Adopting A Dog


Adopting a dog will change your life. I know because it has changed mine. I don’t actually adopt, I just work with dogs and get them ready for adoption. In doing so, I reap tremendous life changing benefits.

I’m in a program called Freedom Tails. For 10 weeks I live with a dog 24/7. During that time I give my four-legged friend basic obedience training, house training, boundaries, socialization skills, structure, and grooming. These dogs go from “undesired” shelter or rescue dogs to “highly desirable” well mannered and well trained dogs.

I’ve been in prison for 22 years. In just a few weeks, Freedom Tails has enabled me to develope valuable life skills. The dogs teach me how to be responsible, patient, consistent, and punctual.

If you don’t have a dog in your life, you’re not living life to the fullest.

For those who have disabilities (mental or physical), a dog can be a life changing experience. Dogs can offer hope, love, and joy to those who struggle to find it anywhere else. Dogs can help build confidence, a sense of purpose, and self-esteem to those who struggle in these areas.

ADOPT A DOG. This simple act has the ability to work miracles.

For more info on the dog program & dog adoption, please visit:

Orvis Magazine
Between The Lines
Freedom Tails
Brigadoon Service Dogs
SCCC Freedom Tail Program



Steven Jennings



Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

3 thoughts

  1. “If you don’t have a dog in your life, you’re not living life to the fullest.” No truer words said,
    There’s nothing better in life under any circumstances that the communication and love between man and dog can compete. Even humans have a hard time with unconditional love – but I’ve found that not only dogs but many animals and birds can truly be the best friend one will ever have in his/her lifetime, unconditionally. Treasure the moments you have – you’re doing and experiencing something wonderful.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more! My life was forever changed from adopting senior dog 2 years ago. She gave me purpose, helped me heal and flourish. She helped me realize my passion in animal welfare. I have been so interested in the prison dog program as I believe as you said it helps everyone enable valuable skills, canine & human. Thank you for sharing your journey. Im deeply inspired by you both.

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