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 […]

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Where do your donations go?

Here at Canine Companions for Independence we are continually working to provide more highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. And the truth of the matter is that we can’t do this without the generous support of our donors. But have you ever wondered how much of each donated dollar actually goes to the […]

Send a Love Letter to Your Pup – #IHeartMyDog

What do you love about your dog? Is it the way she wakes you up in the morning with kisses? The way his entire body wiggles when you pull out the leash for a walk? How about “the look” they give you when you’ve just dipped up a bowl of strawberry ice cream? There are […]

The Hero Litter is Ready for Summer!

Summer is headed our way and guess who’s ready? The Hero Litter pups! The longer and warmer days mean more time outside, more walks, more opportunities to meet new friends and more socialization. As with all of the Canine Companions puppies, socialization is one of the most important parts of early training. The day-to-day experiences […]

“Raising a Hero” – A Story About an Assistance Dog

A Kickstarter campaign is about conveying a vision.  It’s this wacky, collaborative fundraising effort to bring a project to life. Laura Numeroff and I experienced all the joys and challenges one might expect while independently producing “Raising a Hero.” I realize how much harder this book was for Laura to write.  The characters are focused […]

All-Weather Pups

Sun and rain, mud and snow; the Hero Litter loves them all. These Canine Companions puppies sure know how to have a great time no matter what the weather conditions. Hala is a sunshine girl and enjoys the warm winters in Arizona, but when a light rain was falling during the Super Bowl Fan Fest, […]

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Hero Litter Shows Their Gratitude

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we thought it would be fun to share how the Hero Litter puppies show their gratitude. We checked in with the volunteer puppy raisers, and it’s amazing that almost all of them responded with the same answer… “The full body wag!” Donna, puppy raiser to Holly says, “Her […]

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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 First Step to Filling Some Big Paws

The path to become an elite assistance dog instructor at Canine Companions is much like the journey our extraordinary assistance dogs experience: start small, learn the basics, pass the tests, flourish and become life-changers. Our instructors begin their journey as instructor assistants exactly where our puppies do—at the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus in Santa […]