Who’s been lucky enough to meet and hang out with the Hero Litter? We are so proud to say, that there have been many, many lucky fans who’ve been able to spend time with this great litter of pups and help them on their journey to becoming life-changing assistance dogs. Because each event broadens the dogs’ exposure, it’s also increasing the likelihood of their success.

Whether it’s living with several other “hounds,” rubbing elbows with celebrities in Hollywood (we like to call it Howl-lywood), or visiting the local school, these pups have had so many opportunities to grow over the last year and a half.

Holly and her Crew – Holly lives and gets to spend time with three other dogs. They help challenge her to stay focused and avoid distractions when working on her commands. They are also great fun for her to play with!

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Holly and pals

Hala – Whenever she and her volunteer puppy raiser get off the airplane in Denver, Hala’s whole body starts wagging with anticipation because she knows she’s going to see her fur friends Shelby and Nova. These dogs have helped shape her personality as well as teach her proper play, how to swim, how to share toys and how to relax! Hala’s puppy raiser Sue says, “Hala’s dog friends have had just as much impact on her as the people she encounters.”

Hala visits Denver
Hala visits Denver

Harpo – Celebrities and red carpets don’t intimidate Harpo; she’s got the “step and repeat” down. In fact, she was quite the popular pup at the filming of David Tutera’s CELEB-rations featuring Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210 and Sharknado) who was hosting the event to bring greater awareness to our organization. Harpo was superstar and enjoyed all the attention and treats!

Harpo on the red carpet
Harpo on the red carpet

Harvest – Harvest and her puppy raiser spend time with neighbors practicing commands and working on ignoring distractions. Changing locations for training teaches Harvest that she is expected to obey the commands regardless of her surroundings.

Harvest building skills
Harvest building skills

Hudson – Hudson gets to go to local sporting events.  Here he is at the Orlando Magic game meeting the mascot, Stuff.  He has become very calm and relaxed with all of the noise and obstacles of the arena.  He and his puppy raisers have enjoyed aisle seats which work perfectly for Hudson. The arena also has an incredibly long staircase so he can practice going up and down at a nice, easy pace.

Hudson and Stuff
Hudson and Stuff

Harbor – Harbor has been able to cheer on the local water polo players, meet up with elementary school children and has regularly attended appointments to the orthodontist. She is the dog next door and well-loved in her community.

Harbor goes to school
Harbor goes to school

Each and every meet and greet gives the Hero Litter pups the opportunity to practice commands regardless of who or what is around them. As professional training is quickly approaching, these daily events will help prepare them for what’s to come. We are thrilled with the amazing work of the volunteer puppy raisers who are loving and training this wonderful group of dogs.

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