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  October 2013 Volume 13 Issue 10  


Faith is a six month old puppy in training and is being raised by Elaine Randall and her family in Pukalani. Faith is the twentieth puppy Elaine has raised for ADH!  Elaine takes her to work every day and even takes her golfing on the weekends! Faith sits in the golf cart and practices her self restraint each time Elaine hits the golf ball!  "Faith is such a good girl" says Elaine. "She is so well behaved and everyone loves her. I know she is going to make a big difference in someone's life one day."

ADH graduate Yoda was featured in the Queen's Medical Center newsletter last month! Yoda is the Queen's Cancer Center full time Facility Dog and provides support and comfort to patients receiving chemotherapy treatment. He is partnered with Pat Inaba, an oncology nurse, who has worked at the Cancer Center for over 25 year. "It's amazing how even just a few minutes with him can make a big difference to our patients. They smile, they relax, and they feel a little better," says Pat. Click above to read the newsletter article about Yoda on Facebook.

"I find that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent, devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source." Doris Day


We are very excited to welcome the newest additions to the Assistance Dogs of Hawaii ohana! Thanks to Dana Logan who is raising this beautiful litter of Golden Retriever puppies. They come from champion European lines that have the ideal temperament for Assistance Dog work. The puppies have all been raised with children, which is an important part of their early socialization. Click above to see a slideshow of the puppies first few weeks.


Last week a new intern arrived in Hawaii, all the way from Nottingham, England. Her name is Jennifer and she is a recent college graduate who has volunteered at the Guide Dog and Hearing Dog schools in England. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude are appreciated by all and she has already proved to be a great asset. Jennifer will mainly be working in the office but if you can't find her there, she may be cuddled up with the resident dogs somewhere! Jennifer will be helping out at ADH for six months.


Earlier this month, Executive Director Mo Maurer and ADH graduate Dr. Wendi Hirsch were invited to speak at an Assistance Dog conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over 400 attendees from across South America participated and Mo presented information about Assistance Dogs and how to create great teamwork. Dr. Wendi Hirsch inspired everyone with stories of the amazing difference Facility Dog Tucker has made for the children at Kapiolani Medical Center. Facility Dogs are a brand new concept in South America. Several of the health care professionals who attended the conference are now interested in implementing programs in their countries.

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