If the successes of Downton Abbey or Girls are any indication, I’m not the only person who loves following a continuing story.
But my new favorite is better than either of them. I’ve recently discovered a series of webisodes that bring drama, hope, conflict, joy and most of all, love to the small screen. Oh yeah, and dogs. Lots of dogs.
What could be better?
Introducing the Jail Dogs in 1C
That’s the theme I’m pondering in 2013.
And it’s expressed beautifully in Jail Dogs in 1C, webisodes produced by filmmaker and animal lover, Amy Jackson.
The Gwinnett County, Georgia’s sheriff wanted to start a program to benefit the prisoners in his care. He partnered with the local shelter to bring death row dogs into the detention center where they would be trained and prepared for adoption by the prisoners.
Similar programs have been available in prisons for years. But many prisoners will never have the chance to take what they’ve learned about dogs back into the world.
Many of the prisoners in jail, however, are serving short sentences. After serving their time, they will return to their families and be able to use what they learn in the program to rebuild their lives.
And what does the program do for the dogs? Besides saving their lives?
The dogs get regular attention and training. They learn how to fit into a home environment so they can be successfully adopted. But the program also benefits dogs not in the program. It’s also
- pit bull friendly – giving lovable dogs with a bad reputation a chance to make new friends.
- based in positive reinforcement, with zero tolerance for any prisoner in the program doing anything not good for the dog.
- a beacon of hope in a part of the country where massive evacuations to other states are often seen as the best chance of getting death row dogs adopted.
Are you ready for some hope?
I’m unable to embed webisode #1 but you can watch it on You Tube where you’ll learn how the program began and meet the “cast of characters.” Go watch it. I guarantee you won’t be sorry.
Are you feeling good? I thought so.
Come back each Friday to see another webisode of Jail Dogs in 1C. And see what happens to Reed, Kyle, and the other inmates as well as the dogs in their care.
And share some love with filmmaker Amy Jackson of Karmalized Pictures. Thank you, Amy, for giving me permission to share your videos on Something Wagging This Way Comes.
What do you think about dogs rehabilitating prisoners? And prisoners rehabilitating dogs?