Project Pooch.

“A boy and his dog.”

It’s a phrase which looms large in not only the American lexicon, but in the human lexicon. Though we are surrounded by domesticated animals of all varieties, there is no denying the distinct, unmatched bond between man and canine. In the 14,000 years since they began their developmental split with wolves, dogs have come to occupy a sort of evolutionary middle-ground…one shared by no other animal.

They are animals, yet they live in our homes, and frequently sleep on our beds. They naturally exist in packs, but that pack is often headed by…one of us. In situations of conflict, they will commonly fight on the side of humans, even when the aggressor is “one of their own kind.”

More than any other living creature, they have thrown in their lot with us, and we with them. And now, that bond is being used in a kind of joint rehabilitation, with both the boy and his dog emerging better on the other side. This unlikely endeavor is called Project Pooch.

What is Project Pooch? It’s a concept so beautiful and obvious in its simplicity that it reduces the toughest of men to tears. Project Pooch matches abandoned, unwanted shelter dogs with inmates in the prison system — typically young inmates, who were, themselves, abandoned or unloved.

On this Sunday’s Outlook Portland, we’ll talk to Joan Dalton and Dave Waki, Executive Director and Board Member, respectively, of Project Pooch.

That’s on the next Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV).

The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: The Last Son of Krypton…Superman.

Outlook Portland
, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Rick Emerson.

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