Author Archives: Canine Companions for Independence

Breeder Caretakers: Creating a Great Start for our Dogs

Breeder dogs and their puppies are the foundation of our organization. And it’s our volunteer breeder caretakers that allow us to have such exceptional results. When Becky Hanson first heard about our volunteer puppy raising and breeder caretaker opportunities, she … Continue reading

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Flight School for Dogs

Recently Canine Companion puppies from our Southwest Region were featured in an ABC World News segment about flight simulators.  Our puppies and their volunteer puppy raisers were able to get airport experience without even having to purchase a ticket. The … Continue reading

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A Homecoming to Remember

Last Friday night was a spectacular evening for Canine Companions graduate Michael Ferlmann. In front of family, friends, and classmates, Michael was crowned homecoming prince of his junior class.  Michael, who has autism, attends Gregori High School with Skilled Companion Dog Nina … Continue reading

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Elmo Comes to the Wine Country

Last week, E Litter pups Emily and Ethan got a surprise visit from their brother Elmo. He and his volunteer puppy raiser, Diesta, came out to Santa Rosa, CA for Hearing Dog Team Training graduation.  The puppies were so excited … Continue reading

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Canine Companions selected for Cooper’s UX Boot Camp

Canine Companions is thrilled to announce we’ve been selected to work with the creative senior staff team of Cooper and the November class of their UX Boot Camp. Great design, just like a great assistance dog, takes effort, finesse, knowledge, … Continue reading

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Building Blocks for Independence

Independence for children with disabilities is about teaching life skills and building a foundation for life long independence. As a leader in training assistance dogs, we’re developing creative ways for our assistance dogs to transform the lives of children with disabilities. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the E Litter

This past Saturday, the E Litter celebrated their first birthday – what a joy! Special doggie treats, party hats, trips to the beach, and tosses with a favorite toy were just some of the ways their volunteer puppy raisers celebrated … Continue reading

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E Litter surprises!

Every puppy that comes into the life of a volunteer puppy raiser is unique! They each have their own personality, favorite toy, special spot they like rubbed, etc. They are special! We asked the E Litter volunteer puppy raisers if … Continue reading

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Summer School with the E Litter

The E Litter just hit their 10-month mark and it’s certainly obvious with all the growing up and new training that’s been going on. These puppies really don’t look like puppies any more; they’re dogs! And they are way past … Continue reading

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“She’s not just Rob’s Hero Dog, she is our Hero Dog”

In 2008, our son Rob was in a car accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma for five weeks and in various hospitals for months. When we brought him home there was so much … Continue reading

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