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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