Monday, December 9, 2013

Canine Companions for Independence & Rosen Centre celebrate Christmas

Tis' the season for Christmas stories, and a furry companion can make the story much more cozy.

On Sunday Canine Companions for Independence and the Rosen Centre hotel hosted a Christmas storytelling session featuring celebrity guest Emily Ellyn of "The Next Food Network Star." Keith and Wilma, two CCI pups, sat with the children and listened to the story.

Afterwards the kids got to decorate cookies.

Canine Companions for Independence trains golden retrievers and labs to help as service dogs, hearing assistance dogs, companion dogs, and dogs to help at facilities.

CCI will be back at the Rosen Centre this coming Sunday as well.

"Did you hear that, Keith? We're coming back!"

On Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Fred Schneider of the B-52s will read "Sassafras Jones and the Search for a Forever Home," the story about a pekingese who is left at a shelter. The reading is free.

Afterwards, people can attend a special holiday tea that comes with a dessert buffet, a gingerbread house making contest for prizes and more. That costs $20, but proceeds benefit CCI. Fred Schneider will also sign copies of the book.

It's a great way to help service dogs, and it's also a great way to take a break from Celebrate Dogs, which is taking place next door from the Rosen Centre at Orange County Convention Center. Celebrate Dogs is part of the AKC-Eukanuba Championship.

There are other great holiday activities at Rosen Centre, including face painting, time with Santa, ice skating and more!

The storytelling spot is next to the big Christmas tree decorated in with doggy ornaments. Each ornament represents a dog that graduated from CCI training.

The Rosen Centre is on South International Drive in Orlando. For more information, head to their holiday events website.

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