A Long Line of Service

“I knew I wanted an assistance dog,” explains Jeanette, a four-time graduate of Canine Companions for Independence. “I watched as my sister and brother deteriorated and passed away. As I lost the ability to do many things, I could anticipate what tasks an assistance dog could help me with to stay independent for as long […]

Puppy Love

Jennifer loves puppies. Who doesn’t? But Jennifer has put her love of puppies to use: helping change lives as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions. “I get a new puppy every 18 months. I experience all the joys of them being young,” explains Jennifer. “They are so cute when they are puppies! Maybe it […]

Back to School with Laura Numeroff LIVE!

Hi there, it’s Max, the cutest canine star of Raising a Hero by Laura Numeroff. This is my first time being a guest blogger and I can’t stop wagging about it! I hear there are a whole lot of Canine Companions dogs and puppies who are back at school, learning just like me! My friend […]

Puppy Babs and GFWC Moving our Mission Forward

Meet Canine Companions puppy Babs, a sweet 7 month Labrador/Golden Retriever cross being raised by college student Veronica.  Babs has been learning both in and out of the classroom as Veronica teaches her basic obedience and gives her plenty of college life socialization.  Veronica’s college hosts one of our 30 Canine Companions college puppy raising […]

A Letter From a Mom

On behalf of Mother’s Day, we’d like to share with you a letter we received from the mother of one of our graduates. Enjoy! – – – To Canine Companions supporters and volunteers: It is hard to believe that we just celebrated the first anniversary of the graduation of Jacob with Skilled Companion Kanue. So much […]

A Life-Changing Experience

“I’d been married seven years when everything changed. I woke up one morning and I couldn’t pick up my foot,” recalls Nancy. “For thirty years I was very able bodied.” After weeks of trying to determine a cause, doctors diagnosed Nancy with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive and fatal neurological disease, and gave her […]

The Road to Rio

The U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team is in the midst of training for the Paralympic Games that will take place in Rio September 7-18, 2016. This year is bringing a lot of excitement to the team, including the team’s unique assistant — Canine Companions Facility Dog Morrow II. Morrow has been a true companion and helper […]

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6 Tips to Keep Your Pup Healthy & Happy During the Holidays

The holidays are happening and you know what that means?  Family and friends, parties and play, gifts and goodies and much, much more! This is a wonderful and exciting time of year, but we all know it can sometimes bring anxiety for our favorite pups. Take some time to read our top six tips to help […]

Golden with wreath

Now Casting!

A new commercial for Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort is sure to tug at your heartstrings. The ad features families enjoying special times at the theme parks and an adorable dog wearing a blue vest interacting with Pluto! Yes, that beautiful dog is a Canine Companions graduate dog named Normandy. Joe Rand, a […]

The Best (and cutest) College Roommate

Robin is only five months old but she’s already in college. The Canine Companions puppy rooms with sophomore Morgan Bell, a volunteer puppy raiser who takes Robin with her to classes, study sessions and around campus at the University of Central Florida. Robin, the yellow lab puppy, who arrived at Morgan’s dormitory room with lots […]