My friend Soup had quite a week. He got lost, then he went to prison, and later he got paroled. Here is his story.
I couldn't find him anywhere, and then I saw a mile from where he ran off the Alabama State prison. He couldn't possibly have gone to jail. Regardless, I decided to check. There in the middle of inmates playing basketball was Soup barking and dancing around, delighting the men.
When he was done frolicking, he was given a place to lie down and some food. Soup curled up and went to sleep after a hard day's play. I went into his dreams and told him his family was frantically looking for him. He was excited to hear this but didn’t want to leave his new friends. He asked me if his pals could visit him at home. I told him it was possible, in about five to ten.
I made sure, through a dream visit, that Soup’s parents discovered he was doing time at the state pen, where he was very popular. The inmates loved playing with the rambunctious dog. He brought a rare bit of sunshine to their dreary prison lives. I explained that the prisoners were hoping to extend his sentence.
Both the prisoners and the guards were disappointed when Soup’s father contacted the prison and arranged for Soup to get early parole. The inmates were happy he was getting out. But they would miss him.
There are a lot of wonderful reunions that take place outside the prison walls, but none more than when Soup saw his dad again. Dogs love pleasing every human they meet, but there are always a few humans that dogs are born to bring joy to, and for Soup, that was his family
Soup’s Dad has promised to bring him back to the prison to visit his friends. He might even invite them to the house when they finish their sentences. A dog like Soup is the best reason to want to get rehabilitated.
Now he has to get better at call and response, so he does not end up in the hoosegow again.