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March 2010

In This Issue
Successor Service Dog
Canine Angels in the News
Sponsorship Opportunity
Puppy Profile - Domino
Become a Puppy Raiser
Calendar of Events
Paper or Electronic?
Contact Information
Little Moments Graduate Stories
Advanced Training Report
Old Puppy Raiser
Successor Service Dog Denali
It has been an amazing week for us with Sarah Davis and her new Service Dog Denali here for training. After working together for many years with her now retired Service Dog Birch, Sarah is stepping forward with great determination as she learns new commands and masters leadership with her new canine partner.

It is a difficult process to retire your reliable partner of 10 years and form a working relationship with a new novice companion - there can be many challenges when you start over with a young, vibrant and sometimes silly, successor dog. It calls for a lot of patience and going back to basics. It has been a real reward watching Sarah form a bond so quickly with Denali.

Sarah has proven this week that dedication, leadership and a few doggie "bon bons" can make all the difference in forming an attachment with her new furry friend.

Congratulations to Canine Angels' newest Service Dog Team, Sarah Davis and female yellow lab Denali. We also send a big thank you to Beth Kemp and Harry Richter of Grants Pass, Oregon for raising Denali for Canine Angels.
Canine Angels in the News

February was a short but BUSY month for Canine Angels. The Grants Pass Daily Courier was present when Sandy, Sheila, Beth, Harry and Sarah, and 4 dogs, visited the children at Fruitdale Elementary School. Harry and Beth's daughter, Patti, wrote an excellent article and we are excited to be able to share the video with you. And we hope that you will share it with a friend.

Click here and scroll down to the 2-20-10 video titled Canine Angels visit Fruitdale students.

Thank you Patti and The Daily Courier!
How You Can Help

Sponsor a Dog in
Advanced Training

Petco gift cards are needed to help with food and supplies. Click here to order from Our mailing address is at the bottom of this column.

Cash donations are also needed for heartworm preventive. Click here to donate online now.

Thank you!
Puppy Profile - Domino
My name is Domino and I live in Foster City. It is a great city with lots of parks, lagoons and places to walk. I walk daily to the park around the corner from my house and usually along the Bay Area Trail which has a walkway for bikes, pedestrians and a pickleweed marsh for egrets, sandpipers, seagulls, geese and other birds. Sometimes, I get to go to Ocean Beach to walk because my owner, Nicole, goes to school in San Francisco.

I successfully completed puppy training class but haven't been this year because I've been going to watch Nicole's soccer games on Saturdays. In addition to the 19 players, I also have friends on the team. There are two golden retrievers and two labrador retrievers that I get to see at the games.

I've also been to a volleyball tournament and watched the girls in the gym. It can be a long day since the matches can last up to 8 hours or more. But, I get to hang out with the 10 girls on the team and take walks during their breaks.

Domino, from the Games litter, just turned 9 months old and is being raised by mother and daughter team April and Nicole, first time puppy raisers.
Thinking about becoming a Puppy Raiser?
Find out how to get started on our
puppy raiser web page.
Calendar of Events

April 9-11, 2010
Los Angeles Convention Center

April 16-18, 2010
Orange County, CA,
Fair & Event Center
July 17, 2010
CAST Dog Walk
Huntington Beach, CA

October 4-16, 2010
Team Training
Grants Pass, OR

October 16, 2010
Grants Pass, OR

Additional Team Training
classes in 2010:

March/April: Facility Dog Team Training and Placement

Little Molly a year ago
wishing everyone
Happy St. Patrick''s Day!
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Dear Canine Angels Family,

We have a full house in the kennel now. All of the dogs that are ready to start advanced training have safely arrived and settled into  their new routine here at camp. Best play buddies have been established, favorite napping spots secured. Toys, playtime, meals and regular training schedules have begun. Life is busy and filled with adventure as we search for those that will go on to be the next Service Dogs.

Each dog has its calling and not all are meant for a working lifestyle. Some will become Pals, living life as a loving companion in the home of someone disabled. Others for various reasons become Career Change dogs. No less important, these dogs find loving pet homes and help us welcome more new families into our inner circle of Canine Angels friends.

Welcome to the inner circle,
Roy and Pat Kellogg of Kingsburg, CA,
who welcomed Standard Poodle Mango into
their home to fill a hole left in their hearts
after losing their dog last year.

Goldendoodle "Lucy", shown here with her puppy
raiser family Kerri and Henry,
has now joined our dear friends
the Mortenson family in Medford, Oregon, as a
companion for their son and play partner for the
family dog. Their home is now complete.

Sandy Mays
Executive Director

Click here to read more about our Career Change dogs and find how you can apply to adopt one.
Little Moments - Jacob and Ishi
We began our journey with Canine Angels Service Teams looking for some independence for our son Jacob. What we got was Ishi, an American Indian dog whose kindness and gentle nature exceed all expectations.

Jake saw Ishi on the first day of Team Training and knew right away that he wanted him. To be a match with Ishi, Jake had to become a strong leader.  This is not in Jake's personality. Jake worked so hard during the training and became the leader that Ishi needs.
The last five months have been very difficult for Jacob. He has had four surgeries and has been in the hospital for much of that time. When we would bring Jacob home, it was Ishi that would be the first to know that Jacob was declining. Ishi would tell us by acting stressed and lay down by Jake's side and not leave him. Ishi really does love Jake. When he wants to hide his bone from our other dog, he hides it in Jake's bed. Ishi also knows when Jake needs him. Whenever Jake is in his wheelchair, he runs right to Jake's side and is ready to work.

We had no idea what kind of bond can form between a boy and his dog, but watching the two of them grow together has been an amazing experience. Ishi is always by Jake's side. They both rely on each other in stressful situations. Jake has a friend who will always be there to talk to no matter how "ruff" things get.

Jake gave Ishi the public name of Batman and together they are the Dynamic Duo!

Thank you to Jacob's mother for contributing this story. Graduates or parents, do you have a Little Moment story to share with our readers? Please send to Kara at
Advanced Training Report
This year's advanced training class is keeping busy as we hit the road experiencing local businesses such as Petsmart, Safeway, Costco, Olive Garden, Fred Meyer, Grange Co-Op and Petco.

Outdoor adventures take us to the edge of the Rogue River in search of ducks, geese and pigeons as we test each dog for their interest in birds.

Walks along main street give us an idea of how the dogs will maneuver in busy traffic areas. Meeting dogs and people along the way are experiences that each dog must learn to handle in an appropriate manner. Each stop we make reveals more about the personality and stability of each dog.

Miss Violet missed the latest group photo because she was having a special adventure. She was away at "kid camp", staying with a local family who has several kids and other dogs, to get more good exposure to children.

All of the advanced training dogs will have the chance to rotate to various homes while in advanced training. This opportunity will help further their positive experiences with new people and families.

And from our Puparazzi we hear:

Yesterday was a busy day grooming - rainy weather and lots of doggy play turns those Doodle curls into knots!

Each dog gets his/her grooming time.  Some are there longer than others. Denali has the least amount of time on the table - those wash & wear labs.

Thanks, Beth & Harry, for all the great photos of our dogs in Advanced Training, for your help at the kennel, and for your frequent Puparazzi reports!

Pumpkin and Peppermint Patty
Old Puppy Raiser
I have been a service dog puppy raiser since 1998 and wish I had found that avocation much earlier. I have raised ten puppies for three different service dog organizations. Of those 10 pups, four went through Advanced Training to become a service dog; the other six were career changed.

Being a volunteer service dog puppy raiser is a roller coaster of emotions, leading to those dreaded words, "Turn-In Time". The first few puppies were the most difficult, and when I found out my pup had not made it through the program, I felt like I had failed somehow. So I adopted a saying that has helped me over the years: "Many are called but only a few can be chosen."

Although I shed many tears before, during and for some time after the turn-in of my puppy, seeing one of my service pups at work, or one of my released puppies making a wonderful family pet, makes all those tears worth it.

And there is always the option of getting your pup back if it is released from the program. If I took back every dog that was released, I could not continue being a puppy raiser. But with Joy, I was able to take her back home. She has not only been an incredible addition to our family but we quickly discovered that she loved the new puppies and became a surrogate mom to each one.

Despite the heartache associated with letting go of a pup that I have bonded deeply with for almost a year, I have found this aspect of my life to be extremely rewarding. To see a child in a wheelchair receive a dog is a heart bursting moment. I have been to several graduations and it is an extremely moving experience. There are very few dry eyes in the room.

Many thanks to Carlene Farmer for sharing her experiences with us and for stating so well what we want all of our puppy raisers to know - you are all appreciated and you have succeeded at your job, even if your dog is not called to be a service dog.

Please continue reading Carlene's tips for new puppy raisers below and visit Carlene's web site, where some of the products are tagged for a special donation to Canine Angels.

Tips for New Puppy Raisers

1. Trust that you have done your very best to help your pup find its true path, whether that is as a Service Dog or released to become a companion dog.

2. Every pup is important to the success of the program, no matter what happens after Advanced Training because without a lot of puppies to work with, CAST would have difficulty finding enough pups to become service dogs for all the disabled children waiting.

3. After you turn your puppy in, trust that he is in the best of places with exceptional people who know how to take perfect care of him and help find his true path.

4. Remember that with so many dogs in Advanced Training, it can be difficult for the trainers to give you as many updates on your pup as you would like because they really do have their hands full. But they are also super good at responding to your requests for an update.

5. If you have never been to a graduation, go, even if your pup is not one that is graduating. It will really show you the full picture and help you understand how very important puppy raisers and all of the pups raised are to the success of the program.

6. If you can, overlap your puppies, so you can have the anticipation and joy of a new puppy to help take the edge off turning one in.

7. Don't forget: she will be someone else's dog but she will always be your puppy.

In summary, puppies rock but puppy raisers super rock!!