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Waldo the Ambassa”dog”

Representing Canine Companions Canine Companions for Independence puppy raisers and graduates are strong ambassadors for the organization, representing us everywhere they go with their dogs in their yellow or blue vests. Waldo and his puppy raiser, Lisa, have taken that role to heart and spend almost every weekend out and about in the community to […]

Staying Healthy

If you were making a collage of Florida things, you’d certainly have to make a case for the Publix Super Markets scale. The old-school weight scale with the large round dial as the topper are just as popular as the deli subs and fresh produce they sell and have become an iconic part of Publix […]

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Out and About in the Community

Longer days and warm weather can only mean one thing, summer is just around the corner. The not-so-little-anymore, Buckeye has taken every opportunity he can to get out in the community and enjoy the beautiful weather with all of his friends! Root for the Home Team It isn’t every day that the Stanley Cup Playoffs […]

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Zari’s First Birthday!

What a year it’s been! Zari recently celebrated her first birthday, attended her first play and had a party with her favorite canine friends! Zari and her puppy raiser have been working hard on training over the past year, and Zari now performs an impressive 30+ commands! Her favorite commands include “back,” (the puppy walks […]

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Puppy Antics and Socialization for Puppy Wes

It’s been a busy month for Wes, full of puppy antics and socialization. At 4 months old, Wes had an important introduction to make – to the very people who helped select his name! He did a lot of socializing and working on commands to make his big debut at the Littler Executive Employer conference […]

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A Day at the Farmer’s Market

The weather is warming up in Texas, and Canine Companions® puppy Waldo is making the most of it! On a sunshine-filled day, he and his puppy raiser made a trip to their local farmer’s market. They made their way through the crowds and practiced avoiding distractions, a skill that is very important for a future […]

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Let the Commands Begin!

Learning commands Since Bogo arrived in Florida several months ago, he is now old enough to go out in public, and many people are surprised at how well behaved he is. “He obeys his commands very well,” says Martha, his volunteer puppy raiser. Some of the commands he is currently working on are: let’s go, […]

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Growing Up in a Newsroom

Newsroom puppy Buckeye began joining the Friday morning NBC4 team on-air as a 9-week-old puppy. From that day on, he started learning what it takes to be a newsroom puppy star as well a future Canine Companions® assistance dog. Growing up in a newsroom has given Buckeye many unique opportunities for socialization and training. He’s […]

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Canine Companions® Puppy Zari Visits Disneyland

Visiting the happiest place on earth® While Northern California was still cold and rainy, Zari and her volunteer puppy raiser headed down to Southern California for a trip to Disneyland®! Zari and her bud, Canine Companions puppy Dern, had a great time with their puppy raisers at the happiest place on earth while meeting many […]

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Welcoming Canine Companions puppy Wes

Canine Companions puppy Wes likes to be a bit unconventional. Like all Canine Companions puppies, Wes was born in Northern California and is destined for great things with volunteer puppy raisers. Rather than waiting at the airport for Wes to arrive, his puppy raisers flew from Phoenix to pick him up. Wes flew back in […]

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