Several years ago, I spoke to you about my job as J.P.’s service dog. I was practically a puppy at the time, and a fresh graduate from Canine Companions for Independence.
It’s officially the holiday season. I know that because I turned the radio in the car on today, and the Christmas carols were playing. As we sit down to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s time to reflect on what has happened this year and what I’m… Continue Reading “Giving thanks”
In just over a month, Canine Companions for Independence will hold its annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll in Orlando, and more people are needed to support this vital organization. Six months ago, J.P. was matched with his skilled companion dog, Karina, at team training… Continue Reading “Wanted: Dog-loving walkers to support CCI”
Finding a new normal is actually something quite common in the Cousins’ household. Those of us with children with special needs know things change quite often, and we simply must adjust to do what we can for our young ones. What’s unusual is the… Continue Reading “Finding the new normal”
It’s hard to believe J.P. is 12 years old, especially as I’ve spent the past week telling the first part of The J.P. Story. Writing about that incredible time has been enhanced by digging through photo albums, and recalling the amazing experience with Paige… Continue Reading “Family gathers for J.P.’s 12th birthday”
To say that the addition of a service dog has changed the lives of J.P., Paige and I would be an understatement. Earlier this week, Paige said she was at first hesitant about getting one but now wishes she had done it years ago.… Continue Reading “Walkin’ ‘n Rollin’ to support Canine Companions”
I feel kind of old tonight. Why, you ask? It’s because there’s a new group of families at Canine Companions for Independence in Orlando this week being matched with assistance dogs. The timing is impeccable as the group kicked off training as International Assistance… Continue Reading “It’s International Assistance Dog Week”
The summer staycation ended way too fast, and my sister, Catherine, and my niece, Abbie, are back home in Missouri. Goodbyes are tough, but the memories made during the visit will have me smiling for weeks to come. The all-important Great Doughnut Survey was… Continue Reading “Staycation memories bring smiles”
J.P. just completed extended school year, and the start of fifth grade for him is less than a month away. Most would be thinking about summer vacation, but with much of my vacation time used for training at Canine Companions, it’s time to get… Continue Reading “Vacation all I ever wanted …”
Every once in a while, we all need to be corrected, right? As well behaved as Karina has been, the trainers at Canine Companions told us early on that she was food-driven. At the time, I thought to myself, “Well, aren’t we all? I… Continue Reading “Time for correction”
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