|March 2013||Volume 13 Issue 3|
CHANCE & SAGE - A NEW BEST FRIEND
It was love at first sight for eight-year-old Chance and his new Service Dog, Sage. Chance, who has Cerebral Palsy and Down's Syndrome, loves dogs and is thrilled to have a dog of his own. After two years of training, Sage was ready for a new partner and best friend. They are just finishing Team Training Camp and are starting their new lives together. "We have been amazed with her training and how quickly she learns new commands to meet Chance's needs. She is a calm influence and accepts Chance in spite of his quirks," says Chance's mom, Kellie. "Sage is an answer to prayer in our efforts to assist Chance in his daily activities and social interactions."
Click above to see Chance learning to feed Sage.
Do Service Dogs get to have fun? We hear this question a lot and the answer is YES! HCI Service Dogs work hard, but they also like to play hard, especially when they get together with their old friends and classmates. On St. Patrick's Day, we had a reunion with many of our graduate teams on Oahu. It was hard to tell who had more fun, the people or the dogs! Everyone enjoyed seeing old friends, swimming in the pool and playing games. Congratulations to Pono, who won the longest jump into the pool and tied with Emma for the fastest 50 yard dog paddle contest!
"Every boy should have two things: a dog and a mother who lets him have one" - Robert Benchley
KAMMY & MURPHY (HO'OPA'A)
Murphy has been attending the Halau Na Hanona Kulike'o Pi'ilani with Kammy and her children for the past several years. He has become an honorary member of the halau and has been given the Hawaiian name of Ho'opa'a because he is steadfast and determined. "Murphy has such a kind and gentle nature," says Kammy. "He loves to work and helps me to get dressed every day, he opens doors, and gets items that are out of reach. Most of all, he has brought so much joy to my life."
HCI recently visited over 200 children at Hope Chapel's AWANAS program and taught them all about Assistance Dogs and the many ways they help people in need. The young participants learned about various disabilities and how to be sensitive to children with different abilities. They also learned about the importance of volunteering and how both people and dogs can serve others and make a difference in our community!
Shane and Krystle have been helping out at Sadie's Place for the last year and are currently living on campus and taking care of several of the puppies in training. Shane has served in the Marines and has completed four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Krystle helps out as a program assistant for HCI and Shane has helped to build the new caretaker's cottage. The staff and dogs all appreciate their positive attitude, great work ethic, and dedication to helping others.