The dog named Smokey once had a family but they did not get along with him. According to them, he was violent and refused to be touched. Thus, they gave him up and surrendered him to a kill shelter.
Marley Mutt’s Dog Rescue saw Smokey, an unwanted dog, as the ideal candidate for the Pawsitive Change program, which pairs California State Prison prisoners with canines from kill shelters for rehabilitation. This program attempts to teach training skills to prisoners while also rescuing dogs from kill shelters.
The Pawsitive Change program matched a prisoner named Jason with Smokey. Smokey was instantly sensitive to Jason’s emotions during their first meeting and Jason provided him with wonderful energy. The dog never displayed aggressive behavior toward him.
Their connection changed Jason. He observed that when Smokey acted differently, he needed to change his own behavior. He also learned that he needed to be trusting in order to be trusted. It was the best method for establishing a relationship and it worked well for Jason and Smokey.
Smokey also learned to trust others. He responded positively to Jason and his commands. He turned into a well-mannered and attentive dog.
Soon after, Smokey finally completed the program and was now eligible for adoption.
When Smokey had left, Jason greatly missed him. He inquired often about Smokey’s adoption status. Upon learning that Smokey was still up for adoption, he decided that he wanted to keep him.
A month after graduating from the program, Smokey was eager to join his new family. Given that Jason was still behind bars, his parents adopted Smokey on his behalf.
Cheryl, Jason’s mother, was extremely scared when she first saw the dog. But she quickly found out that Smokey is an adorable dog and he fit in well with the family.
Jason found his life’s mission. Because of his relationship with Smokey, he became a skilled dog trainer.
He looks forward to enjoying his life in the future with Smokey. With the right help, Smokey went from an unwanted dog to a deeply loved one.
Source: The Dodo
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