Author: Meera Dolasia
Source: Dogo News
Article Date: March 5, 2018
News Type: National
Summary: In the article “Unadoptable” Rescue Dog Makes History As the First Deaf Member of Washington’s K-9 Unit by Meera Dolasia, A Pitbull mix named Ghost makes history. He had a tough puppy life, but this change all made up for it.
In 2015, ghost was a stray puppy. He was three months old. He was brought to the Swamp Haven Rescue Center. Unfortunately, he did not get adopted. He was placed on the “unadoptable” list, which from my perspective doesn’t sound like there were many canines on that list. The Swamp Haven Rescue Center reached out to animal shelters all over the world, hoping that Ghost could have a second chance. The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society in Washington state agreed to take Ghost in. At the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, Ghost was still unadoptable.
Barbara Davenport selects dogs for the K-9 Unit, and also trains them. She has trained over 450 rescue dogs to search for drugs since the 1980’s. The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society asked Barbara Davenport if Ghost was eligible for the job. I was so happy when I found out that he did get the job of working for police officers! Davenport said Ghost was the perfect candidate. “He was very focused and determined to locate his ball when thrown or hidden. This makes for a more trainable dog.”
Ghost now has a happy life and a happy home with handler Joe Henderson. I have to give some credit to the Swamp Haven Rescue Center for first finding Ghost as a stray and not giving up on his life. I hope everyone can turn their life around like this and make history, just like Ghost did. Also, please go check out my flipgrid about what I think about this article, and check out my class’s twitter account so you can see all our tweets about our own current events. Thanks for reading my post! Bye! 😉