Tag Archives: service dogs

“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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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 is a sunshine girl and enjoys the warm winters … 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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The Journey to Extraordinary

In September of 2012, Canine Companions for Independence introduced the E Litter to the world! With a generous sponsorship from Eukanuba, this group of puppies started their journey to extraordinary with the hopes of becoming life-changing assistance dogs. Emma, Everett, … 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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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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The E Litter Returns!

The E Litter has returned to Canine Companions for Independence to begin their professional training. Emma, Everett, Ella, Elmo, Euka II, Emily, Ethan and Eliza matriculated last week at our graduation ceremonies that took place around the country. Their journey … Continue reading

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Lights, Camera and…Action!

This past December, our Northwest Training Center was full of lights, camera and action as Canine Companions for Independence’s promotional partner, Mattress Discounters, filmed a series of four commercials for their Good Deed Dog charity efforts.  Staff, graduates and their … Continue reading

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Battier’s got game!

 Just before the New Year, Canine Companions puppy Battier had a meet and greet (and snuggle) with her namesake Miami Heat forward Shane Battier. The two met at the arena and took a few photos. “Shane loved meeting Battier” says volunteer … Continue reading

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Dogs of Winter

With big storms rolling through much of the country, we would like to share some tips to keep your pup safe and healthy. – De-icing products, salt, and ice, can get into fur and paws, causing skin irritation or more serious conditions. … Continue reading

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