Monthly Archives: January 2013

Denver area free photo offer

Denver photographer is offering free photos of service or guide dogs for the first ten disabled individuals in the Denver area to respond. Please email for more details.


Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

Man and service dog kicked out of restaurant

Man and service dog kicked out of restaurant

Disabled veteran sues store after he and his service dog were kicked out

Disabled veteran sues store after he and his service dog were kicked out

“I’ve seen a lo…

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck

11AM Cute Puppy — Now you’re gettin’ in the spirit, Blaze!

Assistance Dogs

Visit us Monday through Friday at 11AM for your cute puppy fix! Each photo features a puppy who is in training to become an assistance dog for someone who is deaf or has a disability.

Now you’re gettin’ in the spirit, Blaze!

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Titus closed his eyes and made a wish…

Help is a Four-Legged Word™

Each year about 600 puppies are born into the Canine Companions community—all are born with the hopes of becoming an assistance dog and creating independence for a person with a disability.

Titus1In January 2010, puppy Heaven started her journey. At about that same time a little boy with spina bifida named Titus closed his eyes and made a wish.

With her parents support, Heather Shimabukuru took on the responsibilities of being Heaven’s volunteer puppy raiser.

There are over 1,000 volunteer puppy raisers across the country who provide Canine Companions puppies with a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

“My favorite cousins have muscular dystrophy and I wanted to raise a puppy to be an assistance dog in their honor,” Heather explains.

“I had a gut feeling that Heaven would be a Titus3great dog. We all loved…

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Dog Trained to Sniff Out Deadly Disease

Md. Family Helps Turn Puppies into Service Dogs


HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A canine member of a Frederick County, Md., family is enjoying puppyhood with treats, walks and massages, but he will someday have a big job as a service dog.

The McCauleys brought Gibson, a black Labrador, home about 10 months ago. He is their third dog through Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

“He’s been the easiest to work with,” Jim McCauley said. “He’s very connected with people.”

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is seeking new puppy raisers in Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland, as well as Southcentral Pennsylvania. Puppy raisers bring 8-week-old dogs into their homes, then nurture and educate them for a 14- to 16-month period.

Afterward, the dogs go to specialized training to become guide dogs for blind or visually impaired individuals.

Linda McCauley spotted an advertisement for the organization about four years ago. The couple said they have always had dogs, including several…

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Year on – the progress