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 […]

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 […]

Waldo standing in the dog toy aisle at the pet store

Waldo Takes the Fire Station

Canine Companions puppies must be exposed to different environments to prepare them for their futures as assistance dogs. This means new people, sights, smells and sounds. What better place for new experiences than a fire station? Waldo and a group of his fellow Texas puppies visited a local fire station where they were exposed to […]

Waldo Turns One!

Can you believe Canine Companions® puppy Waldo is already one year old? He celebrated his first birthday on February 5 with his puppy raiser, plenty of furry friends and lots of love. Waldo’s first year has been full of fun adventures, new experiences and a ton of learning. Waldo now knows nearly all the commands […]

A Look Back at Waldo’s 2018

This year was a big one for Canine Companions® puppy Waldo—and his only one so far. Can you believe he’s already 10 months old?! He sure has done, seen and learned a lot in that time. Waldo was born February 5, 2018 in California where he spent two months learning about the great big world […]

Waldo’s Thanksgiving Visitor

Canine Companions® puppy Waldo has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! He just turned 9-months-old and is growing and learning every day. Plus, he has an extra special friend (and mentor) around for the holidays – Canine Companions Facility Dog Sawyer. Sawyer was the first puppy raised by Waldo’s volunteer puppy raiser. Sawyer’s […]

Oh the Places Waldo Goes – and Why It’s Important

Where’s Waldo? He’s out and about! While learning new commands is vital for a Canine Companions® puppy’s journey, socialization is equally, if not more, important. Now that Waldo is older, he’s started adventuring with his puppy raiser to get used to all the world has to offer. From the grocery store to fun community events […]

Waldo’s First Graduation

At six months old, Waldo is well on his way to his future as an assistance dog. This August, Waldo attended his first graduation ceremony to get a glimpse what his future could hold. But this wasn’t just any graduation ceremony. This one was extra special for his puppy raiser, Lisa. Waldo is Lisa’s second […]

Waldo’s Growing Up!

Canine Companions puppy Waldo just turned five-months-old! He’s learning new commands, visiting new places, and getting bigger every day – even if he hasn’t quite grown into his ears yet. Time seems to be flying by, and each day brings something new. Waldo celebrated his first Fourth of July by sleeping straight through the fireworks and […]

Waldo’s Summertime Fun

As Canine Companions puppy Waldo grows, he continues to learn new commands, go on new outings and experience new things. Waldo is currently working on 15 commands, including sit, stay, wait and shake, which he uses when meeting new people. All these tasks are building a foundation for when he enters professional training in February […]