DAWGS in Prison reaches 300 saved

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:30 AM.

Some will insist the perfect dog is AKC registered, but despite pedigrees those dogs also have numerous health issues.

A veterinarian might attest that the healthiest dogs are mixed-breeds, Christy said. She noted however, that her own golden retriever died from one of the worst forms of canine cancer due to an abnormality in breeding lines for golden retrievers.

Others, Christy said, say the perfect dog is the good hunter, the agile dog, the obedient dog.

“But these same dogs may not be good family dogs,” Christy said.

Over the past 28 dog graduations spanning four-plus years, however, the DAWGS in Prison program has sent 300 adoptable dogs to new homes, saving a shelter dog and providing what 300 owners might attest as the “perfect dog.”

The Sherers from Connecticut, a two-career couple, wanted a canine companion and adopted Ryan.

Ryan was trained to be a certified therapy dog and accompanies the couple to hospitals and nursing homes.

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