13-year-old Sacramento resident Miller, who has a rare neurodegenerative disease, received Skilled Companion Bahama free of charge last year. Bahama helps Miller be more confident in public, uses her skills to play therapeutic games with him, accompanies him to therapy appointments, hospital stays and more.
Nine years ago, Luke was in a snowboarding accident that left him with a spinal cord injury. Luke was left unable to walk and had to adjust to navigating life in a wheelchair. In 2019, Luke found his perfect match in Service Dog Rummy. Click here to read how Luke is able to maintain his active lifestyle with Rummy at his side.
Luke has Down Syndrome, creating cognitive and physical delays. Staying on task, speech and socialization are difficult for Luke. After being matched with Skilled Companion Ruff, Luke is making great strides. See how Ruff is making a huge impact in Luke’s life.
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.
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.