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Canine Companions for Independence

Puppy Raisers Make World A Better Place

Kate Kelly | Posted 08.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Kate Kelly

If you have ever spoken with a person who uses an assistance dog, you know that these dogs change lives. Whether it's a PTSD dog helping a military person return to "regular life," or a service dog providing aid to a person lacking mobility, these dogs are capable of miracles.

Cosmetics Industry and Animal Testing

Cathy Kangas | Posted 01.26.2017 | Green
Cathy Kangas

According to PETA, cosmetics brands Benefit, Bliss, Caudalie, Clarins, Clinique, Dior, Estée Lauder and Gucci all sell their products in China, where the law requires pre-market animal testing for all imported cosmetics.

Wheels and Wags

Cathy Kangas | Posted 12.23.2016 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Two years ago she met her husband Frank through Canine Companions. Frank is also in a wheelchair and has a service dog named Drew. "Having a husband who understands what life is like in a wheelchair is a real gift. Our amazing service dogs complete our happy foursome family," she said.

Puppy Raisers Needed by Canine Companions for Independence

Cathy Kangas | Posted 09.08.2016 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Behind every one of these great dogs is a puppy raiser, someone who takes the dog into his home at eight weeks of age and gives it up at 18 months to a child or adult with a disability, whose life will be changed for the better.

WATCH: Dog Paints Picture To Show Off Skills Helping People With Disabilities

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.13.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Who knew the modern-day Picasso was an adorable ol' lab named Oksana? The precious pup, who is affiliated with the Canine Companions for Independe...

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

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.13.2015 | 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 dog...

Phony Service Dogs

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.01.2015 | 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.