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  August 2011 Volume 11 Issue 8  

When Michael received Service Dog Archie in early 2010, he had a goal of swimming in a one mile open ocean race in Kona. At that time, he was not able to swim because of a spinal cord injury from a horseback riding accident. However, Archie was trained to swim along side Michael, wearing a special life jacket that Michael could hold onto if needed. With incredible courage, determination and a little help from his friend, Michael completed the race early this year. "I wasn't first, but I finished" he says with a smile. Way to go Michael!!


As told by 6-month old Sage...

I live in the Seattle area with my family - 3 kids, 2 dogs, a mom, and a dad that I adore. My studies this summer have included: giant waterfalls, hiking to a tea hut, bears, running through canola fields, freight trains, Harley Davidsons, and even snow! I am also a frequent visitor to horse farms, skate parks, gymnastics and football practices, playgrounds, and lakes. I recently helped my family with shopping for school supplies. While experiencing all these exciting sights, sounds and smells, I have learned lots of new commands - this is really cool job training!


Meet Winston and Webster, HCI's newest puppies in training. They are pictured here with HCI's youngest volunteer, Rose Grafmyre. A special Mahalo to Julie Bedford of Croftsway Labradors in New Zealand for sending us these beautiful boys.

Click above to see the puppies in action!


Each week, volunteers from HCI visit local hospitals and nursing homes with HCI puppies in training and certified Therapy Dog teams. Doctors have been amazed by the patients' positive response to the dogs and the difference these visits make in their lives. Thanks to all of our volunteers who bring aloha to those in our community who need it the most.


Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make our Summer Spa Day such a big splash! HCI Service Dogs and puppies in training received special treatment including brushing, shampoo and blow dry, pedicures and massage!  It was hard to tell who had more fun - the dogs or the humans!

Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures of Summer Spa Day!

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.  ~ Charles Swindoll

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