Hudson The Railroad Puppy Teaches Kindness At Local Schools

by Christian Mower on June 19, 2017

Hudson The Railroad Dog stopped by the WMWV News Room to chat with  News Director Christian Mower about his mission of Kindness

A four-legged hero will be visiting schools in western Maine this week to teach about the power of kindness. Hudson the Railroad Puppy’s handler Richard Nash explained that at just 3 weeks old Hudson and his siblings were discovered in New York after having been maliciously hurt resulting in Hudson losing one of his legs. Hudson then became one of the first Dogs in New York to receive a prosthetic limb.

With his new lease on life Hudson, a dog who has every reason to not be kind, is now on a mission to teach kindness to kids.

To listen to Hudson’s story and mission listen to News Director Christian Mower’s interview with Hudson, Nash, and Diane Reo from State Farm below.

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Since starting his mission of kindness Hudson the Railroad Puppy has helped to educate hundreds of children and was awarded the American Humane Society Hero Dog Award in 2015.

As a part of State Farm’s Kindness is powerful program Hudson and Richard will be visiting:

Tuesday, June 20 @ 9:00 a.m.

New Suncook School

Tuesday, June 20 @ 1:00 p.m.

C.A. Snow School

Wednesday, June 21 @ 9:00 A.M.

Brownfield/Denmark Elementary School

The Kindness is Powerful program will give students a hands on experience to educate them on interacting with dogs as well as learn safety tips. The ultimate goal is to reduce dog related injuries.

Hudson the Railroad Puppy is the 2015 winner of the American Humane Society Hero Dog Award.

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash. Eight lucky finalists and their human companions are flown to Hollywood for a star-studded awards gala, which was   broadcasted nationwide on Hallmark Channel.

Kindness is Powerful is a new joint effort to educate children on dog safety. State Farm is teaming up with celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, kindness ambassador Megan Blake with Super Smiley, and Leah Brewer with 2013 Hero Dog of the Year, Elle the pit bull.

With the help of other handler/dog teams, Kindness is Powerful focuses on teaching the value of kindness, positivity, and how to be responsible around dogs. The campaign also focuses on children and providing messaging around the need for education on dog bite prevention.

Over the past decade, State Farm has paid out just over $1 Billion for dog-related injury claims.  And, sadly, children make up more than 50% of all dog bite victims. Dog bite claims averaged $6,500 per claim for injuries to residents in Maine, while New Jersey reports the highest dollar amount paid on dog related claims countrywide – over $5 Million. (Stats available on top states with dog bites, cost of claims and number of claims.)

Dog bites are a serious public health problem that can cause both physical and emotional damage to victims and considerable cost to communities.  As a member of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week (NDBPW) Coalition, State Farm is working to prevent dog bites and educate the public, especially children.