Heartley Welcomes Summer

Four Miles to West City Park With the weather warming up and the rains in the past, summer is blooming in Missouri and so is Heartley. No summer is complete without a trip to the park. But even a simple visit to the park is a prime opportunity for a Canine Companions puppy to review […]

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Penguin’s Puppy Pawty

Celebrating Penguin  Many people have found themselves celebrating birthdays during this pandemic. Pandemic birthdays have a fun and outside-of-the-box celebration style making memories that will last a lifetime. Penguin celebrated a milestone birthday during the pandemic, he turned 1! Although it wasn’t the party that we had initially hoped for, it was a fun-filled virtual […]

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After Training, Zari and Dom Cool Off in the Pool

Summer Time in Sacramento  Now nearly 9 months old, puppy Dom is working hard learning his commands to hopefully one day become an assistance dog for someone with a disability. But it’s not all work – Dom gets to have a lot of fun too! The Sacramento heat makes it the perfect place to introduce […]

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Enjoying the Outdoors While Social Distancing

Heartley Learns to Adapt to Changing Circumstances Canine Companions® puppy Heartley and his volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, are making the most of the warm May weather in between midwest rain storms. While the weather is warming up,  Heartley is growing and learning to adapt to the constant changing circumstances that we all face every day. […]

Penguin Celebrates Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a very special day where we get to show our mom’s just how special they are to us. Canine Companions® puppies all have a very special mom that is chosen to bring the next generation of future assistance dogs into the world. At 8 weeks old, Canine Companions puppies leave their dog […]

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Volunteers Going Beyond “Above and Beyond”

Every Volunteer Has an Impact It takes a big heart and a lot of compassion to volunteer for Canine Companions for Independence. Many volunteers say it’s akin to joining a giant family – a sentiment shared by the clients who receive a Canine Companions® assistance dog. In times of crisis, the Canine Companions family has become stronger together, […]

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Puppy Penguin Celebrates National Puppy Day

March 23 is National Puppy Day. Here at Canine Companions® we love this day, not only does it give us the opportunity to celebrate our adorable future assistance dogs, but also the volunteers who raise them. Jill’s favorite puppy raising memory Puppy raising is an incredible journey full of highs, lows and everything in between. […]

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Dom Takes On the Tailgate and Zari Learns From the Best

Both Canine Companions puppy Dom and his big sister Zari are becoming even closer to becoming assistance dogs each and every day! Dom takes on his first soccer game Dom is now already five months old, and has been becoming a familiar face in Sacramento. Recently, Dom had a very exciting Saturday! Dom and his […]

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What’s in a Name?

Wes wants YOU to name a puppy! Wes’ name is more than a fleeting fancy. He was named after the founder of our advocacy partner Littler Mendelson. Have you ever wanted to name a Canine Companions puppy? In the spirit of National Puppy Day, we are giving YOU a chance to submit a great puppy […]

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Heartley Then & Now

As we near Heartley’s first birthday, we get to reflect on his growth over the past year and all his accomplishments! Heartley arrived in St. Louis, Missouri on May 31, 2019 as a tiny 10 pound bundle of fluff. His volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, remembers her first impression of Heartley, “He was sweet, calm, peaceful […]