I thought I was invincible, a girl from a good family...it was such a silly mistake.
After the terrifying introduction into prison, I spent two years of my life being referred to by either my surname or by my serial number. I felt like I was invisible. I lived in a constant state of fear, frightened of what could happen to me.
I spent hours wishing I hadn't made that one stupid mistake that ruined my life, for what at the time, seemed like forever.
Once my sentence drew close to an end I was elected to be part of the Pups in Prison program. This was how I met Lilly. Lilly was an adorable scruffy little thing, who seemed scared too. I helped her gain confidence by following the instruction of the dog trainers that came to the prison as part of the program.
Lilly helped me feel human again, giving me a way to redeem myself. The relationship and the strength I could see I was giving Lilly gave me a sense of pride, something I had not felt for a very long time.
I am back on the outside now. Lilly is with a great family.
When I left prison I studied dog handling and then dog training. I now work as a dog trainer. Animal Aid helped me obtain my first dog handling certificate, and I have never looked back. I will always remember my mate Lilly.
Save a dog, Change a lifeDid you know 92% of prisoners who go through Pups in Prison programs don't reoffend?