|May 2013||Volume 13 Issue 5|
MEDICAL SCENT DETECTION
An exciting research project is currently underway teaching dogs to provide early detection of certain life threatening medical conditions. We are working with Kapiolani Medical Center, Clinical Labs of Hawaii, and Michael McCulloch of the The Pine Street Foundation. Dr. McCulloch is the nation's foremost authority on cancer detection research, having completed studies on canine scent detection of lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, with accuracy rates of up to 98%.
Click on the video to learn more and see the dogs in action!
CELEBRATING PROM NIGHT
Tucker wore a tuxedo and joined the patients at Kapiolani Medical Center to celebrate the hospital's 3rd annual prom night. The children enjoyed food, music, dancing and a fun evening filled with laughter. Everyone had their picture taken with Tucker, who was the Prom King. Tucker even got to dance with the patients and surprised everyone with some new moves out on the dance floor! Thanks to Tucker's handler, Dr. Wendi Hirsch, and the staff at Kapiolani Medical Center for all they do to improve their patient's experience at the hospital.
Happy Memorial Day
ADVANCED TRAINING CLASS
The amazing "A litter" (Abe, Arnold, Aussie, Astro, Alohi and Angel) recently turned one year old and have entered advanced training. They have all passed their health and temperament screening with flying colors and are doing very well with their skills training.
Our training staff is now deciding which dogs will be best suited as Service Dogs, Courthouse Dogs, or Hospital Facility Dogs. Their eventual placement depends on many factors, including their energy level, work ethic, and personality. Each dog is carefully placed where their strengths will be appreciated and they can excel at their job.
WELCOME NEW PUPPIES!
It's that time of year again and many new puppies are on the way! Some of the newest members of our ohana are English Cream Golden Retrievers coming all the way from Toronto Canada. The most important part of training successful Service Dogs is starting with puppies that have the best chance of passing the rigorous health and temperament requirements. We work with geneticists and look around the world to find the very best puppies to join our program.
THERAPY TEAMS SHARE ALOHA
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii has volunteer Therapy Dog Teams that share their aloha with children and adults in hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and special needs programs across the state. These teams make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people each week. Several of our Therapy Dog Teams met at Sadie's Place last week for an ongoing education class and advanced training. Mahalo for your kokua!