Canine Companions for Independence puppy, Pender, has been attending Clermont Woman’s Club meetings for 18 months with his volunteer puppy raiser and club member, Debbie Alexander. Pender was given to Debbie at four weeks of age. With Debbie’s guidance, Pender has mastered basic skills and commands. He is leaving for matriculation in Long Island, New York for professional training as an assistance dog. Debbie expects to attend his final graduation and hand his leash over to a patient with disabilities. Pender is the ninth puppy that Debbie has raised for CCI. Her previous puppy was given to a child with special needs. “I do get to love these pets, but when I see how they will benefit others I gladly say farewell”. Debbie will begin to train her tenth new CCI puppy in March.
The Clermont Woman’s Club supports the CCI by raising funds and preparing team training lunches for the CCI staff and students to be presented with these lifesaving dogs. CCI depends on the generosity of donors to place these exceptional dogs for exceptional people free of charge.