two people at airport holding Canine Companions puppy

Airplane full of puppies lands in Connecticut; pups to begin new lives assisting people with disabilities

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A small private airplane landed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Wednesday night, and delivered sweetness, joy and hope to nine families waiting on the tarmac.

Nine 8-week-old puppies, which were flown from California, were carried off the plane one by one and handed over to the people who will begin their training to become assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

Two Canine Companions puppies sitting in front of an airplane

Volunteer Pilots Transport Future Service Dogs

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When the coronavirus pandemic made transporting future service dogs on commercial flights increasingly difficult, Canine Companions looked to private pilots for help and they stepped up in a big way, allowing the mission to continue in a difficult year.

Man wearing mask with service dog

Training for Neo

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It’s been a year and a half since Chevy Chase Village Life magazine wrote about Neo, the Canine Companions for Independence dog being trained by Village residents Frank Curtis and Melissa Skolfield, and we thought it was high time we check in with his progress.

Person hugging Canine Companions service dog who is holding flowers in it's mouth

Dogs Making Life Easier for Veterans with PTSD

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Strolling in the park. Enjoying a dinner party with friends. Stopping by a local festival.

For Amber, these are not the simple joys of life, but things to avoid.

The 57-year-old Army veteran struggles daily with post-traumatic stress disorder, which manifests in many ways. But she now is considering travel, knowing that Arbor will be by her side. Arbor is a 2-year-old retriever specially trained to help Skylar manage her PTSD.