UPDATE: TEDDY ADOPTED!
Teddy is a 8-year-old Korean Jindo mix who will be graduating next week from the Pawsitive Prison Dog Training Program!
Oh sweet Teddy.
As I pulled into the Airway Heights Correctional Facility, Teddy stood at attention waiting for me like a soldier in the military. I opened my car door and said, "Hi Teddy!" His tail went into helicopter mode and his smile melted my heart into a puddle.
"How could this dog not have a home already...." I thought to myself.
He's perfect. He's compact. He's handsome. He's obedient.
But THAT SMILE.
Teddy is part of the Pawsitive Prison Dog Training Program. The dogs are crate trained, they learn to walk on a leash and also to recognize simple commands such as sit and stay. If you put your hands up like a monster and "RAWR" at Teddy he'll faint and play dead. Some of the dogs come to the Pawsitive Prison Dog Program with socialization issues - maybe they are very shy or maybe they were treated poorly before and are very scared. But what's amazing is seeing the individual dogs come out of their shells and grow comfortable around people again. And the reward goes both ways. The inmates learn to care for something. To love something. These dogs are healing them too.
Teddy is the only dog from this batch of trainees yet to find his forever home. He's been on the news, featured on social media and for some reason...not a single applicant.
I'm going to assume it's because his perfect family hasn't heard about him yet. Here's to hoping now they do.
Learn more about the Pawsitive Prison Dog Training Program HERE!
Check out KHQ's Pet Saver Feature on Teddy HERE!
If you are interested in adopting Teddy please fill out and return THIS FORM! Details at the bottom of the application.