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May 5th 2010 2:33 am
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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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