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. Lulu's parents, Marko and Marianne, share, "Zuke is a great motivator and encourages Lulu to run - they love chasing each other around the house." Click here to read the entire enews.
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. “Kristi, get!” 9-year-old Nu Ja excitedly tells her new assistance dog. With a wagging tail, assistance dog Kristi retrieves Nu Ja’s lunchbox from the kitchen counter and then carries it down the hall so Nu Ja can put her lunch in her book bag. Click here to read the entire enews.
They met on a blind date over lunch, matched by a friend and Canine Companions® puppy raiser who, on a hunch, played Cupid. Both Frank and Emily have spinal disorders and use wheelchairs. Separately, they had been paired with service dogs from Canine Companions. Click here to read the entire enews.
Shawn is no stranger to the life-changing impact a highly-skilled assistance dog can provide. At age 6, Shawn was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle disease and he has since grown up with a Canine Companions® dog by his side. Click here to read the entire enews.
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 an expertly-trained hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence.
Earlier this month, Canine Companions for Independence welcomed Paige Mazzoni as our new CEO. Paige comes to our organization with over 25 years of professional experience, concentrated in corporate strategy and management, strategic initiative development and marketing implementation. We are thrilled she is here and look forward to the greater ability to serve more clients with her vision and leadership.
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. But first she wanted to tackle the challenge of relearning how to walk.
Sergeant Stefan LeRoy lost both of his legs in Afghanistan while trying to carry an injured platoon member to safety. “I knew there were more improvised explosive devices (IEDs), but that’s what you do,” says Stefan on his decision to help his injured comrade. “You do the right thing.”
Veterans, like Marv who was matched with Service Dog Yara, have experienced more independence in their lives thanks to their Canine Companions® assistance dog. “Yara is probably the main reason I’m here today,” says Marv.