"Prisoners are great puppy raisers, Stoga says, because "they put their all into each and every dog." Unlike professional trainers, she says, prisoners "have a real need and desire to prove they can do something right. Here is a chance for someone to say, 'You succeeded.' " "There's a level of responsibility that's involved, like having a little baby," says Eric Jenkins, 37. Convicted in a 1992 fatal shooting, Jenkins got into the program in 2007. He's training his second dog, a 3-month-old golden retriever named Skamper. "It compels you to extend yourself and not think only of yourself. I have to think about him first," Jenkins says, stroking Skamper's head. An inmate in the program -- who still has to do a regular prison job -- spends 24 hours a day with the dog. He must learn basic veterinary care, keep a journal and be an assistant to a primary trainer for at least six months before he gets his own puppy."This is valuable and rehabilitative stuff.
14 November 2009
Puppies Behind Bars ~ Prisoner Responsibility...
Glad I picked up the USAToday and read Joshua Hatch's piece Prison pups serve those who served about Puppies Behind Bars, a program which allows-encourages prisoners to train dogs to perform valuable tasks. This is great both because of the helpful abilities of these hounds, but because -- in the essential words of one prisoner -- taking on this responsibility is "Making me a better person". According to organizer Gloria Stoga...
Posted by Joost Bonsen at 15:34
Labels: Animal, Humanity, Inspiration, Vitality
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