Just a quick update for you. How do I begin to tell you just how wonderful and blessed it is to have Della
as a pet and as a work companion. Brett, she has touched so many lives in such a positive way! Just
today I had one young girl having a mental “melt down”. She had withdrawn herself to the corner of the
room and put a chair in front of her to block anyone. I was called in to help. Della walked in, went under
the chair, and laid down right next to the girl (almost in her lap). Within a few moments, the girl was petting
Della and her wall started to come down. This afternoon, I came to my office after teaching and found a
young girl sobbing waiting to talk with me. She is working through sad and significant family issues.
As soon as Della walked in with me, this young girl threw her arms around the dog and started sobbing.
I gave her a few moments of loving on Della and let her just pet her. It didn’t take long before the girl calmed
enough to start talking through things. I can honestly say that situations like these are not sporadic or rare.
Rather, Della’s love and calming presence directly help me to connect with students numerous times a week
and sometimes, multiple times a day. She is such a blessing and I really want you all at Safe Harbor to know
just what a difference your efforts made, through your work with her, in the lives of the kids she helps.
Della has a fan club of numerous children who stop by every morning to say “hello”. She has a dog treat
dispenser that the kids love to use. She gets so many treats that I have to cut them up super small and
limit the kids to each giving her only one treat per visit. As it is she probably gets 50 in a day. Fortunately,
one “Pupperoni" treat can be cut into about 15 small pieces! The staff adore her as well. Teachers often
drop by my office for a “Della break” or a “Della recharge” as they call them.
Della has been a HUGE hit this year with a behavior plan we implemented school wide. It promotes positive
behavior with a recognition of a “Bob Cat Buck” for following our rules to be Respectful, Responsible, Ready.
The kids can save their bucks to buy lots of different items, privileges, and special treats throughout the building.
By far, the most popular items are those involving Della. Kids can buy the privilege to each lunch with her and a
friend; kids can buy the privilege of taking Della to recess; they can even pay to to have their picture taken with
her (one of the most popular purchases). It has been great. On most days, Della has at least 15-20 kids come
in who have paid to eat lunch with her. All she does is lay on the picnic blanket with them and let them love her to
pieces. Talk about a win-win!
The big mystery this week is “What will Della be for Halloween?” The kids are all trying to guess and begging
me to tell them. The big “reveal” is Friday of course. She is going to be a bright red crayon. I found an adorable
costume that is basically like a coat. It does have a pointed hat but Della truly doesn’t seem to mind a hat. I’m going
to be a piece of paper. She will be leading our Halloween parade in the afternoon.
All in all, Della is an angel and my family and the school family all adore and love her. Thank you again so very much
for all that you do. You all together make an incredible difference in the lives of countless people and animals. You
have literally touched over 1000 lives with Della alone. Please pass my thanks and blessings along to everyone who
works together to make Safe Harbor such an incredible program that positively affects so many people. God Bless You!
OUR FEATURED DOG
Rose is one of the dogs adopted from Safe Harbor Prison Dog Adoption Program
She is one of our happiest success stories.
1st Place: Bryan Pickett from Chrissy Trampedach on Vimeo.The DOGS
All animals have been spayed or neutered, received all vaccinations, heartworm tested,
maintained on heartworm preventative, and they have received a HomeAgain Microchip.
Safe Harbor Prison Dogs is a not for profit organization. The adoption fees are calculated to just cover
the cost of the care that the dogs receive. Safe Harbor Prison Dogs will take back any dogs that have
been adopted through them, if at ANY point you need to relinquish your pet. We never again want our
dogs to end up in the shelters from which we rescue them.
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