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 […]


2013 Hero Dog Award Nominee, Leland

Yellow Labrador-Golden Retriever cross Leland can open doors, retrieve the phone and pick up dropped items. No, he’s not your typical pet. Leland is a highly trained assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence®. And he’s changed Linda Uriadko’s life in countless ways. “This year I became a snow bird and spent my winter in […]

Meet Dre, 2013 Hero Dog Awards nominee

My name is AJ Brockman and I am a digital artist, designer, and positive thinker. I also have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a progressive neuromuscular disease, and have been wheelchair-bound since age two. My disability definitely influences who I am, but it does not define me — as an artist or an individual. I view myself […]

The Stories of our Hero Dogs

Eighteen Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs have been nominated for a Hero Dog Award! We are featuring some of their stories here, directly from the dogs’ human partners. Here’s our first one, don’t forget to vote each day! Hi all, I entered my Service Dog Yazzen into the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards […]