A Hero Raised by an Angel in Disguise
"It's a beautiful day and the sun is shining.
But, he sits alone, a little boy in the dark.
His mind is something he can't control
He is up all night, he can't settle down to sleep
His mind is like a prison."
Words written by the mother...
I didn't know what trust was and it took a dog to teach me about it. Nina, a beautiful black lab was the first dog that I had trained, not to say I was any good at it. I had a lot to learn about her and about myself. And, I...
The Forgiving Heart of a Dog
by Lara, ICAN Handler, Indiana Women's Prison
All I ever wanted was for someone to love me. In that process, I let my parents and family down, hurt so many, and lost anything that was ever beautiful about me. Abuse robs you of everything.
When I became...
Prison forces one to live close to the bone. To protect myself in this harsh environment, I erected sturdy walls. My building materials were anger, self-interest, hate, fear, and ignorance. For years, I was comfortable within myself - it was often easier than dealing with the stir.
In July of 2012,...
Volunteering for ICAN has helped me grow in many ways and has given me insights on issues I hadn't even thought about, but for me, one of the most important things it has done is to allow me to grow and learn from unexpected sources: ICAN's handlers, dogs, and clients.