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Meet Cascade, affectionately nicknamed Cassie. She was born in the spring of 2020 making her a pandemic puppy. She is owned by one of our front desk coordinators and loves to hang out all day with the staff and patients. Cassie enjoys observing from afar all the inner workings of our clinic and will quickly step in if someone needs some Labrador-love therapy. Cascade had a bit of a different upbringing compared to most puppies as she was raised by an inmate at North Central Correctional Facility. Her owner not only works for us, but she also works with a service dog organization that partnered with NCCF. The inmates raise and train service dogs but due to the pandemic, Cascade got thrown into the mix. There she was able to not only learn all her basic obedience and scent work skills but she was also able to provide comfort to a volunteer who was already closed away from society. Due to the pandemic, the inmates were even more locked away from the outside world as they were not allowed to have visitors of any kind and quarantine became isolation. Cascade lived through a yearlong lockdown with her inmate and the other Labradors that were in the prison system. She provided a connection to love and kindness when quarantine was at its worse. Now that she has had her “prison break,” she enjoys sitting in laps, playing fetch and tug-of-war, chasing the water hose, and snacking on just about anything edible (she is a Labrador after all). When you visit Starch Pet Hospital, Cascade will warmly welcome you with a full-body wiggle and an offering of one of her toys.