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  September 2012 Volume 12 Issue 9  


Team Training Camp is underway for our newest team, Summer Kozai and her Service Dog Trooper. Summer has wanted a Service Dog since undergoing a quadruple amputation three years ago. Her positive outlook and can-do attitude make her an ideal match for Trooper. "Trooper is so smart," says Summer. "I can't believe how good he is. I love him and am looking forward to our new life together!"

Click above to see their first day of working together….


“Abe is a very happy puppy and a very curious one. He loves people and wants everyone to pet him. He enjoys working and learning new commands. I take him everywhere I go including the golf course where he loves to watch the ducks and nene. Abe is the 19th puppy I've raised for HCI in nine years.  Some have graduated and some have had "career changes" but each one has been special." – Elaine Randall, HCI Puppy Raiser

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched...but are felt in the heart." -Helen Keller


HCI Facility Dog Abby graduated eleven years ago and has been going strong ever since. Abby began her career as a Hospital Facility Dog with Dr. Yazawa at Kula Hospital. She now works with Dr. Yazawa at Maluhia Adult Day Health Center on Oahu. She loves visiting with patients throughout the day and they appreciate Abby's unconditional love and acceptance. Although most dogs her age are enjoying retirement, Abby still looks forward to going to work and seeing all her friends each morning!


Elena is just one of the many people with special needs who benefit from visits to Sadie’s Place each week. Her parents first noticed how well she responded to Tucker when she was a patient at Kapiolani Medical Center earlier this year. Now she is back home on Maui and makes weekly visits to the dogs in training at HCI. Although she is not able to see or hear, she enjoys interacting with the dogs and feeling their soft fur. Elena is shown here sharing a special moment with Therapy Dog Sam.


HCI staff recently presented a workshop at the Assistance Dogs International Conference in Barcelona. The workshop taught trainers from around the world Canine Sign Language(CSL) and Gaze Training (GT) for clients who are non-verbal and have limited mobility. CSL and GT were created at HCI and provide a new way for people to communicate with their Service Dogs. HCI also received an award for achieving the highest standards of excellence in the industry.

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