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River Bridge child advocates get a furry pro to kids help in tough settings
by Ryan Summerlin | Post Independent
May 24, 2016
River Bridge Regional Center, a child advocacy nonprofit for child victims of abuse, has a highly trained yet furry addition to its workforce. 

Foothill Ranch teen trains dogs to serve those with disabilities
by Nathan Percy | The Orange County Register
May 19, 2016
Gladys is calm and collected, while Rhea sometimes can’t keep still.

Woofer Wednesday: Share a meal with your pup
May 17, 2016
It's one thing to feed your dog, but another to share the meal.

Faulkner County gets first courthouse dog
by Tammy Keith | Arkansas Online
May 15, 2016
Barb was snoring as she lay in the 20th Judicial District Victim Services Office in Conway, oblivious to the fact that she’s the first courthouse dog in the state.

Unique graduation ceremony sees people and dogs walking side by side
by Joe Little | 10 News
May 13, 2016
An emotional ceremony Friday afternoon in Oceanside had some very unique graduates walking across the stage.

Local mother-daughter team raises assistance dogs
East County Magazine
May 9, 2016
Marilyn Fullen and her daughter Brittany have been volunteering together for over a decade.

Mother-daughter duo raise assistance dogs
by Jenny Day | CW 6
May 5, 2016
As is typically the case with volunteering, you sign up to give back and do something good for the community – but you personally end up getting so much more out of it.

San Diego Mother-Daughter Team Raises Assistance Dogs
by Hoa Quach | Times of San Diego
May 4, 2016
A San Diego mother and daughter have taken their relationship to the next level.

Yucaipa veteran Marine Corporal Justin Crabbe named 'Patriot of the Year'
Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror
April 29, 2016
On April 1, Senator Mike Morrell hosted the third annual Patriots of the Past, Present and Future Recognition Ceremony...

Companion dog assists young Redlander living with autism
by Tabetha Wittenmyer | Redlands Daily Facts
April 19, 2016
Caleb Oriero, 10, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. Caleb’s mother, Serena Oriero, said Caleb’s canine companion, Nikon, a 2-year-old golden retriever, has made life less difficult for her son.

Justice Center Facility Dog
by Chelsea Helms | KREX TV
April 13, 2016
The Mesa County Justice Center has added a furry friend to their staff.

‘Facility dog’ helps kids in tough times
by Mike Wiggins | The Daily Sentinel
April 11, 2016
Tilly can shut drawers, open doors and turn the lights on.

Joy comes on four feet for Brigham City woman with assistance dog
by Becky Cairns | Standard Examiner
April 9, 2016
Before Mary Wilkerson had even set eyes on her skilled companion dog Porter, she knew he was the dog for her.

Denver Volunteers Raising Future Assistance Dog
April 6, 2016
Denver residents Vanessa Graziano and Kevin O’Grady recently brought home an adorable, yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever cross puppy named Lizbeth.

DogFest Phoenix takes over Scottsdale Civic Center Park
ABC 15
April 1, 2016
Life is ruff. Take a puppy break and play with these canine companions at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Phoenix DogFest Walk 'n Roll is this Saturday!
March 31, 2016
Phoenix DogFest Walk 'n Roll will include a scenic, 1/4 mile dog walk followed by a celebration with live music, vendors, assistance dog demonstrations, bounce house, carnival games, FUNgility (dog agility) and activities for the whole family and their dogs.

Have kids? Like free? 16 events in Phoenix you should check out this April
The Republic
March 31, 2016
Dog lovers can take their four-legged friends along to the Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll event in Scottsdale.

DogFest Walk n' Roll
12 News
March 31, 2016
Take the entire family - including the four-legged members - out to DogFest for a day of fun while raising money to help people receive service dogs.

March 31, 2016
We're learning about DogFest ahead of this Saturday's DogFest Walk 'n Roll.

Get outside with your dog at Dogfest 2016
12 News
March 28, 2016
Need to get outside with your favorite four legged friend on Saturday? Dogfest 2016 is taking place at the Scottsdale Civic Park.

Frisco the Service Dog
Dave Quinn | LinkedIn
March 28. 2016
What does a rapidly growing community in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex have in common with a service dog in Oceanside, California? It's all in the name.

Special needs students learn value of canine companions at valley school
by Anita Roman | Fox 10
March 27, 2016
Autism Awareness Day is Saturday April 2nd. To mark the day, Canine Companions is celebrating its mission of providing highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities at Dogfest Walk N' Roll.

Travel writer and dog lover recognized by senator
by Elizabeth MacKinnon | La Mesa Courier
March 25, 2016
Traveling all over the world is itself a full-time job, but being involved in one’s community can lead to even greater satisfaction. 

Helping dogs help people: Puppy raisers for future service dogs sought
By Key Budge | Tehachapi News
March 18, 2016
People who are blind, deaf, disabled or are veterans grappling with PTSD are among those seeking dogs to serve as their forever partners. 

Training Tulip: Group teaches dogs 40 commands to assist those with disabilities
By Jan Hogan | Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 17, 2016
When Cindy Thompson trains puppies, the commands go way beyond “sit” and “stay.” She raises them to become assistance dogs for Canine Companions for Independence. The dogs have to learn 40 commands.

Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
March 15, 2016
Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to sniff and schmooze at Yappy Hour.

Service dog group creates human-canine bonds
by Rich Prange | KPNX
March 10, 2016
The bond between Dominic Bartola and his Labrador Retriever, Plato, is as natural as two peas in a pod.

Yappy Hour Returns with Tail Wagging fun at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
What is Said
March 9, 2016
Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to sniff and schmooze at Yappy Hour.

Fake Service Dog Bill Proposed in Colorado
By Maddie Garrett | KOAA
March 7, 2016
A new state bill would make it a crime to pass off your house pet as a service animal.

Heal, girl! Dogs can be ailing kids' best friends
by Jessica Peralta | The Orange County Register
February 24, 2016
Molly helps out anyone needing support at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

At Your Service
by Barbara and Jim Twardowski, RN | MDA Quest
Winter 2016
Download the Winter 2016 issue and see page 18 for an article on Service Team Eric Cook and Dusty, and what to consider before applying for an assistance dog.

Raising Puppies with a Purpose
by Jennifer Frakes | 08/10 Magazine
February 3, 2016
Carlsbad High School students Sarah and Hannah Burkman are sisters with big hearts and an important purpose. 

Raising special dogs, only to give them up
By Jeff Zevely | CBS 8
February 2, 2016
A Talmadge couple has spent the last 16-years raising puppies, only to give them away.

La Quinta Volunteer Raising Future Assistance Dog
January 21, 2016
La Quinta resident Kayla Branscum recently brought home an adorable black Labrador Retriever puppy named Waldi. 

Ahwatukee man gets service dog from national non-profit
by James Gingerich | Ahwatukee Foothills News
January 18, 2016
Since the founding of their organization, the California-based non-profit Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) has teamed up almost 5,000 disabled individuals with highly trained assistance dogs, and Eric Cook of Ahwatukee is among the most recent.

Author Dean Koontz discusses career at Register Book Club Q&A
by Eric Morgan | The Orange County Register
January 15, 2016
Read about the author appearance that featured Canine Companions.

Prolific author Dean Koontz getting renewed love from Hollywood
by Keith Sharon | The Orange County Register
January 14, 2016
Read about the author appearance that featured Canine Companions.

Wine Pub Kicks off Woofer Wednesday this Month
by Hoa Quach | January 8, 2016
Wine and puppies — now, that sounds like a great Wednesday.

Dean Koontz's life was transformed by a dog, and he's helping others feel the same joy
by Tom Berg | The Orange County Register
January 7, 2016
He needed a small favor. Who knew it would change his life? Best-selling author Dean Koontz is describing how he and his wife came to donate more than $10 million to a worthy cause.

Shawnee veterinarian, organizations partner to train assistance dog
December 30, 2015
Henry Schein Animal Health and Canine Companions for Independence have partnered with Dr. Trent Marr of Dogwood Veterinary Hospital to provide care for Kaiser IV, a puppy being raised by a volunteer to serve as an assistance dog for a child or adult with disabilities.

After toddler's death in Denver crosswalk, his family leans on dog
By Jesse Paul | The Denver Post
December 23, 2015
Austin Strasser's playful shrieks no longer echo over the hardwood floors in his family's Denver home.

Irvine man receives free service dog from Canine Companions for Independence
Orange County Breeze
December 1, 2015
Mike, of Irvine, recently received a successor service dog, provided free of charge, from Canine Companions for Independence. 

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