Wes the Comedian

Canine Companions® puppy Wes is loving life and all of its joys, big and small. From finding his voice for the “speak” command to riding like a perfect gentleman in his first Lyft, Wes is finding happiness in new and old experiences alike. Comedy at puppy class Canine Companions assistance dogs are trained to lie […]

Waldo’s Best Friend

Waldo has a lot of friends in his life, from the staff at the Kinkeade Campus where he’s being raised, to his dog pals that he plays with every day. But there’s one friendship that’s extra special – his best friend Cooper. Cooper is a cat! What makes this friendship special? Cooper is a 10-year-old […]

Canine Companions puppy in the Texas Blue Bells

Time to Celebrate!

The past month has been filled with celebrations for Buckeye as he celebrated his birthday! A member of the community It is hard to believe that Buckeye just turned one! Over the past year Buckeye has learned so much. He knows all 30 of his puppy commands: sit, down, shake, lap, under, visit, heal, side, […]

Canine Companions puppy Buckeye with a birthday hat

Enthusiasm is Everything

Six-month-old Wes is an energetic, playful puppy that has lots of enthusiasm and vigor for life. Whether he is working on his commands, or taking trips to new and exciting places, Wes does so with gusto! Mastering commands Learning how to settle and feel safe in a crate is also a very important part of […]

Canine Companions puppy Wes in a laundry mat with his puppy raiser.

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 […]

Staying Healthy

If you were making a collage of Florida things, you’d certainly have to make a case for the Publix Super Markets scale. The old-school weight scale with the large round dial as the topper are just as popular as the deli subs and fresh produce they sell and have become an iconic part of Publix […]

Bogo laying down with his name spelled out in kibble in front of him

Out and About in the Community

Longer days and warm weather can only mean one thing, summer is just around the corner. The not-so-little-anymore, Buckeye has taken every opportunity he can to get out in the community and enjoy the beautiful weather with all of his friends! Root for the Home Team It isn’t every day that the Stanley Cup Playoffs […]

Canine Companions puppy Buckeye lying down with American flags in the background

Zari’s First Birthday!

What a year it’s been! Zari recently celebrated her first birthday, attended her first play and had a party with her favorite canine friends! Zari and her puppy raiser have been working hard on training over the past year, and Zari now performs an impressive 30+ commands! Her favorite commands include “back,” (the puppy walks […]

Zari surrounded by birthday gifts

Puppy Antics and Socialization for Puppy Wes

It’s been a busy month for Wes, full of puppy antics and socialization. At 4 months old, Wes had an important introduction to make – to the very people who helped select his name! He did a lot of socializing and working on commands to make his big debut at the Littler Executive Employer conference […]

yellow Canine Companions puppy wearing a yellow puppy cape laying on grass

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