Never in a million years would I have dreamed I’d see dogs (yeah dogs) “man’s best friend” running around the prison yard at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Missouri. And even more, I’d have never in my wildest dreams seen myself taking on the responsibility of caring for dogs in prison, but I have for quite a while now! Daily, trainers like myself walk, train and rehabilitate dogs and I must say, it is one of the most “therapeutic” programs I’ve had the privilege to be involved with during my 25 year incarceration in the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC).
I am proud to announce that so far I have loved back to life 20 plus stray and shelter dogs!!! These puppies and dogs entered this prison broken, beaten, scared, matted, malnourished, unsocialized and desperately needing a helping hand as do many young men and women who get trapped inside of our judicial system.
Strays and shelter dogs really have it hard. They’ve been abandoned, rejected, lonely and simply can not understand why they are treated so poorly or why their families can no longer care for them. Through it all, there is that glimmer of “love me” in their eyes. That small glimmer of “let me love you” in their eyes. [Read more…]