Creating Learning Opportunities During the Pandemic

Distractions Are Everywhere Training a Canine Companions® puppy to stay focused amid distractions is one of the most important tasks for puppy raisers. Heartley’s volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, has worked hard over the months to make sure that Heartley is a pro at staying on task! Distractions are all around us. The garbage truck making […]

Heartley Welcomes Summer

Four Miles to West City Park With the weather warming up and the rains in the past, summer is blooming in Missouri and so is Heartley. No summer is complete without a trip to the park. But even a simple visit to the park is a prime opportunity for a Canine Companions puppy to review […]

Yellow Canine Companions assistance dog.

Enjoying the Outdoors While Social Distancing

Heartley Learns to Adapt to Changing Circumstances Canine Companions® puppy Heartley and his volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, are making the most of the warm May weather in between midwest rain storms. While the weather is warming up,  Heartley is growing and learning to adapt to the constant changing circumstances that we all face every day. […]

Heartley Then & Now

As we near Heartley’s first birthday, we get to reflect on his growth over the past year and all his accomplishments! Heartley arrived in St. Louis, Missouri on May 31, 2019 as a tiny 10 pound bundle of fluff. His volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, remembers her first impression of Heartley, “He was sweet, calm, peaceful […]

Heartley’s New Year’s Resolutions

People aren’t the only ones setting New Year’s resolutions this year… Canine Companions puppy Heartley has some big goals for 2020! This year, Heartley is working on ignoring his cat sister Michi when it’s time to learn commands. Heartley is learning the importance of staying on task even when he wants to play. Heartley’s second […]

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.