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  December 2014 Volume 14 Issue 12  


Congratulations to our newest graduating Assistance Dog teams! Graduates include Courthouse Dog Faith who is working full time at the Hawaii Prosecutor's Office in Hilo. Faith provides courage and comfort to children who are victim's of crime. Other graduates include Social Therapy Dog Scout and his new best friend Stephanie as well as Therapy Dog Emmitt and the Maui Homeless Resource Center. Three Medical Scent Detection Dogs Abe, Aka, and Angel also graduated this month. They are currently participating in ground-breaking research at the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific.  Read more about our graduating teams in the following articles:


Polo is a 3 1/2 month old Golden Retriever who has recently entered our training program. He is a happy and confident puppy who learns commands quickly and clearly enjoys his Kindergarten Puppy class.  Polo loves to get out-and-about and steals the hearts of everyone he meets with his adorable smile!  His puppy raiser, Sheryl, has years of experience with Guide Dogs for the Blind and currently works for the Courthouse Dog Foundation. We are thankful that Polo is surrounded by such wonderful human and canine mentors to help him on his path to becoming a successful Assistance Dog.

"What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me."

-Helen Keller

Are you ready for some Puppy Love? Join us for our 7th Annual Valentine's Benefit Event at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort on Saturday, February 14th. Enjoy a fabulous dinner and live jazz music, while learning about the innovative new ways that dogs are helping people in need. Meet our inspiring graduate teams and puppies in training.  This event sells out every year, and tickets are going fast! To reserve your table or tickets, please call us at 298-0167.  

Congratulations to one of our first graduates, Karen O'Neill, who recently completed a degree in psychology and is beginning work on a master's degree. Karen and Service Dog Chipper graduated in 2002 and have been going strong ever since.  "Chipper has been my constant companion for over 12 years and is always eager to help," says Karen. Much to our delight, this dynamic duo recently returned home to Maui. "Chipper has changed my life," says Karen. "He has given me more confidence and made me more independent.  With Chipper by my side, I feel like I can do anything!"


Puppies in our Basic Training class, Oscar, Olu, Opal and Marshal had a fun-filled field trip to the mall where they met Santa, shopped at Macy's, practiced riding in elevators and pushing the automatic door plates. They enjoyed meeting Christmas shoppers and seeing the holiday festivities. The highlight for the puppies was meeting Santa and posing for a picture with him. Classmate Ollie was on Oahu bringing holiday cheer to patients at the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific.

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides children and adults with disabilities professionally trained dogs that will increase their independence and enhance the quality of their lives. We are committed to serving people in Hawaii with special needs through Community Outreach Programs  and developing the potential dogs have to assist people in need through our Research Programs. Assistance Dogs and lifetime follow-up support are provided free of charge. 

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