Planes, Trains and the Rose Bowl

Canine Companions® volunteer puppy raisers are always looking for new sights, sounds and environments to help the puppy they are raising become comfortable with whatever comes their way. Buckeye is growing up fast and hitting his stride. At 6-months-old, Buckeye was ready for his first trip. Not just any trip but a once-in-a-lifetime trip to […]

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Zari Soars to Sedona!

Zari is almost nine months old now and her puppy raiser felt like she was ready for a new adventure. Flying! Zari packed her bags and headed to Sedona, Arizona with her puppy raiser on Southwest Airlines. Not only did they have a blast, but they also had great opportunities for socialization. After taking a […]

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A Look Back at Waldo’s 2018

This year was a big one for Canine Companions® puppy Waldo—and his only one so far. Can you believe he’s already 10 months old?! He sure has done, seen and learned a lot in that time. Waldo was born February 5, 2018 in California where he spent two months learning about the great big world […]

Ready World…Here Comes Buckeye

Buckeye has started making public appearances in the community, and we couldn’t be more excited to share his adventures! He has mastered his basic commands, has wonderful manners, is good at ignoring distractions and is getting very good at greetings. Of course, as a puppy, there is always more to learn, but Buckeye is doing […]

An Outing Fit for a King (or Queen)

Not all puppies get to cheer on their local NBA team, but Canine Companions® puppy Zari is a lucky one. Now nearly 8 months old, Zari attended her first Sacramento Kings game, along with five other Canine Companions puppies. She took in the sights and sounds and then settled in and slept right through the […]

Waldo’s Thanksgiving Visitor

Canine Companions® puppy Waldo has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! He just turned 9-months-old and is growing and learning every day. Plus, he has an extra special friend (and mentor) around for the holidays – Canine Companions Facility Dog Sawyer. Sawyer was the first puppy raised by Waldo’s volunteer puppy raiser. Sawyer’s […]

Making New Friends with Buckeye

Fall – apple picking, leaves changing colors, pumpkins, costume parties and spending time outside, Buckeye wanted to experience it all. What better way to celebrate fall, then by spending some time making new friends and practicing his commands in many fun places. It is important for assistance dogs to be comfortable in every situation, so […]

Zari on the Green

It’s not often that a Canine Companions® puppy gets to listen to bag pipes, hear the swing of a golf club and mingle with cheering crowds all in one day, but Zari got to experience these and much more at a recent golf tournament. Zari, now six months old, attended the golf tournament, dinner and auction with […]

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 […]

Zari is Learning What it Takes

  When Zari’s puppy raiser, Laura, began volunteering for Canine Companions® 17 years ago, she never thought a member of her own family would be matched with one of our expertly-trained assistance dogs. Three short weeks ago, that’s exactly what happened. Laura’s mother, Sandy, had been invited to our Northwest Training Center to participate in […]