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Canine Companions is celebrating the pros


September is National Service Dog Month – a time to celebrate service dogs and the great work they do for people with disabilities. Canine Companions created the concept of service dogs nearly 50 years ago.

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Canine Companions Facility Dog Joins Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital


Motivation and support can come in many forms, including a cold nose and warm heart, as John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital welcomed a Canine Companions for Independence facility dog to their team.
Brea an expertly trained 2-year-old dog provides comfort and support and serves as a friendly distraction for children during procedures and throughout their hospitalization.

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Canine Companions Facility Dog Joins the staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt


In February 2020, Squid, a Canine Companions for Independence® (Canine Companions) facility dog, joined the Patient- and Family-Centered Care team at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He arrived shortly before COVID-19 impacted the local community.
With visitors to the hospital limited due to social distancing health safety measures, Squid arrived on the job just in time to engage with patients and staff through this stressful time of unknowns.