Welcome to Korina's "KorinaPups" Home Page
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The Story of CCI and Korina
Korina is our sweet, beautiful black lab / golden retriever cross. She is a breeder for Canine Companions for Independence, in Santa Rosa, California. She belongs to CCI, but will live with us, her Breeder Caretakers, for the rest of her life. She is expected to have 5 or 6 litters of puppies in her breeding career.
CCI is a national non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. The breeding and puppy-training is accomplished by volunteers, while the advanced dog training, and human-dog team training is done by professional trainers (with the support of many volunteers).
|As Korina's Breeder Caretakers we have agreed to whelp her litters of puppies in
our home, providing care, play and lots of love to them for the first several
weeks of life. At eight weeks, the puppies are turned into the Northwest
Training Center for health checks, and are then sent out to their Puppy Raisers
all across the country. Puppy Raisers have the puppies in their homes for a
little over a year, are agree to introduce the puppies to new people and
situations, attend basic obedience classes, of course, provide lots of love,
play, and attention! In a little over a year, the pups will head back to one of
five CCI National Training centers for advanced training, and those that pass
will be placed with a person with a disability. (Those that don't succeed in
Advanced Training "change careers" and are adopted as pets, or into other kinds
of service such as therapy or search and rescue dogs.) |
These dogs bring the miracle of love, support, and independence to their
disabled owners. By the time Korina's first litter of puppies graduate, she will
have had more puppies, and the process will continue. Some people
wait a lifetime for a miracle, at CCI we raise them one (or more) at a time.
Our History with CCI began with Dawn (the Border
Collie) in 1988...
Visit the CCI Community
To learn more about each pup - and where they are now visit the
Current photos, final placements, and
stories of how
Korina pups are doing and where they are now.
KorinaPups Yahoo Groups
to hear the very latest updates
and see photos posted from Puppy Raisers and
Like the Yahoo Groups CCI People, this is a
place for Korina's puppie's Puppy Raisers (and other friends) to post ideas,
stories and questions, share pictures, or even chat!
--The latest pictures of the H, M, S, P and B puppies can be found at
YahooGroups under "Photos" Check out their albums!!
Litters in Order
| Birthday Photos
Week Seven Bench Shots
Read about the birth of the Happy,
Healthy, 'Holesome "H" litter, see pictures of their growth and
development, and hear about their lives as "ADITs" in the messages on
YahooGroups. Hilani was chosen as a breeder, Hoku and Hoaka graduated as
Service Dogs. The others are still with the Puppy Raisers going to work
with them as companion or therapy dogs.
1st Litter Six "H" Puppies
Hilo - with PR at work
Hanai - with PRs Therapy Dog
Hoana - with PRs at school
Hilani - Breeder (deceased)
Hilo - Service Dog SE Region
Hoaka - Service Dog NW Region
Read all about the birth and growth of the
Merry, Marvelous, Magnificent "M" litter as they grow and
develop into the Magnificent M's they are! They are Assistance Dogs in
Training, still in their puppy raisers homes all around the county, waiting
to be turned in early 2004. Makia was chosen as a breeder, Malana is a
Hearing Dog in Sequim Washington and Mahi a Service Dog with his boy "Luke"
in San Diego, CA. Mary was placed privately as a Service Dog.
The others are with their Puppy Raisers and living happily ever after.
| 2nd Litter Seven "M" Puppies
Maila - with PR
Makia - Breeder
Mara - with PR
Mahi - Service Dog SW Region
Malana - Hearing Dog NW Region
Moku - with PR Therapy Dog
Mary - outside placed Service Dog
Malulani - stillborn Angel Pup
Read all about the birth of the Six Super-sized
Spectacular "S" litter in first 8 weeks in our home, and
updates on their time with the Puppy Raisers in 2004 and turn in's in the Spring
of 2005. Sashi and Shira were chosen as Breeders! In November 2005 several
S pups were in Advanced Training and the November Team Training -- with
preliminary matches! We keep you updated on Samoa, Sakai, Stevo and Sandia.
| 3rd Litter Six "S" Puppies
Samoa - Advanced Training
Sakai - Advanced Training
Stevo - Advanced Training
Sandia - Advanced Training
Sashi - Breeder
Shira - Breeder
Korina had her Fourth "P"
litter of puppies on January 26, 2005.
Korina was bred for her 4th Litter on Sunday, November 22, 2004.
The Positively Precious and Precocious "P" litter arrived January 28th --
check back here for regular photo updates and stories of the progress and antics
of the P pups.
| 4th Litter Eight "P" Puppies
Pele - NW Region
Pokeli - NW Region
Pakuna - SW Region
Pili - NC Region
Peggy - SW Region
Pukea - NC Region
Puna - NE Region
Pilot - NE Region
| Korina had her
Fifth "B" litter of puppies on November
| 5th Litter Three "B" Puppies
Bakari - SE Region
Banyon - SE Region
Brindy - NW Region
Batya - stillborn Angel Pup
B'mbye - stillborn Angel Pup
Baloha - stillborn Angel Pup
Check out the Information for Puppy Raisers on how the pups were raised, what
they like to play with, what they are used to eating, and how they use a litter
box -- and more !
Korina, and her buddy Kalani, are both certified Therapy Dogs first with Paws for Healing,
and now with Delta Society Pet Partners.
When Korina is not busy with puppies, she works at Kaiser Vallejo's Rehabilitation Center doing Canine Assisted Therapy. Kalani, her buddy joins her -- and fills in for her when she is on maternity leave. (They even has their own Kaiser ID tags!) --
Korina's Vital Statistics
- Korina is Black Lab / Golden Retriever mix (3/4 Lab, 1/4 Golden)
- Her Sire is "Quester II" (Black Lab), and her Dam "Terry" (1/2 Lab 1/2 Golden), and she had 12 other littermates!
- She was born May 6, 2000, and weighs about 67 pounds
- She was raised by volunteer "Puppy Raisers" in Longview, Washington
- She came back to CCI's Regional Training Center in Santa Rosa in August 2001 for advanced training and screening,
and being in the top 5% of her class, was chosen to become a breeder.
- She came home with us October 20th, 2001, and officially adopted her November 2nd, 2001.
- She was presented to us as a Breeder at the
February 2002 Northwest Graduation.
- She is sweet, and charming, playful and very smart!
Korina even has her own song! (Which is over 70 years old and been recorded over 100 times!) I heard from her Mom's Breeder Caretaker that Korina was named for the song. Check out the "Corrine, Corrina Web Site." Her favorite versions are on the "Corrina, Corrina" Soundtrack from the movie of the same name (you can hear a clip of it), and Eric Clapton's "Alberta" (same song, different name) on his "Unplugged" Album.
How did Korina become a breeder?
Because we had raised a puppy for CCI back in 1988 (see the story of Dawn), we knew about the Breeder program. In April 2001 we applied to become Breeder Caretakers, and then waited for the call "our girl" was ready for us. In October 2001 we got the call, and were told her name was Korina. It was love at first sight! So we officially adopted her, and made her part of our family. (See pictures of her "Welcome Home!"). While Korina will spend her life with us, for the next 5 years, or so, she will provide Service Dog puppies to the CCI program.
Only the top 5% of dogs in Advanced Training are pulled out to be breeders, so we are very proud of Korina! And there are puppy raisers all around the country waiting for her pups, to help them get started on their Service Dog careers.
Learn more about CCI Breeder Dogs and about how to become a Breeder Caretaker.