Monday, March 09, 2009

Caregiver released from prison

I was reading over the paper this past Saturday and found an article about the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, Alaska's women's prison. The article focused on the release of Wyatt, a 2-year-old Labrador mutt that had spent most of his life in the prison.

Trained by one of the inmates, Wyatt was a rescue dog from the Mat-Su animal shelter. After learning tasks such as how to turn on a light switch with his nose and retrieval of cell phones and keys, Wyatt was released from prison and into the care of his new owner. A soldier who was wounded in Iraq after a suicide car bomber rammed the humvee that the soldier was riding in.

In addition to his life and training at the women's prison, Wyatt made trips to the men's prison at Point MacKenzie (to get him used to men) and sometimes guards would take Wyatt home with them or on shopping runs to help him become adjusted to the kinds of things he could expect in his future as a caregiver.

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