Bridget's puppies were placed with their Puppy Raisers when they were about ten weeks old. Each puppy was carefully placed in loving, safe homes to be trained with their raisers for about 18 months. These pups are halfway through their training and Canine Partners of the Rockies (CaPR) appreciates all of the hard work they have done in training these future service dogs.
We know the toughest part of Puppy Raising is letting their pups go on to Advanced Training, after having these precious pups become one of their family members. As we explain to our new Puppy Raisers, it is similar to raising a child, then sending them off to College, then they go on into their careers. As they leave to go into Advanced Training, the feelings Puppy Raisers have are bittersweet. There will be a void in their homes and hearts as the pups move on, but the purpose of raising these dogs is to provide them to someone who will be able to be more independent in their lives. The good feelings of helping someone are even stronger.
CaPR service dogs are placed with people in Colorado who have mobility limitations- so once placed with their Partner, the dogs will help with opening doors, picking up dropped items, turning on light switches, helping with balance and getting dressed, and much more. For someone with a disability, this means the difference between depending on others and being independent.