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 communities.
Hala flew to Colorado for the Thanksgiving holiday to be with family and friends and practice her airline social skills. She earned her wings!
Harpo met Santa over the weekend and like most children when they first meet Santa, she wasn’t so sure if she should trust the jolly fellow. Going forward her volunteer puppy raiser will work on having positive interactions with large elves and others alike!
Harvest was able to enjoy the experience of her puppy raiser unpacking Christmas lights and putting up the decorations. She will also be traveling to Toronto for the holidays.
Holly and her puppy raiser volunteered at their local Barnes & Noble gift wrapping station. This was the perfect opportunity to learn to meet and greet people in a new and exciting environment.
Hudson took the commuter train and enjoyed a night at the Orlando Magic basketball game. He and his puppy raiser took walks in the neighborhood, experiencing all of the different holiday yard decorations.
Hoagy shared his holiday joy at a Christmas caroling event at his puppy raiser’s church.
Harbor and her puppy raisers have gone on many shopping outings and even experienced the Santa Barbara Downtown Christmas Parade.
All these holiday events contribute to greater socialization for the Hero Litter puppies. Every new location, person and experience allow them to increase their comfort and response to the world around them. This is an important part of their journey to becoming successful assistance dogs so that one day, they will be the answer to the holiday wish of someone with a disability.
Happy holidays from the Hero Litter and Canine Companions for Independence.