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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

Ending Summer with a Splash

With summer coming to an end and fall approaching, Puppy Penguin was determined to tackle the pool before the swimming weather ended. The pool has fascinated Penguin since he arrived at his puppy raisers home, but he wasn’t too sure about doing more than dipping a foot in. Penguin enjoyed baths and getting wet, so […]

Zari Goes for the Goal

Zari is no stranger to sports – she’s attended Sacramento Kings basketball games, Rivercats baseball games and a number of golf tournaments. Now she’s set her sights on a new sport- soccer! Zari’s local minor league soccer team, the Sacramento Republic, began supporting Canine Companions by donating tickets to Canine Companions’ Sacramento volunteer chapter so […]

People Watching and National Service Dog Month

September is National Service Dog Month, and Canine Companions® puppy Wes has been celebrating at some of his favorite hangouts with his puppy raisers Christa and Steve. Wes is growing up, working on his basic obedience commands to help him on his way to becoming a future assistance dog. New experiences His favorite hangout is […]

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Waldo Goes to “Puppy Camp”

For the next two weeks, Waldo will be spending some time away at camp. Not just any camp, though. This is a special “puppy camp” set up by the volunteer puppy raising program at a nearby prison, the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Carswell, in Fort Worth, Texas. FMC is currently raising five Canine Companions® puppies […]

Buckeye’s Summertime Fun

Summertime is meant for fun in the sun and Canine Companions® puppy Buckeye is doing just that. From his baseball games to festivals, Buckeye is staying busy with many different adventures. Summertime in Columbus is not complete without a visit to Huntington Park to watch a Clippers baseball game. Buckeye did a great job taking […]

Canine Companions puppy Buckeye wearing a bow tie

The Newest Pittsburgh Penguin

Most people are familiar with the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL team, however there is a new Penguin calling Pittsburgh home and they’re making quite the stir. Meet Canine Companions puppy Penguin. Penguin’s journey, like all Canine Companions® puppies, started in Northern California where he was born in a volunteer breeder caretaker’s home. He was specially bred […]

Canine Companions puppy Penguin on KDKA set