Since returning to Hawaii, Art has been able to re-establish contact with a lot of his classmates from Honokaa which is on the Big Island. In fact, several of his friends live right in our neighborhood and they go out to lunch or breakfast coffee regularly.
One of his closest childhood friends was Delphine. (Delphine is the one on the right. Notice Art does not have a mustache?) It was fun for me to learn that Delphine's brother is Poncie Ponce who used to act on Hawaiian Eye. I wonder how many people would remember that TV show. However, over the 40 years they were apart, Art and Del lost contact with each other. I think we've only seen Del once when we bumped into him at the airport about 20 years ago.
Well, Art discovered that Del actually lives close by, too. In fact, he now lives in my old hometown. Del called the night before and invited us to see a Dog Show at Thomas Square in Honolulu.
I can't remember ever being to a dog show before. I know we've watched the National Dog Show once or twice on Thanksgiving. I think it was Thanksgiving.
Thomas Square has a huge banyan tree.
Del's stepdaughter was the handler for their Golden Retriever.
I've never seen so many Golden Retrievers in one place before. They had brought over a judge for the show from the mainland.
All the dogs were put through their paces. To be honest I couldn't tell them apart. They all looked beautiful.
I did learn something interesting that I didn't know before. Dogs sweat through their paws. The handlers were all misting their dog's paws and I couldn't figure out why. They said it was one of the ways to keep their dogs cool and comfortable.
Meeting again for the second time after 40 years of living their own lives in different parts of the country, there was a LOT to catch up on. They each had happy as well as sad news to tell each other.
Del and his wife's dog received the Select ribbon (I'm not sure what that means).
We could see that competing in dog shows is very serious. They had a tent with lots of equipment to help their dogs show off his best qualities. Del says he might be handling a dog soon, too.
Hmmmm... we'll have to go and see that.