CHATHAM, NJ - Canine Companions for Independence – a national non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities – is proud to announce that Chatam resident Morgan Earle has recently received her second assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence.

Morgan was matched with Hadden, a two-year-old lab/golden retriever cross who has been trained to respond to over 40 advanced commands. 

Morgan’s first Canine Companions assistance dog Tomba retired earlier this year after 10 years of loving service. Her new dog Hadden is aptly filling-in for Tomba who is enjoying his retirement. 

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Hadden can turn light switches on and off, open and close doors and retrieve dropped objects. However, one of his most important jobs will be to provide constant companionship for Morgan.

Morgan and Hadden returned to Chatham after completing Canine Companion’s recent Team Training Class, an intense, two-week course held at Canine Companion’s Northeast Regional Center in Medford, NY – one of six such centers nationwide. The Northeast Regional Center serves a 13-state area from Maine to Virginia. 

Each student who attends Team Training – held at each center four times a year – is paired with a fully trained, working assistance dog like Hadden, and is taught to work with his/her canine companion. The training course consists of daily lectures, exams, practice and public outings.

Morgan and Hadden are settling into a routine back in Chatham.  Morgan says, “Hadden is a very special dog and I hope to have many wonderful years with him.” 

ABOUT CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE: Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with six regional training centers across the country. Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.