We have completed our application and now only have a face to face visit with Canine Companions, Florida chapter. It looks like we will have that in December and if all goes well we will be in Florida for the 2 week training deal in Feb.
My son is 10 and still mobil, for the most part he is doing great however has issues with picking things up off the floor, ect. We have been really impressed with Canine Companions and it hasn't been a long process at all. We probably would have gotten into the class this summer, however we had already planned a trip to California that couldn't be changed.
Ang--Maybe Jack will get to go during the same training camp Bradley is scheduled for in Sept. It'll be just me and Bradley making the trip. We are very excited!
what was the meeting like? we are suppost to have a meeting on tuesday with milkbone and a market i dont really have a clue what to expect.
I don't believe that all Canine Assistant recipients need to do the presentation, but Milk Bone & some of their retailers choose to sponor dogs and like to do a presentation to those kids. It was really fun and exciting for Jack. I think it was also great for the people in those stores to get to see where their efferts are going.
I went through the process with both CCI & Canine Assistants and both were wonderful to work with. CCI in Southern California only had training camps in May & August. We got called for two May trainings and just could not make it. They called a third time the day of Jack's presentation from Milk Bone, Sam's Club and Canine Assistants. I am a member of the local CCI email group in Colorado and they are regularly asking people to bring their dogs to awareness and fundraising events. I don't believe any of these are mandatory!
We have everything in place now and can tell you how Canine Assistants arranged things for us. I don't know if this has to do with our sponors exclusively or if it is standard for Canine Assistants. We are flying first class to Greorgia, where we are being picked up at the airport and taken to a nice hotel near the training facility. All our meals and expenses for the two weeks are covered. If my husband was coming there is a very small charge ($90 for the whole week) for meals for the 3rd person. The only expense I have seen is a request, if you are able, to buy a $153 supply pack with care items, toys, etc. I have to say that this is one of the most professionally planned trips I have ever taken and I am actually looking forward to traveling. I have been informed of all details and could not be more pleased.
p.s. Jack is thrilled!!!
CCI in Southern California (Oceanside) actually has training 4 times a year - February, May, August, and November. We have our personal interview with them on September 26. Then on to the waiting list (hopefully-if we "pass" ;-). We're hoping to get to go to a training class sooner rather than later but I'm happy they are so particular about placing the right dog with the right family.
I definitely would prefer the May class. I am a teacher & it is a real pain to be out of the classroom for 2 weeks any time of the year :-/. I've already had to make very tentative plans about how to go about doing that. None of the classes will be during any of my breaks - or Brady's for that matter.
The way they explained the classes to me during our phone interview is that they won't assign you to any class until they're absolutely certain they've found the right dog placement for you/your son. So, while I have my preferences for when the training would be best, I'd rather have the best dog for our situation...
I'm sure you've mentioned Kristi, did you apply with CCI too?