Celebrate fashion with Canine Companions for Independence at HAUTE DOG | CHICAGO. Watch as some of Chicago’s finest and their very couture canines take to the runway modeling fashion from local boutiques and fantastic tail wags. Don’t miss out on a great evening, you never know who may show up.
6:30 p.m. - Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres and Silent Auction
7: 30 p.m. - Fashion Show 8:30 p.m. - Dessert and Silent Auction Wrap Up
Please note: Only Canine CompanionsŪ dogs, other assistance dogs and dogs that are participating in the fashion show are permitted at the event. Fashion show participants are arranged prior to the event. Other dogs will not be permitted.
This exclusive evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a fashion show featuring trends from local boutiques and fantastic tail wags, silent auction, graduate speakers and Canine Companions dogs.
Unable to attend? Donate a ticket to a Canine Companions graduate to attend the event.
Ticket for a Graduate
The third annual HAUTE DOG | CHICAGO was a night to remember for all in attendance. It was a wonderful evening full of fashion, four-legged friends and stories of independence. Thank you to all who joined us in 2018!
Zoya & Warner
“Warner motivates Zoya by helping her with physical therapy, encouraging her to become more active and comforting her in stressful situations.”
Josh & Debra
“To train dogs like Debra to be partners for guys like me is life changing. She will forever make a difference in my life.”
Janie & Haven
“I have an increased sense of security now that I have Haven by my side. She is my Haven both figuratively and literally.”
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of children, adults and veterans with disabilities by providing expertly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities, and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.
"We were looking for ways for Zoya to be more independent, and we knew an assistance dog would facilitate independence for her in many ways," shares Zoya's mom. Zoya was paired with Canine Companions Skilled Companion Warner II in November 2017. From the first moment Zoya saw Warner the two became an inseparable pair. "Warner is extremely responsive to Zoya, which gives her the security she greatly craves. He knows when she is having a hard time and takes joy in helping her work through those times physically as well as emotionally." Warner loves helping Zoya by carrying her backpack as she gets ready for school, encouraging her to play outside and take walks, picking up toys, opening doors for her and never leaving her side. "One night before bed Zoya was petting Warner’s ears and snuggling him and she said, ‘Thank you for Warner, Mom. He keeps me safe.'"
"I have seen Debra do more things without opposable thumbs than I have seen most people do." Josh, an army veteran who was injured in the war in Afghanistan while serving our country. While on patrol, his battalion was ambushed by insurgents while overlooking a Taliban training camp. Josh woke eight months later to a new reality. In 2013 Josh was matched with Debra and everything changed. "Debra is the best thing that has happened to me since I got injured. Before her I was lonely, depressed, my mom and my sister couldn’t be there all the time, but Debra can. She gives me great encouragement. I want her to be a part of everything I do, and it gives me drive to know she is there to help me. She makes me happy and no matter what I ask, she always wags her tail and gives me a kiss."
Janie, a current PhD candidate in the department of Disability and Human Development at The University of Illinois at Chicago, was paired with Canine Companions Service Dog Haven in November 2015. "Before I got Haven I would often get a sinking feeling in my stomach when I dropped something. I spent a good portion of my day alone, and I knew it would be a while before somebody was available to pick things up for me. Now, with her by my side, I know if I drop an important item such as my phone or my house keys, she will retrieve them for me quickly." Haven does more than just lending Janie a helping paw. "Besides helping me with physical tasks, Haven has motivated me to be more social. I can sometimes be very quiet and shy, especially when meeting new people. Haven is a great conversation starter, and our partnership has given me the opportunity to build many bridges both personally and professionally."