Canine Partners for Life are changing the lives of people; viewers name puppies

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Action News viewers name service puppies. Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at 4 p.m. on November 27, 2018.

CHESTER CO., Pa. (WPVI) -- 6abc News voters have chosen 2 names for two beautiful service puppies. The winning names are Bell and Rocky.

Service dogs that are trained in our area are changing the lives of people in need all across the country.

Meet Rocky, a champion and an underdog with a lot of fight and a lot of heart.

His sister, Bell, as in the brave and determined Disney princess and the Liberty Bell, a fitting sign of independence which is what Canine Partners for Life is all about.

"People who are afraid to go out in public because they could have a seizure or fall when they get a partnership of a dog they gain their independence," said Janie Cramer, Executive Director of Canine Partners for Life.

Rocky and Bell are almost 9-weeks-old - Glabs, a golden retriever - lab mix.

It will take about two and a half years to train them to be the ultimate life partner.

"The fun is magical for these dogs and their partners. The dog will anticipate what their partner needs," added Cramer.

In close to 30 years, the Chester County-based nonprofit has placed about 700 service dogs with people with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.

They become a team that's life-changing and often lifesaving too.

"They also have an emotional bond that is so strong you have to see the adoration in their eyes," said Cramer.

Today, with their new names as voted by you, the Action News viewers, Rocky and Bell did a victory run in the most significant of places, right up to the Rocky steps.

Canine Partners for Life has a goal of raising $60,000 today, on this Day of Giving.

For more information, click here for the Canine Partners for Life.


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