Assistance Dogs of Hawaii Newsletter
Volume 16 Issue 8
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August 2016 ADH Newsletter 

In Loving Memory of Tucker
 
We knew from the first moment we saw Tucker as an eight week old puppy that he was destined to work with children. We are so thankful that Tucker was such a blessing to so many children and families over the past ten years. He touched countless lives in his years of service, and the outpouring of love for Tucker is  heartwarming and shows how much he meant to our entire community. Mahalo to Wendi Hirsch and Kapiolani Medical Center for giving our special boy a life full of love and purpose.
 
If you would like to share any stories, memories, or condolences, please leave a comment on Tucker's Facebook Page.
Congratulations to
ADH Graduate Micaela Burney!
We would like to congratulate ADH Graduate Micaela Burney for being chosen as a finalist in the Hawaii Stars Concert of Extraordinary Abilities! The event, sponsored by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, selects five finalists to showcase their talent. In addition, each finalist receives $10,000 to donate to a non-profit charitable organization, and we are very proud to be Micaela’s choice. Micaela had this to say about her being selected as a finalist, “I am so thrilled that I am able to give the $10,000 dollars to Assistance Dogs of Hawaii. They have given me Inca, who not only helps me with every day tasks, but has also become my best friend and companion.”
 
Micaela will be performing on Sunday, October 2nd at the New Hope Chapel on Sand Island with Inca by her side. The show will be taped and shown on KHON2 throughout November and December. The event is free, and anyone interested is invited to attend and support Micaela. She will be performing Ashokan’s Farewell, a Scottish lament, on the viola.
 
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
--  Roger Caras
PAWS for Reading
 
PAWS for Reading is a part of our Community Outreach Program, where we work to make reading more fun for children. The children build self confidence and interest by reading out loud to our Therapy Dogs! This month the children were visited by Assistance Dogs in training, Roxy and Opal, at the Makawao Library. Children receive a book marker featuring the Therapy Dog that they read to, and are entered in a book drawing give away! This is a great program that helps our keiki in the community, and provides an opportunity for our dogs to socialize with children and interact in a new public environment.
Puppy 
of the 
    Month: 
Wendi
 
 
 
Our August "Puppy of the Month" is Wendi! Wendi is an attentive and thoughtful puppy, who loves living among and learning from the other animals at Puppy Raiser Val Kulesa's farm. She is very easy going and is doing an excellent job in her training. Wendi also goes on therapy visits to the PAWS for Reading Program at the Wailuku Library. She has been great with the kids, and loves getting to snuggle up while they read to her. Keep up the good work Wendi!
Mahalo Summer Assistants!
 
ADH would like to extend a big thank you to our Summer Assistants Josie, Marley, and Kate, whose hard work and dedication made our summer both fun and successful! Josie is attending the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she is pursuing a degree in Psychology and a future career in Assistance Dog training. Marley, who served as a Puppy Raiser for hero in training "Ava", is attending Willamette University. Kate has been a volunteer for ADH for nearly 10 years, and has worked in the office for the past two summers. She is currently attending the University of San Diego. Thanks for all your help girls!! 
 
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN: 99-0353694) 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.
Phone: (808) 298-0167 | Email: [email protected]
Web: www.assistancedogshawaii.org