A man and his lifesaver

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

In late July 2011 Bob Pellito made the trip for the DAWGS in Prison graduation number 14 in search of a lifesaver.

He found one.

A resident of Spring Hill near Tampa, Pellito was one of two diabetics that day – the other was from Sarasota – who sought out DAWGS in Prison for a Diabetic Alert Dog, or DAD.

Pellito happened upon the DAWGS (Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability) in Prison program after making what he estimated to be at least 40 inquiries about potential service dogs, his contacts coming up empty again and again for varying reasons.

Cost was one factor, but there was another side of the leash for Pellito.

“We were looking to hopefully find a shelter dog,” he said.

And ultimately those seemingly endless days on the Internet proofed successful when he stumbled upon the DAWGS in Prison program at the Gulf Forestry Camp.

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