Bob Hoak of Tampa, Florida trains puppies for people with special needs

(Cold open w/ Bob commanding Jamaica to sit in his lap, followed by a treat and loud chewing)

Bob Hoak of Tampa, Florida, has spent the last decade as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Bob works with Goldendors, a cross between Golden and Labradors, teaching these puppies about 40 commands so that they can become service dogs for people who need them.

HOAK “You see a child in a wheelchair and that child instantly becomes a person with a dog. It totally changes their lives. And just seeing that happen encourages us to go on and do the next step, and take along the next puppy”

Not all dogs make the cut after graduation. Some develop hip problems that lead to arthritis but also lead to people like Bob adopting them. The dogs still provide tremendous service, making the rounds at hospitals to visit patients in pain. It’s a win-win, especially for Bob who admits the hardest part of puppy training, is saying goodbye.

And that’s a CJ Wrap, I’m Stacey Cahn