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Interesting DogFest information
San Diego 6
November 14, 2015
Here's how a puppy starts off as a trained service dog.

DogFest Walk 'n Roll San Diego is a community dog walk and festival
November 2015
See volunteers and a graduate team tell viewers about DogFest San Diego.

Counterfeit companion dogs a disservice to the disabled
November 5, 2015
For as little as $60 owners can go online and register their pet as a service animal.

Elite Class of Assistance Dogs Set to Graduate
Laura Cavanaugh | San Diego 6
November 3, 2015
t's a celebratory week for service dogs as graduation day nears in North County. An elite class of eleven highly-trained assistance dogs are graduating from Canine Companions in Oceanside this Friday.

DogFest Walk 'n Roll
by Kenneth Hamblin III | Westword
October 5, 2015
Canine Companion's DogFest Walk ‘n Roll was a tail-wagging good time, and for a good cause. View a beautiful photo slideshow of the event.

Canine Companions DogFest Walk 'n Roll Denver
Fox 31 Denver
October 1, 2015
Canine Companions DogFest will be held Saturday.

Assistance dog trained to help witnesses, victims in Stanislaus County court
by Rosalio Ahumada | The Modesto Bee
October 1, 2015
The woman, a victim of an assault, sat in the courtroom’s witness chair and started to talk.

Tell me your story and I will listen
by Caitlin Causey | Roaring Fork Lifestyle
October 2015
"All who enter here will find love," reads a sign hanging outside the River Bridge Regional Center in Glenwood Springs.

2 Utah children with autism get help from Canine Companions
by John Hollenhorst | KSL
September 28, 2015
Service and companion dogs have helped bring better lives to people with physical difficulties.

Canine Companions for Independence
The Sunday Journal | KOST
Tune in Sunday morning and learn about the amazing things that Canine Companions for Independence is doing!

DogFest connects Utahns with pets and fun, in the name of service
by Abigail Norton | KUTV
September 19, 2015
Wheeler Farm has gone to the dogs. Dog Fest is underway.

Dogs and their families celebrate in Salt Lake at DogFest
The Salt Lake Tribune
September 19, 2015 
DogFest Walk 'n Roll Salt Lake City invited dog lovers to join a .6 mile walk Saturday to benefit the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence.

Assistance Dog Recipients Pay it Forward Through DogFest
YourHub |  The Denver Post
September 14, 2015
Denver DogFest Walk ‘n Roll is coming up on October 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and supporters are hoping the community will rally in support of Canine Companions for Independence.

Join for DogFest - October 3rd in Denver
September 7, 2015
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) – an organization that raises and trains dogs to be service animals for people with disabilities – is holding their first ever DogFest Walk ‘n Roll in Denver on October 3rd, and we’re going to be there!

Service dog finds match in O.C. professor
by Sarah de Crescenzo | The Orange County Register
September 2, 2015
John and Yan gazed deeply into one another’s eyes. Their love was fresh, but it would last.

Volunteer "grooms" puppies to become assistance dogs
YourHub | The Denver Post
September 2, 2015
Lisa Uhlig, of Highlands Ranch, is a dog groomer in more ways than one. Not only can she pom pom a poodle, but she also raises future assistance dogs for Canine Companions for Independence.

Cross Currents - River Bridge Regional Center
by Caroline Heldman | Aspen Public Radio
September 2, 2015
This week on Cross Currents, Kerry Ach and Meghan Hurley of River Bridge Regional Center along with their new facility dog, Frasier, who assists children who have suffered physical abuse.

New facility dog assists children at River Bridge
by Jessica Cabe | Post Independent
August 20, 2015
As of Monday, when children walk through the doors of the River Bridge Regional Center, they won’t just be greeted by the warm faces of the child advocacy center’s human staff.

Canines with a higher calling
By Brittney Cannon | Clovis News Journal
August 15, 2015
Like any average 8 week-old black lab mix, Bliss is playful and getting potty-trained. But life has a higher calling for Bliss.

Puppy prepared for future role as 'canine companion'
by Louise R Shaw | The Davis Clipper
August 14, 2015
Some day, Newt might be opening doors for someone who can't do it alone, or alerting his owner when an alarm goes off.

Puppy Love
August/September 2015
Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization recognized worldwide... 

A Hearing Dog named Heather
by Kate Kelly | America Comes Alive
August 2015
Heather is a hearing dog that has changed the world for owner Jeanne Glass of Long Beach, California.

Combat-Injured Veteran Receives Free Service Dog
August 2015
Gnome is a yellow Labrador Retriever with an important mission: to make everyday life easier for a combat-injured veteran.

Dogs Help San Clemente Woman Cope, Thrive with MS

Senior Reporter
July 2015
On her 37th birthday, Mary Hill, of San Clemente, learned she had multiple sclerosis.

A boy and his dog share love and therapy
LA Parent
July 28, 2015
Eight-year-old Daron, of Van Nuys, has a tight knit family.

Dogs for Independence
by Toni Knapp | Colorado Springs Style
August 2015
Dogs have always been our best friends. But for thousands of people with disabilities who depend on help from others, assistance dogs are transforming their lives.

Canine Companions for Independence Hosts DogFest
Vail Daily
July 16, 2015
For most of us, our hearts melt when we look in those big brown eyes when they come bounding up to us, tails wagging and we know they love us unconditionally.

Dog Days of Summer Continues at Souza Family Vineyard
Tehachapi News
July 16, 2015
You don't have to leave your "best friend" at home to enjoy an afternoon of good music, good food and good company.

DogFest raises money for service dogs
Vail Daily
July 11, 2015
Nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence invites all Vail Valley dog lovers to walk their pup this Saturday...

Canine Companions: Brent and Phlox
Vail Daily
July 8, 2015
Brent Baribeau is an active guy who lives life to the fullest.

Canine Companions: Conner and Charlie
Vail Daily
July 7, 2015
Conner, of Estes Park, is an 11-year-old boy with big brown eyes and a big bright smile.

Canine Companions for Independence: The Davis Family
TV 8
July 5, 2015
Watch this family of puppy raisers tell viewers all about DogFest Vail.

Busiest Summer Day I've Ever Seen
Vail Daily
July 5, 2015
Read about the Canine Companions parade float that took first prize in the Vail America Days Parade.

Dusty helps increase Eric Cook's independence
12 News
June 30, 2015
A local Valley organization helps pair pups with people that need an extra 'paw'.

DogFest Walk 'n Roll to help service dog nonprofit
Vail Daily
June 22, 2015
Get ready for a tail waggin’ good time at DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Vail Valley in Edwards, the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence.

Good Morning Vail
TV 8 Vail
June 19, 2015
Watch volunteer Leah O'Brien and her dog Tyler spread the news about the upcoming DogFest Vail Vailey, Edwards event on July 11.

Canine Companions for Independence: Giving Veterans What They Need to Live
Orange County Pet Companion
June 2015
Sam joined the New York National Guard shortly after the September 11th attacks.

Greenwood Village Family Raising Service Dog Puppy
Denver YourHub
June 12, 2015
Lindsey Davis, of Greenwood Village, understood the value of community service at a young age.

Family Fly Away Winner!
San Diego 6
May 22, 2015
Rebecca Lundgren sent this note to our station: "I am nominating my mom, Patti Roebuck, because she gives so selflessly. As a volunteer for Canine Companions for Independence...

Pup and Circumstance: Service Dog Graduation Day
by Jeff Zevely | KFMB-TV
May 15, 2015
Graduation season is in full swing, and on Friday, it was graduation day for 14 special service dogs.

Don't Let the Slobber Fool You, Your Dog Could Be a Brainiac
by Sue Manning | UT San Diego
May 13, 2015
When her muscles locked and left her unable to move or speak, Wallis Brozman was glad she had a genius for a service dog.

Four-Legged Assistance
by Bobby Reyes | Gunnison Country Times Magazine
Her tongue is hanging out the side of her mouth and her eyes are darting around the open green field of Meadows Park...

Come to DogFest Walk 'n Roll
Vail Daily
May 7, 2015
The first Junior Chapter in the nation of Canine Companions for Independence has been inaugurated here in the Vail Valley and represents four valley schools.

11 Call for Action Investigates: No Service for Service Animals
by Danielle Kreutter | KKTV
May 5, 2015
Disabled individuals with service animals have the right to bring those animals anywhere they go.

Paralympic Athletes Celebrate their Best Friends on International Guide Dog Day
by Sarah Higgins | US Olympic News
April 29, 2015
For 2012 Paralympic swimmer Letticia Martinez and 2016 Paralympic cycling hopeful Billy Lister, International Guide Dog Day (April 29, 2015) is more than just a holiday that comes around once a year.

Assistance Dog Organization Seeks Military Veteran Applicants
Homeland Magazine
May 2015
Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs, completely free of charge, to people with a wide variety of disabilities...

Man's best friend can be a life saver for some
by Becky Ginos | The Davis Clipper
April 26, 2015
Sometimes a four-legged companion can be a better friend than a two-legged one...

Autistic boy's best friend is special dog
by Laura Rathbun | Valley News
April 24, 2015
Temecula residents Kris and Ashley Moorehead knew that their 7-year-old severely autistic son, Blaze, needed an assistance dog...

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.

Four Questions for Dean Koontz
San Diego Pets Magazine
Spring 2015
One meeting with Anna, the Golden Retriever and "author" of Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn....

One meeting with Anna, the Golden Retriever and “author” of Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn, and it’s easy to see she inherited her writing talent from her famous dad, bestselling author Dean Koontz. - See more at:
One meeting with Anna, the Golden Retriever and “author” of Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn, and it’s easy to see she inherited her writing talent from her famous dad, bestselling author Dean Koontz. - See more at:

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
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
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
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.

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