Airplane full of puppies lands at Bradley; pups to begin new lives assisting the disabled

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A small private airplane landed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Wednesday night, and delivered sweetness, joy and hope to nine families waiting on the tarmac.

Nine 8-week-old puppies, which were flown from California, were carried off the plane one by one and handed over to the people who will begin their training to become assistance dogs for the disabled.

The fluffy little golden retriever-Labrador retriever mixes, some golden and some black, were bred by Canine Companions for Independence. CCI, based in Santa Rosa, California, has trained and placed 6,741 assistance dogs to homes all over the country since it was founded in 1975.

Wednesday’s pups — Cam, Clinton, Colton, Cubby, Wontan, Berry, Dancer, Dublin and Duncan — wore blue-trimmed yellow capes, to signify that they are hero dogs in training. When they are fully trained, the dogs will be assigned to people with disabilities and will be given blue capes to wear.

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