Regional News

Click here to read current and past newsletters.

Recent Headlines:

Service Dog Changes Life of Man with Paraplegia
April 11, 2014
"Getting a service dog is one of the biggest life-changing events that a person with a disability can have," says Glen. He knows.

Service dog fills emotional void for RB couple
by Elizabeth Marie Himchak | Rancho Bernardo News Journal
March 27, 2014
Rancho Bernardo resident Connie Kennemer says her life has changed in unexpected ways since Nadine, a 2-year-old Labrador/golden retriever service dog, entered her life last fall.

Assistance Dogs and Owners Benefit from Volunteer Puppy Raisers
by JaNae Francis | Standard Examiner
April 1, 2014
Sometimes the key to happiness and independence for a human is the love and companionship of a dog.

Independence through 4 paws and a wet nose
with Susan Finch and Jack Perry
March 25, 2014
See this interview about Canine Companions with Service Team Lance Weir and Canine Companions supporter and author Jack Perry.

Tucsonian receives a new K9 companion thanks to CA organization
by Elizabeth Walton | Tucson News Now
March 21, 2014
Skylar, a Sahuarita girl, got Hamako, the canine companion she's needed, thanks to Canine Companions for Independence in California. Here is the story of another Southern Arizonana who graduated at the same time as Skylar and his new canine companion.

Canine Companions for Independence
The Sunday Journal | KOST
March 12, 2014
Our guest on this week's Sunday Journal is Glen Gregos. Glen is a client of Canine Companions for Independence...

A special canine companion for an exceptional Sahuarita girl
by Elizabeth Walton | Tucson News Now
March 11, 2014
A Sahuarita girl recently received a special gift - a dog - but Hamako is not an ordinary pet, she is an assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence.

Veteran 'Humiliated' over Service Dog
by Emily Baucum | News 4 San Antonio
February 15, 2014
Turning pain into power, a veteran from San Antonio hopes his problems with some businesses in Houston highlight the struggles all disabled Americans face every day.

Dogs Help Wounded Warriors Adjust to Civilian Life
by Andie Adams | 7 San Diego
February 15, 2014
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. It’s also a day to find a new best friend.

Lending a helping paw: Pairing man's best friend with wounded veterans
Jake Tapper | CNN
February 14, 2014
We've all seen the videos: a loving dog, a proud serviceman, a tear-jerking welcome home from man's best friend.

Service dogs for military veterans graduate from school
by Itica Milanes | 10 News San Diego
February 14, 2014
Friday was graduation day in Oceanside for a class of dogs who will be paired with people with disabilities and military veterans.

Disabled Veteran Harassed by Starbucks Employee Over Service Dog Speaks Out
by Fox News Insider
February 10, 2014
We recently told you about an amputee veteran who was harassed by a Starbucks employee because of his service dog.

Program to pair wounded veterans, assistance dogs
by Linda McIntosh | UT San Diego
February 10, 2014
A program to pair injured veterans with trained assistance dogs is kicking off Friday.

Disabled veteran confronted by Starbucks employee about service dog
by Drew Karedes | KHOU 11 News
February 7, 2014
A disabled U.S. army veteran says he was confronted and embarrassed at a Houston Starbucks because of his service dog.

Best Friends volunteers go extra mile
By Christelle L. Del Prete | Best Friends Animal Society
January 22, 2014
Read about a couple who raises puppies for Canine Companions and volunteers at Best Friends.

New Partnership Between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence Helps Wounded Warriors
San Diego Pets Magazine
January 31, 2014
A new partnership will help place trained assistance dogs with America’s wounded warriors. PetSmart for Patriots is a joint endeavor between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence to provide assistance dogs to military veterans with disabilities.
Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine - New Partnership Between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence Helps Wounded Warriors.

Former Dodger Pitcher Joins Southwest Region Board of Directors of Canine Companions for Independence
Orange County Breeze
December 8, 2013
San Clemente resident Joe Moeller, Advance Scout for the Miami Marlins and former Major League Baseball Pitcher, has joined the Southwest Region Board of Directors for Canine Companions for Independence.

The story of a dog, a girl, and their plan to help someone in need
by John Hollenhorst | KSL-TV
November 29, 2013
A Salt Lake family is adjusting to life without their dog, Biscuit — a puppy they loved for 18 months and then had to give away.

Four-Legged Fraud
by Craig Thomas | KOLD
November 26, 2013
We've probably all seen disabled people out and about with their service dogs, or maybe vets who use dogs to help them with their PTSD. But there's a growing problem.

Graduation Day for Canine Companions and their Partners
November 8, 2013
It's a big day for Canine Companions for Independence...

Let the Dogs Speak
October 25, 2013
by Chad Brummett | KASA
Learn the story of dogs that become canine companions -from their point of view. New Mexico author Marianne McKiernan and her partner Jeb are on the Style set with details on their book, Let the Dogs Speak!.

Women's Charity Fashion Show Benefits Canine Companions for Independence
October 23, 2013
Rancho Sante Fe Review
Linda Lederer Bernstein, Barbara Maguire, Jenniffer Taylor and Robert Maes, of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, hosted a private Women’s Charity Fashion Show Oct. 17 benefiting Canine Companions for Independence.

Jeb's Dogblog - Waffle Love
October 16, 2013
7 News Denver
You probably know that I have several CCI Graduate Dog pals in Denver; we get together for play dates pretty often...

Oklahoma Woman Finds Independence Through Service Dogs
October 13, 2013
by Jaclyn Cosgrove | NewsOK
Dawn Ramsey remembers when Gittinger spotted her.

Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic
August 13, 2013
Frontdoors News
The largest single fund raiser of the year for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization providing highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and veterans for free, will bring together golfers and dog lovers at the Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic, Friday, Sept. 20 at Troon North Golf Club, 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd. in Scottsdale...

Woman with Paraplegia Regains Independence with Service Dog
August 8, 2013
San Diego Pets Magazine
“They open up my world,” explains LaVonne, of Rancho Penasquitos, about her service dogs.

No Bones About it
by Aimee Williams | Oklahoma Gazette
August 7, 2013
In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is hosting its ninth annual gala to help further the mission of transforming puppies into superheroes.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Hosts The Diamond Ball for Animal Charities
Luxury Travel Magazine
August 5, 2013
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will host The Diamond Ball, an evening of inspiration committed to saving lives on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

Canine Companions to Celebrate International Assistance Dog Week with Graduation Ceremony
San Diego Pets Magazine
July 29, 2013
Canine Companions for Independence will commemorate International Assistance Dog Week with a graduation ceremony in which a new class of people with disabilities will formally receive their assistance dogs.

Click here for the Southwest Regional News Archive

Copyright © 2013 Canine Companions for Independence, Inc. All rights reserved.