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January 2020 eNews

With Skilled Companion Ruff by Luke’s side the sky’s the limit. 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.

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December 2019 eNews

This year, Daniel was matched with his third life-changing Canine Companions® assistance dog. Skilled Companion Bagheera gives Daniel the confidence to travel, explore and look to the future. She is there to retrieve Daniel’s iPad, which he uses to communicate, as well as open doors, turn on and off lights, and provide constant companionship. “When we are out in public, people come up to us and ask about my dog,” says Daniel. “Without my dog, they wouldn’t have talked to me.”

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Increasing Impact One Wag at a Time

“As Canine Companions looks to serve our community in better ways and increase its impact, we are proud to announce that the national board of directors has approved the launch of a small therapy dog certification pilot program in 2020,” says Sarah Birman, director of training and client services. “With so many Canine Companions released dogs already performing therapy work, it is a natural progression to provide this program to our volunteer puppy raisers.”

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