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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.


Assistance Dog Connects Two 92130 Families
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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.

Find out What Canines Are Wearing on the Red Carpet and Support Haute Dog LA Fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence
Red Carpet Report
September 24, 2014
If you love fashion, canines (dogs) and helping others, you’ll want to come out for the third annual HAUTE DOG | LA fundraiser benefiting Canine Companions for Independence this October 21 at The Peninsula Beverly Hills from 6:30 – 9:30pm.

San Diego DogFest Walk 'n Roll to Benefit Canine Companions for Independence
San Diego County News
September 17, 2014
Get ready for a tail waggin’ good time at the San Diego DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence!

Regis University welcomes canine collegiate
by Nelson Garcia | KUSA
August 29, 2014
In Garrett Olson's physical therapy class, he is not only the student. He is a teacher, helping a fellow classmate with four legs.

Service dogs graduate, are paired with new owners
August 15, 2014
Canine Companions for Independence held a special ceremony in Oceanside Friday...

I spent my day with Canine Companions for Independence!
Karen Sharp | KOST
July 30, 2014
Our thanks to Karen Sharp for helping raise awareness of Canine Companions!

Boy gets help from four-legged friend
by John Wilkens | U-T San Diego
July 27, 2014
The calendar said May. To Ian McFarland, it felt like Christmas morning.

Organization Pairs Up Dogs with People with Disabilities
NBC San Diego
July 27, 2014
Canine Companions representatives talk about the Canine Companions Invitational golf tournament on August 22.

The Kindness Project: Man's Best Buddy
by MB Roberts | American Profile
July 22, 2014
Fifteen years ago, McKinney, Texas-based Jason MOrgan, a former Air Force pilot and meteorologist, was serving with the Army Special Forces...

I Have the Power to do Good: Animals
Disney Junior
July 2014
Be inspired by a family of volunteer puppy raisers in this Disney Junior piece.

His Calm Canine Companion
by Ashley Macken | La Jolla Light
July 10, 2014
Shelley and Claudio Lana of La Jolla have an unpredictable life and they have to be prepared for anything.

Kenny the Caregiver: How One Friendly Dog Changes Lives
By Daniel Conmy |
June 11, 2014
Kenny III has made it a lot easier for residents of the Mount San Antonio Gardens in Claremont to break out of their shell.

Service Dog a Big Help to Man with Dwarfism
June 2, 2014
John was born with dwarfism. His disability has meant a lifetime of mobility-related challenges.

Canine Companions
Colorado & Company
May 20, 2014
Watch Colorado Director Paul O'Brien and a special puppy guest.

Canine Companions for Independence
by Promise Yee |  The Osider
Premiere Issue
Anyone who sees Daniel Guillou and Narha together would say they are a perfect match.

Woman lives with MS, thrives with service dog
May 2, 2014
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease that affects the nervous system, resulting in a wide range of life-altering symptoms over time. Those diagnosed quickly learn the value of a strong support system.

Helper's helping paw calms courthouse visits
by Marlena Hamilton | KETK
April 24, 2014
The courtroom can be a very scary place for kids and victims who need to testify. That's why one East Texas county is turning to some furry and feathery companionship for help

Companion dog new addition to DA's office
By Christine Broussard | Daily Sentinel
April 17, 2014
Victims making their way through the criminal justice system will get some respite from the unpleasant process with the addition of a furry yet friendly member of the district attorney’s team — Helper the dog.

Training Dogs to Help with Autism
Heather Ford | Fox 5 San Diego
April 15. 2014
Heather Ford takes us inside Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside for a look at how dogs are helping families affected by autism.

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.

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.

Dog Helps Students in Special Ed Classroom
San Diego Pets Magazine
July 3, 2011
Children in the special education classroom of Robin Hooper at Hannalei Elementary in Vista have something the other students envy – a dog.

Service Dog Helps Child Battling Rare Disease
Fox 10 News
June 27, 2013
A Queen Creek girl is battling a rare condition called mitochondrial disease, but the whole scenario changed when a dog named Stasha walked into her life and stole the girl's heart!

Psychologist Teams with Dog at VA Hospital to Comfort Patients
June 24, 2013
Dr. Elizabeth Holman of Denver started raising puppies for Canine Companions for Independence in 2002.

Hawthorne Police use Therapy Dog to Help Residents in Need
CBS Los Angeles
June 19, 2013
A local police department is one of only two in the country with a special kind of dog on the force.

Oceanside Assistance Dog Organization to Host Open House
San Diego Pets Magazine
June 4, 2013
Canine Companions for Independence, the nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities completely free of charge, will host an open house.

Great Canine Companions
by Heather Darrow | Plano Profile
June 2013
In 2005, Aaron Ruiz was a lively kindergartener...

Canine Companions for Independence
Oceanside Spectrum | KOCT
May 2013
See volunteer Rick Williams and puppy in program Elvick explain the Canine Companions program.

People with Disabilities to Graduate with Service Dogs, Provided for Free
San Diego Pets Magazine
May 9, 2013
Canine Companions for Independence, the nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities completely free of charge, will hold a graduation ceremony.

Canine Companions for Independence Has Provided Trained Assistance Dogs for People with Disabilities since 1975
by Keri Calandro | Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation
May 8, 2013
Read this overview of Canine Companions directed at people with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease.

Service Dogs Pass the Test
by Ed Gordon | Tehachapi News
April 30, 2013
On Monday April 22 a group of service dogs from Guide Dogs of America and Canine Companions for Independence visited the Tehachapi Fire Station to be tested for their reaction to uniformed police and fire fighters, sirens, air break sounds, other public safety vehicle noises.

Paws and Wheels Became Artist's Inspiration
by Donna Kupke | The Friday Flyer
April 26, 2013
In 1985, the day prior to final exams at the detective academy where he was enrolled, 24-year-old Tommy Hollenstein decided to take a mountain bike ride through a canyon not far from his home...

Covered in Love
April 22, 2013
by Rachel Coleman | Strong Enough to Be...
The application has been filled out and it sits on my desk for close to a year...

Fundraiser Held for Canine Companions Organization
by Brittany Green-Miner | Fox 13
April 19, 2013
A fundraiser was held for Canine Companions for Independence on Thursday.

Raising Dogs with a Purpose
by Jim Rothgeb | San Diego Union Tribune
April 5, 2013
Family members and friends of Brenda and Peter Rothermel know that their house in Murrieta just isn’t a home without a dog.

Lance Weir - Canine Companions
Positively Speaking Radio
April 4, 2013
Born on September 25, 1971 Lance Weir was raised in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas...

Canine Companions Make Family Life Easier
by Christina Elston | Your Child with Special Needs
Spring 2013
Login to read this article about Canine Companions in a special edition of LA Parent magazine.

Help is a Four-Legged Word: Fort Worth Teen with Disability and her Dog Looking for Volunteers
by Nancy Churnin |
March 27, 2013
Dana Steidle, 14, of Fort Worth credits her dog, Danika, with changing her life for the better.

Paws for a Cause
Navy Compass
March/April 2013
Service dogs are trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

Man's Best Friend
Senior Scene | CitiCABLE
February/March 2013
This episode of Senior Scene is dedicated to show you that man’s best friend may be a dog that does more than ask to be taken for a walk!

Man's Best Friend... And a Rotarian
By Emily Figueiredo | Del Mar Times
March 14, 2013
Rotarians bring their various vocational titles with them as they join the club. In a club meeting you may sit next to a corporate banker, interior designer, CFO, marketing director and a physician. But now the Del Mar Rotarians have a much more unique title to welcome at their tables: Assistance Dog.

San Diego Residents Lead Board of Canine Companions for Independence
San Diego Pets Magazine
March 11, 2013
Coronado resident Pegge Wilson and Col. Chris Conlin (USMC Ret.) of Carmel Valley are respective President and Vice President of the Southwest Region Board of Canine Companions for Independence.

Foxfield Resident 'Lucky' to Have Assistance Dog
Denver Your Hub
March 11, 2013
Randi, of Foxfield, has been living with muscular dystrophy for over 20 years.

Canine Companions
SLCC Talk Show
March 8, 2013
SLCC Talk Show welcomes the Canine Companions organization to the show.

Ten More Service Dogs Graduate from Oceanside Program
by Khushbhu Shah | KPBS
February 18, 2013
Ten new graduates entered the work force this weekend.

Graduation day for canine companions
February 15, 2013
Friday was graduation day for 10 dogs from the Canine Companions for Independence organization.

Canine Companions March in Inauguration Parade
January 21, 2013
A national nonprofit very familiar to San Diegans also took part in the festivities Monday, marching in the inaugural parade.

Canine Companion Organization to March in Inaugural Parade
January 17, 2013
It's a big honor for a local nonprofit that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities. 

Kinnick Goes to Washington!
Boulder City Social
January 17, 2013
Who remembers Kinnick?! He's the adorable 16-month-old black Labrador/Golden Retriever cross who is living here in Boulder City...

Local Nonprofit Organization to be Featured in Inaugural Parade
San Diego Pets Magazine
January 16, 2013
Canine Companions for Independence, which has its Southwest Regional Training Center in Oceanside, will participate in the 57th Inaugural Parade on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Boulder City Woman and Dog to March in Inaugural Parade
by Steve Tetrault | Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 16, 2013
Kelly Haugh is looking forward to marching in the presidential inaugural parade Monday.

Abused Kids Speak Freely Around Dogs
by Jim Dalrymple II | The Salt Lake Tribune
January 7, 2013
When Judge Larry Steele learned last fall that he was going to meet a new therapy dog named Wink, he expected someone to go outside and fetch her.

Compassionate Fresno Canine Helps Veterans in Recovery
ABC 30
December 2012
A four-legged friend is the newest member of the team at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Fresno.

Canine Companion Befriends Young Victims of Abuse
by Geoff Leisick | KSL-TV
December 10, 2012
To the casual eye it looks like an ordinary house. Children's artwork hangs on the wall...

Paralyzed Arkansas Man Develops New Outlook
by The Associated Press
December 7, 2012
It was a warm sunny day when aspiring Olympian Lance Weir took his final steps.

Service Dog, Boy with Autism are Likely Best Friends
by Spenser Heaps | Daily Herald
December 3, 2012
When Sawyer Hamilton gets off the bus on a Friday afternoon in November, he makes a beeline for his dog, Topper, waiting patiently on the sidewalk.

Feeding the Soul Foundation's Annual Holiday Spectacular
November 30, 2012
Watch Graduate Team Pete and Connor IV promote this concert to benefit Canine Companions.

New Dog Comes to Aid Children
by Mary Bernard | Vernal Express
November 27, 2012
Sometimes when a child is abused, having to retell the story of their abuse to investigators is as trying as the original event.

Concert Benefits Canine Companions
U-T San Diego
November 26, 2012
See this interview about an upcoming fundraiser featuring volunteer Sondra with puppy in program Piper VI.

Service Dog is 9-Year-Old Boy's "Therapist, Motivator"
by Vikki Vargas for Life Connected | NBC 4
November 14, 2012
Ryan Sinclair, 9, has cerebral palsy, but thanks to his dog, Tiffi, he has a bridge to the outside world.

Therapist Uses Four-Legged Assistant to Help Kids
San Diego Pets Magazine
November 10, 2012
Assistance Dog Teal is also known as Doggie, Dog, Super T, Tealy Bear, Mr. Tiki, T-dog, T-friend and T the Helper.

Canine Companions for Independence Graduation Ceremony
November 9, 2012
Friday was a heartwarming day for dozens of service dogs and people with disabilities.

Police Dog: Child's Best Friend When They Need One the Most
By Anastasiya Bolton | 9News
November 8, 2012
Everyone knows that dogs can be man's best friend, but they can be so much more than that. In some cases, dogs can comfort people in a very special way.

Feeding the Soul Foundation’s Annual Holiday Spectacular with Bushwalla and Steve Poltz
San Diego Pets Magazine
October 25, 2012
Feeding the Soul Foundation is hosting a night of live music, treats, contribution and enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.

Raising Rover: Plano Resident Preps Pups for Disabled Owners
by Conner Hammett | Star Local News
October 11, 2012
Everywhere 15-month-old black lab/golden retriever mix Florette goes, she is the center of attention.

Therapy Dog Helps Patients at Hospital
by Perry Smith | The Signal
October 2, 2012
“Logan, can I get a kiss?” Valencia resident Barbara Moss asked as she labored to get back on her feet during acute physical therapy at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Monday.

Help Support Canine Companions for Independence
by Laura Mazol | WFAA
September 25, 2012
Volunteers invite the public to CANINE COMPANIONS SALUTES INDEPENDENCE in Richardson, Texas on September 29.

Canine Companions for Independence Presents HAUTE DOG | LA
September 24, 2012
Watch as puppy in program JT invites you to the HAUTE DOG | LA fundraiser.

Service Dog Provided Free Helps Soldier
Midcities Online
September 20, 2012
Steve, an Arlington resident, often wears dark sunglasses with patriotic hats and tee shirts. He leans on a walker with each step he takes and he has a tremor in his right arm that he often steadies with his left. His faithful friend, a Labrador/Golden Retriever cross named Gottlieb, is always by his side.

Specially Trained Dog Gives Young Autistic Girl and Her Family a Fresh Outlook on Life
by Chad Hunt | The Richfield Reaper
September 4, 2012
For Mark and JaLee Rappleye, Richfield, usual outings to the store, to one of their sons’ sports games or even going to church on Sundays has never been easy.

Jason and Napal: The Wounded Warrior and His Best Friend
Plano Profile
August 2012
Jason and Napal are the epitome of best friends. Life without the other is unimaginable.

Service Dog Memorialized in Art Work at Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Colorado State University e-insight
August 2012
To say that Randi Price has an indomitable spirit is an understatement.

Canine Consoler Warms the Hearts of Victims
by Bre Rodriguez | Santa Barbara Independent
August 28, 2012
District Attorney Joyce Dudley recently launched a program to provide emotional support to victims and witnesses of Santa Barbara crimes.

Canines and Cowboys Gala
August 24, 2012
It’s been well over 50 years since the iconic TV show “lassie” first entered American living rooms.

Therapy Dog Provides Comfort to Victims, Witnesses in DA’s Office
by Tom Bolton | Noozhawk
August 22, 2012
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley introduced the latest addition to her office this week, but he won’t be filing charges or prosecuting bad guys.

District Attorney's Office has a New Top Dog
KEY News
August 21, 2012
A new four legged volunteer is working at the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office. It's part of an innovative pilot program, to provide emotional support to crime victims and witnesses.

Dog Added to DA Office
edhat Santa Barbara
August 21, 2012
District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that, effective August 21, 2012, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, located in the city of Santa Barbara, will have a full-time dog, Malvern, available to provide emotional support to victims and witnesses of crimes.

A New Addition will Provide Emotional Support to Victims
Madelyn Monteath | KSBY News
August 21, 2012
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office in Santa Barbara will have a full time dog, Malvern, available to provide support to victims and witnesses of crimes.

Canine Companions for Independence - Good Morning Vail
TV 8
August 20, 2012
See staff members from Canine Companions talk about the Journey to Independence event in Colorado.

Hollis Stacey Holds Fundraiser
July 27, 2012
Hall of Fame golfer Hollis Stacey participates in the Enchanted Canines Golf Classic to benefit Canine Companions.

Calhoun the Canine Companion Healing Hearts
Childhelp T.E.A.M. Talk
July 23, 2012
We wanted to introduce you to our newest team member, Calhoun. He is a handsome and gentle two year old male Labrador/Golden Retriever mix with a heart as golden as his coat...

Independence on a Leash
by Rachel Phelps | Live Sigma Kappa
July 6, 2012
This month’s theme for Live Sigma Kappa is “independence.” Most people don’t think of having a pet as having independence, but for people with disabilities, their assistance dog is their key to having a sense of freedom and being able to live an independent life...

Facility Dog Provides Comfort at District Attorney's Office
by Dayna Worchel |
July 5, 2012
Petra the dog came quietly from underneath Sherry Magness' desk in the Smith County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday afternoon...

Hope on Four Paws
HDNet World Report
June 19, 2012
See how Canine Companions assistance dogs help veterans and civilians with disabilities.

Selfless Service with Paws
by Capt. Tamara Fischer-Carter | Air Force Space Command
June 19, 2012
"These are not pets, these are assistance animals," said Brian Landis, program analyst in Air Force Space Command's Defensive Counterspace Branch, as Syracuse lay calmly under his work desk.

Raising Hope
by Maggie Espinosa | U-T San Diego
May 24, 2012
The question my husband and I are asked most about raising Canine Companions for Independence puppies: “Isn’t it hard to give up the dogs after having them for 18 months?”...

Canine Companions Expands Wounded Veterans Initiative
by Walter Morris | Fox 5
May 9, 2012
The nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence has placed service dogs in the homes of people with disabilities...

Barrow Finds Joy in Creating Four-Legged Friendships
Golf Digest
April 28, 2012
Although it's accurate to call Barbara Barrow a former LPGA tour winner, she is perhaps better described as a Renaissance woman...

Fuzzy Allies: Canine Companions Always on Duty to Help their Humans
by Becky Cairns | Standard Examiner
April 22, 2012
A leash in the hand means a new start in life for three Top of Utah residents with disabilities.

Police Dog's Training is a Comfort to Children
by Taylor Summers | KTAR
April 18, 2012
Police officers use dogs for many different jobs...

Phoenix PD Introduce Revolutionary K-9 Companion
by Ralph Chiappetta | CBS 5
April 12, 2012
The Phoenix Police Department unveiled its new partner...

Group Provides Service Dogs to Injured Military Vets
by Bob Lawrence | KGTV
February 9, 2012
Canine Companions for Independence has trained service dogs for more than 35 years...

Vet's Best Friend: Service Dog Helps Injured Marine
East County Magazine
February 8, 2012
Gabe, a San Diego military veteran, is a seemingly laid-back, young guy...

Festival of Human Abilities
By Kurt A. Eichsteadt and Jesse Lopez |
January 30, 2012
View a video on this great event and see a short interview with Service Team Peter and Echuka.

Bettering Themselves Through Helping Others
by Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
January 27, 2012
They both have shiny blonde hair, big brown eyes and slender legs...

Charity Spotlight: Canine Companions for Independence
The Road Back Home
January 19, 2012
When you witness the work of a charitable organization, you often expect to be moved by its charity. What you don’t always expect, however, is to be moved by its organization...

Canine Companions Names New Director
by Ray Huard | North County Times
January 7, 2012
The Southwest Regional Center of Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside has named Barbara Barrow as its executive director...

Turning Point: Intermountain Therapy Animals
January 2012
Watch this program which includes a profile of Graduate Susan's work with Facility Dog Diva.

Canine Companions Provides Four-Legged Friends
December 9, 2011
Canine Companions for Independence is a national nonprofit organization that provies assistance dogs for people with disabilities completely free of charge...

Boy with Disability Relies on Canine Comfort
The San Fernando Valley Sun
December 1, 2011
Eleven-year-old Luke Chulack, lives in Burbank...

Super Dog Gives a Little Girl Some Peace
by Teryl Zarnow | The Orange County Register
October 26, 2011
Julianna Smith, 6, lies on her back on the family room floor – and her dog Emilio lies right beside her...

Help is a Four-Legged Word at Canine Companions for Independence
by Oskar | Pet Blogs United
October 17-20, 2011
Read the posts from October 17-20 on Canine Companions.

Annual Golf Fundraiser Supports Canine Companions for Independence
CBS Los Angeles
October 3, 2011
Linda Thompson from Canine Companions for Independence visited the KCAL 9 studios Monday to talk about their upcoming fundraiser.

Canine Companions for Independence for Wounded Warriors
September 24, 2011
A program designed to help anyone who is disabled wants to reach out to more wounded warriors...

Perro terapéutico para niño enfermo
by Claudia Rodriguez | Univision
September 23, 2011
If you speak Spanish, you'll enjoy this story on a Texas boy who recently received a Canine Companions Skilled Companion Dog.

Canines Take Frontrunner as Part of Training to Help Disabled
by Michael McFall | Standard-Examiner
September 17, 2011
Misty changed Glenna Foremaster's life. As the Ogden resident sat on a FrontRunner car Thursday...

Fundraiser to Blend Canines and Wine
by Nathan Scharn | The San Diego Union-Tribune
September 11, 2011
Wine connoisseurs will have a chance to engage their palates for a good cause next weekend...

Alfred's Journey
by Claire Harlin | San Diego Pets
September 8, 2011
In the blink of an eye, one's life can change forever. That's what Alfredo and Michelle Iglesias learned the hard way...

A True Dog and Pony Show
by Erik Gabaldon | The Capistrano Dispatch
August 27, 2011
For parent Kristin Piccone, Emerson means the world to her 4-year-old daughter Lilliane Piccone...

Way Beyond Fetch: Service Dogs Help the Disabled
by Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune
August 24, 2011
These dogs don't just fetch. They turn on light switches, drag laundry baskets, pull wheelchairs and give autistic children the confidence to visit the dentist...

Canine Companions Give Wounded Vets a Helping Hand
by Kenny Goldberg | KPBS
August 19, 2011
Doing even the simplest tasks like picking something up off the floor can be impossible if you're severely disabled...

Dog Helps Man Heal from Freak Accident
by Deanne Goodman | Carlsbad Patch
August 19, 2011
Eighteen years ago, Lance Weir was 21 years old and a reservist in the Marine Corps...

Del Mar Schools Have Furry New Faculty Member
by Claire Harlin | Del Mar Times
August 18, 2011
Starting this fall, special needs students attending the Del Mar Union School District will benefit from a new learning tool -  a furry, four-legged one...

Pup & Circumstance: Canine Companion Graduation
August 12, 2011
This week is International Assistance Dog Week. On Friday, several dogs with canine companions for independence were honored and paired with their new owners.

Canine Companion Brings Independence
August 3, 2011
The Rancho Santa Margarita resident suffers from cerebral palsy...

Canine Companions for Independence
Comcast Newsmakers
June 2011
Facility Team Susan Daynes and Devi introduce viewers to Canine Companions and spread the word about the Wasatch Champions Invitational Golf Classic in Utah on August 19.

Volunteer Raises Puppy to Help Others
Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes
July 25, 2011
When Melora Wallis of The Wood­lands received an eight-week-old, yellow Labrador Re­triever puppy she was instantly smitten...

Tandem Team Navigates the Disabilities of Down Syndrome
by Andy Taylor | Tyler Morning Telegraph
July 24, 2011
Something special happens when Macey Bunger says “lap” to her dog, Joycie. On command, the lab gently rests its furry muzzle against her legs as she tenderly scratches its ears...

Service Dogs are Beyond Fetching
by Karen Ravn | The Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2011
One moment 15-year-old Glen Gregos was a happy-go-lucky kid riding a motorcycle. The next he was the lucky-to-be-alive victim of a terrible accident, paralyzed from the chest down...

The Dog Trainer Has Her Day; It's Not Easy
by Teryl Zarnow | The Orange County Register
July 7, 2011
Kimi Yokota can be excused for repeatedly losing her heart...

The Woodlands Resident Helping to Train Puppy as a Service Dog
by Jose Alejandro Bastidas | The Woodlands Villager
July 5, 2011
Residents of The Woodlands always are looking for easy and enjoyable ways to lend a hand in the community...

Kyle Walpole Paired with Canine Companion
by Linda Kirkpatrick |
July 4, 2011
When Kyle Walpole began experiencing significant hearing loss from Meniere's Disease 14 years ago...

Service Dog Helps Veteran With Disability Stay Independent
San Diego Pets
July 1, 2011
Lance, a Carlsbad resident, was in his early twenties when a diving accident left him paralyzed...

Dog Bless USA
Gayle Anderson | KTLA
June 30, 2011
See how Canine Companions is participating in this initiative to provide dogs to veterans.

Service Dog Helps Veteran With Disability Stay Independent
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
June 30, 2011
Lance, a Carlsbad resident, was in his early twenties when a diving accident left him paralyzed...

Top Dog Volunteer Serves Canine Companions
June 28, 2011
Read about our outstanding volunteer, Cath Phillips, and show your support for her Classy Awards nomination by "liking" the article on Facebook!

Puppy Summer Sundays
The Los Angeles Independent
June 22, 2011
Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities completely free of charge...

Yori's Special Reunion
By Deanne Goodman | Carlsbad Patch
June 21, 2011
We first met Yori in the Fall of 2010. He's a service dog...

Service Dogs Offer More than Companionship
By Hazel Lodevico-To'o | Glendora Patch
June 14, 2011
Major Steven T. Sterry's service dog Montera doesn't have to do too much to make a difference in her owner's life...

KPRi Walks for Canine Companions at Balboa Barks
San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association
June 8, 2011
KPRi took part in the 7th annual Balboa Barks: A Day of Peace, Love & Canine Companions...

Help is a Four-Legged Word at Canine Companions for Independence
by Katie Malatino | Caring Kids and Communities
June, 2011
Download a pdf of this article on Canine Companions at this link.

Dropping in on CCI Puppy Raiser Kimi
by furfilled | The Daily Toki
June 10, 2011
Yesterday, Kimi - one of our readers and winner of the paracord leash giveaway - sent me a sweet Thank You email and photo update of the leash with her three beautiful lab-golden crosses...

Puppy Summer Sundays with Canine Companions for Independence
by furfilled | The Daily Toki
May 23, 2011
This past Sunday, I stopped by the Puppy Summer Sunday event held by Canine Companions...

Service Dog Organization Invites Public to Go to the Dogs in the Interest of Others
Westside Today
April 20, 2011
Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities completely free of charge...

The Los Angeles Independent
April 20, 2011
Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities completely free of charge...

Did You Know? Fast Facts from the Disneyland Resort, Part 6
by David Gill | Disneyland Resort
April 13, 2011
Watch this video on how the Disneyland Backstage Recycling Program benefits Canine Companions.

Dean Koontz' Dog Days
by Anthony Mason | CBS Sunday Morning
April 10, 2011
"One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they invoke in us." Those are words from the suspense thriller author Dean Koontz...

Balboa Barks Pounces Balboa Park
by Ellie Faulkner | NBC San Diego
April 9, 2011
A Saturday event has been bred for San Diego dog owners and their four-legged friends.

Puppy Raisers Turn Rambunctious Youngsters Into Disciplined Assistance Dogs
by Charles D. Brunt | The Albuquerque Journal
April 8, 2011
One glance at Karen Molony’s license plate leaves no doubt about one of her life’s passions. It reads “PUPYRZR.” ...

San Diego Living | San Diego 6
April 8, 2011
Watch this segment on the BALBOA BARKS Festival with an instructor and a graduate team.

by Shawn Styles | KFMB
April 4, 2011
Watch this video of a graduate team, instructor and puppy raisers promote the BALBOA BARKS event in San Diego on the KFMB Morning News.

Woofstock is now 'Balboa Barks' Dog Festival
by Aaron Burghin | The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Woofstock" is out. "Balboa Barks" is in...

Couple Raises Canine Pals, Then Parts With Them
by Caroline Dipping | The San Diego Union-Tribune
March 18, 2011
Sondra Thiederman had always been crazy about dogs, but her husband, Tom, avoided them after a dog told him he was allergic to their fur...

Canine Companions Spotlighted
by Sara Waite | Journal-Advocate
March 18, 2011
The Tuesday evening program at Sterling Public Library drew a crowd...

Local Artist Keeps Rolling Along with his 'Wheels of Hope' Charity Benefit
by Cassandra M. Bellantoni | Encino Patch
March 1, 2011
Despite being a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic, Tommy Hollenstein is giving back by donating...

Macy the Dog Consoles Abused Children
by Jena Johnson | KLTV
February 22, 2011
Smith County is the only county in the state of Texas to employ a full-time service dog...

Macy the Dog Works to Comfort Those Who Need Her Most
by Dayna Worchel | KYTX
February 22, 2011
Last week in the Smith County 241st District Court... 

Puppy Raisers Needed for Canine Companions for Independence
ABC 7 News
February 22, 2011
Meet Marianne McKiernan, puppy raiser for Canine Companions, and learn how you can get involved.

Volunteer in Action: Cheryl Crawford
OurCity San Diego
January 25, 2011
Cheryl Crawford's love for animals - especially dogs - is what makes her a standout volunteer...

Pick of the Day: Balboa Park Dog Festival
by Veronica Hill | California Travel Expert
January 13, 2010
Formerly known as Woofstock, the groovy 60s-themed Balboa Barks Festival descends on San Diego's Balboa Park on Saturday, April 9...

Puppy Home Companions
by Quincy C. Smith | Caller-Times
January 10, 2011

In a little blue and white china bowl on her living room end table, Carole Edwards keeps a scoop of dog food...

Canine Companions for Independence Event Draws a Crowd
Westside Today
January 6, 2011
More than 120 people packed the Canine Companions for Independence office at 2312 Westwood Boulevard on December 12 for a special open house...

Animals Assisting Humans
Cox Forum, 2010
Watch Facility Team Trish Evans and Emerson II on this Orange County, California program. Emerson's work is discussed at 5:50.

Companion Dogs Give Disabled Greater Independence
by David M. Brown | Arizona Republic
December 27, 2010
Gregg Jones and Regina Dunn think it's only logical that "dog" spelled backward is "God."...

Canine Companions for Independence Hosts Open House
Sentinel News Service | LA Sentinel
December 10, 2010
Canine Companions for Independence will host a special open house at its Los Angeles Office...

Brendan Regan Gets a New Best Friend Courtesy of Canine Companions
by Joyce Laabs | Lakeland Times
November 19, 2010
I heard him before I met him, as the deep tones of Grady V's bark echoed through the house...

Children with Autism Get Help from Therapy Dogs
by Karen Jones | Next
November 16, 2010
Read about Facility Team Elizabeth Olson and Yori in this article.

Bark in the Park: Canines Compete in CCI Costume Contest
by Johnna Ray | Shawnee News Star
October 31, 2010
The Halloween spirit went to the dogs Saturday, as about 20 canines of various size, color and breed participated in the fifth annual Bark in the Park fundraiser event.

A Better Life Thanks to a Girl's Furry Friend
by Rasa Fournier | Midweek
October 6, 2010
Aiea's Molly Nilsen has been receiving assistance from a special companion...

How Assistance Dogs Can Enrich Lives
by Terry Gardner | The Huffington Post
September 23, 2010
Dogs are not only a human's best friend. Some can help us claim our independence...

Teaching Dogs New Tricks Helps Vets
by Catenya McHenry | KXAN
September 5, 2010
It's amazing the tricks you can teach a dog, retrieving food from the refrigerator, picking up objects from the floor and even dancing...

Wounded Veteran Now Looks to Dog as Hero
by Heidi Zhou-Castro | News 8 Austin
September 4, 2010
For veteran Jason Morgan, it's taken a long journey to admit how much a man can need a dog...

Service Dog Event for Veterans to be Held This Weekend
by Rachel Parks | Fort Hood Sentinel
September 2, 2010
Following two tours of Iraq as a major in the Marine Corps, Nico Marcolongo returned to the U.S. and had trouble adjusting to the life he had left behind...

Brentwood Resident Sponsors Los Angeles Expansion of Canine Companions for Independence
by Shirley McKernan | Brentwood News
August 19, 2010
Thanks to a generous grant from Brentwood resident Shirley McKernan and The Shirley McKernan Courage Foundation, the Southwest Regional Center fo Canine Companions for Independence opened is new West Los Angeles field office in June.

Good Times Car Show Raises Cash for Canine Companions
August 15, 2010
Thousands showed up to check under the hoods of hundreds of cars Sunday at the Good Times Car Show in Old Colorado City.

Cordillera Event Benefits Service Dog Organization
Vail Daily
August 13, 2010
Journey to Independence, Canine Companions for Independence's annual Vail Valley fundraising event, will be held Monday at the Timber Hearth Grille in Cordillera.

Canine Companions Provides Assistance to People with Disabilities
San Diego Living
August 10, 2010
Watch this interview with Instructor Seamus Cashin on San Diego Living. Click here for the Flash version and here for the Windows Media version.

Hitting Links to Raise Money for Canine Companions
July 18, 2010
New Mexico volunteers are preparing for the Enchanted Canines Golf Classic to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.

Amazing Dog Serves Salt Lake Paraplegic
by Ed Yeates | KSL
A Salt Lake woman, paralyzed in a plane crash 14 years ago, now has a special someone helping her out in a very novel way.

Local Veteran's Life Changed by a Dog
by Kim Fischer | NBC DFW
June 29, 2010
Jason Morgan, an Air Force veteran, was injured in the line of duty 11 years ago, leaving him paralyzed...

Canine Companions for Independence Provides Lifeline to Disabled
by Nicole Sours Larson | San Diego Pets
June 18, 2010
Jennifer McCallson was only 20 when her whole life changed in an instant. A college cheerleader, she was doing a back flip when she collided with a male cheerleader...

Dogs Help Autistic Kids Interact with Adults
by Ed Yeates | KSL-TV
June 14, 2010
Utah children with autism are talking and learning to interact with adults through dogs...

Another Hero Named Sully
June, 2010
Listen to a podcast interview featuring Las Vegas area puppy raiser, Kelly Haugh, and puppy in program, Sully V.

Service Dog Trainers Raise Puppies for Greatness
Fox 13 Now
May 27, 2010
Salt Lake City volunteers raise future Canine Companions assistance dogs.

Atomic Dog Radio Features Canine Companions
LA Talk Radio
May 20, 2010

Play the episode on May 20 to hear hosts Jillian Boyd and Russ Avison interview Canine Companions graduate and artist Tommy Hollenstein.

Pay it 4Ward
April 28, 2010
Volunteer puppy raiser Linda McMahan was surprised with $400 in recognition of her charitable efforts on this local news segment.

Friends Who Make a Difference
by David L. Coddon | San Diego Magazine
April 2010
Jason and Marisa are a team. They take care of each other. They go just about everywhere together, and they're popular wherever they go...

Working Like a Dog: Furry Friends with Important Jobs
by Sharon Sullivan | Grand Junction Free Press
April 16, 2010
Mary Moore intends to eventually adopt her constant companion, a golden labrador named Embree...

Woofstock: A Festival for Dogs and People
Photos by John Gastaldo, The San Diego Union-Tribune
April 11, 2010
See a photo slideshow of WOOFSTOCK 2010.

Woofstock: A Festival for Dogs and People This Saturday in Balboa Park
by Inigo Figuracion, Guide to San Diego
April 9, 2010
If you're a dog lover, you obviously know how much our pooches bring to our lives. But if you are of the many who need assistance in your daily lives, you know how invaluable a canine companion...

Woofstock Festival This Weekend
Fox 5 News
April 9, 2010
Watch Canine Companions staff, graduates and puppy raisers in this local news segment promoting the Woofstock Festival.

Festival Crowds Go Through the 'Woof'
by Jeff Frank | The North County Times
April 9, 2010
What better name for a festival for dogs and people than Woofstock? That's the title for the sixth annual gathering of pups and their owners hosted by Oceanside-based Canine Companions...

Best Bet: Festival Goes to the Dogs
by Lindsey Besecker | The North County Times
April 4, 2010
Four-legged furballs and their owners are invited to dig through their closets and come out in their 1960's garb for the sixth annual Woofstock...

Helpers for Life
Dog World Extra
March, 2010
At Canine Companions for Independence, dogs are raised to provide the ultimate service...

Oceanside: Smart Dog
Don Boomer | The North County Times
February 20, 2010
Andrew LaFranchise, with his dog Blue, was one of nine people who took part in the Canine Companions for Independence graduation ceremony...

Bob the Cat and Other San Diego County Working Animals
Nicole Sours Larson | San Diego Pets
February - March, 2010

Bob, Zeke and Stu all work as "distractions" at the Oceanside campus of Canine Companions for Independence...

Assistance Dog Gives New Lease on Life to Local Man
Nicole Sours Larson | San Diego Pets
February - March, 2010
Frank Palmer is a quiet, unassuming man...

A Boy's Best Friend
Beth Kristin Ott | West Valley View
February 12, 2010
Derek Swanson loves his dog, listening to music and strawberry ice cream...

Man's Best Friend... Hearing for the Impaired
Shelley Childers | CBS 7 News
December 27, 2009
One woman's impairment has brought her more to love... Linda Ward of Odessa received a hearing dog seven years ago...

Oh Behave! We Unleash Holiday Gifts that are Doggone Purr-fect!
Host Arden Moore | Pet Life Radio
December 8, 2009
Listen to this Pet Life Radio show that highlights Canine Companions as a worthy cause to support this holiday season.

Compassion on Command
by April Wilkerson | The Journal Record
December 8, 2009
Assistance dogs can tug open a refrigerator door, alert their owners to a ringing phone, push an elevator button and much more.

Baseball Greats Help Raise $65,000 for Canine Companions
by Leslie Carter | The North County Times
November 22, 2009
The Crossings was the golf course of choice for Canine Companions for Independence on Oct. 16 for the Southwest Region's first tournament in San Diego County...

Group Hears About Canine Companions
The North County Times
November 15, 2009
The Fallbrook VFW Ladies Auxiliary invited Canine Companions for Independence to a meeting recently to talk about their Veterans Initiative...

Silverman 2009 & Operation Rebound talk about the events!
13 Action News | Las Vegas
November 6, 2009
Skilled Companion Team Nico Marcolongo and Tali of Operation Rebound help injured troops regain an active lifestyle.

Ironman for IronPuppy
by Bill Folsom | KOAA
October 19, 2009
A local man's finish at Ironman Kona will also benefit many people who need some extra help to simply complete everyday tasks...

'Big Little Life' Koontz's Warm Tribute to Beloved Dog
by Laura Groch | North County Times
October 18, 2009
Trixie was a graduate of Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that trains companion and assistance animals for the disabled. ...

Graduation Day Brought Together New Partners, Companions
by Christina Macone-Greene | The North County Voice
September 3, 2009
Something special happened on Aug. 22, at the Mission San Luis Rey Serra Center in Oceanside...

Service Dog Importance Prompts Fundraiser
by Johnna Ray, The Shawnee News-Star
August 12, 2009
They can’t restore vision, hearing or the ability to walk, but assistance dogs can — and do — provide independence for thousands of people...

Special Care's Special Canine
NewsOK, July 24, 2009
Costa is a 2-year-old black lab that works as an assistance dog at a childcare facility in Oklahoma City.

Dogs Help Veterans Heal the Wounds of War
by Patty McCormac, The San Diego Union-Tribune
July 10, 2009
As some pet owners know, some problems can be solved simply by talking to the dog... 

Author Dean Koontz Builds a Dream Home, Dream Career
by Carol Memmott, USA TODAY
June 8, 2009
Dean Koontz's home office is filled with things he treasures: family photos, Japanese scroll paintings, a collection of art deco-era Bakelite radios, a dog bed in the corner for his golden retriever, Anna...

Cold Noses, Warm Hearts
by Karen Schickendanz | Oro Valley/Marana Magazine
June, 2009
When SaddleBrooke residents Sylvia and Frank Willett took in their "new bundle of wiggles" - better known as Yukiko, a seven-month-old Golden and Labrador Retriever mix - they became more than just a pet owner, they became part of a very special organization...

Woofstock Draws Canine Crowd to Balboa Park
by Manny Lopez | North County Times
April 11, 2009
It wasn't held at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in upstate New York and there were no screeching guitars, but occasional rain did fall and howling dogs could be heard everywhere at the fifth annual Woofstock celebration held by Canine Companions for Independence...

Get Ready for Woofstock with a Fido Friendly Workout
San Diego Living | San Diego 6
April 7, 2009

Click on the link above and look for this TV segment under Recent Videos.

Woofstock to Raise Money for Service Dogs
by Stephanie DePasquale | Bark About It
April 3, 2009

If you've ever wondered who it is that trains assistance dogs to perform tasks like retrieve a water bottle out of the refrigerator without eating last night's leftovers, look no further than Canine Companions for Independence...

Peace, Love and Walk-n-roll
Under The Sun
March 2009
Woofstock: A Festival for Dogs & People will 'walk 'n roll' into town Saturday, April 11 from 9am to 2pm at Balboa Park in San Diego...

Volunteers Train Pups to Service the Disabled
by Triveni Sheshadri | San Diego Union Tribune
February 27, 2009

Eight years ago, when Margie McDonnell brought a black Labrador into her home, she felt as nervous as a new mom. It was one thing to be with the dog in the presence of trainers. It was quite another to have him as a permanent member of the household...

Canine Companions Lift Oklahoma Veterans' Spirits
by Susan Simpson | NewsOK
February 22, 2009

A stroke left Dale Bruyere partly paralyzed and unable to speak clearly. But the former Marine and patient at the VA Medical Center didn't need words this week to show affection for a new friend...

Senior Smart: Canine Companions for Independence
KGTV Channel 10 News | San Diego
January 19, 2009
Disabled seniors can receive help from four-legged friends...

Brrr, Cold! So Let's Get Those Bikinis On...
by Alysia Gray Painter | NBC Los Angeles
January 1, 2009
Daredevils across the nation -- from alpine-ish lakes in Colorado to Coney Island -- have gained fame for welcoming New Year's Day with a mad jump into whatever frigid body of water happens to be nearby. Intrigued? Southern California has its own strip-down-and-go-for-it swim...

New Year's Day Revelers Take the Plunge
by Ellyn Pak | The Orange County Register
January 1, 2009
Scott Sharples' strategy was simple: Just go for it. Wearing nothing but a pink, purple and yellow Speedo, and a long, white beard that came down to his chest, the 52-year-old faced the frigid ocean and prepped to rush into the water...

Graduation Day for Canine Companions Puppies
by Promise Yee | The Coast News
November 21, 2008
It was a joyful afternoon filled with hugs, kisses and pats on the tummy at the Canine Companions for Independence graduation...

In This Class, 'Teacher's Pet' Gains New Meaning
By Caroline Melia | Today's Local News
November 7, 2008
"Fairfax is here!" the third- through fifth-grade students in Robin Hooper's special-education class often exclaim...

Dog Works His Charm in Special Ed Classroom
by John Raifsnider | The North County Times

October 24, 2008
Students enrolled in a special education program for third- through fifth-graders at Hannalei Elementary School have a new friend in their classroom this fall...

Dana Point Man Finds a New Best Friend
by Chris Daines | The Orange County Register
October 23, 2008
Herb Langefeld recently turned 40, and on his birthday he met Oliver. They bonded quickly and became best friends...

Teacher's Pet Helps Students Improve Skills
NBC San Diego
October 22, 2008
There is a teacher's pet in a Vista special education classroom. He's a four-legged friend named Fairfax...

Meet the 2008 ASPCA Dog of the Year
ASPCA Pressroom
September 26, 2008
Ten-year-old Cole Massie of Los Angeles, CA, may live with cerebral palsy, but he has all the support a kid could want, thanks to a very special black Lab/golden retriever mix named Ilia...

Canine Support
San Diego 6
September 20, 2008
Novelist Dean Koontz is in town today signing books and drumming up support for dogs who are more than man's best friend...

Best-Selling Author Lets Dog Live On Through Books
by Jim Trageser | North County Times
September 13, 2008
For a dog who died last year, Trixie Koontz is mighty busy...

Wanted: Disabled War Vets
by Phillip Ireland | North County Times
August 9, 2008
Canine Companions for Independence  launched an outreach program Saturday seeking disabled war veterans who could benefit from one of the organization's highly-trained assistance dogs...

Offering an Assist to Military Veterans
by Jeff Frank | North County Times
August 7, 2008
It's not far from the Canine Companions for Independence office in Oceanside to Camp Pendleton...

Service Dogs are Ready to Report for Duty
by Doug Kolk | News 8
August 4, 2008
A local disabled Marine is able to get around just fine, thanks to the help of his canine companion. It's a service many disabled veterans qualify for, but chose not to take advantange of... 

Sylvie's Unconditional Love
by Kyra Kirkwood | Pasadena-Star News
August 1, 2008
Service Dogs have long been trained to help the blind. But now dogs can do so much more for people with all sorts of disabilities...

Canine Companions Reaches out to Disabled Vets
by Mark Walker | North County Times
July 30, 2008
A former Marine Corps reservist disabled by a spinal cord injury says many similarly injured troops he talks to are reluctant to apply for assistance dogs...

Service Dog Helps Disabled Vet
by Laura Forbes | Fox 21
July 24, 2008
Eight years after he was injured in a military training exercise, a Colorado Springs man is gaining some of his independence back, thanks to one loyal dog and the program that paired them up...

Lab-Retriever Mix Provides Big Dose of Hope
by Andrea Brown | The Gazette
July 21, 2008
Jay Huston could have his dog get him a beer from the fridge, but he prefers to have Timo fetch shoes and keys. Timo is a service dog for Huston...

Assistance Dogs Bring Hope and Comfort to Physically Challenged
by Jason McKinney | Colorado Dog Magazine
Summer 2008
Phlox knows how to switch lights on and off, open doors, and pick up dropped objects. She is also a ball girl for tennis player Brent Baribeau...

Canine Companions' Veterans Initiative
by Michael Gleeson | 10 News San Diego
July 2, 2008
Watch an online video of this San Diego news segment.

Beyond Best Friends: Canine Companions for Independence
by K. Castillo | sdPets
June, 2008
A dog is often considered to be man's best friend. The same goes for boys, too. Six-year-old Marisa is a great companion for 10-year-old Jason Gackstetter...

Bike Ride Raises $7,000 for Assistance Dogs
by Soraya Guttierrez |
June 7, 2008 
Soon after Bruce Ross completed his 715-mile bike ride down the California coast to raise funds for Canine Companions for Independence, he was already talking about his next cycling trip...

Canine Companions Volunteer Rides 700 Miles
by Manny Lopez | The North County Times
May 31, 2008
"With all the decisions we have to make in life, this is the one thing in my life that I know i'm supposed to be doing," said Bruce Ross, who rode his bicycle 700 miles to raise more than $6,000 on behalf of Canine Companions for Independence...

Organization Enhances Lives Through Priceless Gifts
by Angela Holman | Carlsbad Business Journal
May 2008
Since it was established in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence has enhanced the lives of people with disabilities....

Puppies Have Long Road from Infancy to Canine Companion With a Job To Do
by Diane A. Rhodes | The Press-Enterprise
April 24, 2008
Canine Companions for Independence believes that hope is a four-legged word. Since 1975 the national group has trained dogs...

Tommy Hollenstein: Tracking Art
by Sam Maddox | New Mobility
April 2008
Tommy Hollenstein's artwork is colorful and chaotic yet infused with the optimism and transformative drama that define the Southern California experience. Tommy is a native Angelino ex-surfer boy...

Canine Companions Takes Dogs to Balboa Park
by Joel D. Amos | The North County Times
April 12, 2008
Canine Companions for Independence went to Balboa Park on Saturday for its annual Woofstock, an event the Oceanside organization held at MiraCosta College in Cardiff until 2006...

Canine Companions Assist with Autism
by Ashley Walton | Spanish Fork News
April 2, 2008

April is Autism Awareness Month and Spanish Fork resident Kandace Hamilton shared a surprising secret that helps her son...

*Media may contact Katie Malatino, Southwest Region Public Relations Coordinator, at (760) 901-4307 with any questions or to arrange an interview.


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