The Hero Litter is Ready for Summer!

Summer is headed our way and guess who’s ready? The Hero Litter pups! The longer and warmer days mean more time outside, more walks, more opportunities to meet new friends and more socialization.

As with all of the Canine Companions puppies, socialization is one of the most important parts of early training. The day-to-day experiences and exposures to new people, places and challenges help turn our puppies into the excellent assistance dogs we place with adults and children with disabilities.

With summer days right around the corner, the Hero Litter pups are ready to get out and get movin’.

Harbor at the ortho

Harbor at the ortho

Harbor – Harbor is a California girl and her days are filled with fun adventures. Her volunteer puppy raisers are a very active young family, so she’s headed to swim meets, water polo matches, the ocean and orthodontist appointments.

Adventures with Hala

Adventures with Hala

Hala –With Hala being raised in Phoenix, AZ, summer is the time when she and her volunteer puppy raisers get out of town to avoid the heat. Hala will get to work on her traveling skills as they head to Prescott, AZ, as well as Colorado for family vacations.

Smiles with Hudson

Smiles with Hudson

Hudson – This summer Hudson will enjoy the Florida beaches during the cooler part of the days. He will get to work on his commands while the beach balls fly, children run and any other distractions that come his way.

Harvest on the go

Harvest on the go

Harvest – Harvest and her volunteer puppy raiser have been enjoying longer walks early in the day to avoid the heat and working on new commands.

Sweet pup Hoagy

Sweet pup Hoagy

Hoagy -Hoagy is doing so well and working very hard on conquering his distractibility threshold when it comes to children; he can spot a child from a mile away!  To help work through this, he and his puppy raiser regularly attend Little League baseball games, weekly reading at the children’s library and church on Sundays.

Good girl Holly

Good girl Holly

Holly – This summer will be full of learning opportunities for Holly.  Whether she  is socializing at the farmers market in Dayton, representing Canine Companions at “meet and greet” booths at community events, or visiting local businesses, Holly and her volunteer puppy raiser will use these occasions to work on socialization, distractions, new commands and develop confidence in different settings.

Harpo

Harpo is ready to fly

Harpo – Harpo will spend the summer out and about exploring new places and meeting new people. She and her volunteer puppy raiser will take trips to Boise, ID as well as Orlando, FL where Harpo will be reunited with brother Hudson and sister Holly for a short time. Harpo is spreading her wings and growing into a wonderful pup!

The Hero Litter pups are ready to take on the adventures and new opportunities of summer! Each and every trip they make, person they meet or command they perfect will help them in their journey to become life-changing assistance dogs. Thank you for following this fantastic group of pups!

For more information on becoming a volunteer puppy raiser, visit www.cci.org/puppyraiser.

To make a donation in honor of the Hero Litter, visit www.cci.org/tribute.

 

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The E Litter Meets an Amazing Milestone

On September 14, 2012, Canine Companions for Independence along with corporate sponsor Eukanuba introduced the world to eight newborn pups – Emma, Everett, Ella, Elmo, Euka, Emily, Ethan and Eliza, a.k.a “the E Litter.”

First family photo

First family photo

Their journey to extraordinary began that day and we’ve been following them ever since. From being placed with their volunteer puppy raisers, working on challenging commands and socialization to the developing advanced skills in professional training and participating in Team Training, the E Litter has met many milestones both large and small. These wonderful dogs have given us great insight into what it takes to become a life-changing assistance dog.

We are thrilled to announce that seven of the eight E Litter pups have achieved this milestone and we have every confidence they will continue to meet new challenges and opportunities with the grace and strength they’ve shown since they day they were born.

Read on to find out more about the E Litter and the people they have been matched with.

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Emma VI

Emma VI-First-born Emma was placed with Michael as a skilled companion. Emma will help Michael be more confident with his peers and offer him assistance with difficult tasks he encounters.  “A best friend for my son that will help build him up and overcome social stigmas,” says Michael’s dad, David. Well done Emma!

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Ella V

Ella V-Ella was placed as a service dog with Jenny. “She will make everyday tasks easier at work and home,” says Jenny. “Now, with confidence, I can go out into the world and no longer be afraid of new settings or situations. I’m part of a team now!” Jenny is a teacher and Ella is already helping change perceptions as students no longer see Jenny as the teacher in a wheelchair; now she’s the teacher with the cool dog!

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Elmo

Elmo IV-“I live on my own at college and I thought an assistance dog would be a great help when I drop things, so I won’t have to go knock on people’s doors to get help,” explains David. David has a spinal cord injury and learned about Canine Companions through his therapy with one of our facility dogs. Now David has Service Dog Elmo to help him every day!

Euka II

Euka II

Euka II-From day one, we knew Euka was special. And we were right! Euka is now Don’s partner as well as a constant companion and helper. “Having a Canine Companions assistance dog is a big help for Don in social interactions, helping Don talk by using commands and being a calming influence in his life,” says Don’s mom, Crystal.

Emily IV

Emily IV

Emily IV-“God had a plan!” explains Wendy, Brianna’s mother. “My husband deployed to Afghanistan right before Team Training. He hadn’t deployed in 14 years. Team Training was a good distraction for us.” Brianna was matched with Skilled Companion Emily and they have been best friends ever since. “I love Emily,” says Brianna. “I am so happy that she is my dog.” We know this team will make an impact on everyone who meets them.

Ethan IV

Ethan IV

Ethan IV-Ryan, who served in both the United States Marine Corp and was Captain in the United States Army, applied for an assistance dog to help him be more independent.  Service Dog Ethan was the right dog for the job. Ethan helps retrieve dropped items, open and close doors, turn lights off and on and get items off of the counter.  “We are doing great and it’s like Ethan has lived with me at home my whole life,” says Ryan. “I now have the confidence and independence I need to live my life to the fullest.” Good boy Ethan!

Eliza III

Eliza III

Eliza III-A real sweetheart of a puppy, Eliza has become a skilled companion to Braydon, a young boy with ataxia. Braydon’s condition affects his speech and causes him to have troubles balancing. Bending over can cause him to fall, but now he has Eliza to help him pick stuff up and open doors. “I was worried for a short time with Braydon’s balance problems,” explains Braydon’s mom, Jamie. “He would bump into her, but she has become accustomed to his jerky movements. He holds onto her collar or vest and she walks with him wagging her tail. He just loves her!” Atta girl Eliza!

Everett IV

Everett IV

Everett IV– Not every one of our puppies makes it as an assistance dog. Everett decided that wasn’t the life for him. He is now a beloved pet of the Lanman family. “Everett has been so awesome since he has become a part of our family. We love him so much!” says Cindy Lanman. “I would have the say his favorite thing is being outside playing, either with the neighbor dog or with the kids just being outside whenever he can.”

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This truly is an impressive group of pups! We are extremely proud of the work they are doing and the positive impact they will have on the lives of so many.

A great big THANK YOU goes out to the breeder caretakers, volunteer puppy raisers, “extreme puppy watchers” (you know who you are), donors and other supporters for all the interest and efforts you’ve put into this extraordinary litter. The work these dogs do is a direct result of your dedication and fine work.

And of course, we are so grateful for the support of our corporate partner Eukanuba for sponsoring this amazing litter.

Thank you for following the E Litter’s Journey to Extraordinary!

Learn more about puppy raising. 
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Play ball with the Hero Litter

Game time with the Hero Litter means crowds, cheering, lots of action and plenty of distractions. When they head out to local sporting events, they are preparing for their future as assistance dogs to help people with disabilities. These outings allow the Hero Litter puppies to practice staying focused and on task.

Harbor at the pool

Harbor

Harbor’s spends her time at water polo pools all over Southern California.  She’s the team mascot for the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club and rarely misses a game.  However, she isn’t leading the cheering section as she is often seen sleeping by the side of the pool as the fans shout and whistles blow.

Harvest

Harvest

Harvest can be found at the local golf course with her volunteer puppy raiser practicing her caddying skills for the summer!

Hudson

Hudson

The Orlando Magic has a furry fan! Hudson has been riding the train to the basketball games of this popular NBA team.  He experiences the loud noises, huge flights of stairs and masses of people.  He has adapted so well that he sleeps through most of the game.

Hoagy

Hoagy

Hoagy is so active and loves to play ball in the yard. His volunteer puppy raiser is looking forward to taking him to his first basketball game.

Hala

Hala

Hala was able to play in the snow for the first time! This was a special treat for a puppy living in Phoenix! Game time was snowy and white for this sunshine pup.

Holly

Holly

Holly plays her own sport in the backyard called “find the tennis ball in the snow.”  She has a competitive spirit and loves it when the family dog, Jager, wants to chase her to get the ball away. She’ll put on her game face, ball in mouth and wait for Jager to make the first move.

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Harpo and her pal

Harpo loves joining her puppy raisers for early morning games of disc golf! This is a good way to practice her impulse control while she watches the discs fly away and she has to maintain her “sit.” She always does very well and makes her puppy raisers very proud.

These fun and games are just another way to work socialization into the Hero Litter puppies’ routine. We appreciate all the efforts of our volunteer puppy raisers for providing the opportunities for the Hero Litter to grown in their development.

Learn more about puppy raising. 

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“Raising a Hero” – A Story About an Assistance Dog

Work_For_Bisquits_1A Kickstarter campaign is about conveying a vision.  It’s this wacky, collaborative fundraising effort to bring a project to life.

Laura Numeroff and I experienced all the joys and challenges one might expect while independently producing “Raising a Hero.”

I realize how much harder this book was for Laura to write.  The characters are focused on helping someone with a disability; the story celebrates the bond of a puppy raiser and puppy only to introduce a departure for the benefit of someone in need.

Our character Max explains that his life’s purpose of becoming a service dog is “kind of like being a hero!” But what is a service dog?  How are they different from other dogs?

Finding ways to explain this to a five year-old is no walk in the park.

Perhaps my experience living with Ellie, a Canine Companions skilled companion dog working with my brother, Devin, who has cerebral palsy, keeps me believing these complicated realities can be overshadowed by someone’s simple acts of kindness.

This project is dedicated to the extraordinary volunteers, trainers, staff and donors who provide service dogs to people like Devin.

Laura Numeroff wrote the children’s classic, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” in 1985.  It was rejected nine times before Harper Collins—who had already passed on the manuscript—published the book.  30 years later, her If You Give… series has sold more than 17 million copies.

In 2013, I met Laura who had recently received word that her manuscript for a new book about therapy dogs—an illustrated collection of real-life short stories—had been rejected by her editors.  After we discovered our shared love for animals, and creativity, we began brainstorming how to further develop this concept into a fictional children’s series.

You can read Laura’s blog article about those early days and how we became inspired to create the Work for Biscuits series with the help of Canine Companions for Independence.

I’m honored to write that the Kickstarter community has now helped shape and fund our project.  We finally reached our goal (with **TWO** days left to go) but, more importantly, we reached you.

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We have hundreds of donors across the world sending “Raising a Hero” to libraries, schools, children’s hospitals and charities.

We even introduced a challenge to raise more money to fund the interactive storybook app for iPad.  Imagine how many families we could reach! Our books might one day have a platform to serve and inspire people with all kinds of accessibility challenges.

I invite you to explore our project further and join us in this endeavor.  Our Kickstarter campaign ends February 26 but there is much more to accomplish.

Again, thank you to everyone for believing in our project.  Laura and I could not have produced this book without your support.

Sean Hanrahan
Co-creator, Work for Biscuits

 

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All-Weather Pups

Sun and rain, mud and snow; the Hero Litter loves them all. These Canine Companions puppies sure know how to have a great time no matter what the weather conditions.

Hala

Hala

Hala is a sunshine girl and enjoys the warm winters in Arizona, but when a light rain was falling during the Super Bowl Fan Fest, her puppy raisers saw an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. It was good to see how well she responded to commands while getting rained on.  A big umbrella and all the people also provided great distractions.

Harpo

Harpo

Harpo enjoys a mud bath after it rains! It doesn’t rain very often in California so when it does, Harpo and her volunteer puppy raiser love to get out and enjoy it! Harpo finds the muddiest spot in the yard to roll and roll and roll. She has so much fun!

Harvest

Harvest

Harvest loves spending time on the hiking trails at the Eukanuba campus. The snow doesn’t slow her down. Harvest always looks for the big mounds of snow and will lie down right on top of them.  Her beautiful fluffy coat must provide extra insulation.

Holly

Holly

Holly loves the Ohio snow when they have it. She enjoys trying to find the tennis balls that get covered and playing snow plow with her nose.

Hudson

Hudson

Hudson looks forward to his walks on the Florida beaches.  They head out early in the morning so he doesn’t get too hot.  He takes notice of the ocean birds and kids playing ball, but has learned to walk by them.  He’s always seems so happy and loves the sunshine

Hoagy

Hoagy

Hoagy is living in the Midwest and loves the winter weather. He takes regular walks with his puppy raiser around a beautiful lake and loves to bite at snowflakes when it is snowing.

Harbor

Harbor

Harbor loves to sunbathe in the Southern California sunshine, take hikes with her puppy raisers and hang out at the beach.

All the time the Hero Litter puppies spend exploring, experiencing and adventuring prepares them for the life of assistance dogs. They need to be ready to go out in any condition without sensitivities or hesitation. Our volunteer puppy raisers ensure that they are growing and learning how to be on task and alert regardless of the forecast.

A great big “Thank You” to all of our volunteer puppy raisers who are making our mission possible.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer puppy raiser.

Make a donation to Canine Companions for Independence.

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Working Together to Change Lives

Brent and Sharon with Olga

Brent and Sharon with Olga

There is something magical about the power of teamwork. In Atlanta, GA there is a special collaboration involving a team of 4 Canine Companions volunteers – puppy raisers Jim and Carol Fain and Skilled Companion Team Sharon and Brent O’Grady. These two teams always travel with a plus 1 – the O’Grady’s with Skilled Companion Dog Olga III and the Fain’s with the current puppy they are raising. They have worked together for years visiting patients and presenting information about Canine Companions at the Shepherd Center. The Shepherd Center is a rehabilitation hospital for spinal cord and brain injury patients.

“We love doing this for Canine Companions. It’s wonderful to show the patients, that although their lives may have changed – life is not over,” says Sharon. She remembers a visiting a police officer who had been severely injured during a high-speed chase. He was not aware of anything until Olga did the step command and her head went under his hand. He stirred a bit and gave his parents hope for his recovery.

Carol with Holmes

Carol with Holmes

Jim and Carol tell them all about puppy raising – and as 13-time puppy raisers, they have the knowledge. “Before the program and at the end, I allow the patients a bit of one-on-one time with the puppy. What I enjoy is watching the patients’ eyes light up when I give the puppy the lap command and he pops into their laps. It’s a good moment for them and for us,” says Jim.

Some patients even come to the Shepherd Center gym to practice wheelchair basketball with Brent and get more one-on-one time with Olga. “We get a chance to brighten up their evening,” explains Sharon, “and hopefully when they apply for a dog, to brighten up their life.”

Puppy time!

Puppy time!

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Reaching the Next Level with the Hero Litter

Happy 2015! We are excited to share this update on the Eukanuba Hero Litter.

The days of introducing and learning basic skills such as “sit,” “down,” and “shake” are past. The Hero Litter is currently practicing, and perfecting, a higher level of commands.

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Good boy Hudson!

“Hudson is working on a good ‘Under.’ It’s so important to have this command to visit restaurants and public places without being obtrusive,” shares volunteer puppy raiser Diesta.

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Snow bunny Harvest

Harvest and her puppy raiser recently took a trip to a ski resort to work on maintaining her attention despite all of the distractions.

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Holly ready to play!

Since the pups are older and bigger, they can also advance to more challenging physical commands. Donna explains, “Now that Holly’s body is maturing, we’ve started to work on ‘Jump.’  This is one of her favorite commands since she’s such an active girl.”

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Nice visit from Harpo

“We are really working on the ‘Visit’ command,” says Chris, Harpo’s puppy raiser. “Harpo will naturally put her head in someone’s lap and stay there but we are working on her learning the command.  As always treats really work with her plus the fact that she loves to please.”

While some of the commands are mastered fairly quickly, others require the puppy raiser to creatively set the puppy up for success while learning.

Hala

Sweet Hala

Volunteer puppy raiser Sue shares, “Hala is working on perfecting the ‘Stand’ command. I find it is most challenging for the dogs to go from a ‘Down’ to ‘Stand.’ So I start with a ‘Sit’ to ‘Stand.’ When that is perfected, we move on to a ‘Down’ to ‘Stand.’ Soon they will do a ‘Stand’ command from any position. Before meals is good time to practice since there is motivation for treats.”

The puppies continue their journey by developing their practical and social skills every day. With each new command, experience or person they encounter, the Hero Litter pups are preparing for professional training and ultimately their work as assistance dogs.

All the time, work and love that the volunteer puppy raisers dedicate is what makes our mission possible. We send a great big THANKS for all they do.

Learn more about puppy raising.

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Happy Holidays from the Hero Litter

The Hero Litter is ready to deck the halls with boughs of dog bones and fa-la-la-la-woof their way into the holiday season.

These pups have been increasing the time they spend socializing with their volunteer puppy raisers, representing Canine Companions for Independence, developing greater confidence with the commands they are learning and sharing our mission throughout their communities.

Hala flew to Colorado for the Thanksgiving holiday to be with family and friends and practice her airline social skills. She earned her wings!

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Happy Hala-days!

Harpo met Santa over the weekend and like most children when they first meet Santa, she wasn’t so sure if she should trust the jolly fellow. Going forward her volunteer puppy raiser will work on having positive interactions with large elves and others alike!

Harpo

Harpo

Harvest was able to enjoy the experience of her puppy raiser unpacking Christmas lights and putting up the decorations. She will also be traveling to Toronto for the holidays.

Harvest

Harvest

Holly and her puppy raiser volunteered at their local Barnes & Noble gift wrapping station. This was the perfect opportunity to learn to meet and greet people in a new and exciting environment.

Holly

Holly

Hudson took the commuter train and enjoyed a night at the Orlando Magic basketball game. He and his puppy raiser took walks in the neighborhood, experiencing all of the different holiday yard decorations.

Hudson

Hudson

Hoagy shared his holiday joy at a Christmas caroling event at his puppy raiser’s church.

Hoagy

Hoagy

Harbor and her puppy raisers have gone on many shopping outings and even experienced the Santa Barbara Downtown Christmas Parade.

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Harbor

 

All these holiday events contribute to greater socialization for the Hero Litter puppies. Every new location, person and experience allow them to increase their comfort and response to the world around them. This is an important part of their journey to becoming successful assistance dogs so that one day, they will be the answer to the holiday wish of someone with a disability.

Happy holidays from the Hero Litter and Canine Companions for Independence.

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Hero Litter Shows Their Gratitude

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we thought it would be fun to share how the Hero Litter puppies show their gratitude. We checked in with the volunteer puppy raisers, and it’s amazing that almost all of them responded with the same answer…

“The full body wag!”

Holly

Holly

Donna, puppy raiser to Holly says, “Her attitude of gratitude is announced by her whole body wiggle.”

Hudson

Hudson

Hudson shows his gratitude by doing a happy dance.  He’s got the whole butt wiggle down.”

Hoagy

Hoagy

Puppy raiser Julie includes, “Hoagy shows his gratitude with his happy prance.”

Harbor

Harbor

“Harbor shows her gratitude with a big tail wag and wiggle. Her long body wiggles so hard that sometimes her tail hits her in the face.”

Harpo

Harpo

Harpo’s puppy raiser Erin says, “She loves to show us how happy we make her with a wag and a wiggle.”

Hala

Hala

“Hala does the full body wag, body bends in half, her tail is a blur it’s going so fast!”

Harvest

Harvest

The one stand out is Harvest (of course!)…when she is grateful, “she has a big smile on her face.”

These are some happy and grateful pups!

Here at Canine Companions for Independence, we’d also like to give a full body wag in honor of all the volunteers, donors and supporters who give so much of their time, energy and resources. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your generosity.

We give thanks each and every day for all you do!

Learn more about Canine Companions for Independence.

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‘Raising a Hero:’ A New Children’s Book About a Service Dog

Enjoy this guest post from Laura Numeroff, author of New York Times Best Seller, ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’

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New York Times Bestselling Author Laura Numeroff

I’ve been a huge dog lover all of my life!

When I wrote ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ thirty years ago, I certainly never expected it to become a bestselling series, with sales over 14 million books! At that point, I was happy just to sell the story!

I’ve since published 40 other children’s books, and been on the New York Times Bestsellers list for over thirty-three weeks. Mind-boggling!

Before I had ever heard of Canine Companions for Independence, I was having trouble finding a publisher for a manuscript about a therapy dog — a subject I’ve always wanted to write about!

One of my editors felt it was more suited for the ASPCA.

I was still trying to sell the story when my friend and co-creator of Work for Biscuits, Sean Hanrahan, and I started discussing the possibility of developing and publishing a new series about dogs independently. As you might expect, we had a lot of details to sort out.

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‘Raising a Hero,’ the first story of the series, is about raising a puppy to become a service dog. It’s a fun illustrated children’s book that captures the selflessness of puppy raising and spotlights a young puppy determined to be a service dog and help others. (“It’s kind of like being a hero!”)

Sean introduced me to Canine Companions last year and we’ve since worked closely with the teams in Oceanside and Santa Rosa, California to understand the life of a service dog, from birth to retirement.

While neither of us had every raised a puppy, Sean’s brother Devin, a young man with cerebral palsy, had been paired 9 years ago with a Canine Companions assistance dog, Ellie. Sean knew first hand how incredible service dogs were for someone like his brother.

Ellie helps Devin in many ways. One of the more obvious skills she has is getting people’s attention and serving as a social bridge between Devin and others. She is still super cute and helpful even though she recently retired!

Ellie represents everything I wanted to write about, so it was natural for me to dedicate ‘Raising a Hero’ to her and Devin.

Sean and I worked for months to nail down the tone, balance the amount of information and fun in the story, and tackle how to introduce to children the subject of dogs helping people who are disabled.

The hardest part was letting our young readers know that Sam, the boy in the story, has to give up Max, the puppy, at some point — an emotional moment every puppy raiser experiences.

We searched for months to find the right artist. We were getting a bit discouraged before my favorite illustrator and friend, Lynn Munsinger — whom I’ve worked with on many projects including The Jellybeans series and What Mommies/Daddies Do Best called with good news. She was not only excited about the project, but she was available! This was a dream come true!

I love her work so much that I call her my “Steven Spielberg.”

We finalized the manuscript and started planning how we would produce and promote the project. Sean suggested we consider crowdfunding on Kickstarter; we could connect with our new audiences directly and gain feedback to help shape the book.

I’ve even started researching for our second book of the series, about a heroic military dog who unites a family while overseas and back at home.

We are so encouraged working with Canine Companions for Independence and look forward to connecting with you as our project comes to life.

Our Kickstarter campaign is currently running through Nov. 20. It’s really simple to pledge any amount on the site — if we successfully reach our goal, all funding will go toward producing the hardcover book, interactive app, and teaching kids about service dogs through school and hospital visits.

By backing ‘Raising a Hero’ on Kickstarter, we can highlight the fullness of life these heroic dogs, puppy raisers, and trainers give to those with special needs.

Thank you so much for your support,

Laura

You can learn more about the Work for Biscuits series online at www.workforbiscuits.com.

Support our project on Kickstarter.

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