We had an INCREDIBLE day Saturday at the 1st Annual Dog Fest Walk ‘N’ Roll at the Riverside Arts Market here in Jacksonville! Thank you to everyone who came out to support Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). I had an awesome opportunity to speak and share my heart about what having a Canine Companion (our sweet Henny) has done for Hannah and our family. I was able to talk about CCI and their vision of placing “Exceptional Dogs with Exceptional People” and how blessed we are to be part of this incredible family at CCI!
So many of CCI’s “Silent Hero’s” (the Puppy Raisers) were there and are the ones truly responsible for putting on such a magnificent Dog Fest! Some of the trainers from Orlando came, other recipients and we even had the pleasure of Susan joining us, (she is one of the “big dogs” from California). I didn’t get to stay for the whole thing as I had a sick little girl to get home to but from what I understand it was a fabulous day from beginning to end and because of the generosity of so many people, we were able to raise a lot of money for CCI!
I know I sound like a broken record with all the praise that I give to CCI; from the “big dogs” in California (and I say that with the utmost respect), to all the administrative staff, trainers, employees, puppy raisers, volunteers and financial donors but it truly is an EXTRAORDINARY group of people. I could talk for days about CCI, their vision and their passion for not only the dogs but the “differently-abled” people who they work so hard for! I am personally so grateful for an organization that puts major emphasis on giving people who are differently-abled the tools that they need (in the form of a dog) to live their life to its fullest! These dogs enable a person to be more independent, to be more active, more social, give them more confidence and self-esteem that they might not have otherwise. How incredible is that? A group of people that recognize the gifts and talents that a person with disabilities has; the impact these special people have on others and the contributions they can make to society! What a blessing that CCI is to SO many people; my Hannah being one of the many!
Thank you Canine Companions for Independence for ALL you do for so many people! I hope and pray that you can continue this good work and place MANY more Exceptional Dogs with Exceptional People!
A few pictures from Saturday:
Until next time……..