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My Turn: Canine companions are true angels for those with physical and emotional needs
by Linda Zelick |  Daily Breeze
April 19, 2015
I recently raised a yellow Labrador retriever puppy for Canine Companions for Independence.

Brianna and Emily: Teaming up to take on Life
by Becky Cairns | Standard-Examiner
April 14, 2015
Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that provides trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities...
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Fundraiser Helps Provide Assistance Dogs
By Becky Cairns | Standard-Examiner
April 14, 2015
Imagine Independence, a fundraising event for Canine Companions for Independence, is sold out but interested attendees may still put their names on a wait list.

US Marine Loses Two Legs in Afghanistan but Comes Back Strong with Six New Ones
by Stephen Wallace, MD, JD | Huffington Post
The day was August 26, 2011. Marine Justin Crabbe was patrolling near a dam in Afghanistan after a bomb-sniffing dog had gone through.

Disabling cheer accident doesn't keep Jennifer McCallson on the sidelines
by Daniel Druhora | USC News
April 8, 2015
The day Jennifer McCallson's world turned upside down plays in her mind like a silent film.

Dog Helps Kids Learn Life Skills
Presidio Sentinel
April 6, 2015
Bobbi Hanna is a certified occupational therapy assistant in Point Loma.

Second Canine Companion 'Enrolls' in Del Mar District to Help Students
by Kristina Houck | Del Mar Times
April 3, 2015
Del Mar Union School District now has two furry friends helping special-needs students.

Service Animals Allow Those with Disabilities to Live Life More Fully
by Erinn Hutkin | U-T San Diego
March 31, 2015
One client went from being a hermit to feeling like the sky’s the limit. Another was able to stop taking medication because his helper could do movements that had caused him pain.

Canine Companions Gives Trained Dogs to People with Disabilities
KUSI
March 28, 2015
Canine Companions has been around since 1975 and serves individuals with physical disabilities other than blindness.

Service Dog an Amazing Gift for Retiree with Disability
50PlusPrime
March 19, 2015
“The first time my service dog retrieved an item off of the floor and handed it to me, it was like a breakthrough,” explains Eric, of Phoenix. “He was happy to do it. It was very exciting for me!”

Boy's best friend: For 12-year-old with muscular dystrophy, trained dog is a helper and companion
by Deepa Bharath | Orange County Register
March 11, 2015
“Hey, Eclair.” Twelve-year old Curren Salvati calls out to his blue-vested dog. She picks up a red remote and hands it to him.

Dog helps local girl with disability beat the odds
by Heather Simonsen | KSL TV
March 10, 2015
When Brianna Heim needs an extra hand, an extra paw is even better.

Dave Pratt Live features Canine Companions
Doublewidenetwork.com
March 6, 2015
Listen to Canine Companions volunteers talk about Phoenix DogFest Walk 'n Roll at 31:30.

Family Health Talk features Canine Companions
KXXT 1010 AM Radio
March 5, 2015
Listen to an interview featuring Canine Companions volunteers on Phoenix DogFest Walk 'n Roll.

Assistance Dog Connects Two 92130 Families
92130
February/March, 2015
Canine Companions for Independence recently celebrated a graduation ceremony.

OASIS Welcomes Canine Companions
Corona Del Mar Today
February 17, 2015
"Help is a four-legged word," according to Canine Companions for Independence...

Good Dog
Vail Daily
February 7, 2015
See a photo of the founding members of the Vail Valley Chapter of Canine Companions.

Woman braves her future with some special help
by Jeff Zevely | CBS 8
February 6, 2015
The non-profit organization Canine Companions for Independence has given a life-changing $50,000 gift to a North County teenager.

Service Dog Deception
by Marisa Mendelson | News 4 Tucson
February 3, 2015
Service dogs can be trained to do many things. They can guide the blind, pull a wheelchair and even alert someone who's about to have a seizure

It's wrong to create fake 'service' dogs
by Laura K Smith | Santa Fe New Mexican
January 10, 2015
I love my dog. She's an important part of my life and I would love to be able to take her more places with me.

Therapy Dogs provide support for children on the spectrum
News in Brief
December 28, 2014
Canine companions are now being used as a tool to provide both comfort and support for children on the autism spectrum.

Framer's Art is Volunteering
by Karla Peterson | U-T San Diego
December 22, 2014
In his 20 years of giving back to San Diego, Tom Sandler has raised puppies for Canine Companions for Independence and volunteered in the playroom at Rady Children's Hospital.

Therapy Dog Visits Kids at Denver Health
by Nancy Melear | CW 2
December 16, 2014
Kim introduces us to Nika, a therapy dog at Denver Health.

Canine Companions' DogFest a Huge Hit
by Linda McIntosh | U-T San Diego
December 19, 2014
Canine Companion’s first Dogfest Walk ‘n Roll in San Diego was a big hit drawing 550 participants, making it the largest DogFest out of 20 across the country this year.

Assistance Dog Brings Man with Disability off of the Sidelines
50PlusPrime
December 15, 2014
Kirk is a 48-year-old man with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. He is non-verbal and uses a wheelchair. At least, this is what everyone sees at first glance. Kirk is actually so much more!

Canine Companions Comfort Children on Autism Spectrum
Fox 13
December 13, 2014
Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle to connect with people, but for some reason many of them connect with animals, which is why a group called Canine Companions trains dogs to comfort children with special needs.

Assistance Dog Connects Two Carmel Valley Families
Coast News
December 11, 2014
“What I want to convey to people is, don’t feel sorry for the disabled community. We are just as much human beings as you are. And don’t feel sorry for me because I’m in a wheelchair. Be grateful because I am teaching you a lesson in humanity.”

The Diamond Ball raises $200k in support of the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions
KMPH | OsideNews.com
December 9, 2014
In the second year since its inception, The Diamond Ball, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguels annual gala supporting animal charities that save lives, raised $200,000 for the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence, on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Injured Veteran Receives Service Dog, Free of Charge
50PlusPrime
December 8, 2014
“Out of everything I’ve done to try to improve my life, nothing has even come close to getting a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence,” says Jason Morgan, a US Air Force veteran who was injured on a special operations mission.

Cutest Fasion... Haute Dog Runway Show
IT GIRL STYLES
December 8, 2014
This must be the funniest, cutest and most special runway fashion show I have ever been. Not only our models are the most furriest gorgeous, my “model worthy” baby BeBe, an eight year old Papillon debuted his cat walk on the stage as well.

Man with Quadriplegia Gains Joy, Independence with Service Dogs
50PlusPrime
December 1, 2014
Jack broke his neck in a diving accident in 1992. “After 40 years of pre-accident popularity, it was odd that for the first two years after my accident people just ignored me,” Jack recalls.

Event Helps to Train Life Changing Service Dogs
KNSD
November 22, 2014
Canine Companions for Independence helps train assistance dogs for kids, adults and vets with disabilities.

Dog Helps Public See Past Young Man's Disability
Del Mar-Carmel Valley Patch
November 19, 2014
“What I want to convey to people is, don’t feel sorry for the disabled community. We are just as much human beings as you are. And don’t feel sorry for me because I’m in a wheelchair. Be grateful because I am teaching you a lesson in humanity.”

Assistance Dog Brings Man with Disability off of the Sidelines
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch
November 19, 2014
Kirk, of Lake Elsinore, is a 48-year-old man with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. He is non-verbal and uses a wheelchair. At least, this is what everyone sees at first glance. Kirk is actually so much more!

California Assistance Dogs Changing Lives
50PlusPrime
November 9, 2014
Canine Companions for Independence was profiled on this program for the baby boomer generation.

Canine Companions Give Owners Independence
NBC San Diego
November 9, 2014
The group Canine Companions for Independence trains assistance dogs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.

Easy Turf Joins Local Charity Efforts
PRWEB
October 30, 2014
EasyTurf is scheduled to join the DogFest Walk and Roll November 22 at Liberty Station in San Diego, Calif.

Canine Companions Present Yappy Howl-O-Ween!
KOST
October 29, 2014
Tomorrow evening, Canine Companions will be hosting their monthly Yappy Hour celebration, Halloween style!

Good Deed Dogs
by Kourtney Williams | CSUN Journalism
Canine Companions' Third Annual Haute Dog in Los Angeles Fashion Show.

Here are some adorable companion dogs dressed like sushi and peacocks
laist
October 22, 2014
Last night, Canine Companions held their fashion fundraiser Haute Dog at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills.

It's time for Haute Dog LA!
KOST
October 16, 2014
Join Kari Steele for a conversation with Canine Companions for Independence Development Director Margaret Sluyk and Graduate Ron Young.

Canine Companions for Independence, Diamond Ball
Osidenews.com
October 15, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is proud to host the Second Annual Diamond Ball, a gala evening of inspiration committed to saving lives.

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