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Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Scott Sims writes..." Bettejo Dux' (Vintage Bettejo)~Special Friday edition~

Bettejo Dux is one of the most creative writers I know.
 The enclosed is a different kind of story
 and angle on the beloved Dr. Scott Sims..
.Bettejo Dux has lived on the cosmic Garden
 Island of Kaua'i for over 40 years.
Scott Sims writes

"Eating Horses Don't Die." The title of a book Scott was writing. Wish he'd lived to finish it. Would love to read the manuscript. My interest? I hope there are many horse and Scott lovers reading this because I'd like to write about an 'eating horse'--my beloved Aristotle--who Scott operated on  several years ago. 

I could write about that time, that incredible surgery, that experience--Ari's life and times-- but I'll try to stick to the subject.
Bettejo and her horse 'Aristotle' (Ari)

Ari was born on Kaua'i in September, 1987, which makes him 88 and a half horse years old in people years, three years older than I. 

As a colt he was sent to Honolulu where he was badly abused.  A very proud horse, but spooky, he hated everyone. He was rescued by a lady and her family who loved horses--Scott would've loved that story--and I first met him, bought him for a song,  at her barn in May, 1993. There was something about that big roan-- the way we looked at each other--that touched my heart.  I brought him home.
Ari is one of many horses
that  Dr. Scott saved.

The first 'eating horse' story: he came at me striking. A big horse coming at you, walking on his hind legs, forelegs boxing the air, is a formidable sight. Taught by a Canadian Mountie, 'always 'leave 'em laughing',  I calmed him down, fixed him a bucket of food and walked over the hill. Sadly.  

My horses always have  full run of the land and I could not live with a horse that might attack me.  Several minutes later--I'd left Ari with a full bucket--I heard hooves clopping behind me. I didn't know what to expect. I turned.  We met eye ball to eye ball. Face to face.

The look in his eyes  said, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare you." We bonded.

Fast forward to his homecoming after the surgery. Scott had put him on  antibiotics, which Ari hated. He fought me.  Came at me striking. I took him off the drug and offered him Vitamin C. He loved it and healed quickly. I gave Scott  the drugs and told him the story. "He even ate oranges," I said.
"Horses don't eat oranges."
Dr. Scott said "horses
don't eat oranges."
Photo created by
Maila Colemaan

"Don't tell Ari," I replied, "he hasn't read that part of the book."

Today my long- in- the- tooth beloved friend, eats like a horse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I cook for him in the barn. He watches, making sure I do it right. No skimping. He counts: one large measuring bowl of oat alfalfa soaked in warm water, sprinkled with salt and tossed in his bucket. Another bowl of same dimpled with raw carrots. And one more bowl flavored with bran and laced with molasses on the top.  He licks the bucket. Scott would have loved the sight, but he would have said, as he always did, "Horses have no sense of taste."

And, once again, I'd have replied, "Don't tell Ari."

I hope Scott's right and Ari never dies.

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?"

This blog is in memory of Dr. Scott Sims, The Aloha barefoot vet'
~E hoʻomaha me ka maluhia ~Rest in Peace Dr. Scott Sims~ 1955-2015

For those whom missed the Scott's memorial it is archived and can be viewed free of charge at;

Bettejo provided the quote on 
the enclosed Kauai sunrise meme!

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Pat Safron said...

Via Facebook,
"I wrote Betty White the actress about writing Scott's bio I will keep doing this every time I find someone who writes ;-)"

Pat Safron said...

Via Facebook,
"I have read a couple of Betty's book she wrote and she is a true animal lover hope she checks out my request."

Bettejo Dux said...

Ari speaks highly of him. Hope your read the column in yesterday's (Thursday, August 27) TGI Forum. Ari is famous on Kauai.

Su Haynes said...

Bettejo, your article is wonderful. Caught Scott spot on.

Steve Saylor said...

Ari is one lucky horse to have you! (And vice-versa, I'm sure)