DAWGS in Prison celebrates four years

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:06 AM.

But after his mom, Susan, an award-winning reporter with Palm Beach Post adopted Gracie, Wesley was transformed into a happy, more affectionate child who now sleeps through the night, Gracie at his side.

Susan Wendel recently wrote a book entitled “Until I Say Goodbye”, a heart-rending account of her battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which steadily robs the body of the ability to function. It is fatal and Susan Wendel is dying.

Gracie graces the cover of the book and plays a major role in the book, included in Susan Wendel’s “little things she loves.”

Christy recently received a call from a mother in Connecticut who read Wendel’s book and expressed an interest in adopting a dog from the DAWGS in Prison program.

“Gracie and Susan’s legacy continues,” Christy said.

There is also the unforgettable story of Dante, adopted to serve as aid to his diabetic owner, receiving additional training after the eight weeks of DAWGS in Prison.

Dogs are amazingly able to sense changes in body chemistry that alert them to dangers for their owners. One day, Dante saved his owner’s live when he lapsed into a diabetic coma, alerting the man’s wife to the need for immediate medical attention.

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