Our Stories

Our Stories
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Barbara and Marco

“Barbara and Marco have developed a special way of communicating. Their bond is incredible. Barbara will call Marco with clicks of her tongue and he knows that she is calling him. He will come to her and push his head under her arm so she can pet him. He knows how to position himself so Barbara can reach him.” Read more...
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Bob and Exeter

“Often, people would see Bob stumbling and assume he was intoxicated. They didn’t understand that he was only under the influence of Huntington’s. People see Exeter in his blue Canine Companions vest and instantly understand that Bob has a disability. Now instead of confronting him, they offer their assistance.” Read more...
Stories Charlie and Devon

Charlie and Devon

It takes a distinct form of courage to take on a job called “Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician.” Especially while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Charlie Linville, of Boise, is that kind of brave. Read more...
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Dan and Michael

“I was at the grocery store when my wedding ring fell to the ground and rolled under a shelf…my service dog went and got the ring, brought it to me and dropped it right in my hand. It was amazing! I didn’t have to ask anyone for help!” Read more…
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Facility Dog Mabel

“Over 80% of the kids we serve are victims of child abuse or neglect. Mabel has had countless, powerful interactions with the kids we serve. She is happiest when she is working.” Read more…
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Hilary and Hudson

“I was first motivated to get a service dog when I was 16 years old to increase my independence. I had never been to the mall or the movies by myself. Even getting from the parking lot to meet a friend inside was tricky. I can’t imagine how different my life would be if I hadn’t gotten involved with Canine Companions for Independence.” Read more…
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Isaac and Kaylor

“Isaac is teaching Kaylor to listen to commands from the voice on his iPad, and Kaylor picks it up so quickly! Having Kaylor has helped Isaac when interacting with his peers. In the past, Isaac stayed 30 feet away from anyone, covering his ears and never looking at anyone, but Kaylor made Isaac visible.” Read more…
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Jason and Rue

“Being in special ops, they don’t teach you very much humility. When you have that mentality, and that’s the training that has been brought to you, to really humble yourself and let other people help you is extremely tough. But I’m telling you, it’s so much easier for a dog to do it.” Watch Jason's full story.
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Jean and Chanler

“The skill with which Canine Companions instructors matched each human and dog team in my class was amazing. Each team was a perfect fit,” Chanler is playful, affectionate and a diligent worker. He aims to please and takes pride and joy in alerting me to sounds every day.” Read more…
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Jeff and Waylon

“I love training dogs in obedience and I liked the idea of having a buddy for my black lab, but didn’t want a 14-year commitment. The dogs do so much more for us than we do for the dogs. And the impact is so far reaching. Not just one life, but many lives. It just makes you feel so good about what you are doing.” Read more…
Stories Lizzy and Kavi

Lizzy and Kavi

“When we got on the waitlist for Canine Companions, we felt like we won the dog lottery,” says Camilla, Lizzy's mom. Read more...
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Ludovice Family and Nicola

“At first her dad and I were like ‘yeah right, we’re going to raise a puppy and then give it away,’ If not for Kelly encouraging us to approve puppy raising as her project to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, we would have never done this. It was the best thing we have ever done.” Read more…
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Stefan and Knoxville

“Knoxville is an absolutely amazing service dog. In those situations when I don’t feel comfortable with my disability, Knox is there to make me feel more comfortable.” Watch Stefan's full story here.
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Stefanie and Kaz

“When people see me in my wheelchair it’s hard for them to imagine that I can drive a horse let alone compete on an international level." Read more...
Stories Wallis and Mork

Wallis and Mork

“Mork came into my life exactly when I needed him most.” Read more...
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Zara and Alohi

“Alohi’s really gotten into the rhythm of our family since she was matched with Zara. Alohi knows exactly when she’s working. Whenever she walks with Zara, she slows down to match Zara’s pace.” Read more…