We have much to be thankful for as we begin a new year, especially the life-changing powers of our assistance dogs and the work of our volunteer puppy raisers.

baby Bogo wearing a Canine Companions cape in a tunnelAt the beginning of 2019, Bogo was just a fluffy puppy with four small paws, and one BIG dream. It’s hard to believe how much he has grown and matured this past year. Since Bogo arrived in Florida, he has visited nursing homes, elementary schools, traveled to Jacksonville and Pennsylvania, and sold pecans for a local General Federation of Women’s Club fundraiser. He also participated in a turkey giveaway Thanksgiving event in Clearwater, Florida for those who have served our country.

Bogo with Publix bagsBogo took trips to several Publix Super Markets to thank them for their generosity and support of Canine Companions for Independence. Throughout his visits he was spot on with his commands, not letting all the wonderful smells from the food samples distract him. Bogo also enjoyed a night out with some of the staff from the Publix Super Markets HR/Law Department. He even met the employee who came up with his name Bogo – everyone’s favorite deal at Publix.

Bogo will continue to have new adventures in 2020, and in May the time will come for Bogo and his puppy raiser to part ways as Bogo begins professional training at the Southeast Region in Orlando. We are thankful for the time his volunteer puppy raiser has dedicated to him during this past year so Bogo will be prepared for service as an expertly trained assistance dog to enhance independence for a child, adult or veteran with a disability.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer puppy raiser by clicking here.

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