Hilo

Hilo

Hilo was originally part of Guide Dogs for the Blind’s program in San Rafael, CA. Though he was not selected to become a guide dog, Hilo is one of several career-change dogs making a huge difference in his community. Because of Hilo’s intelligence, good nature, and high energy levels he was selected by WD4C to be the new face of the invasive mussel detection program in Alberta, Canada. Hilo tirelessly searches watercraft, explores the docks, interacts with the public, and enjoys lots of attention and cuddles. He is an outstanding representative of WD4C and is the perfect spokesmodel for his unique and important line of work.

 

Rue was given to WD4C by a concerned donor, who knew that the pup’s high energy and unbelievable drive to work put her at high risk for ending up at a shelter. Rue arrived on Christmas Eve, her crate decorated with green and red ribbons. At 13 weeks old, she was a tornado of speed and enthusiasm. Thirteen months later, work is her play. She would rather search than go to the dog park, and nothing thrills her more than the sight of her working vest. Even at her young age she can ignore distractions and maintain her focus over hours of searching. Rue is going to be a gift that keeps on giving.

 

Hilo's friendly nature makes him an ideal ambassador for conservation.  He has educated thousands of boaters and fishermen about the dangers of invasive mussels.​