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Canine Companions for Independence

U.S. Marine Loses Two Legs in Afghanistan But Comes Back Strong with Six New Ones

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

Photograph by Stephen Wallace The day was August 26, 2011. Marine Justin Crabbe was patrolling near a dam in Afghanistan after a bomb-sniffing d...

Phony Service Dogs

Cathy Kangas | Posted 04.01.2015 | Crime
Cathy Kangas

Nothing drives me crazier than people with phony service dogs. I can't count the times I have been at a well-attended event to find a cute Pekinese decked out in a tiny service dog vest. This "service dog" spends most of the evening barking and nipping at heels when he is placed on the floor.

Gala Celebration for Canine Companions for Independence

Cathy Kangas | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Cathy Kangas

This year's honorees represent four different types of facility placements. Working in the legal system, in a rehabilitation setting, in special needs schools as well as working with wounded veterans. What these dogs do is remarkable.

Dogs Change Lives

Cathy Kangas | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Cathy Kangas

Captain James Van Thach was wounded twice in the line of duty in Iraq. Vincent Ficarrotta was born with a condition that results in stiff joints and abnormally developed muscles. Jeff Brosi is paralyzed from the waist down. These men each received a dog from Canine Companions for Independence.

Jailed Vets Train Service Dogs For Disabled Veterans

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

CRESAPTOWN, Md. -- Hazard Wilson's new cellmate is a hairy bundle of energy whose playful zeal can't be contained by steel doors: a five-month-old gol...