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January 16, 2009

Maleah Stringer: Big Headed Bob embodies FIDO prison program

The first set of eight dogs recently went into Pendleton Correctional Industrial Facility for the F+I+D=O (Faith+Inmates+Dogs=Opportunity) shelter dog prison program.

All the dogs I choose for the prison tug at my heart but a tan and white emaciated dog with the big head huddling in the corner made me cry.

Big Headed Bob is a basset, pit mix of the Heinz 57 variety. A basset hound body and a big old head. He’s been the hit of the prison from his first lumbering, lunging steps inside.

Now that he’s out of the shelter he’s a happy, bumbling kind of guy.

He makes people laugh just watching him charge at life. I think he knows he got a second chance.

When I picked him he was on the urgent list (his time was running out). He was curled up in a tight little ball in the corner of his kennel.

His ribs were sticking out, which made his head look all that much bigger. He looked up at me with the saddest eyes I believe I’ve ever seen. I called him and he slunk over to me, tail wagging but with the attitude that he expected to be hit. That was it — he was going to prison.

And now 4 1/2 months later Big Headed Bob has been adopted — by the staff at Pendleton CIF. Big Headed Bob is the official FIDO, Pendleton CIF mascot.

Bob embodies what this program is about. Bob was left at an abandoned home to die —  then he was brought to the shelter.

He was depressed and shutting down; no one wanted him. Because someone happened to see the beauty in him underneath all the misery and abuse he now gets to have a wonderful life.

He’s got lots of people to love and care for him.

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