Educational Program


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– For Pre-school to High School; and children of all ages!

– Interactive and Fun!

Learn about dogs, responsible pet ownership and overcoming obstacles

Since 2008 Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue (HHBCR) has offered a unique learning opportunity we call the Yes! I Can! Educational Program.  Yes! I Can! is an interactive presentation that we take to schools, daycares, birthday parties, responsible pet ownership/ animal advocacy events and fundraisers to spread a positive message.

The foundation for this program was a very special border collie named Riddle.  Riddle was born with a condition called Anophthalmia which is the medical term for the absence of eyes.  To make his life even more challenging Riddle was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of three.   With his amazing attitude and keen awareness of his surroundings, Riddle taught us that with the right attitude all kinds of obstacles can be overcome.  This is what we share through our program.

Sadly, Riddle succumbed to illness in December of 2014 and his protégé, Yume now carries his torch.

Yume came to Sally Hull (founder of HHBCR) at the tender age of eight weeks.  Like Riddle, Yume was born with no eyes.  Yume has learned to catch a ball and go over a jump.

Each of the dogs in our program has a story of obstacles that they have overcome that illustrate some aspect of our message.

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Using interactive dialogue, highlighted by the amazing abilities and funny antics of the dogs, we share with the audience:

  1. If you want something badly enough, you can achieve your goals even when there are obstacles in your path. You have to be willing to work hard like Yume who has learned to catch a ball and jump over a jump even though she has no eyes.  Yume says, “Yes! I Can!”
  2. Dogs are living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings that deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.
  3. In order to help alleviate pet overpopulation, all pets should all be spayed and neutered.
  4. It is important to adopt from animal services or a reputable rescue, instead of supporting animals being bred for profit.


For a more mature audience (senior high school level) upon request we have a more serious presentation. This covers the tragic results of pet overpopulation concerning puppy mills and the lack of laws and political will to make the changes necessary to stop animal neglect and abuse.


The Rescue itself and the programs it produces are all run by volunteers and supported by public donations.

For more information, to answer any questions, or to book our talented canines:




Call 204-890-3466 for Leigh Page

Educational Coordinator

Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue