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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"His name is Scott Sims..." 'Bettejo Dux' (Ari the horse with his perspective of the worlds greatest vet)


Bettejo Dux has lived on the cosmic Garden
 Island of Kaua'i for over 40 years.
Bettejo is a regular opinion writer in the Garden Island news
 and is the author of the famed novellas,
"The Scam." &"Children of extinction"
www.bettejodux.com

Editors note, This column is written through the eyes of Ari the horse--
---highlighting his perspective about the worlds greatest vet
and man of honor and integrity---Scott Sims---


His name is Scott Sims

Photo of Scott riding 'Doc' created by
Maila Coleman
"Reveal your inner Pegasus"  

A sign along the highway on Kauai's
North shore showing Love
and Aloha for Dr. Sims...
The ruckus began on Saturday. What a racket. Ari, my beloved old horse, was tossing his feed bucket around like an angry housewife tosses pots and pans.Bang bang. Crash crash. Jangle. Jangle.

He'd had his breakfast: oat alfalfa, salt, carrots, bran and molasses served up with love and kisses on the nose. The bucket tumbled empty. Not a crumb left untouched.  He licks the inside with his long pink tongue, sniffing out the carrot bites, bran and the sweet dark syrupy surprise he loves so well. My father taught me to make a warm mash in the winter and this was the winter of our lives together. Horses have an incredible sense of taste and smell.  Well, look at the size of that nose. It seems to go on forever. Dimpled with kind intelligent eyes--on either side of his noble head, he is prey not predator--  crowned with pointy beautiful ears at the poll and bedecked with long silky hair called a forelock. I'd combed and brushed it this morning.

When I reached his feeding block, he dropped the noise maker--crash, bang, jangle, plop--and gave me that look.

Now any horseman--or woman--worth his salt knows a horse is telepathic. "Never let them put their heads together,"  I was taught by a beloved teacher, " because they're plotting."  I'd experienced that little phenomena, with my own eyes, many time.

But I'd learned, years ago--I live with my horses --that if put my forehead smack against their forehead I can hear what they're thinking. They understand  English, have their own language, but will communicate with you if you will only listen. "Okay, what's up?"
Ari talking story with Bettejo

Ari is 88 and half years old. 28 in human years. He was born in 1987. He's three and half years older than I. I was born in 1930. We grow old together and enjoy the process.

"He's gone to horse heaven."

"He?"

"The human who cut me open. Sewed me back. Years ago. Remember?"

"Of course I remember. I was there."

He nodded. " Left his body.  Gone to horse heaven."

"Are you talking as about Scott Sims?"

"That's what you called him."

"But Ari, we just heard from him..."

"... I know. They cut him open.  Sewed him back. Four fingers and a thumb are handy."

With my fingers and thumbs I messaged his ears.

"You did that when I was on my back with my feet in the air. Strange feeling. You have good hands," he said.

"Thank you. I didn't know horses believed in heaven."

"You never asked."

"Okay, I ask," A theocratic lecture from a horse?

"There is not only a horse heaven. there is a horse God."
Maila Coleman's creation of Dr. Scott Sims riding
 and revealing his inner Pegasus.
"Pegasus?"

"Don't be silly."

When a horse calls you silly, you can be certain you're pretty silly.

"But why would he go to horse heaven? If horses have a God and heaven, and humans have a God and heaven-- and Scott was human--why wouldn't he go to a human heaven?"

"Because ours is better."

"Can I go?"

"Depends."

"I'll work on it."




-Alice Monaghan writes about Maile her dog and how Scott came to the rescue-
 Scott helped my Maile take her final journey this last April. His kindness and compassion helped me through an unbearable time. I called him to let him know that it was time for Maile to leave us...her cancer was beginning to restrict her breathing. In less than an hour, Scott was here at my home. I held Maile in my arms as she took her final breath...Scott stood close by to let me grieve and hold this precious gift that was only in my life for less than five short years. Maile was surrounded by love as she made her transition..it was peaceful but yet heartbreaking. I will be forever thankful to Scott, he holds a part of my heart for his love and compassion for all animals. I know he was welcomed by all the animals he loved so dearly as he entered heaven. The joy he must have felt seeing all of them again running, playing, healthy again and free of pain. I prayed he would find Maile in the vast numbers of pets that greeted him and give her a hug from me...I just know he heard my prayer and found her. Until we all meet again Scott and Maile...xxoo
Maile...5/25/2010-4/15/2015
Hug Maile for me Scott.
A Hui Hou (Until we meet again)~Alice Monaghan~

For further reading on Dr. Scott check out;


"The Aloha Vet,Now Imagine an Aloha MD"

"Dr. Sims goes viral"
"Feather Ruffling and Special Memorial Tribute To Dr. Scott Sims, The Aloha Vet"
Why not call it the Scott Sims humane society?


Bettejo provided the quote on 
the enclosed Kauai sunrise meme!




Editor's note, Dakinetalk guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the opinions of dakinetalk. Guest bloggers are given space to express their beliefs and or opinions. We feel there are many roads and like to give people space to express their thoughts,after-all that's what dakine is...
Aloha, James "Kimo" Rosen---Blogger-n-chief, dakinetalk blog---

Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared From Facebook...





20 comments:

Lisa Post said...

-Via Facebook-
Ari is wonderful & wise

KimoRosen said...

Bettejo is also the perfect caregiver and friend to Ari, as Ari is to Bettejo Dux... wink emoticon

KimoRosen said...

I was on my way to see my doctor in Kilauea yesterday and right along the hwy was this awesome sign..

Pat Safron said...

-Via Facebook-
"Scott is loved all over the world because of National Nat Geo Wild"

Jose Bulatao Jr said...

There's an angel on the shoulder of this horse !

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Back ground of this blog from [dakinetalk...Live from Kaua'i,Hawai'i] where a beloved Veterinarian Dr.Scott Sims just passed away & this is a tribute to him by his friend & marvelous writer Bettejo . The world should emulate the wonderful people who choose to live in the cosmic island of Kauai,Hawaii. LOVE & PEACE :-D

Unc Chester

Alice Monaghan said...

Alice posted a meme that said;
"In memory and celebration of someone who made this world a brighter and better place."

Bettejo Dux said...

I think so, too, Lisa. If there's a horse heaven II want to go there.

Bettejo Dux said...

If there's a horse heaven I want to go there. You guys knew I'd get religion.

KimoRosen said...

Bettejo no longer a non believer! Hallelujah! wink emoticon

Alice Monaghan said...

Yes. Thank you for doing that. That was very sweet of you. Xxoo
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KimoRosen said...

Sorry for both your losses Scott & Maile... Scott would want you keep on keeping on! wink emoticon

Anonymous said...

Bettejo as far as creative writing goes this is brilliant! A+++++++ wink emoticon

Alice Monaghan said...

I keep wondering if he knew how sick he was when he came to my home in April. He never let on if he did. I gave him all Maile's meds, liver pills, pain pills, stomach pills, flea and tick and tape worm meds and he was so grateful. He said it would help those who could not afford meds. That helped me in coping that day. To think that we could help another animal in need...it was touching. I pray he passed away without suffering. He felt that humans should have the painless end of life option as animals. I agree with him.

Alice Monaghan said...

Here is 3 1/2 minutes of peace from Rosemary Farm Sanctuary.
The four horses featured were welcomed in the past year;
Yanaha, saved from a kill pen as an infant covered in ticks, Applejack from a great family that lost their home, Autumn Moon saved from slaughter as a starved horse dumped at auction, and Lucas, an old worn out trail horse with nowhere to go. Please enjoy a few minutes with them as they graze peacefully, their health and sanity restored. Just be with them for a moment.
We feel our work is important.
We feel it is actually vital, not only to the horses who are the direct beneficiaries but to everyone who can appreciate that beauty and kindness are necessary in this world. If you are moved, please donate so that we can continue. We receive no government or federal funds, we are volunteer based, we are here to offer our home to help these beautiful souls in need... With a little help from our friends.
www.rosemaryfarm.org/support



https://www.facebook.com/RosemaryFarm/videos/10155707625385012/?hc_location=ufi

KimoRosen said...

Hau`oli Lā Hānau" Happy Birthday! Kimo & Obama Da Dog.
How cool to have your letter to the editor published on your birthday!

http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-july/article_f3175fd1-6d38-5ae3-b261-101419c2f74a.html

In honor of Dr. Sims
Aloha, councilmembers,
Please consider changing the name of our humane society to a name honoring Dr. Scott Sims.
Dr. Sims deserves this honor as he was respected and loved by so many throughout the islands. His compassion for all animals was his legacy. He dedicated his life toour beloved pets as he did for all animals, he is a true hero.
As we grieve for this beloved man, we all have our stories to tell about Dr. Sims, here is mine.
Scott helped my Maile take her final journey this last April. His kindness and compassion helped me through an unbearable time. I called him to let him know that it wastime for Maile to leave us — her cancer was beginning to restrict her breathing.
In less than an hour, Scott was here at my home. I held Maile in my arms as she took her final breath. Scott stood close by to let me grieve and hold this precious giftthat was only in my life for less than five short years.
Maile was surrounded by love as she made her transition. It was peaceful but yet heartbreaking. I will be forever thankful to Scott, he holds a part of my heart for hislove and compassion for all animals. I know he was welcomed by all the animals as he entered heaven. The joy he must have felt seeing all of them again running,playing, healthy and free of pain. I prayed he would find Maile in the vast numbers of pets he cared for and give her a hug from me. I just know he heard my prayer.Until we all meet again Scott and Maile. XOXO.
I thank you and hope you consider honoring Dr. Sims in this very special remembrance.
Alice Monaghan, Princeville

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A photographed this sign yesterday along the Kuhio Highway just shy of Kilauea on the way to my Doctors office. At my Doctors office all anyone could talk about was Scott Sims Aloha Vet
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Annie Sims Hey that's my last name too James Kimo Rosen
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Layne Beck · 23 mutual friends
I was talking with Scott and he was driving home on the day he saw this. he described the sign to me... and said.. i need a picture of this.. can I call you back? I said sure scott.. I never heard from him since.
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James Kimo Rosen so this sign was around while he was still with us?
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Doreen Decasa · 7 mutual friends
Yes James, the sign went up right after his diagnosis hit the media (early June).
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James Kimo Rosen so great Scott got to see how much everyone loved and appreciated him!
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Janie Quigley-Miller Last time I saw him was the week before he passed and he told me three times how much the love and support the people were showing him meant the world to him.

Bettejo Dux said...

Alice, I loved your letter this morning. I sometimes think of this: I understood that Scott needed very little sleep. I've know people like that. I'm a sleeper. Take siesta. Sighs. But the point it, he hadn't that many years on him, he was relatively young, but he had much much more time than most of us. My property is a grave yard. Many beloved dogs and cats. A potbelly pig. A goat. Two horses.
The answer, Alice. Go quickly and find another dog. If you like cats, how about that little three legged kitten. I think the energy of the animal you just lost jumps right in the new body.
I certainly agree with you about humans having the right to die with dignity. I insist on it.
Maybe a 'cute' story? Last time I saw him was in Big Save in Kalaheo. Friendly as ever. Barefoot. I teased him,"I'm going to have fake a kitty tummy ache so you can come to my house, collect some money, and buy a pair of shoes."
Love you, Bettejo

Alice Monaghan said...

Bettejo, I can just see Scott...barefoot in the grocery store. I love your story, it's a great way to remember Scott. As for getting a new pet...meet Kau'ikaulana. Shortly after Maile left us, a lady on the west side was having health problems and could not take care of Kau'i. She was very thin and frightened of everything and everyone. I had so much love to give and Kau'i captured my heart immediately. She has gained weight and is more comfortable around people and noises...except for the garbage truck. I think fate brought us together...it was just meant to be. Kau'i loves her new home and LOVES riding in the golf cart, just like Maile. Kau'i can not take Maile's place but she has helped to mend a broken heart. I just love this little girl, she is a treasure.

Alice Monaghan said...

This was Kau'i the day we brought her home. She was a sad little girl. Now she is happy, playful and full of life. Love and tenderness can cure most anything.

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