|April 2012||Volume 12 Issue 4|
We are delighted to welcome Sae Hokoyama to HCI as our newest intern. Sae has studied and worked as an intern at Bergin University of Canine Studies in California for the past five years. Her extensive experience, enthusiasm, and great work ethic make her a welcome addition to our team. Sae's plans for the future include returning to Japan where she will continue her career in the Assistance Dog industry.
ANDREW & INDY
Andrew Richard of Makawao and his Skilled Companion Dog, Indy, have been partners and best friends for the past 6 years. Skilled Companion Dogs perform many of the same tasks as Service Dogs but a third member of the team, usually a parent, gives verbal commands to the dog and facilitates the interaction between the dog and the child. Indy helps Andrew throughout the day by bringing items to him, opening drawers and even helping him dress. “Indy has been such a blessing to our family,” says Andrew's mom, Paula. “I don't know what we ever did without him.”
"When one door of happiness closes,
another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see
the one that has been opened for us."
MEET OUR FUTURE HEROES
Trooper and Riley's puppies arrived right on schedule on March 30th. We were expecting seven puppies and got a nice surprise when an eighth puppy was born much later that night. She is our miracle puppy and is named Angel. The litter is 3/4 Labrador Retriever and 1/4 Golden Retriever. There are four males and four females. Two of the puppies are black and look just like their sire, Trooper. Mother and puppies are all doing well!
HCI Puppies in Training and volunteers recently visited Ka Hale A Ke Ola, the Maui Homeless Shelter, for an educational program. The children living there all enjoyed the visit so much that plans are underway to include the shelter as a regular part of the weekly Therapy Dog Program. The puppies had a great time too. They enjoyed getting lots of love and even went down the slide with the kids!
JOIN HCI'S CHARITY WALK TEAM!
Join the HCI staff, volunteers, graduates and puppies in training for the upcoming Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, May 12. This is a great way to support HCI and have lots of fun! HCI will be participating for the 7th year in a row and a portion of all the funds raised will be matched. If you would like to make a donation or participate, please call Donna at the HCI office (298-0167) for more information. Hope to see you there!