When Disaster Strikes

Everybody knows that natural disasters can strike at any time. However, nobody would have predicted that in the last four months of 2017, natural disasters would threaten three out of six of Canine Companions for Independence’s training centers. September brought Hurricane Irma, whose high winds and rains caused downed trees and loss of power at the Southeast […]

Work Hard, Play Hard

If you have been following Kinkeade’s journey, you know he has been hard at work in professional training at the Kinkeade Campus. Over the last several months he has learned new commands, perfected the commands that his puppy raiser taught him and even ventured out on field trips. In his last blog, Kinkeade had just learned […]

Assistance Dog Etiquette and International Assistance Dog Week

International Assistance Dog Week is August 6-12 So often, when we see assistance dogs with their partners, we’re immediately drawn to admire them and even pet them. You meet them in the store, at the park or around the neighborhood. It’s hard to resist not giving an ear scratch to these adorable, well-behaved dogs. But […]

Miller’s TV Debut!

Miller had some major birthdays to celebrate this past week – both Canine Companions’ 42nd and America’s 241st! He decided to honor this special day the best way he knows how: by spreading the word about Canine Companions and their mission of helping people with disabilities live with greater independence. As everyone else was gearing up […]

Meet Canine Companions dog Kinkeade!

Canine Companions dog Kinkeade has just started professional training at the South Central training center in Texas. Both Kinkeade and the training center are named for U.S. Federal District Judge Ed Kinkeade, who played a key role in the formation of a Canine Companions center in Texas and the partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health. Kinkeade […]

A Long Line of Service

“I knew I wanted an assistance dog,” explains Jeanette, a four-time graduate of Canine Companions for Independence. “I watched as my sister and brother deteriorated and passed away. As I lost the ability to do many things, I could anticipate what tasks an assistance dog could help me with to stay independent for as long […]

Puppy Merial Goes Adventuring

Canine Companions Puppy Merial has been very busy the last couple of months! She’s visited the local vet clinic, shops, attended presentations and even a summer camp that serves kids with disabilities. But that’s not all, she was able to march in the 4th of July parade to share our mission with her community and […]

Raising a Ruckus

Canine Companions puppy raiser Karen Ammer is raising a ruckus and couldn’t be more proud! Ruckus, a 7-month-old black Lab/Golden cross was named by the employees of Ruckus Wireless, a San Francisco Bay Area company. Puppy Ruckus is a frequent visitor at his namesake company, often joining employees for lunch alongside Karen. “He loves to ‘shake’ […]

A Life-Changing Experience

“I’d been married seven years when everything changed. I woke up one morning and I couldn’t pick up my foot,” recalls Nancy. “For thirty years I was very able bodied.” After weeks of trying to determine a cause, doctors diagnosed Nancy with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive and fatal neurological disease, and gave her […]

The Road to Rio

The U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team is in the midst of training for the Paralympic Games that will take place in Rio September 7-18, 2016. This year is bringing a lot of excitement to the team, including the team’s unique assistant — Canine Companions Facility Dog Morrow II. Morrow has been a true companion and helper […]

Marrow and friend