New puppy alert! While we’re going to miss Striker as he graduates and moves on to bigger and better things in California, we can’t wait for our new puppy to arrive in Colorado Springs! Captain will be born in the next few weeks, so make sure you follow us on social media to keep up with this new future service dog’s journey with the Switchbacks!
Last summer, we took Striker into our family as he began his work towards becoming a service dog. Under the tutelage of an amazing Colorado volunteer, Striker learned lots of commands as well as some basic skills that will help him to be the best worker he can. And now, his time with us here at the Switchbacks is over, as Striker graduated in August and moved on to specialized training at the Canine Companions facility, where he will stay and learn until he is matched to a new home!
Canine Companions service dogs are expertly trained in over 40 commands and are matched with children, adults, and veterans with disabilities free of charge. These dogs assist with daily tasks such as retrieving dropped items, opening and closing doors and drawers, turning on and off lights, and much more to enhance independence for people with disabilities. To get there, it takes nearly two years of hard work and love, starting at the very beginning as adorable puppies.
We are also thrilled to announce a partnership with Animal Care ER – kindness, compassion, and integrity.