in-the-Tub was posted earlier. Check here.    

Max Visits the Cuauhtémoc

ARM Cuauhtémoc is a sail training vessel of the Mexican Navy, named for the last Aztec Emperor who was captured and executed in 1525. I think Cuauhtémoc means “Descending Eagle” but don’t hold me to that as my conversational Aztec is a little weak. It could also mean “only crazy […]

The Cheapskate Springs for Lunch

The Alpha Japanese Female’s (AJF) birthday is in early September. We have a long standing tradition that we celebrate her jour de naissance by going out for a fancy dinner. She selects the venue for her celebration. Sky’s the limit in terms of price; the wallet is laid bare, supremely […]

Meet Stuart Little

Say good morning to Mr. Stuart Little, one of Max’s best friends in the K Streets. Stuart is a 10 year-old Pomeranian- Dachshund mix, a fluffy little guy who has the calmest personality I’ve ever seen. He’s very laid back, a cool character who doesn’t much engage in dog play […]

Facing Lava

Imagine you own a home, a pretty little place in the rural, forested area of the Big Island of Hawaii. Now imagine that day after day and hour after hour, a stream of molten rock creeps ever so slowly, but ever so relentlessly, towards your home. There’s nothing you can do […]

Doggie Photo App

Have you seen the new app called “BarkCam?” Now here is an example of technology at its finest. BarkCam is an iPhone app that, according to a story in the LA Times, “helps people take pictures of mischievous dogs who’d rather frolic around than pose for a picture.” The Times […]