This is an amazing program led by an amazing, caring group of people. The impact the dogs are having on the kids is beyond impressive and wonderful connections are being formed.
I am a licensed psychotherapist and have directed a number of programs treating at-risk adolescents. The idea of empowering these kids to be effective "parents" to at-risk dogs is such a brilliant and repairative one, I feel that this program should be duplicated all over the country. Giving the kids the opportunity to learn to set limits in a caring manner with follow through helps both members of the relationship heal and move forward as productive members of their respective communities.
"Over the Top!" This is the quintessential grassroot experience resulting in misdirected children find their way. No doubt that the benefits of unconditional positive regard (love) is at work here. It's as if the full acceptance that only a dog can give has manifested itself in the persons that have formed this organization. These people and their dogs persevere through all kind of obstacles. They continuing to deal with bad weather, poor communications at times, obstinate personnel, etc... to affect these abandoned boys and our organization in a wonderful way. Indeed, we wear more smiles than before. We even have an intern working on a PH.D. trying to capture this goodness in a dissertation! BEAT THAT!!!!!!!!!