Best Wishes, Wes!

From Puppy to Professional Canine Companions puppy Wes has grown from an excitable, adorable puppy into a well-mannered adolescent over the past 19 months with his volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve. The time comes for every puppy when they have learned all they can in the care of their loving puppy raising families and […]

Canine Companion puppy Wes

National Service Dog Month

September is National Service Dog Month, and it’s an important time to think about what makes a service dog—well, a service dog! Canine Companions puppy Wes and his volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve want to shed some light (and fur) on the importance of leaving public places available for task-trained service dogs and when appropriate, for puppies being raised to one day become life-changing […]

Working Towards an Exciting Future

Professional Training is Right Around the Corner  Canine Companions® puppy Wes is starting professional training to become an assistance dog in just a few months. It’s important to reflect on some of the most important ways that his puppy raisers, Christa and Steve, have prepared him for life as an assistance dog. Much of their […]

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Safe Summer Fun with Wes

Summertime with Wes Summertime is a great time for fun, time for chilling out, barbeques and swimming pools, and Labradors and Goldens love water, right? Well, many do, but Canine Companions puppy Wes didn’t take to water quite as readily. Puppy raisers Christa and Steve don’t mind – swimming was another great training opportunity! In […]

Creatures of Habit

New Habits  We all have our routines, whether it’s showering in the morning, enjoying a cup of coffee in the same chair, or taking the same route to work every day, we often find ourselves do the exact same thing at the exact same time. Dogs are creatures of habit as well – best shown by […]

What’s in a Name?

Wes wants YOU to name a puppy! Wes’ name is more than a fleeting fancy. He was named after the founder of our advocacy partner Littler Mendelson. Have you ever wanted to name a Canine Companions puppy? In the spirit of National Puppy Day, we are giving YOU a chance to submit a great puppy […]

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Now We Are One: The Importance of Personal Development

Wes hit a major milestone for any Canine Companions® puppy (or human for that matter). He celebrated his very first birthday! Birthdays are full of fun and often a special treat, but they also tend to make you think about what the next year will bring and how to work on a little bit of […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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