Gabriel Finds Hope in Sophie, the Amazing Therapy Dog!

July 24, 2013

This is our son, Gabriel Motonaga & his therapy labradoodle Sophie!

Among his multiple medical diagnoses, are autism, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome & hydrocephalus.

Sophie is an amazing therapy dog! She came to us through an awesome organization called Hawaii FI-DO. Their sole mission is to provide therapy & service dogs for those with special needs, the disabled, wounded warriors & community service visits to hospitals and library reading programs.

Together, Gabriel & I, worked to obtain a national therapy dog certification for Sophie. Not only does Sophie provide therapy for Gabriel, we also share Sophie’s therapy dog services with a variety of establishments in our community! This too, provides Gabriel wonderful opportunities to develop his life skills!

Pictured above is Gabriel & Sophie sharing a proud moment with his Special Olympic medal awards!

As I write this, I am proud to share that Gabriel is currently at the Best Buddies International Leadership Conference in Indiana! He has been invited to attend and train as a future ambassador to represent our home state of Hawaii!

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