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We’re so proud of the difference CORA makes in San Mateo County for those affected by domestic violence. #granteespotlight #endtodv #domesticviolence #takeastand ... See MoreSee Less
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We embrace the unique passions of our board members. Check out this month's #boardspotlight with Suzanne Attenborough. She raises service dog puppies for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), which provides dogs free of charge to people with non visual disabilities. #passionproject #servicedogs Canine Companions for Independence
My passion is raising service dog puppies for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). CCI provides dogs free of charge to people with non visual disabilities- someone in a wheelchair, a wounded veteran, someone with a balance disorder like MS, a child with autism, older adults who lost their hearing late in life. CCI has a robust breeding program preferring Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever mixes for service. Volunteer puppy raisers, like me, socialize and train for basic obedience, about 30 commands, from age 8 weeks to about 18 months.
This is a family project for us started when our daughter was a Junior in high school. Sabrina went to Paly with her everyday for most of Cally's Senior Year. Sabrina graduated as a Service Dog to help a young man paralyzed from the chest down attend college independently and begin his career in motivational speaking. Our 5th puppy, Whitley a half lab half golden girl, went off to Doggy College, aka Advanced Training, in mid February.
Service dog puppies need to learn a lot so we take them to all sorts of places, surfaces and situations introducing them to as many types of people as possible (babies, toddlers, elderly with cane or walker, in uniform, with loud machinery, etc). I have flown with a puppy at my feet in Coach, taken buses, trains, and walked on pebbles, grates, dirt, asphalt, etc.
While it is hard to send the puppy to Doggy College, you know s/he is going to help someone and a new puppy can be in your future shortly! ... See MoreSee Less