"They're so loving, so understanding," she says. "There are days when I come in all down on myself. But the minute that dog looks up and smiles at me, it just takes that all away."
"Take Pax. An exuberant Golden Retriever, he flunked out of a Wisconsin prison program after being branded as incorrigible. [...]But after being matched with a convicted murderer, Pax got care and attention around the clock. He graduated at the top of his class five months ago and is out of the disciplinary doghouse. A Catholic nun, Sister Pauline Quinn, hired Pax to replace her retiring Doberman as "spokes-dog" for her Bridges and Pathways of Courage program, which pairs problem pooches with the convicts who train them."