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  June 2013 Volume 13 Issue 6  


At 12 weeks old, Captain is currently in our Kindergarten Puppy Training class. He is being raised by the Jankelson family. He is a confident and happy fellow and is learning very quickly. He enjoys exploring new places with his family and playing in the sprinkler. Mahalo to our friends at Honor Therapy & Assistance Dogs in Maryland for providing us with this special puppy. Captain is a Golden Retriever and comes from a long line of distinguished Therapy and Service Dogs. Some of his ancestors even resided in the White HouseWe have high hopes for his future!


We are delighted to welcome Marina Rodriguez as our newest intern. All the way from Buenos Aires, Marina has studied veterinary medicine and worked as an Assistance Dog Trainer with the organization Argentina Bocalan Animal-Assisted Therapy and Assistance Dogs. Her enthusiasm and great work ethic make her a valuable addition to our team. Marina's future plans include returning to Argentina where she will apply what she learns in Hawaii as she continues her career in the Assistance Dog industry.

"No one has ever become poor by giving."

- Anne Frank


Six new teams have just graduated from Assistance Dogs of HawaiiThe dogs have all completed 1˝ to 2 years of training and passed rigorous health and temperament screenings. The dogs were carefully matched with their new partners based on many factor including skills, environment, and personalities. This summer's graduates include Chance and Skilled Companion Dog Sage, Jonah and Skilled Companion Dog Riley. Drs. Rick and Rose Sword and Wounded Warrior Dog Scout, Korey and Facility Dog Aussie, Shane and Krystle and Wounded Warrior Dog Zeke, and Summer and Service Dog Trooper.


Since graduating three years ago as the first Hospital Facility Dog in Japan, Bailey has become quite a celebrity! Besides having his own TV show, Bailey has paved the way for other Hospital Facility Dogs to work at children’s hospitals in Japan. Thanks to the Shine On! Foundation, Bailey has had a profound impact on hundreds of seriously ill children and their families, and because of his success, more hospitals have been inspired to add similar programs. Way to go Bailey… leading the pack!


A BIG THANKS to the students at Iolani School, who recently met ADH graduates Dr. Al Yazawa and Facility Dog Abby, who is 14 years old and still going strong! The children were so delighted with Abby that they sent care packages full of treats and toys for all of our puppies in training. The students even sent some handmade presents for our staff and volunteers. Mahalo!

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