I’ll always be involved with service dogs, especially for veterans, but I can’t promise you’ll see me here writing about it.
It’s simply too important an issue not to be involved, and is bigger than any one of us individually or all of us combined. But my focus professionally is shifting a little because I’m now actively pursuing a veterans affairs director position at a college or university.
I had a military friend of mine tell me a few months ago that “You’re the lighthouse. There are thousands of people … Read More
Nice interview in honor of International Assistance Dog Week with Jamie Toliver, a Canine Companions for Independence instructor at the Northwest Regional Center, which is co-located with the National Headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA.
It’s not unheard of to see an interview with a CCI instructor, but it doesn’t happen all that often, either, and it’s great to see this one, particularly since Jamie’s been doing this for 5+ years now.
Lotta good insights here for anybody with an interest in … Read More
Excellent Newsday video from a couple days ago that gives you a very rare look at the pre-matches during the ongoing Team Training at the Canine Companions for Independence Northeast Regional Training Center in Medford, NY on Long Island. Especially nice to see such a positive approach from the Northeast Region during International Assistance Dog Week – I’ve seen at least one other story like that from there this week.
While these pre-matches happen during every Team Training (four times a year – Feb, … Read More
I don’t generally post therapy dog stuff here, but this news video from WTAE in Pittsburgh last night is the absolute best therapy dog video I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a few, as you’d imagine, plus I used to make visits with one of my dogs in the Fort Carson hospital. There’s a Canine Companions for Independence connect as well, which won’t surprise you.
People ask me all the time, “What happens to the dogs that don’t make it all … Read More
Very reminiscent of an official Air Force photo of Jason Morgan’s CCI Service Dog Napal at the Warrior Games Opening Ceremony I reposted here two years ago with the same headline, and that’s why I used it again.
A group of Canine Companions for Independence Puppy Raisers and their puppies from Ohio and Western Pennsylvania went on a trip to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium today. In the above photo from the aquarium’s Facebook page, Chili, who goes back for professional training at the North Central Regional Center outside Columbus, Ohio next month, is shown doing a great “Up” and checking out one of the divers.
I don’t often post pictures of puppies in training, but this one was just too good to pass up, and I have a … Read More
Very nice photo I discovered earlier today of Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Duvall from the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s Office in Houma, Louisiana on the cover of the July Point of Vue magazine. That’s a very good looking dog, and I like the badge, too.
The corresponding article, “Palling Around”, talks about how Duvall comforts children who may have been the victims of abuse when they are interviewed or testify in court.
You can read much more about these dogs and what they do, as well as … Read More
Great article about the Canine Companions for Independence graduate team of Melissa and Joey Dickinson and Skilled Companion Mojo (I love that name), including some very nice and well-deserved words for long time (as in 24 years+) Puppy Raiser and supporter Marty Marlatt, but I want to key on one thing that really makes it special:
Oh, I’m willing to bet he gets plenty of attention there at the center, especially based on some of the comments about him I’ve read, but I mean I never see much written about him publicly. Not sure why that is, but my guess is … Read More
I'm very involved in the assistance dog community, including as a past member of the Veterans Task Force and puppy raiser at Canine Companions for Independence. Retired as a US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant after a 20-year career as an airborne Russian and Vietnamese linguist with my last assignments at the Air Force Academy as Fourth Group Sergeant Major and Dean of Faculty Superintendent. Actively looking for a paid position performing these functions or other similar meaningful work. More...