DAWGS in Prison reaches 300 saved


The top dog for Class 28 was Gonzo. Gonzo, a hound/lab mix, is pictured with his lead trainer, John Rhoden, handler, Raymond Daubert and caretaker John Taylor. The top dog is one of who most consistently performs his command in a class-ending competition.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:30 AM.

Sandi Christy spent last week’s DAWGS in Prison graduation detailing the perfect dog.

That perfect dog, Christy, concluded, is strictly in the eye of the owner.

Christy, co-director of the Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability (DAWGS) in Prison program at the Gulf Forestry Camp considered the perfect dog while interviewing New Jersey newlyweds interested in adopting a dog.

In addition to her work with DAWGS, Christy volunteers to place dogs at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society through several rescue groups. One of those missions led her to the couple from New Jersey.

While describing the prospective dog for the couple, the husband interrupted.

“He said, ‘We don’t expect a perfect dog, we just want a nice dog who will be part of our family,’” Christy said. “I thought that was wonderful and then, what is the perfect dog?”

Ten people, Christy said, would likely provide 10 different answers.

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