The E Litter Meets an Amazing Milestone

On September 14, 2012, Canine Companions for Independence along with corporate sponsor Eukanuba introduced the world to eight newborn pups – Emma, Everett, Ella, Elmo, Euka, Emily, Ethan and Eliza, a.k.a “the E Litter.” Their journey to extraordinary began that day and we’ve been following them ever since. From being placed with their volunteer puppy […]


The Journey to Extraordinary

In September of 2012, Canine Companions for Independence introduced the E Litter to the world! With a generous sponsorship from Eukanuba, this group of puppies started their journey to extraordinary with the hopes of becoming life-changing assistance dogs. Emma, Everett, Ella, Elmo, Euka, Emily, Ethan and Eliza were a daily highlight as more than 250,000 people […]

The E Litter Returns!

The E Litter has returned to Canine Companions for Independence to begin their professional training. Emma, Everett, Ella, Elmo, Euka II, Emily, Ethan and Eliza matriculated last week at our graduation ceremonies that took place around the country. Their journey to extraordinary will continue as they learn and perfect up to 40 commands that will […]

Our Last Month with the E Litter

For the last year and a half, we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the progress of the E Litter. You’ve read about how they are growing, who they are meeting, which commands they are learning and what steps they are taking to get ready for the professional training they will begin in one month’s time. […]

Here Comes Spring!

Spring is right around the corner, and guess who’s ready? That’s right, the E Litter pups! Not only do the longer and warmer days mean more time outside, but they also mean more walks, more opportunities to meet new friends, and more socialization. If you’ve been following the E Litter from the beginning, you know […]

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 […]

Making Friends with the E Litter

The E Litter is one charming group of pups! They give a smile and a tail wag whenever they get to meet someone new. Why are they so comfortable meeting new people? Because for the last 16 months, they have been working on their socialization skills. When they are out and about in the community, the […]

Happ-E Holidays!

The E Litter pups have been enjoying the cooler weather, snuggling close to their volunteer puppy raisers, and dreaming about the gifts they will be bringing to a child, adult, or veteran with a disability. The Gift of Peace The peace of mind that comes to a child who’s sleeping alone for the first time […]

Elmo Comes to the Wine Country

Last week, E Litter pups Emily and Ethan got a surprise visit from their brother Elmo. He and his volunteer puppy raiser, Diesta, came out to Santa Rosa, CA for Hearing Dog Team Training graduation.  The puppies were so excited to see one another! Once the greeting and sniffing and frolicking subsided, Ethan and Emily […]

Happy Birthday to the E Litter

This past Saturday, the E Litter celebrated their first birthday – what a joy! Special doggie treats, party hats, trips to the beach, and tosses with a favorite toy were just some of the ways their volunteer puppy raisers celebrated this special day. These eight pups started out as little bundles of yellow, white and […]