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  August 2013 Volume 13 Issue 8  


Welcome to Younhee Lee and RyeoEun Kim our newest interns who traveled all the way from South Korea to join us on Maui. They are both occupational therapy students and are planning on careers helping people with disabilities to become more independent. They were inspired to learn more about Assistance Dogs by their professor, our own ADH graduate Ann Yoshida and her Service Dog Echo. The interns are learning all about the many ways dogs can assist people in need and are looking forward to implementing these new ideas back in Korea.


Congratulations to ADH Graduate Ann Yoshida who recently made the USA Paracanoe team and is currently in Germany training for the Olympics. Ann graduated from ADH Team Training Camp in 2003, two years after a life changing car accident. Since then, with her Service Dog Echo by her side, Ann has traveled the world, finished graduate school, and become a world class rower. "Echo has definitely given me confidence to go new places and try new things. I am so grateful for him and the difference he has made in my life."

"Never let the things you can't do stop you from doing what you can." ~ Ronald Reagan


The first phase of our scientific research study has just been completed. Five dogs from ADH have been taught to detect certain life threatening infections. Scout, Sadie, Abe, Astro, and Sam completed over 2,500 double blind trials locating bacteria such as staph and e-coli in urine samples. The next phase of the study will involve training Service Dogs to alert their partners to the early stages of infections. This groundbreaking research has the potential to help many people with physical disabilities avoid serious health complications such as sepsis and bladder cancer that result from frequent UTIs. Thanks to the Makana Aloha Foundation for making this research possible.


The ADH Seattle puppy raisers got together recently for a fun time on Lake Washington! Puppy class was held lakeside and then the puppies had their first swimming lesson. Five month old Charlotte jumped right off the dock while the youngest puppies, Emmit and Eli enjoyed playing in the shallows. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteer puppy raisers in the Seattle area for doing such a great job raising these special puppies!


Last Friday, the Pacific Rehab Hospital had a "celebration of life" in memory of Facility Dog Simba, who recently passed away. Simba's official title was the Director of PAWS, (Perseverance, Attitude, Willingness, and Spirit). Simba was such a blessing and brought smiles to everyone at the hospital for many years. Simba loved visiting with patients and was a very special dog who was extremely patient and gentle. During his seven year career at the Rehab Hospital he helped over 1,000 patients through the challenges of rehabilitation. He will be missed by all who knew him especially his handlers and hospital therapists, Mike and Dawn Ebesu and Kate Church.

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