JAMES CITY, Virginia â€” Rishawn Brown never wanted a dog, but after meeting a golden retriever named Bailey, heâ€™s reconsidering.
â€œIt made me want to get a dog,â€ Brown said in an interview. â€œIf you can find nobody who wants to listen to you, a dog will listen to you.â€
The comfort is profound. At 18 years old, Brown is serving six years at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail for robbery.
Bailey has worked as a therapy dog since 2004, primarily at the Peninsula Cancer Institute. Unlike a service dog that helps people with daily living, Baileyâ€™s job is simply to bring comfort.
Her owner, Nancy Head, showed up at the jail last August to inquire about bringing her dog. She felt that Bailey had a â€œgiftâ€ that might prove therapeutic to the inmates.
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