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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Can Do Canines

"Tub of Pups" - Sydne & her litter of 2 day old pups

As many of you know, we have been Puppy Raisers for Hearing & Service Dogs of MN for the last 8 years. We got our 1st puppy the summer of 2002 and she became a Hearing Dog the next year. Going to the Graduation Ceremony was such an eye opening experience. These dogs make such a difference in people's lives! It is amazing what they can do! We have continued as puppy raisers, having 1 puppy at a time until they are old enough for their final training and then get matched with their person, helping with short term fostering, and eventually whelping 3 litters of puppies for the program, including 2 from our Yellow Lab, Sydne. Last November we watched 3 of "our" puppies graduate!

Hearing & Service Dogs just celebrated their 20 year Anniversary and recently changed their name to Can Do Canines to better reflect the dogs abilities. There are now dogs who are providing assistance to children with autism, people with diabetes, and returning disabled veterans. Unfortunately, the need for service dogs is much greater than the number of dogs available. All of the dogs are given to clients at no charge. Can Do Canines relies on volunteers and donations to keep the program going. Their biggest fundraiser is the annual Heel & Wheel Walk. Last year they raised over $45,000!

This year's walk is on Sunday September 19th in Plymouth, MN. John, Chase, Sydne, and I are going to do the walk and we need your help! Our goal is raise $1000. Would you make a donation to help the dogs? Any amount is appreciated! You can make your check payable to Can Do Canines and mail it to me:

Dena Lenneman
24341 State Hwy. 15
St. Cloud, MN 56301

If you are interested in doing the walk or would like more information, check out Can Do Canines website:

Thank you so much!

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