Christine Coletta & Winery Dog, EchoChristine Coletta is the vice president of PADS (an organization that trains assistance dogs). PADS helps those facing a disability by raising, training and placing life-changing assistance dogs: service dogs for people with physical disabilities, hearing dogs for the deaf or hard of hearing, and canine assisted intervention dogs who work in specialized areas for placements in a variety of medical and educational environments.

Christine has been busy with the winery team raising awareness and funds, and puppy sitting. Those who have visited our offices or the vineyard have seen some of the many PADS dogs we have been privileged to care for.

To learn more, or make a donation to help these dogs go to

Summerland – a town and a dog

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Okanagan Crush Pad has sponsored the first year of training for a PADS puppy born in North Vancouver. We named him “Summerland” as it seems like a happy dog name. Summerland is being raised by a PADS volunteer and with care, training, and love, he’ll hopefully make it into full-time service.

Garnet – a valley and a dog

Our 2nd sponsored dog is Garnet, named after our new Garnet Valley Ranch vineyard site. Garnet is being raised by one of PADS puppy raisers, but Christine manages to squeeze in puppy sitting and Garnet loves spending time in Summerland. It is very rewarding to watch Garnet learn and grow.