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  February 2015 Volume 15 Issue 2  


We have been busy building wheelchair accessible trails on our Maui campus. The trails will provide a chance to enjoy nature for our graduate teams and Community Outreach participants.  Our puppies in training love exploring this beautiful new exercise area as you will see in this video! This area will benefit hundreds of people with disabilities in our community for years to come. We are honored to have received a Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a grant from the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation, and the Mike Lyons Palaka Award to make this dream a reality.


Oscar is a very calm puppy who loves his toys and is “mister mom” with our younger puppies. The biggest of the "O litter," Oscar continues to grow into a handsome boy! He has been on several field trips to local malls where he shopped at Macy's and rode in the elevator. He recently went on his first therapy visit to IMUA Family Services where he shared his aloha with children with disabilities.  The children enjoyed petting his soft tail and ears! In puppy class, he is already learning commands such as tug, jump on, and visit. His calm and gentle nature make him ideally suited as an Assistance Dog.

"A seed is small but rich with possibility, like love, which is as humble as it is powerful."

 -- Pir Zia Inayat-Khan


Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers and dedicated supporters for making our 7th Annual Valentine's Benefit our most successful one yet! A special mahalo to Guy Hagi and Kim Gennaula for their dedicated support and for doing such a fabulous job as emcees. This year we raised over $200,000, which provides most of our program funding for the year and allows us to provide lifetime follow-up support free of charge.


Congratulations to our newest graduate team Martin Hodapp and Skilled Companion Dog, Captain. Martin is a 23 year-old student at UH Hilo and is majoring in history.  Martin and his family are thrilled to welcome Captain into their home.  Martin's first Service Dog and beloved companion, Dudley, passed away last year at 14 years of age. "Our house did not seem complete without a dog anymore," said Martin. "It is a great comfort knowing that Captain is here to find my parents every time that I need them. His wagging tail puts a smile on everyone's face!" 


Assistance Dogs of Hawaii puppies and trainers recently visited 40 children in Hope Chapel's Awana program. The children learned about Assistance Dogs  and different types of disabilities.  The children had lots of great questions about how the dogs are trained and the ways that they can help people in need. They visited with our two youngest puppies, Ranger and Roxy. It was hard to tell who had more fun, the kids or the puppies!

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