Schein is a Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) puppy, which means he is no ordinary dog.
Schein is being raised by Sallie, a volunteer puppy raiser who will care for and train him for 18 months. He’ll then go through Professional Training and ultimately find his “furever home” with a human companion who needs his help.
Read Schein’s “Pupdates” every month to keep up with his adventures!
Schein has been busy with volunteer projects and spreading the good word about CCI.
It was so fun to see the faces of Schein’s friends at HSAH. As their namesake, Schein has known the Henry Schein team since he was tiny! He also got to meet new friends from other offices all over the country.
Through Henry Schein Cares, the HSAH team has been sending out boxes full of supplies to veterinarians. The vets gift them to volunteer puppy raisers like me, when we would normally buy these products out-of-pocket.
During out visit, the team put together more than 200 care packages in just an hour. These folks know how to get things done!
Later in January, Schein and I got together with our friends Josiah, Chris, and Curry (a golden lab), to see an Ohio State University (OSU) volleyball game.
We have all gotten to know one another at various CCI events. Josiah has received CCI assistance dogs, and Chris has been a volunteer puppy raiser for 20 years.
Our evening out with Josiah was an eye-opening experience for me.
I personally saw what someone who uses a wheelchair must go through for something as simple as attending a sporting event.
Josiah had to take a public bus that has wheelchair access and is only available at certain times to get to OSU. While we were there, we had to find ramps that his wheelchair could manage, keep an eye out on the dogs, and be mindful of crowds. That’s why we went to a volleyball game, where we could park close and avoid the masses that usually attend OSU football and basketball games.
Once the game ended, Josiah had to wait 45 minutes for the bus that would transport him back home. It was cold out, so he had to watch his timing carefully to meet the bus outside because if he’s not at the curb when the bus arrives, it will leave without him.
I had no idea how much there was to consider when you are in a wheelchair. It really opened my eyes and gave me a new appreciation for Josiah.
Chris has a ton of experience as a puppy raiser, and Josiah does a great job helping other people in wheelchairs learn how to be an assistance dog owner. Together at the OSU game, we were able to work with the dogs on being around people (all the volleyball players asked to pet the pups afterwards), and they learned how to walk (a very strange experience for dogs, who can’t usually see through steps).
We had a great month catching up with old friends and new! Check out some of our other January adventures below.
Henry Schein, Inc. is a proud partner of Canine Companions for Independence. The company provides puppy raisers with “care packages” filled with supplies to help raise puppies during their first 18 months and works with many of the puppies’ veterinarians. Learn more about the partnership here.