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Shakti and Service Dog Ember

Yoga is well known for its benefits to the mind, body and spirit. But for Canine Companions graduate Shakti, it also led to service dog Ember. Click here to read the full story.

Hooray LuLu and Zuke!

LuLu is a smart, vivacious 7 year old who needs to stay active and exercise to help manage the progression of two rare genetic conditions. Skilled Companion Zuke is an expertly-trained assistance dog who helps LuLu move more and participate in the activities she enjoys most. Click here to read the full story.

We’re Just Mad About Ruth

At the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, California, Thursday is also known as “Ruth Day.” Staff and dogs alike listen for the sounds of Canine Companions volunteer Ruth, her voice rising over the buzz of a Dremel tool as she travels from office to office throughout the morning giving puppies and dogs their weekly nail care. Click here to read the full story.

Amazing Erin!

Long-time puppy raiser and former Capital Chapter president, Erin Scranton, co-chaired another successful DogFest Washington DC last year. Click here to read the full story.

Kristi Is My Best Friend

Nu Ja was born with limb differences in her arms and legs, meaning they are either absent or incomplete; however, this rarely slows her down. Click here to read the full story.

Partnered With Pablo

Life changed for Chelsey in 2010 when she contracted a bacterial infection after tubing on the Comal River, which led to a bilateral below-knee amputation. Click here to read the full story.

Moving Away From Home

Megan often has her nose buried in a book. When she’s not reading for fun, she is studying to take the bar exam this summer. Megan recently graduated from law school at Northeastern University in Boston, but she didn’t always think that her life could take her so far from her home in California. Click here to read the full story.

A Puppy Named Quincy

Jane can’t imagine a better place to work than Intuit in San Diego. That’s because the company encourages employees to give back to their communities, and she’s a passionate Canine Companions supporter in many forms. Click here to read the full story.

Puppy Raising Full Circle

Kelly and Kirk keep busy with their pre-teen daughters, Katherine and Killian, but they wanted their girls to experience giving back to the community in a way that would be tangible. They wanted Katherine and Killian to see, feel, experience and teach. Click here to read the full story.

No Excuse for Being Late to Class

Dr. Cara Miller has a very persistent alarm clock. It doesn’t have a snooze setting, and it often comes with a couple of whiskery kisses. Cara’s alarm clock is named Turf, and he’s a black Labrador and a highly-trained hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence®. Click here to read the full story.

Tales from a service dog: what I want the public to know about me and my handler

The following is a public service announcement brought to you by Pico Honick, service dog. Click here to read the full story.

Chrissy & Thel

U.S. Army veteran Chrissy first found out about Canine Companions for Independence at age 10 when her aunt was partnered with a Canine Companions assistance dog to help with multiple sclerosis. When Chrissy experienced a debilitating back injury while serving in the military, she knew she would turn to Canine Companions for her own assistance dog. Click here to read the full story.

Loyal Support

Veterinarian Russ Gurevitch, DVM is considered by many to be as loyal and committed as the dogs he treats. “Russ is willing to do anything for Canine Companions®. He does great work and sometimes sings opera during surgery,” laughs Canine Companions Breeding Program Veterinarian Ruth Daniels, DVM. “His skills and knowledge have been invaluable. He is always there to offer his professional advice or a second opinion.” Click here to read the full story.

Empty Nesters Find Purpose With Puppies

“Raising puppies for Canine Companions has given our lives a sense of purpose, now that both of our sons are grown,” explains Teri and Nick. Click here to read the full story.

Travis and Facility Dog Karmen

The newest addition at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Grapevine-Lancaster is bringing patients a unique form of treatment — the love of a dog. Click here to read the full story.

Alex & Bright

In 2011, I was matched with Service Dog Bright. Fast forward to the present day and now I’m the mom. My one-year-old daughter, Arwen, keeps me busier than anything I’ve ever experienced before. Bright has adjusted beautifully to the addition to our pack, and allows me to focus fully on Arwen by making otherwise strenuous tasks a total breeze. Click here to read the full story.

Facility Dog Igor III

“A child had just received new braces and was refusing to walk in them. All I had to say was, ‘let’s get Igor’s leash and take him outside,’ and Igor and the child were walking and eventually running outside together,” recalls Teresa, a physical therapist at Children’s TherAplay Foundation Inc. Facility Dog Igor III and Teresa work with over 500 children from the ages of 18 months to 13 years old every month. Click here to read the full story.

Zara and Alohi

“Alohi’s really gotten into the rhythm of our family since she was matched with Zara. Alohi knows exactly when she’s working. Whenever she walks with Zara, she slows down to match Zara’s pace.” Click here to read the full story.

Isaac and Kaylor

“Isaac is teaching Kaylor to listen to commands from the voice on his iPad, and Kaylor picks it up so quickly! Having Kaylor has helped Isaac when interacting with his peers. In the past, Isaac stayed 30 feet away from anyone, covering his ears and never looking at anyone, but Kaylor made Isaac visible.” Click here to read the full story.

Jeff and Waylon

“I love training dogs in obedience and I liked the idea of having a buddy for my black lab, but didn’t want a 14-year commitment. The dogs do so much more for us than we do for the dogs. And the impact is so far reaching. Not just one life, but many lives. It just makes you feel so good about what you are doing.” Click here to read the full story.

Hilary and Hudson

“I was first motivated to get a service dog when I was 16 years old to increase my independence. I had never been to the mall or the movies by myself. Even getting from the parking lot to meet a friend inside was tricky. I can’t imagine how different my life would be if I hadn’t gotten involved with Canine Companions for Independence.” Click here to read the full story.

Jason and Rue

“Being in special ops, they don’t teach you very much humility. When you have that mentality, and that’s the training that has been brought to you, to really humble yourself and let other people help you is extremely tough. But I’m telling you, it’s so much easier for a dog to do it.” Click here to read the full story.

Bob and Exeter

“Often, people would see Bob stumbling and assume he was intoxicated. They didn’t understand that he was only under the influence of Huntington’s. People see Exeter in his blue Canine Companions vest and instantly understand that Bob has a disability. Now instead of confronting him, they offer their assistance.” Click here to read the full story.

Jean and Chanler

“The skill with which Canine Companions instructors matched each human and dog team in my class was amazing. Each team was a perfect fit,” Chanler is playful, affectionate and a diligent worker. He aims to please and takes pride and joy in alerting me to sounds every day.” Click here to read the full story.

Facility Dog Mabel

“Over 80% of the kids we serve are victims of child abuse or neglect. Mabel has had countless, powerful interactions with the kids we serve. She is happiest when she is working.” Click here to read the full story.

Ludovice Family and Nicola

“At first her dad and I were like ‘yeah right, we’re going to raise a puppy and then give it away,’ If not for Kelly encouraging us to approve puppy raising as her project to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, we would have never done this. It was the best thing we have ever done.” Click here to read the full story.

Dan and Michael

“I was at the grocery store when my wedding ring fell to the ground and rolled under a shelf…my service dog went and got the ring, brought it to me and dropped it right in my hand. It was amazing! I didn’t have to ask anyone for help!” Click here to read the full story.

Stefan and Knoxville

“Knoxville is an absolutely amazing service dog. In those situations when I don’t feel comfortable with my disability, Knox is there to make me feel more comfortable.” Click here to read the full story.

Stefanie and Kaz

“When people see me in my wheelchair it’s hard for them to imagine that I can drive a horse let alone compete on an international level." Click here to read the full story.

Barbara and Marco

“Barbara and Marco have developed a special way of communicating. Their bond is incredible. Barbara will call Marco with clicks of her tongue and he knows that she is calling him. He will come to her and push his head under her arm so she can pet him. He knows how to position himself so Barbara can reach him.” Click here to read the full story.

Charlie and Devon

It takes a distinct form of courage to take on a job called “Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.” Especially while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Charlie Linville, of Boise, is that kind of brave. Click here to read the full story.

Wallis and Mork

“Mork came into my life exactly when I needed him most.” Click here to read the full story.

Lizzy and Kavi

“When we got on the waitlist for Canine Companions, we felt like we won the dog lottery,” says Camilla, Lizzy's mom. Click here to read the full story.

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