Meet Vivian Peyton, an awesome and very lucky Staffordshire Terrier mix
We all need an "up story" that can give us hope. Here's a short and sweet tale, a perfect one with which to begin your weekend.
Peyton, a Staffordshire Terrier mix, had a very rough life. Her scarred body strongly suggested she had been used as a bait dog in vicious dog fighting rings. Just before she was to be euthanized, a group called New Leash on Life rescued her from the shelter and brought her to a detention facility. Once there, Peyton "took training lessons with prisoners and began the long road that would lead to her unexpected career as a therapy dog. She also got a fresh name for her fresh start: Vivian Peyton."
“Please, just promise me that you’re going to love her as much as I love her"
Having taught courses on animal behavior, animal emotions, and animal protection and conservation for years in the Boulder County Jail, as part of Jane Goodall's global Roots & Shoots program, I wasn't at all surprised to read what one prisoner said when Vivien left the detention center: “Please, just promise me that you’re going to love her as much as I love her." Just about all of the men with whom I've worked would have said the same thing.