|August 2012||Volume 12 Issue 8|
JULY PUPPY PIN UP - ASTRO
"Hi, my name is Astro and I'm a four month old puppy in training here at HCI. I get to learn lots of new things every day and already know over 40 commands. I learn a lot from watching the big dogs practicing their skills. This month my classmates and I went on field trips to the beach, Imua Rehab Center, and a restaurant. I love going out and I meet a lot of nice people. My adult teeth are coming in but I haven't lost all my puppy teeth yet. I really like chewing and I am learning which things I shouldn't chew - like shoes and the wall. One day, I hope to have an important job helping someone with a disability."
Eleven year old Service Dog Echo is still going strong! Echo and his partner Ann Yoshida paid a surprise visit to the HCI Facility this week and he had a great time playing on the agility equipment and with the other dogs. For the past ten years, Ann and Echo have traveled the world together, doing graduate studies and competing in various athletic events. Ann is currently a professor of occupational therapy in Korea and plans to move to Texas with Echo later this year. Among their many adventures together, Ann credits Echo with saving her during a flood at the UH campus. Their basement classroom was filling with water, lifting Ann's wheelchair off the ground. She tried to call for help but no one responded. She held onto Echo as he swam her to the exit door and out to the parking lot. They managed to make it to her car, which had water up to the windows, and safely drive away.
"Make each day your masterpiece." - John Wooden
TUCKER - ABOVE & BEYOND
Congratulations to HCI graduate, Tucker, who just became the first dog to win the Lex Brodie Above and Beyond award! This award recognizes someone in uniform who goes above and beyond the call of duty. For the past five years, Tucker and his wonderful handler, Dr. Wendi Hirsch, have made a huge difference in the lives of seriously ill children at Kapiolani Medical Center. In addition, they volunteer at numerous events in the community including camps for children with cancer, Relay for Life, and the Bone Marrow Drive. Mahalo Tucker and Dr. Hirsch for all you do!
SUMMER SPA DAY
A big mahalo to all the great volunteers who helped pamper the hard working pooches at HCI last week. Graduate dogs and puppies in training enjoyed play time with their friends as well as shampoos, massages and pedicures. It was hard to tell who had more fun - the people or the dogs!
Click above to see Kimo's favorite pool party trick!
KIHEI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Over 1,000 students attended an educational presentation about Assistance Dogs at Kihel School. HCI staff and volunteers taught the children about different types of Assistance Dogs and how they help people in need. The children also participated in activities to experience what it is like to have a disability. The students enjoyed watching demonstrations and meeting some of the current HCI puppies in training.