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  June 2012 Volume 12 Issue 6  

HCI's short film, "Unleashing Abilities," debuted at the Maui Film Festival on June 13th. This 7 minute film highlights three HCI graduate teams and demonstrates how these unique partnerships help both people and dogs to realize their full potential.

A special mahalo to Karen Kolodzey and the entire film crew from Brigandi & Associates for making this possible and to Barry Rivers for inviting HCI to be part of the Maui Film Festival.



Courthouse Dog Pono not only helps children who are victims of crime at the Honolulu Prosecutor's Office, she also attends legislative meetings at the governor's office! Pono has denied rumors that she is considering running for public office...

"The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money."

Thomas Jefferson


The A-mazing "A" litter puppies have gone to their puppy raiser homes for basic training and socialization. Puppy raisers welcome the puppies into their hearts and homes for 8-10 months before returning them to the HCI Maui Campus for advanced training. Puppy raisers take the puppies everywhere and attend weekly classes where the pups learn 4-5 new commands each week. These special pups are now twelve weeks old and know over 20 commands!


Six new teams completed HCI's Team Training Camp and graduated on June 16th. The new graduates and members of the HCI ohana are: Elizabeth Anderson and Facility Dog Quigley (Roselani Place), Seiichiro Minagawa and Facility Dog Yogi (Yokohama Children's Hospital), Pat Inada and Facility Dog Yoda (Queens Hospital Cancer Center), Ruth Mori and Courthouse Dog Sadie (Maui Prosecutor's Office), Sabah Vafaeezadeh and Skilled Companion Dog Winston, Blake Podnar and Service Dog Riggins (not shown). Congratulations on your accomplishments and beginning of your new lives together! 

Click above to see the graduates on Hawaii News Now


HCI's newest Community Outreach partner is Imua Family Services. After the first visit from the Therapy Dog teams, one parent shared that her son has autism and does not speak or like to sit in the circle group at the end of class. On the day HCI visited he was happy to sit in the circle because he got to sit next to one of the Therapy Dogs, Sam. Afterwards he said his first word to his mother - "DOG"! She was ecstatic and can't wait for the dogs to come and visit again.

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