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The Smart one
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July 23rd 2009
September 13th 2009
being with people
blue rubber bone
anything we've had for dinner
taking a bow
After we lost our 14yr old German Shepherd, Molly, I began searching the internet for dogs. There were many choices but none of them seemed like 'my' dog until one night, there she was. I called first thing on Monday morning only to find out someone had adopted her an hour before I called. I could not believe it. I felt she HAD to be my dog.
With great sadness I hung up the phone. I thought about her all day and even dreamed of her at night. Finally, I called the Sheriff of the prison and told her to let me know if, for any reason, she was returned.
One week later, I got a call from the Sheriff to let me know, if I was still interested, she had been returned! Unbelieveable and at the same time, joyous!! Only thing to consider was the fact she was in a puppy protection program in a prison in the State of Virginia and I lived in Chicago, Il. My husband had no problem driving that distance to get her. She had been given almost three months of training by one of the inmates who also had been trained to prepare puppies for adoption.
We entered the prison after leaving behind, in the car, all of our personal belongings. No phones, no purse, no cameras. We met our 9 month old puppy in a large recreational-type room, concrete floor and a few chairs around the perimeter. She seemed to be smiling and her whole body was wagging with her tail. She was so excited that she peed on the floor. That is what puppies do sometimes.
So we left with her and her small bag of belongings: a blue rubber bone, a plastic chew toy,a tennis ball, a leash and collar.
We left the prison and headed for the Motel 6 three hours away and our first night with our new doggie that we named Honeybun.
Her 'handler/trainer' had written down all her special characteristics and the things she had been taught. We knew, within five minutes, that she would be going home with us.
At the prison,Honeybun was nicknamed the 'Smart one' because she learned so quickly. She has great speed and loves to jump over hurdles I put in the yard. She has gone to and loved agility classes. She knows how to communicate with her eyes and uses different types of sounds to tell us what she needs - everything from a gentle, very quiet "woof" to a much more robust "Arf" if her needs are urgent.
She is easy to train and loves to go anywhere in the car. Loves people and also loves tummy rubs. She is a 'honey' of a honeybun!
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Last year we had to put down our 14-yr-old Shepherd. The house did not feel right without a doggie in it so we began our search in shelters, kennels and the 'net.' Petfinders had a picture that caught our eye. She was a jack rusell mix that had been taken to a shelter and then sent to a puppy protection program at a County Jail in Virginia. We live in Chicago so it seemed like a long way to go. However, she sounded so great and after looking at hundreds of doggie bios and pictures plus many visits to local shelters, she just seemed like the right one for us. We arranged things with the Sheriff of the County Jail. Our doggie, only nine months old, was receiving daily training with Albert, her prisoner 'handler'. When we arrived, we were enclosed behind bars, just like the inmates, and ushered into a large rec room with concrete floors. Albert was all smiles as he showed us all the 'trick's and obedience commands the doggie had learned. Around the prison, she was known as the 'smart one' as she learned everything immediately. We took her home with the condition that if it did not work out for us or for her, we would return her. It took only a few hours before we knew we would never be returning her. She had a new home in Chicago with two people who would love her dearly. Her name is Honey Bun and she is every bit as smart as her 'handler' said. She is a joyous dog who loves sharing life with us in every way. We do forest preserves, car rides, visits with friends, share our bed and our couches with her. She will soon go to agility class as her speed and extreme flexibility are surely winners in any category. Besides intelligence, Honey Bun likes to invent games that we all play together every day. She is a gift from the "Gods" to our home and our lives.
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