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Writers to the Rescue: Second-Chance Pups

Posted on: July 23, 2015

Love animals? Love to write? Then this is the club for you! Some animals need to be rescued. We’ll talk about why, look at lots of pictures, create ads and posters, and write adventure stories. Other animals rescue us. Learn about how animals are used to find people, save them from danger, alert them in medical emergencies, and all kinds of other animal heroics. If we’re lucky, we may even have some special human and furry guests..

The above blurb was the description used to advertise one of the writing clubs I taught this summer through Community Learning Centers. In “Writers to the Rescue,” students spent the first day learning about general pet care, the next two days learning how companion animals need rescue, and the last two days learning how animals rescue people.

As part of teaching about how animals rescue people, I distributed information about working dogs and cats. For working dogs, we talked about nine kinds: acting, assistance, herding, drug, hunting, landmine, rescue, sled, and termite. For working cats, we talked about four kinds: military, rodent, show, and therapy. We also talked about skills needed for these jobs and then applied this information to write job application letters and to write advertisements of services available.

Mid-week, I invited a guest speaker from Second Chance Pups. Melissa, Adoption Coordinator for Second Chance Pups, shared how the organization receives dogs from local area shelters and rescues. Then the organization matches the dogs to carefully selected volunteer inmate/handlers from the state penitentiary. Dogs live at the penitentiary while handlers provide nine-weeks of intense training and love. To date, Second Chance Pups has adopted out over 350 dogs and 220 inmates have participated in the program.

Dogs are housebroken and leash-trained. Inmates also train dogs to the standards of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship Program. Dogs learn to sit, come, stay, down, heel. They respond to “No” and to “Leave it”.

Melissa brought along her dog, a Labrador/Great Pyrenees named Mya who is a certified therapy dog. My students got to meet Mya, as well as ask tons of questions. Mya patiently allowed students to pet her. While students browsed brochures about Second-Chance Pups, they even got to give Mya an obedience command and reward her with a treat. What follows are a few photos from this session.

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It’s a great rehabilitative measure for the inmates, offering them an opportunity to give back to society in a positive manner … Otherwise overlooked dogs get a second change at a lifelong relationship with a loving family.–second Chance Pups brochure

Students created a variety of projects over the week, including memory books, promotions, letters, news reports, and stories. I didn’t keep any of their creations and so can’t show you examples. However, they did apply their knowledge from the week to making Thank You Cards to Second-Chance Pups. Below is a group photo of my students, along with scans of some of their cards. You can click on them to get a bigger-size image.

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12 Responses to "Writers to the Rescue: Second-Chance Pups"

What a great program, and a great experience for your students- I’m sure they loved it- I know I would have.

Both of our guests for “Writers to the Rescue” also seemed to like the program. 🙂

What a great club. Super pictures.

During my first summer club offering, my camera stopped working and I had to rely on a co-worker’s phone. With this second club, I brought two cameras with me just to ensure I got photos. 🙂

What a great program! Thanks for sharing…and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Our community has a lot of wonderful animal rescue programs.

I made this comment on “Writers to the Rescue: The Cat House”: “Sounds like a great week for the students, Allison. I enjoyed your Interesting and well-written article.” Ditto for “Writers to the Rescue: Second-Chance Pups.” I also enjoyed the fine selection of photos that you posted with the articles, especially appreciating the one with the students holding the Thank You cards they’d made. They look so happy!

Students did seem happy! Most of them also now want to work with animals when they grow up. Despite all the preparation stress, it was a good club.

What a great way to put your talent to good use! Looks like you both had a lot of fun and managed to help a lot! Lucky you 🙂

Writers to the Rescue is an accomplishment that makes me feel happy as a teacher. I hope to offer it and similar offerings again.

And I look forward to reading about it and your other offerings!

Check back tomorrow for a post about my Craft Writers club. 😉

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

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