Canine Angels Service Teams
Graduating Class of 2016
Service Dog Team
Savannah and Taxi
Raised by Tom & Jennifer Killinger
Bred by Canine Angels
Naming Rights sponsored by Julie Hagerty
A Lover of green-apple Dum Dums, swimming, and Netflix, Savannah is an incredibly passionate, witty, 17 year old with  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome which affects many aspects of her health including her mobility.  She hopes that her new service dog, Taxi, will help her retrieve important items like her epi-pen and cell phone.  Will go get help in a medical emergency, provide comfort and assistance during long hospital stays, as well as help with bracing and balance support. She is most looking forward to training balance work. In the future Savannah wants to go to college to become a doctor.
Assisted Service Dog Teams
Christopher and Shelby
Raised by Ev Paz & Henry Van Pelt
Bred by Canine Angels
Christopher, a nine year old with Cerebral Palsy is described by his Dad as being positive, happy, and upbeat. Some of his favorite things include swimming and chocolate donuts. He says that his favorite thing he has learned is how to make the dogs happy.  He also looks forward to teaching his new service dog, Shelby, to turn off and on lights, retrieve dropped items and how to "go get help" when he needs it. In the future Christopher would like to become a police officer.
Peter and Diesel
Raised by Kris Brewer
Bred by Canine Angels
A Recent high school graduate and soon to be college student, Peter wants to go to school to become a priest. His favorite dessert is Reeses Peanut butter cups, and even though his favorite command thus far has been "jump," he most looks forward to teaching Diesel to "bow" and "pray." In his spare time Peter likes to hangout with friends, go shopping, and go to Disneyland. He hopes that his new service dog, Diesel, can help him be more independent by helping with things like doors, light switches, and picking up dropped items. Getting into college was difficult, but there's no doubt that his dog will help him overcome the trials ahead.
Samantha and Jetta
Raised by Sue Mitchell
  Bred by Canine Angels
  Sponsored by The Disneyland Resort
Cast Community Fund
7 year-old Sammie, an aspiring artist who has Cerebral Palsy. Sammie LOVES painting and drawing (her favorite things to draw are flower chains and tracings of her hands), playing with her Barbies, and eating anything chocolate .  Her favorite thing she learned in class was "how to make the dogs happy."  She hopes that her new service dog, Jetta,  can help her transfer from her wheelchair to the couch without her Dad's help, as well as turn on and off her bedroom light, and pick up her markers when she drops them. Sammie says one of the hardest challenges she has had to face has been learning how to stand.
Shelby and Java
Raised by Kent Rasmussen & Sharon Illions
Bred and donated by Barb Schwab,
Bear River Doodles
Shelby is a  15 year who loves cookie dough ice cream, swimming, and horseback riding. For Shelby having autism means having a hard time making friends, but her family's recent experience puppy raising for CAST has shown them that having a dog out in public can help draw others to Shelby and develop stronger relationships with those around her. It is their hope that this will only continue when she is placed with an assisted service dog of her very own. Shelby says that her favorite thing that she learned in class was how to tell the dog to load up in the car.  She took particular interest in the rules regarding this task and always made sure everyone knew how to do it safely. She most looks forward to showing Jetta how to jump on her bed to snuggle. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Shelby said that she would like to become a veterinarian because she loves animals. 
Facility Teams
Amanda and Sir Dunkin
University of Southern California
Office for Wellness & Health Promotion
Raised by Nancy Kuwabara
Bred & Donated by Barb Schwab, Bear River Doodles
Sponsored by the John Gogian Family Foundation
Amanda works at the University of Southern California where her job is to develop and bring in proactive programs that promote a healthy lifestyle on the college's campus-- the over arching goal is to prevent health issues before they start. Through both experience and research Amanda and her colleagues have discovered that the good majority of health related issues both mental and physical are catalyzed by one thing: stress. In attempts to help students cope with the pressures of their post-secondary experience, the university started bringing therapy dogs onto the grounds during periods of high stress (finals and midterms). 
Tiffany and Blue
Grandma's House Assisted Living Facility
Raised by Barb Schwab
Bred & Donated by Barb Schwab, Bear River Doodles

Tiffany owns, not one, TWO assisted living facilities in Grants Pass, Oregon.  Tiffany was joined by 4 of her family members at team training so that they could all learn how to best make use of their new facility dog, Blue.  Blue will be a huge asset to the Alzheimer's patients at Grandma's House.  In addition to stimulating a social response, dementia patients may benefit from the presence of a facility animals because of:
  • Reduced agitation. Agitation behaviors, common among dementia patients, are reduced in the presence of a dog.
  • Physical activity. Depending on a patient's mobility, they may be able to groom the animal, toss a ball, or even go for a short walk.
  • Improved eating. Dementia patients have been shown to eat more following a dog's visit.
  • Pleasure. Some patients simply enjoy the presence of the dog and its human companion, as well as the tricks therapy dogs can do.
Pal Teams
Kainan and Maxwell
Raised by Lynne Evans
Bred & Donated by Barb Schwab, Bear River Doodles
Kirsten and Jolly
Raised by Peggy Spencer
Bred & Donated by Signature Labradoodles

A Special Thank You to All who contributed to Team Training and Graduation:


Schmidt Family Vineyards for hosting Graduation


Parkway Christian Center for providing Team Training Space


Evergreen Federal Bank for marketing assistance for Graduation


Dutch Bros for continued support


Jennifer Butler for photography of Team Training


Jack and Marcella Lynch for providing lodging for

some families during Team Training


Cathy & Joey Davalos and Mary Delaney,

breeder caretakers of Sunshine and the Car Litter


Breeder's Choice Pet Foods for sponsoring our Advanced Training program

with Avoderm Revolving Menu dog food


Cheryl Bright - McKinley Schultz - Applegate Animal Hospital - Ginger Adrian - Jan & Frank Thornquest 

Casablanca Coffee & Grill - Haggen's - Maureen Campbell - Linda Whisler - Kevin Carr - Hope Adrian Harry Richter & Beth Kemp - Rogue Valley Mall - Steve Thomas - Cecilia Obeso-Knoles - Kerrie Walters  Bob Lieberman - The Haul Garret Mays - Barry & Cheryl Shaw - Parkway Christian Center 

Bobbi Cox & Sharon Davis - Lynne Evans - Sunny Schultz - RCM Classic Car Repair - Figaro's Pizza 

 Canine Club - Canine Camp - Grants Pass Museum of Art -  Fred Cohen - Christina & Butch Martin 

 Pita Pit - Lyn Belingheri - Monika & Bob Gortz - Grange Co-Op - Fred & Jean Hall - Rosso's 

 Olive Garden - PetSmart - Southgate Cinemas


If you missed the graduation, you can watch the video on our Facebook page 
You can also read our Graduation Blog

Thank you to all those who purchased our Countdown to Graduation Lotto tickets and congratulations to those who won:
6/16/16 - #214 Terri Foster
6/17/16 - #130 Daniel Babb
6/18/16 - #917 Renee Cali
6/19/16 - #815 David Bannon
6/20/16 - #817 David Bannon
6/21/16 - #032 Dorith Dooley
6/22/16 - #494 Lynn Collins
6/23/16 - #937 Gloria Hernandez Clark
6/24/16 - #626 Margarita Hetzel
6/25/16 - #102 Kim Kulstad

 Canine Angels Service Teams
13475 N. Applegate Road
Grants Pass, Oregon 97527