Journey Together Service Dog, Inc., and its unique prison dog program visit Eye on Oshkosh

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In this episode of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour chatting with Pam Schubert, board member; Jenny Dubie, vice-president; and Brenda Cirricione, president of Journey Together Service Dog, Inc. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in Oshkosh, WI, whose mission is to “provide highly trained service dogs to people diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dogs are placed at no charge with qualified Wisconsin residents.”

Journey Together has developed a unique prison dog program with the Oshkosh Correctional Institution, whereby dogs in training reside at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution. According to their website “Inmates apply to become dog handlers. Those accepted into the program volunteer their time to provide care and training of the dogs. Community volunteers also play key roles in the program. Some go into the prison to instruct training classes for the Inmates. Others take dogs on trips in public so that the dogs can gain the experience essential for them to be service dogs for individuals that have been diagnosed with PTSD.”

The prison dog program was discussed in-depth during the show. The women also explained the differences between service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals. As an added bonus, the women brought three dogs – Patton, Midnight, and Yates – who are currently in training, and they demonstrated the kinds of things they can do for the people they are eventually matched with.

This organization provides a tremendous service to people suffering from PTSD, as well as to the inmates who are dedicated to working with and training these dogs. You can learn more about Journey Together at journeytogetherservicedog.org. And you can see the show in its entirety here or by following this link: https://youtu.be/DY7PZihDOXI .

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Cheryl Hentz

Cheryl Hentz is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer with 30 years experience. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines - both in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country - and cover a wide range of topics, including business and economic development, women's and minority issues, family pets and animal rights, finance, education, government and politics. Cheryl also does corporate writing for public and private sector businesses, and personal writing for individuals. She has been producing and hosting the award-winning Eye on Oshkosh talk-show since 2002. The show covers a wide range of people and topics which affect or are of interest to people in the Oshkosh and surrounding area, as well as to viewers on You Tube (visit the Eye on Oshkosh channel). She can be reached at 920.426.4123 or 920.209.7387, or via email at eyeonoshkosh@gmail.com. More information and other samples of her written work can be found at www.cherylhentz.blogspot.com.

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