January 2013 eNewsletter

January 2013 eNewsletter


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January 16, 2013

Independence Debuts at Inaugural Parade

Meet Independence, our giant inflatable assistance dog, who'll be making his debut as we march in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade.

Canine Companions is one of 60 organizations chosen to march from over 2800 applications. We'll have nationwide representation with volunteers and graduate teams from 14 states participating, along with 57 tail-waggin' dogs!

We’ll be sharing updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Connect with us now so you don’t miss any of the fun!

Artist with Million Dollar Finger has Million Dollar Dog

Canine Companions graduate AJ Brockman recently presented an original portrait to President Obama.

AJ has the use of one finger on his left hand (he affectionately calls it his million dollar finger) that he uses to control a mouse pad and create digital pieces of fine art—like the Obama family portrait he presented to President Obama. AJ’s Canine Companions Service Dog Dre performs tasks like picking up dropped items to help him. “Dre is my right hand man—literally! With his assistance, I don’t have to stop working to get help. Having Dre adds to my independence and productivity,” AJ explains.

AJ is an inspiration, and his art embodies that inspiration. This did not go unnoticed by President Obama. After receiving the portrait that AJ created, President Obama said, “Your painting is incredible and you make us proud.”

Watch this video about how AJ turns his limited mobility into endless ability.

For more information about AJ's artwork and process, check out his website!

We Rang the Bell!

On December 20, 2012, representatives of Eukanuba Dog Foods and Canine Companions for Independence rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of our Initial Puppy Offering!

Graduates, volunteer puppy raisers, and even Snoopy joined in the fun! Read more about this exciting event.

Road Trip, Romps, and Resolutions

The “e” litter was busy over the holidays…some went on road trips, others romped through the snow. They all grew cuter and more loveable each day. See what lessons they’ll be taking with them thru the new year.

The puppy raisers learned a lot too…like how to prepare a puppy for a positive grooming experience. Read more…

Championship Dogs Meet Champion Working Dogs

Thanks to our partner Eukanuba Dog Foods, Canine Companions was featured at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando. Canine Companions graduate team Margo and Service Dog Joss put on an awesome presentation and made new fans of Euka (seen here in pink) and the AKC Mascot, Bailey the Beagle.

Canine Companions was also honored in center ring by Eukanuba at the beginning of the big event. The show will air February 2 on ABC, so check your local listings and set your DVR. Be sure to look for our Canine Companions logo in the ring during the broadcast!

Check out our photos from the event on Facebook.

IRA Rollover - Hurry Deadline is February 1st!

The American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012 includes a two-year retroactive extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover provision until December 31, 2013.

There is a provision that will allow certain IRA rollovers for the 2012 tax year. Please visit our website or contact Dave Bonfilio to learn how to make this gift for 2012.

Act now, the deadline to receive this benefit for your 2012 taxes is February 1.

I'd Like to Solve the Puzzle: Help is a four-legged word

Canine Companions Hearing Dog Tatiana (of 2012 Hero Dog fame) will be featured Tuesday, February 19 on Wheel of Fortune as a part of Pet Week. Tatiana can't buy a vowel, but as a highly trained Canine Companions Hearing Dog, she can alert her partner Cristina to important environmental sounds that Cristina can’t hear.

Check your local listings to watch the show and hear what Pat and Vanna have to say about Canine Companions Hearing Dog Tatiana.

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