Wonder Dogs: True Stories
of Extraordinary Assistance Dogs
For the past two years, ADH Executive Director, Maureen "Mo" Maurer has been working on a book that shares inspiring stories of some of our incredible assistance dogs and their equally amazing partners. The result is a heartwarming and uplifting book, full of triumphs, tribulations, and true stories of heroism. Wonder Dogs is being published by Baker Publishing and will be released on July 13th. You can pre-order on Amazon now to reserve your copy!
COVID-19 Scent Detection Update
Scent detection training is in full swing on campus, with Sadie, Samson, Tess and Yuki performing very well with COVID-19 training runs. They are all consistently "alerting" to the scent of the virus from sweat samples provided by The Queen's Medical Center. Initially, each dog exhibited a different behavior, called a "natural alert", when they recognized the target odor. Some of them placed their paw on the scent detection box and others moved the box with their nose. They are now learning a "trained alert", which is to sit when they identify a positive sample.
Bringing Smiles To Frontline Workers The healthcare heroes at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu got a break from their stressful days to enjoy some smiles and cuddles from Sadie, Samson, Yoda, Ipo and Grace during a holiday visit from Assistance Dogs of Hawaii. Healthcare worker, Benjamin Schwabenlander, said, "It's a good reminder that it's the holidays. It's hard when you
come in every day and it's the same thing over and over--same scrubs, same mask, same goggles-- but it was nice to see this and remind us that we're here doing a good thing for these people." We are so grateful for all the frontline workers and their dedicated service.
The story was featured on KHON2. Click HERE to watch!
How to Wear Your Mask!
Here are some helpful tips from Samson on how to properly wear your masks...