COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Brutus, our Puppy with a Purpose, attended a special Canine Companions event. The Sit. Stay. Sparkle. Gala supports Canine Companions in its ongoing mission to provide service dogs to people with disabilities free of charge.

Stefanie Putnam was this year’s keynote speaker. She is an equestrian, one of the only quadriplegic carriage drivers in the world. Putnam had her sights set on representing the United States equestrian team in the Olympics when she was injured in a non-horse-related incident — that left her paralyzed from the collar bone down. She received Service Dog Kaz II to help her in a myriad of ways, enabling Stefanie to be more independent and complete her master’s degree.

Also in attendance last night was 11-year-old Isaac and his Canine Companion service dog, Frisco.
He was there celebrating his birthday.