Shade, a golden retriever/Labrador mix, spends a quiet moment with puppy trainer John Resop of Fond du Lac. Resop and his wife, Judy, have served as volunteer puppy trainers for Canine Companions for Independence since 2005.
With their last child off to college, Judy Resop knew her husband, John Resop, would need a hobby to take his mind off the silence permeating their home.
A friend of the Fond du Lac couple, Dr. Marthina Greer, a Lomira veterinarian suggested that John consider becoming a puppy trainer for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities.
"We would often see her with a CCI dog during games at St. Mary's Springs High School where John was working at the time and (Greer) would hand the dog off to ...