Canine Companions for Independence
Pups & Polo
August 16, 2019 | Polo Play Club
Re-imagine your Friday night! Grab your blanket, picnic basket, furry friend and pile into your car for an evening of polo and family fun. Whether this is your first polo game or your 100th, it is sure to be an experience unlike any other.
What to expect:
- Polo can be watched from your car. Your viewing space allows you to enjoy the game while tailgating/picnicking next to your vehicle.
- There are four chukkas (a period in polo) divided by a 20-minute half-time.
- Take part in the half-time action by joining the traditional divot stomp.
- Before, after and during the game, there will be family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy.
- Polo is dog friendly. Please be sure to bring a leash for your furry friend(s) so people, dogs and horses remain safe.
Come experience an exciting polo match, unique family-fun activities and an opportunity to enjoy an evening filled with puppies and ponies. Ticket price is per car.
Ensure you have a front row space to watch the game (limited quantities).
These spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 provide aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. Canine CompanionsŪ assistance dogs open up new opportunities and 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."