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 […]

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 […]

A Year in Review and an Eye on the Future

We have much to be thankful for as we begin a new year, especially the life-changing powers of our assistance dogs and the work of our volunteer puppy raisers. At the beginning of 2019, Bogo was just a fluffy puppy with four small paws, and one BIG dream. It’s hard to believe how much he has […]

Bogo with Publix bags

‘Tis the Season

There is something in the air around the holidays that makes it a magical time for humans and puppies alike. Surrounded by new sights, sounds, smells and people, the holidays are full of fun and Penguin got to experience that first hand. What better way to help a future assistance dog learn good behavior than […]

Penguin with a penguin

Zari gets a baby brother…

…and yes, it’s a puppy! Zari has been learning and practicing commands since she was a little ball of fluff, and now she’s just a few months away from entering professional training in Santa Rosa, California at the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus of Canine Companions®. Zari’s mom recently had her final litter of puppies […]

Canine Companions puppies Zari and Dom

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.

Bogo Celebrates His First Birthday!

Bogo passed a major milestone on October 28 when he celebrated his first birthday in a big way. Bogo attended the Southeast Region’s 23rd annual Tales & Tails Gala. Bogo and his volunteer puppy raiser were guests of Publix Super Market Charities – one of the many generous sponsors of the event. Bogo had his […]

Bogo with a cupcake and a birthday hat

Penguin’s Hockey Debut

Canine Companions® puppies go on a lot of fun adventures, and this month brought one very big adventure for our growing puppy, Penguin. Penguin was invited by his favorite NHL team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, to meet their mascot, Iceburgh. Not only did he get to meet Iceburgh, but also enjoyed his first hockey game. It […]

Penguin with Iceburgh

Halloween Doesn’t Spook Zari!

Costumes, strange clothing, face paint and other Halloween staples can be scary to puppies, but we weren’t surprised to hear that Zari handled it all like a pro. This Halloween, Zari’s volunteer puppy raiser joined another puppy raiser for a party where they put the pups they are raising in costumes and passed out candy to […]

Zari wearing a Cookie Monster costume for Halloween

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 […]