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  September 2011 Volume 11 Issue 9  

Facility Dogs work full time at hospitals and nursing homes. They provide unconditional love and a variety of therapeutic benefits for seriously ill patients. HCI has received international recognition for the success of its Facility Dog programs at children's hospitals. These special dogs help hundreds of children and their families during a time when they need it the most.

Click above to learn what it takes to train and place a Facility Dog.

Mike Tom and Quincy

Mike and Quincy graduated from HCI back in 2001 and have been inseparable ever since. At eleven years old, Quincy still assists Mike throughout the day by performing tasks such as carrying bags and retrieving items that are out of reach.  Quincy also helps Mike with his job as a counselor at Kamehameha Middle School. "Quincy is the third counselor at our school," says Mike. "He's also the most popular because he keeps the best secrets!"

"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others." -- Ghandi


Winston, Webster, Yogi and Yoda are new classmates at HCI. They were carefully selected for their excellent temperament, intelligence and health. Kindergarten Puppy Training lasts until the puppies are 5 months old. During this time they learn approximately 30 commands.

 Click above to see them in action!


"From the first day I had him, I knew that Trooper was something special. He is so much fun to train - and makes me look good because he learns so quickly! He has lots of energy and loves playing but when it's time to work, he is all business. It's amazing how he can be all puppy one minute and then a very well behaved, focused dog the next minute as we put on his coat and begin his training. I think he is going to make a wonderful Service Dog. I look forward to the day when he will be paired with his new partner. I know that he is going to do great things!" - Sharon Dahlquist, HCI Puppy Raiser


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