October 2018 eNews

October 10, 2018
woman with black hearing dog
Journey Back to Independence

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.

Cara is a Professor of Psychology at Gallaudet University, the premier institution of learning, teaching and research for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. From her home to the busy campus grounds and commute through Washington, D.C., Turf has an important job — he is tasked with being Cara’s ears.

“Every morning, he alerts to my alarm clock and we have a quick snuggle before breakfast,” Cara states. “This teacher has no excuse for being late to class!”

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. Click here to see how Turf supports Cara with her career everyday.

Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD

With the increase in veterans returning with PTSD, we have launched a pilot program to directly place service dogs with these veterans. We celebrated the first graduating class last week. Watch the graduation here.

Lights, Camera, Buckeye!

Meet Canine Companions puppy Buckeye! NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio is following Buckeye on his journey toward becoming an assistance dog. Read about Buckeye's on-screen activity and what he's learning along the way.

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