|April 2016||Volume 16 Issue 04|
Our "W" litter has just turned 11 weeks old, and we're still wondering, "Where has all the time gone?" We'd like to thank Puppy Raiser Val Kulesa, who volunteered to help raise the puppies during the early part of their life. After spending the last month at our campus, they are going to their respective Puppy Raisers who will be continuing their Kindergarten and Basic Training. While we'll miss our tiny co-workers, we're so excited to watch and hear of their progress, and have so much faith in this litter's capabilities as future Assistance Dogs!
Click on the video link above to check out a brand new video of our puppies in training!
ADH Study Receives International Recognition
We are happy to announce that our research study, Detection of Bacteriuria by Canine Olfaction, has recently been published by Oxford Journals and was awarded editor's choice! It has already been mentioned in several journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and National Geographic. The study has also been translated into several languages. This double-blinded case control validation study proves the ability of dogs to detect bacteria in urine. Dogs' olfactory acuity is over 100,000 times stronger than humans and our team of five dogs were able to detect UTIs with a sensitivity of 99.6% and a specificity of 91.5%. This study is the first of its kind and is a huge step forward in the field of medical bio-detection. The inspiration for the study came from our graduates with neurological conditions, many of whom experience frequent UTIs which can lead to life threatening complications such as sepsis. Thanks to the Makana Aloha Foundation, Doug and Jill Schatz and Thea Engesser, for making this research study possible.
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"A faithful friend is the medicine of life."
-- Ecclesiastes 6:16
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.
Congratulations Spring Graduates!
We've had a great time this past week at our Spring Team Training Camp, and could not be more proud of our new graduates: Andrew Richard and Skilled Companion Dog Lani, Paula Hunt-Enyeart and Service Dog Nani, and the Kauai Prosecutor's Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joanne Sheng, and Courthouse Dog Ollie. We are so excited for all the great things these teams will accomplish together. Congratulations Andrew, Paula, and Joanne!!!
Easter Seals Gets Some Puppy Love!
Every month we are lucky enough to be visited by our friends from Easter Seals, who participate in training exercises, and help us by doing yard work, cleaning the courtyard, and grooming the dogs. This month we had a special treat for our visitors, as they got to meet our newest heroes in training. Needless to say the love was mutual, and with a little puppy inspiration, the work went by as fast as ever. Thanks again Easter Seals!
Come Meet Our Heroes In Training!
Mark your calendars! On Saturday, May 28th, from 1-5 p.m, we will be hosting an open house at our Maui campus, Sadie's Place. We will be showing videos, giving tours of the campus, training demonstrations, and meet and greets with our Service Dog Teams and Puppies in Training. This will also be the grand opening of "Freedom Trails", our wheelchair accessible nature trail. This is a great way to get an inside look at how much hard work goes in to creating successful Assistance Dog Teams. Refreshments will be provided. We hope you can join us!