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Zari gets a baby brother…

…and yes, it’s a puppy! Zari has been learning and practicing commands since she was a little ball of fluff, and now she’s just a few months away from entering professional training in Santa Rosa, California at the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus of Canine Companions®. Zari’s mom recently had her final litter of puppies […]

Canine Companions puppies Zari and Dom

Warm Wishes from Wes

Canine Companions® puppy Wes is gearing up for the holidays after a wonderful Thanksgiving with his family and friends. We asked Wes what he’s most grateful for now that 2019 is coming to the end. Through his puppy raisers Christa and Steve, Wes wants to share his gratitude—including for toys. “Wes is most grateful to […]

Canine Companions puppy Wes wearing a tie, collar and cuffs

Life in Missouri

Say hello to Heartley! After an exciting naming contest with over 15,000 votes, Build-A-Bear’s special puppy Heartley had his name. True to his name, Heartley is a bundle full of heart and joy and has never met a person or animal he doesn’t like. “We can’t wait to follow Heartley’s journey as he grows up […]

Heartley sniffing Build-a-Bear bear with Heartley's name and birthday on it.

Bogo Celebrates His First Birthday!

Bogo passed a major milestone on October 28 when he celebrated his first birthday in a big way. Bogo attended the Southeast Region’s 23rd annual Tales & Tails Gala. Bogo and his volunteer puppy raiser were guests of Publix Super Market Charities – one of the many generous sponsors of the event. Bogo had his […]

Bogo with a cupcake and a birthday hat

Penguin’s Hockey Debut

Canine Companions® puppies go on a lot of fun adventures, and this month brought one very big adventure for our growing puppy, Penguin. Penguin was invited by his favorite NHL team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, to meet their mascot, Iceburgh. Not only did he get to meet Iceburgh, but also enjoyed his first hockey game. It […]

Penguin with Iceburgh

Halloween Doesn’t Spook Zari!

Costumes, strange clothing, face paint and other Halloween staples can be scary to puppies, but we weren’t surprised to hear that Zari handled it all like a pro. This Halloween, Zari’s volunteer puppy raiser joined another puppy raiser for a party where they put the pups they are raising in costumes and passed out candy to […]

Zari wearing a Cookie Monster costume for Halloween

Grand Adventures in Puppy Raising

Wes is becoming all grown up and he is enjoying adventures with volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve. While Wes lives in the southwest, it’s still a “grand” vacation to visit the Grand Canyon. Wes and his family enjoyed the national park at sunset after lunch on the canyon rim, and a peaceful hike to Yavapai Point. Back at […]

Wes laying on a big rock with fall leaves in the background

Waldo Begins Professional Training

Professional Training The time eventually comes for each Canine Companions® puppy and their volunteer puppy raiser to part ways as the puppy continues their journey to become an assistance dog and begin professional training. Waldo has spent the last 18 months with his puppy raiser building the foundation of skills and socialization he needs to […]

Growing up With Excellence

Bogo, everyone’s favorite deal at Publix, and Canine Companions® puppy, has grown in great strides while taking part in many adventures. We are grateful to partner with Publix Super Markets who hold themselves to the same standard of excellence as Canine Companions for Independence. We greatly appreciate Publix Super Markets’ generosity and compassionate service towards […]

Canine Companions puppy Bogo sitting next to two shopping bags

Buckeye’s Final Puppy Adventures

It’s been a busy month for Buckeye! With professional training right around the corner, Buckeye is putting the final touches on his basic training and is getting ready for the next step in his journey to become an assistance dog. Buckeye in the Windy City What better way to prepare than with a trip to […]

Buckeye sitting on a carry-on luggage sign