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Puppies With A Purpose On Kauai

Summer Harrison Summer Harrison

By Joann Shin

(KHNL) -  If you're allergic to dogs, there's a new breed gaining in popularity.

It's a labradoodle - a cross between a labrador and poodle.

But it's more than just a great companion.

It's also gaining a reputation as a great service dog.

Now a breeder on Kauai is donating some of her unique dogs to families who need them most.

This is latest litter of potential service dogs.

These labradoodles are just 3 weeks old.

"The idea that you take a dog with a wonderful nature of labrador you cross it with the intelligence of a standard poodle," said Summer Harrison, the mortgage broker turned breeder.

It's a career change inspired by her 6 year old daughter.

Summer adopted Hannah when she was 7 months old from Cambodia.

"Your heart melts. There's no other way to say it, she was the perfect princess," said the proud mother.

Then two months later, summer received devastating news.

"They told me her brain damage was so severe that it was likely she would never develop beyond the level of a 2 month old baby."

Summer recalled, "I cried from the moment I left the doctor's office. All I could do was hold on to her and promise her mommy was going to do whatever she could to help her."

A friend suggested breeding labradoodles, with the idea that one would eventually become Hannah's service dog.

If you're allergic to dogs, there's a new breed gaining in popularity.

It's a labradoodle - a cross between a labrador and poodle.

But it's more than just a great companion.

It's also gaining a reputation as a great service dog.

A breeder on Kauai is donating some of her unique dogs to families who need them most.

5 litters later, Summer now donates many of the pups to families who have children with disabilities.

For now, hannah isn't among them.

Summer explained, "the individual with a disability has to be able to control an animal that meant that children like my daughter would never have the opportunity to have a service animal."

But there is hope for Hannah.

Doctors said she'd never be able walk, something she's doing today.

"She's a fighter. She's a very determined little girl," said Summer.

Summer sends many of the puppies to Hawaii Fi-do on Oahu, where they're trained.

This october, one of the Kauai bred labradoodles will be given to an autistic boy in Trinidad.

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