On Sunday, April 10, 2011, bestselling author and Southwest Campus benefactor Dean Koontz was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Dean's relationship to animals was highlighted, as well as his philanthropic support of Canine Companions. Canine Companions' Oceanside facility hosted a CBS Sunday Morning camera crew and we are excited and honored to be part of Dean's segment on this widely-respected and broadly-viewed program. Click here to watch the story if you missed it!
Dean and his wife, Gerda, adopted retired Canine Companions Service Dog Trixie and the Golden Retriever changed the couple's life. Trixie inspired Dean to write a series of books in her name including Life is Good, Christmas is Good and Bliss to You. Dean also penned two picture books for children starring Trixie called I, Trixie Who is Dog and Trixie & Jinx, in addition to an autobiography of his and Gerda's life with her called A Big Little Life. Dean designates all author's proceeds from these books to benefit Canine Companions. Unfortunately, Trixie passed away in 2007, but Dean and Gerda now share their home with release dog Anna. Canine Companions is honored to receive Dean and Gerda's support, which to date has totaled $7.3 million.