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Hound Dog Joe

Joe doesn’t ask for much, but he needs a home.

adoptable hound dog in cameron, missouri

Sweet Joe needs someone to pal around with.

This good dog makes friends easily. Now, he needs a family.

 Joe has been in Missouri’s Puppies for Parole program about two months and is looking for his forever home. This young hound mix was found wandering the streets as a puppy.

Now approximately three months old, Joe has learned to sit and lay down. However, he’s still working on a his leash skills. He’d rather just wander around on his own, between naps. Joe is a sweet, loving dog who loves attention from anyone who offers.

He gets along with all the other dogs, and once he knows you are his handler he will follow you everywhere.

Anyone interested in giving this hound dog a good home can call the Cameron shelter at (816) 632-2177.

MIssouri Puppies for Parole

Every month Wayward Dogs features a story  from the Missouri Puppies for Parole program. You can check out all of the available puppies at P4P’s website!

Puppies for Parole Goes Beyond Dogs in Prison

puppies for parole partnership

A new partnership is sealed.

Each month, Wayward Dogs highlights a story from Missouri’s Puppies for Parole program, a nationally renowned model for saving shelter dogs while helping human offenders. Instead of focusing on an adoptable P4P canine graduate, today’s post looks at a new way that this program will benefit people and dogs in Missouri.

From Shelter Dogs to Therapy Dogs

A recent partnership announced between the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) and Bridle Ridge Acres, a comprehensive health care center in Hillsboro, will connect animals from the state’s Puppies for Parole program and children with special needs.

Owned and operated by Community Treatment Inc. (COMTREA), Bridle Ridge is a 45-acre campus that will offer general practice medical care, dental care for children, behavioral health care, mental health care, substance abuse care and family therapy, as well as equine and canine therapy.

 “Animal Assisted Intervention is a promising frontier in health and mental health,” says Judy Finnegan, COMTREA associate vice president.

“We are so pleased that through our partnership with the Department of Corrections,” she says, “COMTREA will have specially trained ‘helper dogs’ that will benefit many in our community. It seems like this partnership completes a circle:  A dog is saved – a dog is trained and a person in need is helped.”

Following basic obedience training with offender handlers at Potosi Correctional Center, specially chosen Puppies for Parole dogs will go through additional professional training for canine therapy.

Animals selected for canine therapy with COMTREA will aid with autistic children, wounded veterans, troubled children, mentally ill, victims of domestic violence and others.

Certain selected dogs will also be offered to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and other institutions.

According to DOC Director George Lombardithis partnership is an ideal arrangement.

“Since the program’s inception, it’s always been a vision of mine to have our offenders train dogs for those with special needs,” he says. “This partnership is a natural fit for us, and I hope it serves as a catalyst for many other relationships with organizations that assist those with special needs.”

MIssouri Puppies for Parole

Do you agree with me that this a great development for Puppies for Parole? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

To browse adoptable P4P graduates, check out the currently available dogs.

This Foxy Lady Is Looking for a Friend

How foxy is Soxy?

Adoptable dog from Missouri Puppies for Parole

Do you know someone who could fall in love with Soxy?

Soxy graduated from the Puppies for Parole program on Feb. 28 at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific.

Soxy was special in that she was the 100th dog to graduate from MECC’s program.

Statewide, Puppies for Parole has now found homes for more than 1,300 dogs since it started in 2010.

Soxy is a 3-year-old Shiba Inu mix who is very loving with a sweet personality and alert attitude.

In her previous home, she had been quite the escape artist and became pregnant on one of her outings. She was subsequently surrendered to Mostly Mutts shelter and was later brought to MECC.

Through her Puppies for Parole experience, Soxy has learned several tricks. She will make a wonderful companion dog in her forever home.

For info on this sweet girl, call the shelter at  314-607-5852.

MIssouri Puppies for Parole

Every month Wayward Dogs features an adoptable dog like Soxy from the Missouri Puppies for Parole program

Check out more available puppies at P4P’s website!

Red is a Good Color for Valentine’s Day

Meet Kane, the Red Tri-Bull Dog!

three-legged pit bull

Who’s ready to take home this pit bull smile on three legs?

One of the Puppies for Parole residents who has been at Ozark Correctional Center the longest is a three-and-a-half-year-old red pit bull mix named Kane.

This dog has a very loving and friendly personality.  He is very smart, a quick learner, energetic and has bonded very well with his handler. What makes him unique is the fact that he has only three legs.

Although born with all four legs, Kane was hit by a car and his owners failed to get him proper medical treatment.

After six months of thinking his leg would heal on its own, they finally took him to the veterinarian, who had to amputate his left front leg.

From the first day he arrived at OCC, it was quite apparent that his so-called disability was NOT a disability for this dog.  He can run and play with the best of them, and has overcome any obstacles associated with his lost leg.

His loving nature and great personality puts him totally at odds with the bad stereotypes people have of pit bulls.

Anyone interested in adopting Kane can contact C.A.R.E. Center in Springfield, Missouri, at (417) 875-6565.

MIssouri Puppies for ParoleEvery month Wayward Dogs features an adoptable dog like Kane  from the Missouri Puppies for Parole program, a national leader in prison-based dog training.

There are lots of single P4P dogs looking for love this Valentine’s Day. Check out more available puppies at P4P’s brand new website!

This Good Old Boy is Looking for Love

Amos wants to know: Will you be his Valentine?

older yellow lab

This old guy still has lots of love to give.

Do you know someone who would love a good old boy like Amos?

Even though Amos is an older dog, he’s still as sweet as ever and in need of a good home for his golden years.

Amos is a 7-year-old yellow lab that was trained at Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri.

He showed up one day at a farmer’s house and wouldn’t leave. The farmer couldn’t keep him, so he surrendered Amos to Cameron Animal Control.

Amos passed his Canine Good Citizenship Test and is ready for adoption. He is a very gentle dog and loves all people and other dogs.

His only drawback is his inability to get along with cats. In all other respects, Amos is very well-behaved and does well with children as well.

Anyone interested in giving this loving lab a good home can call the Cameron shelter at (816) 632-2177.

MIssouri Puppies for Parole

Every month Wayward Dogs features an adoptable dog like Amos from the Missouri Puppies for Parole program. However, it’s very close to Valentine’s Day and there are lots of single dogs out there.

Come back tomorrow to meet another very special P4P dog. In the meantime, check out the available puppies at P4P’s brand new website!

Do You Know Someone Who Needs Faith?

This is what Faith looks like.

Faith border collie

Faith is looking for someone to believe in.

Faith is a 7-month-old, female, black and white border collie. The Puppies for Parole (P4P) program at Western Missouri Correctional Center (WMCC) called “Western Waifs” welcomed this sweet girl on Dec. 26.

She came to WMCC through the prison’s partnering shelter, Cameron Animal Shelter.

She was left at a veterinarian’s office by her owner. The owner gave the veterinarian money and told the vet it was money to have Faith fixed if someone wanted her. If not, the money was to put her down. The Cameron Animal Shelter took Faith in, so she wouldn’t be put down.

When Faith came into the P4P program, she was very scared and unsure of what was going to happen to her.

Faith is still very shy but has come a long way in just a few weeks. She will now play with the other dogs, and she loves the attention of people once she gets to know them and feels like she can trust them.

Faith is going to make someone a great dog when she finds her forever home.

Anyone interested in adopting this loving dog can contact Cameron Animal Shelter at (816) 271-4877.

So, do you know someone who could benefit from having Faith in their life?

Please share her story, and check out all of the currently adoptable P4P dogs!

This post is part of a new monthly series presented in partnership with Missouri Puppies for Parole, one of the nation’s leading prison-based dog training programs.

MIssouri Puppies for Parole

 On the 10th day of each month, I’ll share a new story about a dog who is currently available through or a graduate of the P4P program. 

In the meantime, read my original post about Missouri Puppies for Parole and Like P4P on Facebook.

10 Inspiring Faces of 2012

I blog because I’m a compulsive writer.

But I don’t put those words on the screen just so I can sit and stare at them.

Like anyone else, I put sentences together and send them out into cyberspace in the hopes that they’ll resonate with somebody else.

I write to express a point of view. I write to tell a story or share facts. I write to learn. I write to connect.

In 2012, writing on this blog, mostly about dogs, allowed me to connect with more awesome people than I can count. Here’s a look at a few of them:

New Friends

1. Katty De Lux, Pin Up from the Paris of the Plains

Pin Up from the Paris of the Plains Katty De Lux

Katty De Lux and Winston, her West Highland White Terrier.

Interacting offline with Kansas City’s blogging community introduced me to many amazing people, including Katty De Lux, a model, blogger and animal lover who adds smile, style and sass to every situation. She wowed me with her mad networking skills when we co-hosted a fundraiser for Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.

2. Chris Sailors, Owner, Kennel Creek Pet Resort

Chris Sailors

Chris Sailors with Reilly, Abby, Chalmers and Willow.

The guy with the best-behaved dogs at the Great KC Pet Expo also runs the nicest pet resort in Kansas City. In 2012, Kennel Creek Pet Resort changed my opinion about what to expect from dog daycare and boarding. I’m proud to call owner Chris Sailors a professional collaborator and friend.

3. Amy Oleson, Owner, Fido Fetch Photography

Amy Oleson

Amy Oleson

Amy Oleson was one of the first people to join KC Pittie Pack. Her beautiful pictures helped generate attention for our dog walking group. Less than a year later, she’s now pursuing her dog-umentary photography dream full-time and expecting her first baby.

4. Mike Kitchens, Founder, Midwest Adopt-a-Bull

Midwest Adopt-a-Bull Founder Mike Kitchens

Mike Kitchens and his son Deegan

The story of how pit bull dogs stole Mike Kitchens’ heart generated massive views for this blog in February. Four months later, when his brand new rescue group was just getting started, my big, black foster dog returned from a second failed adoption. Mike could see that we needed support and made space for Charlie Machete.

5. George Lombardi, Director, Missouri Department of Corrections

George Lombardi, Director of Missouri Department of Corrections

George Lombardi

The man who oversees Missouri’s prison system cares about rehabilitation – of people and animals. Under George Lombardi’s leadership, Missouri correctional facilities have implemented Missouri Puppies for Parole, the nation’s most extensive prison-based dog training and adoption program.

Renewed Connections

6. Stacy Ideus, Owner, Stacy Ideus Photography

Stacy Ideus: photographer, blogger, hottie.

Photographer Stacy Ideus

I’m certain Stacy Ideus and I first communicated through the walls of our mothers’ abdomens. Our lives have moved in very different directions since we were born a few days apart in Beatrice, Nebraska. But family, dogs, photography and blogs are bringing my oldest friend and me close again in our third decade.

7. Shawn

Shawn Timm and her dog Dulcie.

Shawn Timm and her dog Dulcie.

When we were kids, Shawn Timm and I were the little girls in our 4-H club who each had very obedient but very big and scary-looking dogs. She still has a mastiff (and a therapy-certified springer spaniel), but my black-and-tan went from a Rottweiler to a miniature pinscher. But we are both still crazy about dogs. And our dogs send Trader Joe’s treats to each other.

8. Miranda

Miranda Loehle

Miranda Loehle

 In 2011, my long lost high school friend Miranda Loehle found me and my blog and – from halfway across the country – introduced me to a fellow dog blogger in my neighborhood. In 2012, Miranda continued supporting this blog, Our Waldo Bungie and countless others. Sadly, it was also the year her beloved dog Brutus crossed the rainbow bridge. He was lucky to be loved by her.

9. Megan

Megan Jackson

My cousin Megan Jackson and me.

My cousin Megan and I didn’t play together as kids. But if we lived in the same city, we would definitely “play” together as adults. In 2012, we realized we have a lot more than family in common. She’s a marketing manager for a farmers’ market in Lincoln, Nebraska, and she can make things like yogurt, kim chi and lard from scratch. She’s kinda my hero.

10. Holly

husky mix

Unlike the other people in this category, my friend Holly and I haven’t been acquainted for lots of years. We’ve known each other for a few, but in 2012, our casual friendship was cemented when she adopted my much-loved foster dog Minnie.

Who has blogging brought closer to you?

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