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Service dog gives Manhattan Beach amputee independence
by Daniella Segura | The Beach Reporter
January 12, 2017
As a quadruple amputee, Annette Ramirez has become accustomed to people staring and pointing. But now with her new service dog Patch, that's no longer the case.

CSU’s first paraplegic veterinary student presses on, overcomes challenges
by Monte Whaley | The Denver Post
January 2, 2017
A sky-diving accident left Bernard Dime a double-leg amputee, and the deep depression that followed nearly swallowed the 30-year-old forever.

Greet the new year with a chilly ocean plunge at coastal Southern California events
by Laylan Connelley | Press-Telegram
December 30, 2016
For some, it’s a way to wash off the old year — in chilly, toe-numbing fashion.

The Dog Lover's Guide to San Diego
by Archana Ram | San Diego Magazine
December 23, 2016
Check out the adorable Canine Companions puppies on the cover and inside the January 2016 San Diego Magazine.

Canine companion lends a helping paw
by Melissa Simon | Simi Valley Acorn
December 16, 2016
Since being diagnosed in 2009 with a debilitating disorder whose symptoms include loss of muscle strength and coordination, life has not been easy for Melinda Deel. 

Valley man receives free assistance dog
Fox 10 Phoenix
December 8, 2016
Boyd Smith is a local hero and recent Canine Companions service dog recipient.

A paraplegic veterinary student returns to childhood dream
by Tatiana Parafuniuk-Talesnick
The Rocky Mountain Collegian
December 8, 2016
For Bernard Dime, a first year student in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program at Colorado State University, childhood goals have a funny way of showing up again.

Multiple sclerosis can be isolating. Rambler the dog is changing that for one Kingsburg man
Article by Carmen George, Video by Kelsey Grey | The Fresno Bee
December 2, 2016
Rambler the service dog can do a lot – open elevator doors, turn on lights, pull people in wheelchairs – but it’s a far simpler skill – kissing – that his humans love best of all.

Service dog makes life easier for woman with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
by Promise Yee | The Coast News
December 2, 2016
Having a service dog has made a significant, and positive impact to Diana Struthers.

Disabled man gets free assistance dog
The Kingsburg Recorder
December 1, 2016
It’s been 30 years that Kingsburg resident Morten Johnson has been battling multiple sclerosis.

Canine Companions for Independence enhancing lives of those with disabilities
by Alexandria T. Montes | Clovis Roundup
November 30, 2016
Canine Companions for Independence is a human service, non-profit organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs for people with a wide range of disabilities. 

Boulder's Blue Sky Bridge uses facility dog to comfort child victims
by Mitchell Byars | Daily Camera
November 25, 2016
Boulder's Blue Sky Bridge works with children who have been victims of abuse. Now, they have a four-legged ally who might make a traumatic time in those children's lives just a bit brighter.

Assistance dog betters the life of woman with disability while she works to better others
November 22, 2016
Chanda Hinton Leichtle, of Denver, is a proactive woman committed to bettering herself and helping others.

Assistance dogs help San Diegans with disabilities thrive
Oside News
November 22, 2016
Diana and Derek are San Diegans with different disabilities from different corners of the county. However they, and a record-breaking 15 other classmates from four states, gathered in Oceanside a few months ago to get matched with and train alongside their new assistance dogs at Canine Companions for Independence.

The sky’s the limit for CSU’s first paraplegic veterinary student
by Kristen Browning-Blas | Colorado State University
November 18, 2016
Until the day he crashed into the Arizona desert going 90 miles an hour, the sky was the limit for Bernard Dime. 

Kindness Corner: Canine assistant brings hope to Simi woman
by Chris O'Neal | Ventura County Reporter
November 16, 2016
A Simi Valley woman has been given new hope in the battle against a debilitating disease, thanks to a new friend: Krista the service dog from Canine Companions for Independence.

Pacific Beach youngster raising funds for Canine Companions for Independence
San Diego Community News Group
October 31, 2016
Connor, of Pacific Beach, is a 7-year-old boy with blonde, wispy hair and a wide grin. Jinxy is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever that is happiest with her best friend. The two seem to match, on the outside and inside.

Dogs and their humans raise funds for companion animals
by Jeff McDonald | San Diego Union-Tribune
October 29, 2016
Loyalty and compassion may be most associated with man’s best friend. But the traits that bind dogs and humans also lured hundreds of pet owners Saturday to Liberty Station, where strangers came together in common purpose — to support and raise cash for one another. 

Pacific Beach second grader raises thousands to help others get companion animals
by Joe Little | 10 News
October 27, 2016
A 7-year-old Pacific Beach boy has raised $2,500 so that he can help others get canine companions as well.

Nothing goofy about this local Disney dog's story
by Jeff Zevely | CBS 8
October 27, 2016
A service dog that posed for a caricature drawing at Disneyland has become a viral sensation. In Thursday's Zevely Zone, Jeff traveled to San Marcos to meet Yahoo! 

Top weekend events
by Lisa Deaderick | San Diego Union-Tribune
October 28, 2016
Instead of the usual walk around the block, treat your furry sidekick to a howlin’ good time at Canine Companions for Independence’s DogFest Walk ’n Roll at Liberty Station.

Local service dog becomes internet sensation: His mission beyond the frenzy
by Laura Cavanaugh | CW 6
October 26, 2016
A San Marcos service dog has become an internet sensation.

How Canine Companion dogs help the disabled
by Suong Tran | KECR
October 22, 2016
Hear about Canine Companions' mission to provide assistance dogs for people with disabilities and DogFest San Diego happening this weekend.

Pet Patrol: DogFest Walk n' Roll
by Sandie Lampe | KUSI
October 23, 2016
DogFest Walk 'n Roll is Canine Companions for Independence's signature national event. 

Canine Companions for Independence
by Emily Fredrick | KREXTV
October 19, 2016
Pamela Howe with Canine Companions for Independence joins Emily Fredrick in the Fox 4 Studios to share her experience raising a service dog.

Adorable service dog poses patiently for caricature at Disneyland
Fox 5 San Diego
October 19, 2016
Twitter user @cutiechaser says her parents were at Disneyland last weekend and spotted a service dog sitting patiently for a portrait at a caricature station.

Former fashion photographer sees beauty in those with differences in new exhibit
October 13, 2016
A client with a Canine Companions assistance dog was photographed for this series.

Assistive technologies helps people with disabilities 'be who they are'
By Marjorie Cortez | Deseret News Utah
October 13, 2016
The Utah Center for Assistive Technology is all about gadgets and tech that help people with disabilities improve their quality of life.

Companion dog ready for next level
by Louise Shaw | The Davis Clipper
October 3, 2016
It’s almost time for Newt to move on to his next phase of training and just thinking about it makes Marilyn Koroulis emotional. 

Rick Williams, personal dog trainer, helps four-legged friends become happy family members
By Andrea Verdin | Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News
September 23, 2016
A good dog can bring joy to a household, especially if it has truly become a companion to its owner. 

Come Support The Wounded Veterans Initiative Of Canine Companions For Independence
by Karli Karandos | Locale Magazine
September 20, 2016
It has been said that the best therapist has fur and four legs. Dogs—the loyal, smart, and adorable creatures that they are—have the ability to offer healing and help to humans, specifically injured veterans.

Palos Verdes Estates couple raising assistance dogs to ‘change some people’s lives’
By Cynthia Washicko | The Daily Breeze
September 9, 2016
Sprawled on a rug in her Palos Verdes Estates home, Vynda — a vocal Labrador and Golden Retriever mix — chomps on a brightly colored snake, wagging her tail as the toy lets out a series of strangled squawks.

Events raise funds for Canine Companions for Independence
by Carolyn Pope | Vail Daily
The local chapter of Canine Companions for Independence had a double treat last week. 

Winners of The X Factor Alex & Sierra Perform at The Diamond Ball at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
September 7, 2016
Alex & Sierra, winners of The X Factor, will perform at the much anticipated Diamond Ball at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The Diamond Ball is held each year to support the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

Courthouse dog helps Conway-area victims
By Debra Hale-Shelton | Arkansas Online
September 5, 2016
Her name is Barb II. Her fur is white with a golden streak down her back and a bit of golden fluff on her tail.

La Jolla yoga studio hosts dog-friendly benefit
by Ashley Macken | La Jolla Light
August 31, 2016
Who better to practice classic yoga poses like upward facing dog and downward facing dog than their four-legged namesakes?

Jury returns guilty verdict in sex assault trial
by Duffy Hayes | The Daily Sentinel
August 28, 2016
Facility dog helps 7-year-old victim stay calm as she testifies about case...

Companion Dogs Give Veterans Support
by Bridget Naso and Jaspreet Kaur | NBC 7 San Diego
August 22, 2016
Local injured veterans are getting an extra hand---or a paw, from companion dogs.

Crowd oohs and aahs during final year of Colorado Springs car show
by Ellie Mulder | Colorado Springs Gazette
August 22, 2016
A few thousand people walked the streets of Old Colorado City for Sunday's 25th annual Good Times Car Show - the last year they will be able to do so.

This Beautiful Duo is Doing Great Things for Those Seeking Independent Living!
Senior Stay or Go TV
August 19, 2016
Val Valentine and sweet Shirley share with us the great work being done by Canine Companions for Independence! 

Know what service dogs do, be aware of fraud
by Sabine Becker | The Taos News
August 18, 2016
International Assistance Dog Week, which is celebrated in August, was created to honor extraordinary dogs...

Happy Graduation, Canine Companions for Independence
by Kymberli Skye Butler | The Vista Press
August 18, 2016
On Saturday, August 13th at Martin Luther King Middle School, seventeen service dogs graduated into the welcoming and loving arms of their new owners.

Pella the courthouse dog leads the way to recovery for hundreds of children, families
by John Wenzel | The Denver Post
August 18, 2016
The teenage girl walked into Sungate Kids child advocacy center in Greenwood Village and refused to speak to anyone, including her own mother.

Puppy raisers make world a better place
by Kate Kelly | Huffington Post
August 17, 2016
If you have ever spoken with a person who uses an assistance dog, you know that these dogs change lives.

Retiring a Service Dog: Mary Hill, Indy and Britt
by Kate Kelly | America Comes Alive!
August 11, 2016
The bond between a person and his/her service dog is strong and special...

Airport mystery: How did a monkey end up on a plane to Las Vegas?
By Kelsey Thomas | KSNV
August 10, 2016
An investigation is underway into how a monkey ended up in the cabin of a plane coming to Las Vegas.

The Service Dog and the Professor
by Kate Kelly | America Comes Alive!
August 9, 2016
When chemistry students at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, service dCalifornia, enter their classroom with big smiles, one might presume their faces represent their enthusiasm for learning chemistry.

Sundt Foundation Awards $13K to Local Nonprofits
by Hoa Quach | Times of San Diego
August 3, 2016
Sundt Construction announced Wednesday its San Diego employees selected five local nonprofit organizations to receive Sundt Foundation grants totaling $13,300 this quarter.

Service dogs star in this tale
by Erika I Ritchie | The Orange County Register
August 1, 2016
Max McKoane couldn’t contain himself when he saw the service dogs get up on the stage. He ran over to join them, struggling to pull himself up. Then he cuddled in.

Love is a four-legged word
by Ross Leonhart | Vail Daily
August 1, 2016
Canine Companions for Independence are teaching dogs to do more than just roll over, and the nonprofit is training Golden Retrievers and Labs to help humans in need. 

Why one woman preps puppies to help those in need
by Gina Ender | Press Enterprise
July 13, 2016
Dogs have been close to Winchester resident Gail Simpson’s heart since she bred and entered golden retrievers in dog shows years ago.

Glendale veterinarian provides care for future assistance dog
The Glendale Star
July 7, 2016
Henry Schein Inc. and Canine Companions for Independence Inc. have partnered with Michele Johnson, a veterinarian who treats local animals at Glendale’s Apollo North Animal Hospital, to provide the essential products and care for Armstrong, a puppy being raised by a local volunteer to eventually serve as a highly trained assistance dog for a child or adult with disabilities.

Vail’s Independence Day Parade
by Tom Barry | The Villager
July 6, 2016
More than 100 members of Canine Companions for Independence walked in parade—with their canine companions.

Preparing puppies for a life of service
by Karla Peterson | The San Diego Union Tribune
June 27, 2016
When mothers and their teenage daughters need help smoothing the choppy waters of adolescence, some of them go for the reliable pampering ritual.

Mother-daughter team trains service puppies
9 News
June 26, 2016
Denver volunteers raise Canine Companions puppies.

Adams County Fair Queen raises assistance dog puppies, hosts furry fundraiser
Denver Post | June 24, 2016
Eighteen-year-old Aviendha Anemaet, a Brighton resident and 2016 Adams County Fair Queen, will host a dinner and silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Adams County Royalty Scholarship Fund and Canine Companions for Independence on Friday, July 8, 2016. 

Harrison advocacy center gets comfort dog
by David Holsted | The Baxter Bulletin
June 13, 2016
Sleeping at work is usually frowned upon, but for Isadora, it’s just part of her job.

Assistance Dogs Donated to Two San Gabriel Valley Residents
Pasadena Independent
June 7, 2016
Two San Gabriel Valley residents recently received assistance dogs, free of charge, from Canine Companions for Independence.

Victims con-fido in furry friend; Comfort dog joins staff at Grandma’s House
by Lee H. Dunlap | Harrison Daily
June 5, 2016
Sleeping at work is usually frowned upon, but for Isadora, it’s just part of her job.

Taos woman provides etiquette guidelines
by Sabine Becker | Taos News
May 26, 2016
I graduated with Balter, a 2-year-old, mellow Labrador/golden retriever mix, Feb. 12, 2016 from Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside, California.

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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