What’s the easiest question for a volunteer puppy raiser to answer? “What does your Canine Companions puppy do to make you proud?” If you ever ask this question (and it’s a fun one to ask), you will receive a response that is full of smiles, pride and joy. Our puppy raisers have made the commitment of raising and training these puppies so they are prepared for professional training, and they are very proud of the results that come from all of their hard work.
We asked the Hero Litter puppy raisers to share just one thing and as you might imagine, it was challenging to narrow it down. These puppies do so many things to make their volunteer puppy raisers beam with pride.
“Harvest brings so much joy and happiness to everyone that she meets. In particular, she is loved by everyone at the office. People can be seen visiting with her between meetings for cuddles or play time. She will always catch people’s eye and put a smile on their face.”
“I am proud of many things when it comes to Hala. She has matured into a great dog and she is ready for the next stage of her life. One thing that stands out is how loving and comforting Hala is. If she hears any emotion in my voice when I am talking to someone, she comes to my side and gets as close as she can or wants to do a lap!”
“I think I am most proud of how we can go anywhere with major distractions and Hudson never seems to notice. I even find myself saying silly things like, ‘Do you see the bunny?’ He just doesn’t care! We’ve walked just a few feet from peacocks, barking dogs, running squirrels and the rabbits he never sees. He may glance at things, but he just keeps walking with me. He’s more interested in staying by me and enjoying his walks. This is only a tiny piece of why he’s so awesome!”
“We are so proud of the ‘Holly Berry’! She is a lover of life and people. A full body wiggle is her usual greeting of friends, but when in public, she tones it down to wagging only the rear third of her body. We’re proud of how she takes her training so serious and wants to please us. She is quick in responding to commands and looks at us with a ‘what’s next?’ expression. She really enjoys interacting with people. Not just her puppy raisers, but to be in public. Holly loves children and even though she wants to engage with them, will wait for permission. She’s matured into a very impressive dog. The little pup that used to play keep-away with the tennis ball, now drops it nicely into my hand.”
“I am so proud of Hoagy because of his fearless bravery. Whether he is attending a noisy, crowded high school sporting event; walking in a busy grocery store maintaining his ‘let’s go’ next to me around tight aisle ways; or simply practicing walking over grated areas in the sidewalk, Hoagy remains a confident, brave dog. He does not hesitate to try something new.”
“Harpo’s flexibility and wiliness to go with the flow is what amazes us the most and makes us so proud. She takes every new experience with stride and always has a wag in her tail. She is the happiest dog we’ve ever met and brings so much joy to everyone she meets! She is a very special dog.”
“It is so hard to pick one thing we are most proud of about Harbor. What first comes to my mind when I think of her is how happy she makes everyone feel around her. She always has a smile on her face, and she wiggles in delight every time someone comes to greet her. She is happy and loving in every way!”
You can hear the love and pride in each and every one of these responses! We are so grateful to the generous volunteers who give so much of themselves to raise these puppies. Our mission would not be possible without their dedication. Because of their efforts, we are able to provide assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities.