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Paws-itive: Wimberley canines pass final exams

By Megan Wehring

WIMBERLEY – Five puppies are moving onto the next level to become assistance dogs. 

On Thursday, May 19, the Freedom Canines International (FCI) puppies passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test – which moves them on to advanced training next school year as they learn to be diabetic alert, service, hearing and/or facility dogs.

The puppies wait with their Wimberley HS student trainers for the next step of the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, administered May 19. (Photo courtesy of Allen Bruggman of Wimberley ISD).

The extensive training process started in September 2021 through a unique partnership with Wimberley ISD (WISD), where students have the opportunity to train future service dogs. Puppies attended high school agriculture classes all year long, where FCI Instructors Becky and Todd Kier teach students how to train all the manners and tricks a puppy will need to complete puppy raising and enter advanced training. Select dedicated students even earned the privilege of becoming a puppy raiser, taking a puppy with them to classes all over campus.

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Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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