We are always so happy to see one of our dogs get adopted. Sometimes the journey to that forever home from the shelter takes a detour-a happy detour! This was the case with Apache or you many remember him as Dexter when he was here with us.
Apache was initially rescued from another shelter, where his chances of finding a home were slim, by volunteers Kyle Baker and Chris Haubner. The shelter sometimes works with an organization called Stiggy’s Dogs that provides our military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury a method of healing through shelter dogs. The dogs are trained at the Thumb Correctional Facility by inmates completing a minimum of 120 hours of training. The prison program is so beneficial for the dogs, inmates and veterans. All of Stiggy’s dogs are from shelters. Their motto is “save one to save another.” When Stiggy’s asked for potential candidates, Apache was perfect-attentive, focused, non-reactive, affectionate.
Apache was one of the handler favorites at Thumb Correctional Facility where he trained for three months. The following is an excerpt from a final report by one of Apache’s handlers. “Apache gave me comfort. He gave me love and he gave me loyalty. He made me feel happy again…Apache opened up my heart, he opened up my life and he opened up my soul. I know he will do the same for someone else. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this program.”
Apache has now been placed with his new owner William, an army veteran. We are so PROUD of him!