|April 2014||Volume 14 Issue 4|
SHARING ALOHA WITH LANDSLIDE VICTIMS
Three of our Therapy Dog teams who were in Washington state recently had the opportunity to visit with people affected by the landslide in Oso, WA. These special teams brought comfort to families of the victims at the Red Cross Shelter. They also brought encouragement to many of the firemen and relief workers at the Oso Fire Station who are helping to rebuild the area after the devastating landslide.
AVA & OLIVER
Twelve year old Ava and Service Dog Oliver participated in The Color Run on Maui this month! Known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, the Color Run is a unique race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. It was hard to tell who had more fun - Ava or Oliver! This dynamic duo has enjoyed a very special partnership for the past eight years. Oliver not only assists Ava as a Service and Seizure Alert Dog, but he is also like a brother and best friend.
“Whoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, never had a dog."
YOU'VE GOT THE POWER!
For those of you who missed it on KHNL and KGMB this month, Hawaii’s inspirational new TV show “You’ve Got the Power” featured Assistance Dogs of Hawaii. The show is about people who have overcome challenges to help make a difference in the lives of others. The first segment of the pilot show features Mo Maurer, founder of Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and the second segment tells the amazing story of how Tucker helped save the life of Skylar Soares, who has an inspiring story of her own! Click above to view.
APRIL PUPPY PIN UP - NELSON
Meet the newest member of the Assistance Dogs of Hawaii ohana! Nelson is a three month old black Labrador Retriever and is currently in the Kindergarten Puppy Training class. He is a great student and learns new commands very quickly. His puppy raiser has already taken him many places, including restaurants, Costco and even on the plane. Nelson is a calm and confident puppy in all situations and takes everything in stride. He enjoys his time off relaxing with his housemates, Luke and Coal, who are also black Labradors.
This month we did a special educational presentation about Assistance Dogs for over 180 children participating in the AWANAS program at Hope Chapel. The children enjoyed meeting 3 month old puppies in training, Maggie and Marshal, and seeing some of the Service Dog teams in action. They also learned about the importance of volunteering and the many different ways that dogs can help people in need.