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Pen Pals: Dixon Correctional Facilities Unique Program

Dixon Correctional Institute inmate Jason Broom, right, leads an excited pit bill named Murphy out of his pen, accompanied by Department of Corrections Sgt. Casey Cooley, the Pen Pals shelter manager (Photo: Travis Spradling/Advocate) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Finding a positive way to help reshape prisoners and give them direction and focus can be a challenge, but the…

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An Interview with Zak George

By John Bell Young Known to millions for his popular Animal Planet program, SuperFetch, Zak George has explored new training territory, teaching dog lovers and trainers alike new and unprecedented ways to connect with their dogs. Zak George with his Border Collie, Venus From training dogs to bowl, to gently persuading them to take out…

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8-Year-Old Boy Saves Pennies For Four Years, Gets Service Dog

——————————————————————————————————————— Enterprising Aiden Heath did not take his Type One Diabetes diagnosis lying down. When the doctors told him four years ago, he was already thinking ahead. After learning that dogs could be trained to help monitor glucose levels, sensing issues as early as 20-30 minutes before an electronic monitor would, he decided he wanted…