July 1, 2011

Sweet William

Well, there goes my heart again! Swiped by another little yellow service pup!

This gorgeous little boy isn't mine, though. William is a Canine Companions for Independence dog being raised by my friend, Jenny. He's the sixth service puppy Jenny has raised for CCI, and he's just about the sweetest, most affectionate, and lovable pup I've ever met. What a personality!

William is 6 months old and Jenny wanted him to gain a little experience being handled by someone other than herself. So the three of us met at the Denver Botanical Gardens (scene of previous awesome outing with my Roo), and Jenny handed me the leash. Wow, I can't tell you how great it felt to have another service pup by my side.

He's just a baby, but a dream to handle. He had a good heel, mostly hanging back in step with me and not much pulling. He's already getting the hang of automatically stopping when his trainer stops walking and he's very good about sitting while being introduced to other people. He's just a great dog. And he has the most fantastic mom.

Jenny Kachnic is the owner of Canine Wellness in Denver, CO. She specializes in canine rehabilitation, natural wellness, behavior training, and end of life decision making. She has a special interest in the health and wellness of senior dogs and is the editor and writer of an upcoming book, Your Dog's Golden Years—Manual for Senior Dog Care.

Jenny and I met through The Grey Muzzle Organization, whose mission is to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide.

Many thanks to Jenny for sharing sweet William with me!


Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

OMG. He is so freaking cute.

Tamara said...

You look so good with a service dog by your side...like you're in your element :) Williams sounds like he's going to be a great teammate to someone.

Clive said...

Willliam is so cute!

Lovely that you got to spend time with him,

take care
Clive and Murray

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What an adorable boy Sweet William is!!! Weknow how happy you must have been spending some time with him. We hope that one day you will have another service puppy-in-training with you.

Have a great weekend.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Anonymous said...

Sweet William is so adorable. Were so happy for you that you were able to take out William.
Good luck to you "Sweet William and your Mom"

Anonymous said...

Looking good!!!!! We were so happy to see you with William.
Say hi to Kiva....From: Maya

Amy said...

Oh my gosh - he's adorable!

*misskitty* said...

What a sweetie pie and already so handsome! Can't wait to read more updates on Mr William :)