Making the Most of the Holidays With an Assistance Dog

During the holiday season, even the best-laid plans can devolve into an improv routine. For assistance dog users, that routine can get a whole lot hairier — pun intended. Take a look at these tips help the season be about friends and family rather than focusing on the added stresses of traveling with a disability […]

Kinkeade Starts Training

Canine Companions dog and South Central Region namesake, Kinkeade, has been a busy guy at the Baylor Scott & White Health Kinkeade Campus these last couple of months. From getting settled in, to beginning his training, there has been lots of hard work and lots of fun. During the first few weeks of professional training […]

A Mother’s Day Message from Alex

In August of 2000, after the application, interviews, waiting list and much anticipation, my mom and I loaded our stuff into a van and set out for Team Training at Canine Companions for Independence. At the end of the two-week training, I graduated with my first assistance dog, Keno. To my parents, Skilled Companion Keno […]

A Long Line of Service

“I knew I wanted an assistance dog,” explains Jeanette, a four-time graduate of Canine Companions for Independence. “I watched as my sister and brother deteriorated and passed away. As I lost the ability to do many things, I could anticipate what tasks an assistance dog could help me with to stay independent for as long […]

Send a Love Letter to Your Pup – #IHeartMyDog

What do you love about your dog? Is it the way she wakes you up in the morning with kisses? The way his entire body wiggles when you pull out the leash for a walk? How about “the look” they give you when you’ve just dipped up a bowl of strawberry ice cream? There are […]

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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“Raising a Hero” – A Story About an Assistance Dog

A Kickstarter campaign is about conveying a vision.  It’s this wacky, collaborative fundraising effort to bring a project to life. Laura Numeroff and I experienced all the joys and challenges one might expect while independently producing “Raising a Hero.” I realize how much harder this book was for Laura to write.  The characters are focused […]

Happy Holidays from the Hero Litter

The Hero Litter is ready to deck the halls with boughs of dog bones and fa-la-la-la-woof their way into the holiday season. These pups have been increasing the time they spend socializing with their volunteer puppy raisers, representing Canine Companions for Independence, developing greater confidence with the commands they are learning and sharing our mission throughout their […]

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The First Step to Filling Some Big Paws

The path to become an elite assistance dog instructor at Canine Companions is much like the journey our extraordinary assistance dogs experience: start small, learn the basics, pass the tests, flourish and become life-changers. Our instructors begin their journey as instructor assistants exactly where our puppies do—at the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus in Santa […]

Kids Give Big

Sometimes Canine Companions’ greatest supporters are also the youngest. Our Northwest Training Center recently received four donations totaling over $7,000 from some very generous kids! Read on to find out more about these impressive young ambassadors for our mission. Good Design: After receiving a Rainbow Loom for Christmas, Abbi Roman (with Skilled Companion Palua) decided […]