Canine Companions transported five puppies to Clearwater
CLEARWATER, FLA. – Canine Companions transported five puppies from California to Clearwater on Tuesday. The non-profit organization helps train service dogs.
“They are learning these special skills which are opening and closing doors and drawers, picking up fallen items,” said Caitlin Bradley, Southeast Region Volunteer Coordinator with Canine Companions.
After about six hours on the plane, the puppies arrived in Clearwater on a private plane. The eight-week-old puppies were placed with a volunteer puppy breeder like Chloe Werner.
She will teach her dog, Houston, basic commands like stay, fetch and sit.
“They’ve been with us for about a year and a half and all the time we train and socialize them and then they go off to professional training where they learn even more before they become service dogs,” said Chloe Werner, a puppy breeder and student at UCF.
After basic and professional training, dogs are placed with disabled adults, children and veterans.
Werner said she was overwhelmed with love when the puppies arrived.
“Seeing her step off the plane made my heart melt. She was so small and so sweet and I’m so excited for our journey together,” Werner said.
When the dogs are about 2 years old, the association places them with their person forever. These dogs can provide freedom or independence to a person with a disability.
Kaylea Rotkewicz, volunteer puppy trainer, said she was ready to give away her pup after training.
“I never feel sad again because I feel so happy, not only have I been able to enjoy a puppy and raise him, but also I have been able to help another of my human species,” Kaylea said. Rotkewicz, a volunteer puppy. coach.
For more information on Canine Companions, check out their website here.