Oh the Places Waldo Goes – and Why It’s Important

Where’s Waldo? He’s out and about! While learning new commands is vital for a Canine Companions® puppy’s journey, socialization is equally, if not more, important. Now that Waldo is older, he’s started adventuring with his puppy raiser to get used to all the world has to offer. From the grocery store to fun community events […]

Lights, Camera, Buckeye!

Every puppy has a different personality, and Buckeye’s is definitely camera ready. From the time he arrived in Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye was ready to tackle the world. At 15-weeks-old he has never met a stranger he didn’t like or something he won’t try. Every Friday, Buckeye helps share the local news and sometimes even the […]

Foley in Professional Training – the First Month

In August, Foley entered professional training and he’s been a busy guy learning all that he can in his first month. He’s settled into his new routine and enjoys his time with his trainer. It’s been a lot of hard work but a ton of fun too! The first few weeks of professional training started […]

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 […]