Update from Service Dog Miller

A lot has changed for Miller since we last checked in with him. He is now sporting Canine Companions® blue on his vest and has a new title, Canine Companions Service Dog! Miller was matched with Air Force veteran Ken and together they are conquering the world with greater independence. Miller’s puppy raisers did an amazing […]

Focused on the Future

While deployed to Afghanistan to serve our country in 2010, Josh Sommers sustained a head injury caused by the blast of a rocket-propelled grenade. The injury left Josh in a coma for eight months, caused paralysis on one side of his body and a partial loss of both his hearing and vision. Five years later, […]

Meet Puppy Poncho!

Meet Canine Companions puppy Poncho, named by Canine Companions corporate partner PetSmart and being raised by volunteer puppy raiser Jolie. Poncho, a black Labrador/golden retriever cross, is seven months old and has been learning basic obedience commands and socialization. Jolie says he’s a thinker and an all-around smart guy. “Poncho loves the ‘sit’ command. He […]

Patriotic Pups!

Want a great way to show your support for veterans? Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in style? How about a yellow ribbon stencil for your pup? Or patriotic bandana? There are so many options available thanks to PetSmart and the PetSmart for Patriots program. Canine Companions is happy to announce that for the second […]

Hittin’ the Road for Canine Companions

After turning in a second puppy for Canine Companions, volunteer puppy raisers Barb and Bill Bochner decided to take a little cycling trip. Well, okay, maybe not so little. They are cycling across the United States! Follow Barb and Bill Bochner, aka the Pedaling Puppy Raisers, on their trip across the country to raise money […]

Our Volunteers Give Back to their Communities

Jerry Campbell and Donna McGehee of Abilene, Texas, have been volunteering with Canine Companions since they received their first puppy to raise in 2002. Since then, they have become valued members of the Canine Companions family and are an integral part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth volunteer group. Group leader Beth Jerner says, “I can attest […]

Canine Companions selected for Cooper’s UX Boot Camp

Canine Companions is thrilled to announce we’ve been selected to work with the creative senior staff team of Cooper and the November class of their UX Boot Camp. Great design, just like a great assistance dog, takes effort, finesse, knowledge, and a team of people working together to produce amazing results. Canine Companions will be […]

The Best of the Best – (Veterans Day Video)

Independence is a core value of Canine Companions for Independence that resonates with so many. Perhaps even more so for the men and women who serve so selflessly in our armed forces to protect and create independence for others. Veterans can relate to the dedication, the hard work, and the amazing loyalty of our assistance […]


As we celebrate our country’s independence this July 4th with picnics and fireworks, Canine Companions for Independence also celebrates independence. The independence an assistance dog provides a person with a disability, and the date of our founding, as July 4th will mark Canine Companions 36th birthday. We’re especially proud to provide our trained assistance dogs […]

Wounded Veteran’s Teammate, Service Dog Gillian

Sam joined the New York National Guard shortly after the September 11th attacks. Trained as a sniper, Sam quickly rose to the rank of sergeant as a member of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment. In October 2004, Sam deployed with his guard unit to Iraq for a year-long combat tour. On July 4th, 2005, […]