September 2013 eNewsletter

September 2013 eNewsletter


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September 18, 2013

Picking Up Toys, Turning on Lights and Ending Sleepless Nights

The moment the Coleman family first held Wilona’s leash felt unreal to them. But everything was very real. The amazing dog behavior, the tasks the dog performs, the love and the massive amounts of dog fur are all very real for Lucy and the whole family.

Lucy is a young girl with spina bifida and Wilona is her Canine Companions assistance dog.

Before applying for an assistance dog, Lucy’s parents weren’t sure exactly how having an assistance dog would help Lucy, but they knew in their hearts that it would make a difference.

After just a few days of having Wilona, Lucy’s outbursts subsided and she slept through the night for the first time in her life.

Skilled companion dogs like Wilona help build independence for children with disabilities. Read our blog post for details.

Exercising Your Dog

Check out our tips for exercising your dog safely. Our trainers provide suggestions for how to gear up for a workout, and special considerations to take into account, such as size, breed and age of your pet dog.

And, be sure to tell us your favorite ways to exercise with your dog. We’re collecting ideas to share with our graduates to keep their Canine Companions assistance dogs fit and healthy.

The E Litter's First Birthday!

The E Litter celebrated their first birthday this past Saturday! It's hard to believe that an entire year has gone by. Do you remember watching these pups on the live stream? Take a look at how they've changed and read the most recent blog post documenting their journey to the extraordinary!

Being a volunteer puppy raiser for the E Litter is so much fun and a true adventure! It's so great getting to keep up with each and every one of them. Read more...

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Early Sunday morning on August 25, a group of 20 Canine Companions volunteers and 15 Canine Companions puppies and dogs huddled together on the last corner of the final stretch of the Santa Rosa marathon.

Together they cheered on runner and Canine Companions supporter, Chuck Brousseau. When he’s not running to support Canine Companions (this was the second half marathon he ran to support Canine Companions in 2013), Chuck is vice president, small market segment for Prudential Group Insurance. Prudential Group Insurance matched Chuck’s very generous donation.

Many employers have a matching gift program. Check out our website to see if your employer will match your donation too.

Know Somebody Who Works for the Government, Post Office, or Military?

Workplace giving campaigns are under way right now! Government employees can select Canine Companions for Independence as their charity of choice on their Combined Federal Campaign, United Way and other pledge forms.

Encourage your friends and neighbors to please participate in this year's fall giving campaign and make a difference for children and adults with disabilities.

For more information on how to support Canine Companions for Independence through the Combined Federal Campaign, visit our website.

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Date: 9/19/2013

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