For Emily's senior project she has chosen to do Canine Companions. She wanted to do something with dogs since she loves dogs. She is doing this project in her English class which is this semester and her final presentation is due January 6th but she has several deadlines between now and then she has to meet. Today we went and met Julie who agreed to be her Mentor for her project. Emily will have to meet with her at least 4 times and document at least 15 hours on her project. Julie is a puppy raiser for a group called Canine Companions for Independence. She has been doing it for 6 years and right now has 2 puppies. One is 9 weeks old and the other is 13 months old. She gets the dogs from California and trains them to be "service" dogs for people who need them. She trains them from age 8 weeks - 18 months and then returns them to the Canine Companions organization and hopefully they will be ready to be a service dog. In 2 weeks Emily will go to a puppy training class in Charlotte with her and her dogs. Then she will take Emily to lunch one day with the puppies so she can see how they react in public.