Raro’s Adogables~

Rarotonga is the island of happy dogs. No matter what you do, a dog will come with you.

They wait at your door for you to come out.


If you swim, they will come along!

They swim to distant reefs with our son everyday.


Heck yes!

They are master fisherdogs and,

they bring their catch to you!

Hiking? Their paw prints mark your path.

Cheers to you from Rarotonga’s incredible adogables~

239 thoughts on “Raro’s Adogables~

  1. Dogs are really amazing animals. They are both sociable and make one become active. Unfortunately, I had to give away my dog when I moved to Kristianstad many years ago, I was away from home for a long time every day.

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  3. Wow. Incredible. Does everybody pitch in to clean up dog poop? One of my favorite music albums is Bill Frisell’s “Good Dog–Happy Man.” I can’t think of anything better than a happy dog. Great post!

    1. I only saw dog-poop once which is pretty unbelievable isn’t it, since I saw dogs everywhere. I also never saw anyone cleaning it up. These dogs were just universally well behaved and friendly. ๐Ÿถ<3

  4. The dogs are incredible. It never ceases to amaze me how photos of dogs cause almost involuntary good feelings. I can’t help smiling while looking at these. ๐Ÿ˜

      1. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. โ€”Mark Twain

  5. I love this. So great your son gets to play with them each day. They are all cute, but I want to take the guy/girl from number two home. The cutest! But she/ he probably loves the warm weather now. Thanks for sharing. Made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Love these doggies, Cindy! And the part of me that’s terrified of being in water over my head makes me delighted to see the cross hanging from your son’s neck!!

  7. I would be in Seventh Heaven! Critters expand the heart and nurture the spirit. Thank you for sharing this delight with us, Cindy. Hugs, my friend โค๏ธ

    1. They are really just that, which is the most important thing in life, like you my good friend. I always look to see if you have posted something because I don’t want to miss it. ๐Ÿ•

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  8. Aww…I want to live on the island of happy dogs. Such pawsitive energy and impawsible to feel sad. โ™กโ™กโ–ผoใƒปใ‚งใƒปoโ–ผ (ฯ…ลแ†บลฯ…) โˆช๏ฝฅฯ‰๏ฝฅโˆช (ฯ…โ—‰ฯ‰โ—‰ฯ…)โ™กโ™ก

  9. Cindy, I would love to think of our dogs we have lost ending up somewhere like this – particularly our Labrador Chelsea – she would have loved it!
    Thank you so much for these gorgeous images!!
    Your son is so handsome – what an experience for him…

    1. Yes!!! There is everything you need to live here, fish in the sea, coconuts and fruit growing wild, chickens roaming free. I understand why the European explorers often wanted to stay in Polynesia.

  10. This was a very interesting post. So many of yours have me doing a bit of research to see exactly where you are in proximity to everywhere else. I couldn’t even imagine a trip like that so this has been especially fun. Do the dogs belong to anyone and cared for? They seem happy enough so I assume so. What a delight that must have been for all of you. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. The dog question is complicated, so I kinda hoped to avoid it. Which I still hope to do. The SPCA has a prominent presence in Raro, they spay and neuter, they help the dogs they select to live.

  11. Like cats and dogs in Italy and Greece… traveling to both countries I have been told there is a different attitude towards animals in those cultures… but they all seemed well and well-fed… I really can’t judge.

    1. I saw so many feral starving cats and dogs in Greece, both in Athens and on some islands. They poisoned the feral dogs before the olympics, which I saw.. It was really sad…….Rome has that amazing cat sanctuary in the middle of ancient Roman ruins. I did a post on it.

  12. Awe…makes me think of the last pooch I loved –
    but I’m pet-less now. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Seems spring is finally here. Some of the flowering trees are already loosing their petals.

    Hugs, Jules.

      1. Mine is such a good dog. I hav a brown Boston. They get them by inbreeding which I didnโ€™t know , just fell in love with the little guy. Heโ€™s had some health issues as a result so if you consider a Boston I think the black and white are the way to go. โ™ฅ๏ธ

        1. I have to go bigger because the dog has to hold his own at The Holler. We are fenced but there are lots of coyotes around and a small dog is too tempting to the coyotes…..

  13. How wonderful! I love that the dogs are great companions no matter whether you’re their “master” or not! Do they stay around for meals too?? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Gasp! OK, sold….book that place Mr B! How utterly awesome to holiday with doggies 7/24. OK, maybe they can’t come to bed with you but hey, 7/18 would be a dream. I can’t tell you how much that doggie at the door looks like my old dog Jasper! Oh my gosh, I really miss him. Who feeds them and cares for them? Are they strays? Do they have homes or does everyone just love them endlessly? x K

    1. Here’s what your gonna do, you’re gonna book the Cooks with Mr. B, and I am going to direct you to a particular hammock under the palms where you can read murder mysteries until you are terrified, and then play with the dogs until you are Zenning like me <3 ๐ŸŒบ You'll probably never come home, and you will adopt an entire pack of adogables…..

  15. Dogs are so open and loving here in this peaceful setting, Cindy! I loved that one would keep your son company as he swam to reefs. . . ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ’ฆ

    1. Some have homes of their own. There is an active SPCA in Raro. Many of these days were spayed, given medical treatment and roam around, being cared for by tourists, islanders, and the island itself.

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