4th of July and Summer Safety Tips

The warm months of summer are great for spending quality time outdoors with your dog. However, remember that dogs wear fur coats all year! Whether you are raising a puppy for Canine Companions or spending an afternoon out with your pet, here are some tips to keep cool and safe all summer long. Hot Weather […]

Kids Give Big

Sometimes Canine Companions’ greatest supporters are also the youngest. Our Northwest Training Center recently received four donations totaling over $7,000 from some very generous kids! Read on to find out more about these impressive young ambassadors for our mission. Good Design: After receiving a Rainbow Loom for Christmas, Abbi Roman (with Skilled Companion Palua) decided […]

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 […]

Qualities for a Quality Match

As the day approaches when the E Litter puppies will be brought to their nearest Canine Companions training center for professional training, it’s on our minds about the people they might be matched with. There are many things to think about when our trainers evaluate the dogs for placement. From the temperament of the dog […]

2013 Hero Dog Award Nominee, Leland

Yellow Labrador-Golden Retriever cross Leland can open doors, retrieve the phone and pick up dropped items. No, he’s not your typical pet. Leland is a highly trained assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence®. And he’s changed Linda Uriadko’s life in countless ways. “This year I became a snow bird and spent my winter in […]

Lonnie, My Love and Inspiration

My name is Samantha. My 23rd birthday was March 7th.  One week before that, I became a bi-lateral amputee.  I came to Roger C.  Peace Hospital for rehabilitation, where I met and worked with Kathi, my physical therapist, and Kristen, my occupational therapist. These two amazing women have influenced me so positively during my stay, and they […]

Titus closed his eyes and made a wish…

Each year about 600 puppies are born into the Canine Companions community—all are born with the hopes of becoming an assistance dog and creating independence for a person with a disability. In January 2010, puppy Heaven started her journey. At about that same time a little boy with spina bifida named Titus closed his eyes […]

An “E” Litter Puppy’s Wish List

We “E” Litter pups have sure been having a great time since being placed with our puppy raisers. We’ve frolicked with new friends, started taking puppy-training classes, chased falling leaves, met the neighborhood cats, and have especially enjoyed all the beautiful lights and decorations that everyone has been putting up these last few weeks. There are […]

Move Over Black Friday and Cyber Monday – It’s Giving Tuesday!

We have a day for giving thanks! We have two days for getting deals! This year, Canine Companions is participating in the creation of Giving Tuesday—Tuesday, November 27, 2012—the giving season’s opening day!     Be a part of Giving Tuesday by making a donation to Canine Companions for Independence. If you’d like your donation […]