Utah woman says new canine companion helps restore self-confidence

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PLAIN CITY (ABC4 News) – Glenna Foremaster has spina bifida and is paralyzed from the knee down, and she recently graduated from training along with her new companion dog, Yalinda.

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that raises and trains dogs to assist people with differing disabilities.

Yalinda is a 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever and she’s been professionally trained in over 40 commands to make life a little bit easier for Glenna.

Yalinda is trained to pick up and drop things, turn on and off lights, opening and closing drawers and doors, among other tasks.

The costs to breed, raise, and train assistance dogs like Yalinda can cost up to $50,000 but Canine Companions for Independence provided Yalinda free of charge.

Glenna says her new best friend Yalinda has given her renewed self-confidence.


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