October 2019 CTF Graduation: Jack Gould

October 2019 CTF Graduation: Jack Gould

October 13, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Every one of these, I don’t know how many
we’ve done, but every one of these is unique and special and better and better. The challenge that you guys have and we have some folks here from CMC, so I’m
glad they’re here because we’re challenging them, too. So we always, we always kind of play you guys, I shouldn’t give away that secret, that we play you
against one another, but we do. So first of all, just just thank you for
everyone being here, but I just like to take a moment to just, just thank God for
the love that started this program that exists in this program, for the resources
that we’ve had, not just financial resources, but the people and making this
“new life” possible inside the walls outside the walls. To people from all
over the world now who have recognized this program. You heard what Joanne and
they want to do something like this in China, so if it hadn’t been a success
here it wouldn’t be of interest to anybody anywhere else. And so you guys
are just just awesome, so so thank you for that. I want to introduce a couple
of people– my wife Karen in the black and white here on the side. *applause* And Bud and Chris where are you guys? There you are, right there. They help with our board and you
guys don’t see some of that in the background that they do, but they’re
really helpful in raising resources for us and awareness in many many places and, as you know, we’ve expanded a lot because the program has been recognized as being very effective and that’s probably the best honor that we could get. Is that
there are more people that want us to be in their prisons than we are able to do
at this point, so thank you for that. CDC, our staff, obviously, Sergeant Gregory awesome thank you so much. Your whole heart is in this.*applause* Our handlers all the handlers stand up let
me see all the handler’s at once here. Yeah look at this. *applause* Thank you guys, thank you so much. Pat and Suzanne, I saw you somewhere. Where are you? A little commercial for Morro Bay Top Dog Coffee Bar. And if you love coffee, another shameless plug for a Rescue Me Coffee Company. Look it
up. You can have fresh coffee from different places in the world once a
month right delivered to your home with free shipping. *crowd laughs* Yeah, so how can you beat that? They have been great if you get a chance to go to Top
Dog in the Morro Bay there’s a whole wall of prison art from artists here and CMC and there may even be some from Pleasant Valley now, I’m not sure, but anyway
they they do an awesome job. People behind the scenes– one here is Greg who
just won’t go away.*audience laughs* Give him a dog keeps hanging out with
us, so thank you Greg. And behind-the-scenes over here Dillon behind the camera over there. Just a great help. You know the
training team here and they’re gonna kind of be introduced in between here,
but obviously Nicole, Joanne, Kate and Rita here, Rosa here. *crowd laughs* Sorry, messed your name up there a little bit. And then you know
parents and family and visitors, you’re gonna go home and go you’re gonna
believe this. I mean you aren’t gonna be able to explain it to them, unless
you’re here, you don’t really get the whole thing, but I love it here because
everything comes together. All the different people from inside, outside. You
know, from breeders, to weekend the puppy parents, to sponsors, all kinds of
things, it all comes together here. And it all comes together to do our mission of
saving lives through the healing power of the human canine relationship. And so
through that bond that’s the key and you guys do an awesome job with that. You
know there’s so many people, it’s not just the recipient that gets the benefit. That’s what I love about this is as you guys all get a piece of this. Everybody
that’s involved in in any little way. And I want to mention a couple of special
people, too. Monica? Where’s Monica? Right there. And Monica went to work for us a number
of years ago and in Thousand Hills Pet Resort– where we do boarding and daycare that kind of thing and then all the money from that goes to funding New Life K9s. And Monica did a wonderful job of taking care of the office and
reservations and all kinds of things. And then she had this crazy idea one time of
some of our mentoring students which are in our Alpha Academy program. She thought, well why don’t we maybe they’d like to train a service dog? Maybe that would
be a good thing for people. Monica has a long history with her
own service dogs. With going to Bergin University, working at Bergin University
and lots of experience. And that was our first dog, Thomas, and Thomas is living a
nice, retired life in Santa Barbara now. And so Monica you were one of the
cofounders of this because, if you hadn’t been at that place. We have a saying at
the ranch, “people just kind of show up” and that’s what happens. And so thank you, Monica and thanks for thanks for being here today. We appreciate that. *applause* And then last, but certainly
not least, in the the whole picture of history and such, we have a lady,
Sister Pauline Quinn, who many of you have met. And Sister Pauline is the
nun who started the first prison dog program. 1981 I think, in the state of
Washington. And Sister is very very ill, as you may know, and even more so than
the last time you saw her, so keep her in your prayers. She keeps chugging away and, I don’t know, if I think if I was in her situation I had I don’t think I could do
1% of what she’s still doing with New Life K9s and and the other service
dog programs. And also, as you probably know, she’s building a school in Uganda
for kids who had no school, so keep her because she’s very special lady. But I
want to just move along to the fun part and thank you each and every one of you
for your part in this. We’re very blessed to have you in this. Thank you.