Sheri Ramsey knows the hardships of a long prison sentence all too well. She’s serving a 25 year term at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. But she’s found hope and work training through the Prison Pet Partnership where she trains service dogs. Inmates also provide grooming and boarding services through the program. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Ramsey at the prison kennel about the effects of the program on her sentence.
Animals, as pets can bring an invaluable benefit to our lives. And for some, animals can be a lifeline. This week we look at the back story on guide dogs as a source of navigation and safety for thousands of people with visual impairments across the country. We also feature how horses can help in psychotherapy.
Episode 1 – 3: Randy Tedrow is a local dog handler who lost his sight to diabetes. He speaks about his experience with finding and working with a number of guide dogs through Guide Dogs For The Blind.
Episode 4: Attorney, Stephanie Ko is a volunteer Puppy Co-raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. She describes what goes into raising and training a guide dog puppy.
Episode 5: At Raven Rock Ranch, six horses assist in psychotherapy. Raven Rock’s Co-founder, Sandy Matts and Karyn Schneider, whose daughter benefited from Matt’s horse, share their experiences with equine therapy. This is a segment of a full length discussion on equine therapy that originally aired in March, 2014.
Producers: Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
Music: Rushus – Magic of Fog
Photo : Niall Kennedy