August 2013 eNewsletter

August 2013 eNewsletter

 
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August 21, 2013

Alex’s Story: Life’s Better with Bright

When I was a kid, I hated having to ask people for help all the time.

So, when my mom helped me get my first assistance dog I was thrilled to have some independence.

After he retired, I waited until my life settled down to get my second assistance dog. I’ve blown my rotator cuffs after years of pushing my wheelchair and my husband always wound up pushing me when we were out.

I wanted an assistance dog to pull my chair so I could get around without relying on someone to push me. I was so happy to come home with Bright, and it's been wonderful to be able to have my husband walk next to me instead of behind me. 

Bright makes the sweetest eye contact and is so responsive to me. She’s not just responsive to the commands I give her, but she’s responsive to my emotional output as well.

Now, Bright is a huge part of my daily life. If I’m without Bright, my life becomes completely disrupted. For instance, I can’t take the train to get to work without her to help me get around the station. She's truly been a life-changer. 

Recently Alex and Bright appeared on the news sharing insights into how fake service dogs affect her life. Check out the broadcast.



Following the E Litter

Surprises come in all shapes and sizes, but for the E Litter volunteer puppy raisers, they came in fluffy bundles of yellow fur and wet puppy kisses. Read about what our puppy raisers find most surprising about the E Litter pup they are raising.

Being a volunteer puppy raiser is an amazing experience. There is so much joy and expectation when you receive your Canine Companions puppy. "What will this puppy be like?" you ask yourself. Read more...


2013 Volunteer Leadership Conference

Our annual volunteer leadership conference is starting at our Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, CA. We’re thrilled to have so much enthusiasm for our mission in one place!

You can catch the enthusiasm when you follow the conference news and happenings on Twitter at #TEAM2013.


Who Says You Can’t Look Back?

Our 2012 Annual Report is now available online. We hope you enjoy the report and truly appreciate all of your efforts and contributions that make our mission possible!


You Did It

Thanks to your support we’ve received over 12,000 signatures to deliver to the U.S. Department of Justice and ask their help in stopping the sale of service dog equipment to unscrupulous pet owners attempting to pass their pets off as service dogs.

If you haven’t signed, it’s not too late to add your name now.


Explore Your Pet Dog's Genius

Dognition lets you discover how your dog thinks so you two can connect on a whole new level. This goes beyond IQ — it’s like getting a "dog's-eye view" of your best friend's world.

When you purchase a Dognition membership bundle $20 will be donated to Canine Companions.

Get insight into your pet dog with Dognition and support Canine Companions!


Honor Students

Do you know a student headed back to school? You can make them honor students by making a donation and sending an ecard in their honor!

Help the students in your life start the school year knowing they can and do make a difference.


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Date: 8/15/2013

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