Saturday, March 1, 2014

Welcome our newest puppy to's Ladina!  First-time puppy raisers Jake and Liz just picked her up from the airport on Friday afternoon.  Oh boy, puppy breath!

Monday, February 3, 2014


Mid-May -- Information on the way! 

     If ANY of our chapter members do an "Outreach" (Cub Scout Pack Meeting, a school presentation or "show and tell" opportunity, speaking to a civic organization or business, etc.), PLEASE let me know. I report to Beck Hein at Canine Companions each month (mostly) and she documents the information and sends it to the National Headquarters, so that they can see what the state of Utah is up to (in a good way). So if you're out there "spreading the word" and showing off your pup, let me know so that your efforts can be counted.


When: Thursday, April 10th
Where: Union Station in Ogden
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm      (Of course most of us will be there ALL DAY!!) 

     This is our BIG fundraiser, folks, and it's important for ALL of us to get involved in any way we can. It's not just about the money (well, yah, it really is....), but it's also about coming together and working hard to make this event one of the biggest and best that the Wasatch Front has ever seen. It's the "Outreach Event" of the year! We'll have ample opportunity to show off our pups and share with our guests how these dogs can make a difference in an individual's life. Our guest speakers are going to be fabulous (all graduate teams), the food, fantastic, and the items in the Silent Auction are going to "knock your socks off"! It is the place to be on April 10th! Invite your family, friends and co-workers! It will be an evening to remember! Hope to see you there!
*See the Featured Event at the top of the right hand column!


When: Thursday, March 20th
Where: Hill Air Force Base - The Landing" - Building #450 - Directions to come later
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm     (Set up at 9:00am)

      From Marilyn - "This is one of my favorite events (I'm taking the day off for this one!) and is a great way to share Canine Companions for Independence with military families who have or know of families who have children with disabilities."
     The "Summit" is a wonderful opportunity to make people aware of our organization and introduce them to puppies in training. In the past, our booth has been one of the most popular (because, you know we have the best props!) not only with families seeking information, but with the other vendors as well. It's the best!! Can't think of a better way to spend four hours......being with the pups and spreading the word about Canine Companions. Hope you can make it! 

     We've requested that our booth be in a corner (so that the pups may have some room to "stretch out" and also to be near the "Freedom Riders". Kids, dogs and horses.....a winning combination to say the least (that's how I see it!). Make sure to bring clean-up material (just in case) and some water for your four legged pal.  

     The "Summit" will be providing lunch for two people, but can be purchased by all others. A good time to practice "under" and those house manners. It seems like the dining area was just down the hall from where the "Summit" was taking place. We can check that out later. Logistics are very important when your puppy is on the younger side. I'm always on the look out these days for nearby exit doors. Just in case --- 

     If you DON'T have base privileges and are planning to attend the "Special Needs Summit", Marilyn will need to have your current State Driver's License information as soon as possible, so that you can get on base. It's going to be so much fun! Hope you can make it!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Meet Thea, Marilyn and Brady's newest CCI pup!  She arrived Friday and is ready for her next 16 months of fun and training. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

We had a great time at the CCI Holiday party yesterday!  Here's the evidence...... Thanks again Susan and Skip for providing us such a lovely venue for the party!

Brendon and his new boy, Code and David and Donny

Desean and Wallis

Pretty girl Misty
Miss Diva

The whole group

Pups in training, graduates, and several change of career pups

Black dogs rule!

The whole family

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Holiday Open House for CCI PR’s and Graduates

Save The Date! December 8, 2013

Please come to the party or I'll be lonely!
Canine Companions for Independence Holiday Party! 
It will be at :
Daynes Music, 6935 S. State St., SLC.

More details to post soon........

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

          Goodbye Wiita!  Good luck at College!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Save the date!  On December 19th at 10am the Wasatch Champions Puppy Raisers are all invited to attend a party for the folks at LINC, an assisted living daycare facility for adults with handicaps.  Dona will be bringing the 35 custom blankets she made for each individual and we'll all be Santa's and help pass them out.  They are so excited to have us come and to meet the puppies.

Here's the directions: 862 So. Main St. #8 Brigham City, UT

Directly behind the Taco Time - the door is on the No. side of the building with a ramp leading to the door.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Canine Companions for Independence Strategic Plan Presentation!

Save the Date - November 15, 2013
This from and email from the Southwest Region - please attend if you can and respond to Becky if you can make it!

Canine Companions for Independence
pawprintOur Vision for the Future
In June of 2013, the national board of Canine Companions for Independence approved a historic strategic plan entitled "Foundation, Sustainability, Optimization." Please join National Director of Canine Programs Paul Mundell and National Director of Advancement Susan Lee Vick to be inspired by our ambitious goals and powerful plan of action. It all starts with you!
Friday, November 15, 2013
6:30 pm - Meet & Greet
7:15 pm - "Foundation, Sustainability, Optimization" Presentation and Q & A

Jeremiah's Restaurant
1307 West 12th Street, Ogden, Utah

Please RSVP to Volunteer Coordinator Becky Hein at or (760) 901-4308 by November 8.

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