The November issue has arrived to lift your spirits and spark your gift giving this holiday season. Colorado Gives Day is a great way to support IHDI and our "A" team -- Hearing Dog Puppies-In-Training Astro, Atlas, Augie, and Acorn. We've also included a Giving Back Gift Guide with a collection of gift ideas -- from specialty treats to custom pet portraits and crafted coffee that fuels a greater purpose to an inventive assortment of dog toys and more -- you'll love to give. In other tidings of cheer, IHDI visited Colorado & Company on Channel 9NEWS to share on the Puppy Raiser program. Lastly, help Tulok's wish for a home of his own come true!
This Holiday season, you can shop and support both IHDI and small businesses through our Give Back Gift Guide. From specialty treats to custom pet portraits and crafted coffee that fuels a greater purpose to an inventive assortment of dog toys and more the guide has gifts you'll love to give.
Banjo is IHDI's newest puppy-in-training recruit and has already started his training in our Prison Puppy Raiser Program - PAWS'abilities (Preparing Animals With Service abilities). We have high hopes for his future as a hearing dog!
Thank you, Colorado & Company, for the opportunity to share our Puppy Raiser Volunteer Program with the Colorado and Company on 9NEWS community!
Did you know, you can donate money you are already spending to IHDI when you shop at both King Soopers & City Market? Through the Community Rewards Program at King Soopers and City Market, you can support IHDI with every grocery run by simply scanning your loyalty card at checkout!
International Hearing Dog, Inc. is excited to announce our new affiliate partnership with SodaPup. Besides being a 100% American Made company offering durable, high-quality products that are made in the USA and safe for dogs, SodaPup does its best to give back. Becoming an affiliate partner was a natural fit for IHDI.
Thank you, Next with Kyle Clark, for beautifully sharing the Hearing Dog program, mission, and community and being the driving force that helped IHDI surpass our $30,000 fundraising goal!
At six months old, Hearing Dog in Training Birdie is ready to spread her wings at IHDI. Birdie started training at another service dog organization, but they thought she'd excel in Hearing Dog work!
October's Hearing Dog Herald is all about sharing the treat-tastic ongoings at IHDI. Treats came in many forms this year. In October, IHDI was featured as a Word of Thanks, Next with Kyle Clark microgiving campaign, we welcomed Banjo and Birdie to the IHDI family as new dogs in training, and our virtual Howl-oween Contest got us all in the spirit!
The 2022 Costume Contest has arrived! Now through midnight on Monday, October 31st, you can cast your vote for your favorite spook-tacular ensemble by liking that contestant's photo on IHDI's Facebook page. Start voting today!
9NEWS' Word of Thanks: Next with Kyle Clark celebrates IHDI's cause. He won't share any cause that he won't donate to himself and will match the first fifty donations of $5 every time. Our microgiving campaign becomes a mighty force towards our $30,000 goal when we got Kyle Clark and the IHDI family rallying to our cause.
We always knew Tulok was a star, but now he has the airtime to show it! Thanks to 9NEWS (KUSA) Petline9 for featuring Tulok and helping him on his search for his fur-ever home.
Practice makes perfect! Each IHDI Active Hearing Dog Team has periodic check-ins with IHDI to assess the team and ensure they continue to be successful!
The September issue of the Hearing Dog Herald celebrates the rich history of the d/Deaf community! Check out stories such as how to honor d/Deaf awareness month, IHDI highlights from Assistance Dogs Internationals conference, and how IHDI continues to support client and hearing dog partnerships.
Last week, IHDI trainers were able to attend the 2022 Assistance Dogs International Conference - Moving Forward Together, virtually! Favorite topics from the conference included the Humane Hierarchy and the Puppy Socialization Best Practices. IHDI trainers look forward to integrating the knowledge gained within our program's best practices. Thank you for this continued education opportunity, ADI!
Teamwork is at the core of the Hearing Dog program, from our staff, the trainers, community, volunteers and Hearing Dog teams! Check out various way IHDI brings teamwork to like in the August issue of the Hearing Dog Herald.
September marks the observance of both National Service Dog and Deaf Awareness Month! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network has produced a Service Animal Resource Hub, which provides information and clarity on the often complex topic of service animals. This is a great resource whether you're new to service animals and need an introduction, or whether you're an expert looking to refresh your knowledge.
From the golf course to CU Boulder, the Oracle campus to the School of Mines, IHDI staff have been out and about in the community looking for YOU to open your heart and home to a Puppy in Training.
Did you know that IHDI is a fully donor funded organization? IHDI does not receive any government funding or insurance aid to offset the cost of selecting, training, caring for, and matching Hearing Dogs. It is only through your generosity that IHDI can match life-changing Hearing Dogs free of charge with our clients & keep our doors of service open. Together WE are transforming lives and communities.
Happy #DownStaySaturday from IHDI Hearing Dog Umber as he enjoyed a tee-rific afternoon sharing the work of the Hearing Dog program at Centennial Airport Lions Club's annual Golf Tournament. Thank you for having IHDI, Lions!
IHDI Puppy in Training Archie is showing off his training by posing patiently next to a recent haul of a grand assortment in-kind donations to our program from a local supporter! Archie, his fellow trainees and the staff at IHDI are so thankful for this thoughtful gift - he can't wait to dig in!
Janet shares, "Henson provides me with safety and confidence as I navigate the world with 80% hearing loss. But perhaps as importantly, Henson is a beautiful, skilled ambassador for the ‘invisible disability’ of deafness/hearing loss – and a gentle reminder of the necessity of full inclusion and acceptance for all." Happy Anniversary to Janet and Henson from IHDI!
Thank you, Mercer Advisors team, for volunteering at IHDI! The volunteers joined forces with staff at IHDI to build three new forms of equipment -- Paw Pads, Pivot Discs, and Platforms -- to use in our training program!
IHDI Puppy in Training, Archie aced his first in-restaurant dining experience during a staff lunch. Way to go, Archie!
Not only has Dry Creek Sertoma Club been a generous and continued supporter of the Hearing Dog program for many years, but they've also assisted our team in growing our resources for the community we serve!
The Hearing Dog Team of Bailey and Alta have been busy this summer in more ways than one. Bailey shares, "Alta has loved her summer job at the daycare! The kids are amazing with her and did a great job at respecting that she is a Working Dog! If they do a good job during the week, they get to throw her toy for her a few times on Fridays. So proud of her and all of my daycare kiddos! We sure will miss it when the school year starts!"
IHDI has much cause for celebration in July. Janice and Hearing Dog Phoenix became IHDI's first pairing to embark on the Partner Trained model to much success, and Sue and Hearing Dog Artie passed their recertification. We celebrate both of these teams for their tremendous accomplishments! We're also sharing how you can support IHDI's work by donating your car, ordering a pizza, fulfilling items on our hearing dogs in training wishlist, or helping spread the word to find Tulok a new home.
Janice and Phoenix are the first IHDI pairing to embark under our Partner Trained model. In this model, IHDI trainers work two to four times a week in-person to support the team as they work over a number of months on obedience training and sound alerts.
Welcome, Augie! Augie is a 4-month-old Goldendoodle and the first member of PAWS'abilities (Partnering Animals with Service Abilities), our Prison Puppy Raiser Program in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Correction (WDOC) Canine Training Program.
June's Hearing Dog Herald is all about how IHDI is changing lives on both ends of the leash! Learn about IHDI's latest program updates, get safety tips from our trainers, discover what IHDI has been up to in our community, and check out opportunities to get involved and give back with IHDI.
Congratulations to Hearing Dog Team Sue and Artie for passing their annual recertification. Along with providing lifetime support to IHDI teams, including refresher training and ongoing skills development, IHDI's updated certification model includes reviewing reports and videos of the team's continuing work and progress.
Now that is one dapper dog! IHDI Hearing Dog Grayson shines in a tuxedo almost as much as he shines as a hearing dog!
IHDI client and handler Ruth, teamed with Hearing Dog Grayson, recently flew to South Dakota to join in on wedding festivities. Hearing Dog Grayson was Ruth's partner at every step. He even dressed for the occasion in a tux! Ruth shares, "I feel more confident out and about. He lends visibility to my invisible issue."
Service Pup-in-Training, Archie, and Heather, IHDI's Director of People and Community, headed to Estes Park to be part of The Listen Foundation - Cochlear Implant Family Camp!
When it comes to naming a service dog candidate, it is frequently noticed a unique name is chosen. Curious as to why?
If you're an Avalanche fan we bet your pet is too! Deck them out to cheer on the Avalanche and give back to IHDI. IHDI is partnering with GameTime Fundraisers to celebrate the Avalanche being in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!
Hearing Dog Phoenix had only one wish for his birthday this year. For more Community Based Puppy Raisers (CBPR) to open their homes and their hearts to teach a puppy the fundamentals of basic manners and housebreaking, expose the puppy to positive interactions and give them a loving and enriching home during their formative puppyhood.
We're excited to introduce Atlas to our IHDI community. Atlas, a 10-week-old Yellow Lab puppy, has joined the inaugural class of PAWS'abilities (Partnering Animals with Service Abilities), our Prison Puppy Raiser Program in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Correction (WDOC) Canine Training Program.
May ushered in some exciting news at IHDI. Not only did we launch our Puppy Raiser program, but we are also busy welcoming Community Based Puppy Raisers (CBPR) to the team. If becoming a CBRR isn't right for you, please help us spread the word about this rewarding volunteer position. We've also included other great ways to support IHDI. Check the May Hearing Dog Herald to find out more!
Spring is always a time of new beginnings and possibilities, yet this Spring is especially filled with promise and delight for us at IHDI. As our world begins to blossom and bud, springtime brings PUPPIES to IHDI!
Brizo, career changed from Hearing Dog training to pursue his life-changing path as a Professional Therapeutic Support Dog, does his part in providing support, comfort & connection to the clients he sees!
Hearing Dog Artie is already a hero in our eyes, but this is a chance to showcase how heroic hearing dogs like Artie truly change lives for the better. Help Artie stay in the running for the honor being named an American Humane Hero Dog. Voting closes May 18th & you are permitted to vote daily!
Each year, Girl Scout Troops across the nation select their “Home Town Hero” – a local non-profit that the Troop chooses to celebrate and recognize for the organization’s work in their community. This year, Local Girl Scout Troop 63787 chose International Hearing Dog to be their Home Town Hero.
The April edition shares new team introductions, highlights IHDI's selection as "Hometown Hero" by Girl Scout Troop 63787, celebrates National American Sign Language Day, and asks for your votes to help ensure Hearing Dog Artie stays in the running for the American Humane Hero Dog Award!
Bailey and Hearing Dog Alta are a good match, but their hard work together is what makes them a GREAT TEAM! Bailey and Alta completed IHDI's Team Training with Bailey sharing, "WOW - We got this!" Join us in congratulating them on becoming IHDI's newest Hearing Dog Team!
We're happy to share that Brizo is excelling in his new career as a Professional Therapeutic Support Dog. Through his work as a therapy support dog, Brizo makes a positive difference in patient experiences and Cindy's daily life.
This issue of The Hearing Dog Herald has a little something for everyone. Learn about how Buddy & Mulan make a difference in the training arena, discover how Legacy ASL students did their part to leave a lasting impression on IHDI, and get informed on how your Colorado state tax refund can go to work for IHDI and so much more...
Do you know about the role small animals play in training a Service Dog? At IHDI, you won’t find just dogs on campus! IHDI has two resident rescue cats, Buddy & Mulan, who help prepare dogs in training for what they may encounter when they’re out working.
The February edition celebrates all those who left a paw print on our hearts in support of IHDI's annual Valentine's Day fundraiser, we talk shop about the under cue in training, and share some great ways to support IHDI. Read it all here...
IHDI "joined" Ms. P's Second Grade classroom following the completion of a book which highlighted a Service Dog team! The students were able to practice asking & answering questions by chatting with a real Service Dog about their importance, skills & how to interact with a team if you ever see one in public!
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