Updates on Puppies in the Spotlight

The puppies and dogs featured below are part of our sponsored puppy program. Puppies are sponsored by sports teams, corporate partners, media partners and more.

black lab puppy in yellow vest at the WBLI music studio next to a smiling girl

AUDIO

Future service dog Audio is being raised by station Promotions Coordinator Ali Wolowitz. His radio-friendly name was chosen after a contest by station listeners. Audio is growing up fast and having a ball with the staff at 106.9 BLI Long Island! He got to meet two Long Island artists who were recently contestants on The Voice! Bella DiNapoli and Kaitlyn Velez visited the BLI studio and were charmed by Audio’s good behavior while they were being interviewed by Syke, the stations resident celebrity interviewer! Then Santa Audio attended BLI’s Syke on the Shelf event where BLI helped the John Theissen Children’s Foundation collect hundreds of toys for kids in need on Long Island. Follow Audio on Instagram at @blipuppy.

Yellow lab pup Brisket in a Chargers bandana

BRISKET

We are excited to announce our continued partnership with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers followed and sponsored Canine Companions puppy Bolt for 15 months before he entered professional training. Recently, the Chargers welcomed their newest teammate, an adorable Canine Companions puppy named Brisket, who touched down in Los Angeles in December. The Chargers will follow and sponsor Brisket on his journey to become a service dog for a person with a disability. Follow his journey on Instagram at @chargerspup

Yellow lab in blue service vest sitting down with a woman with a cane

FINN

Canine Companions Service Dog Finn was matched with Joan Ehrnstein. Joan, who lives in Idaho and is a big hockey fan, was thrilled to be matched with Finn. He helps her by turning on and off lights, opening and closing doors and drawers, and most importantly, by picking up dropped items. Finn is Joan’s fourth Canine Companions service dog. Joan shares, “I look forward to working with Finn for many years. He will enable me to be on my own.” She continues, “My life has been totally changed by a cold nose and a wagging tail who gives me freedom and independence.” Congratulations to Joan and Service Dog Finn and thank you all for following him on his journey to become a service dog! Many thanks to the San Jose Sharks for their support of our mission! We are excited to share some of the great work Finn is doing with Joan in the future. Good boy, Finn!

Young lab puppy in a yellow puppy vest lays on top of a bar next to a case of Pliny The Elder beer

PLINY

Canine Companions supporters Russian River Brewing Company named puppy Pliny after their most famous beers. But they didn’t stop there - Pliny was raised by a Russian River Brewing Company employee in the offices of their Windsor, CA location! Over the past two years, Pliny has stolen hearts of beer lovers all over the country. We’re thrilled to share that Pliny was recently certified as a Canine Companions therapy dog! We can’t wait to see how Therapy Dog Pliny helps people in his community. Be sure to follow his adventures on Instagram @plinypup!

black lab puppy in yellow puppy vest sitting in front of Pensacola flyers team jersey and gear

RANGER

Ranger is a black Labrador/Golden Retriever cross being sponsored by the Pensacola Ice Flyers. Ranger arrived in Pensacola and will be raised and socialized by long-time volunteer puppy raisers, Leanne Pickering and Weston Cramer. Ranger was already named when they were informed they would be receiving a new puppy to raise. It was a perfect name as Cramer is an Army Ranger who served from 2003 to 2008 with the 3rd Infantry Division and was deployed in 2005 for Operation Iraqi Freedom III with his operation being East Baghdad. “As a volunteer puppy raiser, it is a rewarding experience with selfless service to raise a Canine Companions dog that can help adults, children, and veterans with disabilities,” Cramer said. “The partnership with the Ice Flyers will bring a greater awareness of Canine Companions to the Pensacola area and surrounding communities.”

A young woman in a wheelchair smiles as her yellow lab in a blue service dog vest lays across her lap

SCARLET "SCARLETTA"

Big news! Scarlet, officially known as Scarletta, has graduated! On January 31, Abby drove from Florence, Kentucky, nervous, but excited to begin Team Training at the North Central Training Center in New Albany, Ohio. She was being matched with her first Canine Companions service dog. While spending 11 days on campus, she not only was perfectly matched with Service Dog Scarletta, but she made life-long best friends with the other families graduating. Now back home together as a new team, Abby says Scarletta will help her retrieve dropped items, whether from the ground or from high up. “I was extremely excited to introduce her to my family and friends; so far everything has gone smoothly, and we continue short training sessions in the evenings. It’s been fun scheduling my new life with her by my side and she has molded into my family seamlessly,” Abby said. Congrats to Abby and Scarletta!

yellow lab in yellow puppy vest sitting on the grass with "striker" spelled out in treats in front of him

STRIKER

Canine Companions puppy Striker’s journey to become a service dog is being followed by the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. He continues to grow fast and attend more events where he works on socialization skills and focus. Striker even has his very own trading cards that were a huge hit when Canine Companions was the featured nonprofit of the night at a Switchbacks’ home game last fall. As the Switchbacks begin their 2022 season in March, Striker will continue to attend home games to cheer on his team before he will officially begin professional training in August!

Black lab puppy in a yellow puppy vest

WATSON

PGA golfer Bubba Watson is an all-American superstar. He is also known as a true philanthropist and supports people in need. Bubba is the co-owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball team and was honored with a future service dog sharing his name, Watson. Puppy Watson is sponsored by the Blue Wahoos and joins them at games to raise awareness of our mission. “It warms my heart that we can be part of Watson’s journey to become a service dog,” Bubba shares. We are grateful for the support of Bubba and the Blue Wahoos!

A woman holds a young black Labrador in a service dog vest in a radio broadcast room

Audio

Meet the newest, and undoubtably most popular staff member at 106.9 BLI Long Island!

Future service dog Audio is being raised by station Promotions Coordinator Ali Wolowitz. His radio-friendly name was chosen after a contest by station listeners. One of Audio’s first public appearances was at DogFest Long Island, where he patiently greeted fans and posed for a ton of pictures! Ali says Audio is loving New York, and meeting fans along the way is a great way to prepare for life as a highly trained service dog. Follow Audio on Instagram at @blipuppy.

A yellow Labrador in a yellow service dog vest stands looking at the camera

Bolt

Canine Companions puppy Bolt quickly captured the hearts of Los Angeles Chargers fans and beyond when he was introduced in July 2020. This sweet pup grew to have more than 12,000 followers on Instagram and is regularly featured on the Chargers’ page with more than 849,000 followers. Bolt even got his very own commercial that played throughout the 2020-2021 season on CBS Los Angeles, and a feature on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. You can say that he has had quite the adventure during his first year and a half of life. Bolt will now be entering professional training, so stay tuned for more from Bolt and the Chargers!

 
A young Asian girl in a wheelchair smile with her parent and a black Labrador service dog

Chappie

Chappie has graduated! Canine Companions Service Dog Chappie was matched with a young girl to provide enhanced independence and joy. Congratulations!

An adult golden retriever with a yellow bandana that says breeder.

Dak

Canine Companions “puppy” Dak, named by the Dallas Cowboys in collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Health, may not be a puppy anymore… but there are Dak puppies in the future! We are excited to share that Dak has been selected for the Canine Companions breeding program. In this important role, Dak will have the chance to impact countless lives, producing many future service dog puppies who will go on to change the lives of children, adults and veterans with disabilities.

 
A group of people surround a yellow Labrador in a service dog vest

Max

Max, the WFLA TV Tampa puppy has returned to Canine Companions’ Southeast Region Training Center in Orlando, Florida to begin professional training where he will learn the skills and tasks he needs to become a Canine Companions service dog.

A man sits with a large yellow Labrador service dog in a blue vest on his lap.

Maverick

“It means everything. You can’t put a price on independence,” says US Air Force veteran Joshua, who was matched with service dog Maverick earlier this year. Maverick was raised by Andrea McCarren, Vice-president and Chief Content Officer for PenFed Credit Union, a Canine Companions national corporate partner.

Maverick is one of five Canine Companions future service dogs raised by PenFed employees to date. “We are SO, SO happy with Mav’s placement!” says Andrea. Fellow PenFed employees were kept up to date on Maverick’s progress throughout his professional training, and there was much rejoicing at their Tysons, Virginia headquarters on graduation day. “Health and independence is definitely everything,” says Joshua. Especially when you have it, and it’s taken away from you. Maverick is helping me bring that independence back.” Thank you, Andrea, and PenFed!”

 
A young yellow Labrador pupp in a service dog vest sits inside a blue and white umbrella

Ocho

The newest sponsored puppy, Ocho, arrived in Tampa, Florida to his volunteer puppy raisers. He will appear every Friday on his sponsor news station WFLA TV. We look forward to Ocho’s journey!

puppy laying on a bar counter

Pliny

Canine Companions supporters Russian River Brewing Company named puppy Pliny after their most famous beers. But they didn’t stop there - Pliny was raised by a Russian River Brewing Company employee in the offices of their Windsor, CA location! Over the past year and a half, Pliny has stolen hearts of beer lovers all over the country. Join us in wishing him good luck as he enters professional training at our Jean and Charles Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, CA.

 
A young white woman sits in a black dress next to a yellow Labrador service dog and another woman in a black outfit

Scarlet

In April of 2020, volunteer puppy raiser Paula Barrett started raising Canine Companions puppy (Scarletta) Scarlet, who was featured by NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio. Every Friday, Scarlet was live-streamed on NBC4 from Paula’s home. “Raising Scarlet during a pandemic was anything but typical. With a lot of patience and determination, Scarlet and I had to be creative working on her commands at home and in the yard. My home became an obstacle course – creating training opportunities in every room and on all different types of surfaces,” Paula said. Paula also worked hard with Scarlet in online puppy classes created by Canine Companions staff. “As restrictions lifted, Scarlet and I began exploring, she needed exposure to people, places and things. We went into stores, parks, restaurants, outdoor concerts, farms. We went to the beach, we boated and begin to attend volunteer events,” Paula said. Scarlet officially began professional training at the North Central Training Region in August.

A young yellow Labrador puppy sits behind the name “Striker” spelled out in dog food.

Striker

Canine Companions puppy Striker’s journey to become a service dog is being followed by the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. He is growing fast and starting to attend more events where he can work on socialization skills and focus. Striker even has his very own trading cards that were a huge hit when Canine Companions was the featured nonprofit of the night at the Switchbacks’ home game on September 8. We’re excited to continue to watch Striker grow and learn over the next year!

 
A young black Labrador in a service dog vest sits on blue stadium seats next to a blue fuzzy mascot in a white shirt

Watson

PGA golfer Bubba Watson is an all-American superstar. He is also known as a true philanthropist and supports people in need. Bubba is the co-owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball team and was honored with a future service dog sharing his name, Watson. Puppy Watson is sponsored by the Blue Wahoos and joins them at games to raise awareness of our mission. “It warms my heart that we can be part of Watson’s journey to become a service dog,” Bubba shares. We are grateful for the support of Bubba and the Blue Wahoos!