February 2013 eNewsletter

February 2013 eNewsletter

 
 
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February 21, 2013

Will Work for Belly Rubs

“It was love at first sight. She had the sexiest titanium legs I had ever seen,” says Jay about his wife Katy.

Jay saw those sexy titanium legs at a rehabilitation center after a rock climbing accident left him without the use of his legs.

In 2009 Jay and Katy were married and in 2012 Jay graduated with Canine Companions Service Dog Goliath.

“Goliath instantly became a third member of our family,” share Jay and Katy.

“Before he’s our family pet, he’s my employee,” Jay continues. “He helps me tremendously by picking up dropped items and opening doors for me.”

“One time I dropped 14 dollar bills on the floor, and Goliath picked them all up for me,” Jay explains.

Goliath’s best benefit of working for Jay, is cuddle time with Katy.

“Every morning Goliath lays on his back with his feet in the air while I pet him,” Katy says. “It’s the greatest.”

Read more stories about our great assistance dogs.


March on Washington

On Monday, January 21st, Canine Companions for Independence marched in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade.

There were 131 marchers and 56 dogs from 14 states representing Canine Companions, with nationwide participation including assistance dog teams, volunteer puppy raisers, National Board Members, CEO Corey Hudson, as well as staff.

A big thank you to graduates Carina and Caroline Elgin for their enthusiasm and making this event possible for Canine Companions.

Read more about this once in a lifetime experience.


The "E" Litter shares their love!

The “E” litter turned 5 months old on Valentine's Day. How appropriate for such a lovable group of pups! They are growing, learning, and sharing their lives and love with so many people. Read about how they are spending their days.

Some of the puppies have started to practice the training they've learned by visiting local stores. Read more…


Welcome Cathy!

This month marked a transition at the Southeast Region of Canine Companions as it welcomed a new leader. Cathy Benson took the reigns as the SER's executive director on February 4, succeeding Margaret Ager, who is retiring at the end of the month after 17 years heading the region. Please welcome Cathy to the Canine Companions family and read more about her here.


First 2013 Across-the-Country Graduations

Last week on February 15th and 16th each training center held graduation ceremonies.

47 new teams of people with disabilities and assistance dogs crossed the stage ready to start new life chapters with increased independence.

Graduations are our mission in action, and we hope you’ll be able to join us for the next one. Click here for more information.


Your Gift Could Be Matched

Did you know that many employers will match your charitable donations? With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple your gift!

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees and some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses too. Visit our website to learn if your employer participates in this wonderful program!


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Date: 2/25/2013

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