Raising a Hero Litter Puppy

Last Friday was special. It was hard and emotional, but it was certainly special. It was the day the volunteer puppy raisers of the Eukanuba-sponsored Hero Litter returned their puppies to Canine Companions to begin professional training. The puppy raisers knew what they were signing up for. They knew they would bond and fall in […]

Love Letters to the Hero Litter

It’s amazing how quickly 18 months goes by when you’re loving, training and caring for a Canine Companions puppy. The early days of sleepless nights and chewed up toys quickly turn into trips to the local library and perfecting “sit” and “down.” The funny and uncoordinated pup has grown into a strong and confident dog […]

Hero Litter Pride

What’s the easiest question for a volunteer puppy raiser to answer? “What does your Canine Companions puppy do to make you proud?” If you ever ask this question (and it’s a fun one to ask), you will receive a response that is full of smiles, pride and joy. Our puppy raisers have made the commitment […]

The Hero Litter Meet and Greet

Who’s been lucky enough to meet and hang out with the Hero Litter? We are so proud to say, that there have been many, many lucky fans who’ve been able to spend time with this great litter of pups and help them on their journey to becoming life-changing assistance dogs. Because each event broadens the […]

Looking Ahead with the Hero Litter?

It seems like just last month we were announcing the arrival of the Eukanuba Hero Litter to our supporters! We shared their newborn pics, their “H” names and what their collar colors signified.  What an exciting time that was for all of us. So it’s hard to believe they only have a short time left […]

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Hero Litter – Mastering the Basics

The Hero Litter pups have been working diligently with their volunteer puppy raisers to perfect the basic commands that will help prepare them for professional training and ultimately their work as assistance dogs. Whether it’s an “up,” “down,” or “under,” all of this training will ensure their success and confidence. Their training goes beyond the command […]

The Hero Litter is Ready for Summer!

Summer is headed our way and guess who’s ready? The Hero Litter pups! The longer and warmer days mean more time outside, more walks, more opportunities to meet new friends and more socialization. As with all of the Canine Companions puppies, socialization is one of the most important parts of early training. The day-to-day experiences […]

The E Litter Meets an Amazing Milestone

On September 14, 2012, Canine Companions for Independence along with corporate sponsor Eukanuba introduced the world to eight newborn pups – Emma, Everett, Ella, Elmo, Euka, Emily, Ethan and Eliza, a.k.a “the E Litter.” Their journey to extraordinary began that day and we’ve been following them ever since. From being placed with their volunteer puppy […]

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Play ball with the Hero Litter

Game time with the Hero Litter means crowds, cheering, lots of action and plenty of distractions. When they head out to local sporting events, they are preparing for their future as assistance dogs to help people with disabilities. These outings allow the Hero Litter puppies to practice staying focused and on task. Harbor’s spends her […]

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All-Weather Pups

Sun and rain, mud and snow; the Hero Litter loves them all. These Canine Companions puppies sure know how to have a great time no matter what the weather conditions. Hala is a sunshine girl and enjoys the warm winters in Arizona, but when a light rain was falling during the Super Bowl Fan Fest, […]

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