Patient Spotlight: Aloha

Aloha is a very special dog who has led a remarkable life. Not many dogs have had “a distinguished career of service,” but this working lady certainly has; and we’re honored to be able to share her story.

At 8 weeks old, Aloha began training as a guide dog with her volunteer puppy-raisers, the Pahl family. These wonderful people nurtured and worked with Aloha for a year and a half, teaching her good manners and preparing her to be someone’s best friend and trusty companion. Once she was ready to begin her official Guide Dog Training, the Pahl’s said their goodbyes and sent her off to school at Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dog Graduation at the Oregon Campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

For over a decade, Aloha helped her visually impaired partner navigate everyday life. She worked hard to keep her human companion safe, help them feel more confident, and allow them to be more independent.  

In August of 2018, Aloha officially retired from her distinguished Guide Dog career. She was even able to return to her loving puppy-raisers – the Pahls! At 14 years old, Aloha was ready for some rest and relaxation with her “people.”

The Pahl Family with Aloha at BRVS in March 2019

Unfortunately, Aloha was recently diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. While this means that their time together may be shorter than they wanted it to be, the Pahls have stayed by her side and made sure Aloha will get to enjoy as much of her retirement as possible. Between our Oncologist Dr. Barb Biller and her family, she couldn’t be in better hands, and she seems to know it.  

We’re honored to have had the opportunity to meet and care for this sweet girl. Happy Tails, Aloha!

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