|January 2013||Volume 13 Issue 1|
JANUARY PUPPY PIN UP - ALOHI
Hi, my name is Alohi, and I’m 9 months old. I live with my puppy raisers, who are a very active family of five. They say I’m a very curious and easy going puppy. (Once I didn’t even notice that I had a cactus needle in my nose.) Some of my favorite things are:
Hardest thing to learn: KISS ONLY WHEN ASKED. (Really.....not everyone loves kisses? Imagine that!)
Aloha Sae! Sae Hokoyama came to HCI as an intern 10 months ago and sadly will be leaving us this month. She is returning to the mainland where she will finish her Master's Degree in Canine Studies before returning to Japan later this year to start her own program. She has been responsible for raising the "A" litter of puppies, expanding the Community Outreach program, leading two Team Training Camps and helping to start the READ program. Sae's big smile, excellent work ethic and great attitude will be missed by all of the staff, clients and volunteers at HCI. We wish her all the best in her future career!
A PERFECT MATCH
Often after a female dog has raised a litter of puppies, she can make an ideal Service Dog for a child with a disability, since she has developed a maternal and care-taking instinct. This was certainly true for Riley, who was a wonderful mother to the "A" litter and clearly loves all children, both canine and human. Riley has excellent skills and temperament and was recently placed as a Skilled Companion Dog with Jonah, a nine year old boy in Haiku. “She is such an amazing dog,” says Galit, Jonah's mother. "She not only helps Jonah but has brought so much joy to our entire family."
R.E.A.D. PROGRAM BEGINS ON MAUI
HCI has begun a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) Program on Maui with certified R.E.A.D. teams that visit local libraries and help children who may have difficulty reading. The program began this month with four visits to the Makawao library and more visits are planned for the Kihei and Wailuku libraries. C hildren who are self-conscious about reading in front of others relax when reading to a dog because they know they won't be judged. “We've had a great response so far,” says Tracy Grafmyre, HCI's R.E.A.D. Program coordinator. “The children are so enthusiastic about reading to the dogs and always look forward to their next visit.”
HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY HANK!
“Some of you know
me and some of you I have not met. My
name is Hank and I am Casey's retired service dog. I was the first service dog trained by HCI! I will be 15 years old on January 29. I am blind in one eye and a bit hard of
hearing but I still have a very cute girlfriend, Abby. I am enjoying my 'golden years' of retirement with Casey's family. I am having
the time of my life after over 12 years of dedicated service to my pal Casey. Gabe you have big paws to fill!" Woof, Woof... Hank