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

A 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 … Continue reading

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Working Together to Change Lives

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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’ I’ve been a huge dog lover all of my life! When I wrote ‘If You Give a Mouse a … Continue reading

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The First Step to Filling Some Big Paws

The path to become an elite assistance dog instructor at Canine Companions is much like the journey our extraordinary assistance dogs experience: start small, learn the basics, pass the tests, flourish and become life-changers. Our instructors begin their journey as … Continue reading

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Hero Litter Happenings – Favorite Things!

Each one of the Hero Litter puppies has a “favorite!” Whether it’s a toy or a playmate, they all have something special that makes them light up and shake a tail. Hala’s favorite toy would be the ball toys that … Continue reading

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4th of July and Summer Safety Tips

The warm months of summer are great for spending quality time outdoors with your dog. However, remember that dogs wear fur coats all year! Whether you are raising a puppy for Canine Companions or spending an afternoon out with your … Continue reading

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What’s happening with the Hero Litter

The Hero Litter pups are making themselves at home and getting to know and love their volunteer puppy raisers. Hudson’s puppy raiser Diesta says, “We are bonding and really getting to understand each other. I’m totally in love.” The first … Continue reading

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