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Graduation Class of October 2014

Graduates include epileptic and non-epileptic seizure response dogs, diabetic alert dogs, and mobility assistance dogs.  Recipients include people with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Tourette’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Huntington’s.


On October 19,2014, six new assistance dog teams graduated.   After 18 months of intense training, our service dogs attained incredible skills needed to assist their new owners with various conditions including epilepsy, diabetes, Tourette’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke and cerebral palsy.  These dogs will allow their new partners to go far beyond the limitations their disability might normally have placed on them. The dogs respond to more than 100 commands.  Even more amazing, they know complex "chains" of actions to respond to a variety of life threatening events without commands from their human partner. For example:


Who We Are

We would like to introduce Retrieving Independence (RI), a Tennessee non-profit organization located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.   We have been breeding, training and placing service dogs for people with disabilities since 2006.  At the age of 18-24 months of age and with more than 120 hours of advanced skills training, our dogs are placed with children and adults with a disability to perform a wide variety of highly skilled tasks specifically geared to assist these individuals in living a fuller and more independent life.

Beautiful Lab puppies looking out of station wagon

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I want to thank Karen for working so diligently with us so that my 12 year old son could get Rain. The bond they have is amazing and grows even more with every passing day. She is a fantastic dog and so smart. Rain has given Devon peace of mind and independence again and the smiles he has now warms my heart. They are fixing to start more training together which I am sure will go off without a hitch. Our visit to Karen and her facility was spectacular and the work she does with her dogs is just amazing. We are truly blessed to have this experience. Thank you Karen, may God Bless you and the wonderful work you do.

  • Lynn Colley
  • Blountville, TN
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