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Our Graduate Teams

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii has placed over 50 assistance dogs in the past 10 years!  Here are the stories of just some of our graduate teams with more soon to be published.

 

Melanie & Service Dog Freedom

Melanie was home alone and cooking dinner when a fire started on the stove. Trying to put it out, Melanie fell out of her wheelchair and lay on the floor, putting out her hair which had caught on fire. Freedom ran to the other room and brought back the cordless phone. Melanie was able to call 911 and the firemen arrived before any serious damage occurred. Melanie was amazed that Freedom lay by her side the entire time, despite the room filling with smoke. “He is my hero,” says Melanie.

Melanie and Service Dog Freedom


Jonathan & Service Dog Zoe

Jonathan’s daughter suggested he get a Service Dog when he moved to Maui from Louisiana. He was surprised to discover that HCI was right down the street from his home in upcountry Maui. He was matched with Zoe, a highly skilled yellow labrador. Zoe assists Jonathan with many everyday tasks and the two have become inseparable. “She’s perfect”, says Jonathan, “I can’t imagine my life without her.”

HCI Graduate Jonathan and Service Dog Zoe

Jonathan and Service Dog Zoe


Jack & Skilled Companion Dog Sarge

Jack and Sarge are a match made in heaven. Sarge assists Jack, who has CP, around the house by helping with his physical therapy exercises, bringing him items and playing games. Sarge is Jack’s constant companion. They even like to play in the pool together! Sarge also helps Jack’s mom Liz who refers to him as Jack’s “brother!”

Jack and Skilled Companion Dog Sarge

Jack and Skilled Companion Dog Sarge


Ava & Skilled Companion Dog Oliver

During the two years Oliver was in training he became known as “Mr. Mom” because he loved taking care of very young puppies and would spend hours in the whelping box with them. Because of his nurturing and gentle nature he was partnered with Ava when she was just four years old. Ava has spina bifida and Oliver helps her in many ways including supporting her while she stands and walks. “Oliver is the best dog in the world!” says Ava.

Ava and Skilled Companion Dog Oliver

Ava and Skilled Companion Dog Oliver


Kevin & Service Dog Kimo

Kimo’s easy going personality is a perfect match for Kevin. Kimo assists Kevin by picking up items, turning on and off lights and opening doors. Kimo also enjoys being “one of the boys” and hanging out with Kevin and his friends. Kimo is very devoted to Kevin and doesn’t like to let him out of his sight!

Kevin and Service Dog Kimo

Kevin and Service Dog Kimo


 

Ann & Service Dog Echo

Echo is a Portuguese Water Dog, a breed raised in Portugal to jump off fishing boats and retrieve nets. Echo’s natural instinct to retrieve is put to good use as a Service Dog for Ann, who was paralyzed in a car accident four years ago. Ann is a UH student, who enjoys an active lifestyle that includes playing wheelchair tennis and basketball. Echo loves the water and Ann even takes him kayaking and surfing with her!

Ann and Service Dog Echo

Ann and Service Dog Echo