Puppies train to become service dogs, companions

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AURORA, Colo. -- Haylee is just one puppy that has graduated from Canine Partners, an Aurora based organization that provides service dogs for people with disabilities throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

The 20-month old service dog has been helping her owner, Brian Kash, who is an Iraq war veteran for about a month now.

Kash dove into a swimming pool over three years ago and broke his neck. He is now in a wheelchair, but is grateful to have Haylee not only as a companion, but for help opening doors, turning on the lights and picking up the occasional dropped cellphone.

The trainers at Canine Partners are all volunteers who help pay for much of the food and veterinary services for the dogs. Puppies spend 18 months in training to become service dogs, learning everything from being socialized, learning house manners and public manners.

If you can help, donations are accepted at Canine Partners of the Rockies' website.

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