If you look up transformation in a dictionary, one definition you will find is “a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal”.  We all go through changes in life, but specifically, what we are talking about is metamorphosis.  A drastic and complete “change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one.”


Our podcast episodes are designed to be heard and not read.  As such, we do not provide transcripts for or episodes.  However, we enjoy sharing “extra content” to supplement the stories we follow and the intriguing dogs and people they are about.

Act One - Hugo the Service Dog

Hugo is a German Shepherd that was trained as a Service Dog to assist his boy, Tyler.  Hugo was surrendered by a family who had a newborn baby and found themselves with little time for the antics of a rambunctious puppy.  He was soon trained as a service dog to help Tyler mitigate his autism in addition to alerting him to the smell of dangerous gases. Tyler and Hugo spend lots of time together in school, at work and running within the community.  Hugo participates in Cross Country as well as High School marching band.  Tyler and Hugo have made remarkable strides together since being paired a few years ago.  These two have lots ahead of them, including a special goal.

Visit Hugo on Facebook

Act Two - Star the Police Dog

Star’s life started off by being chained to a tree.  The Belgian Malinois mix was rescued by a local group and later trained as a police dog to locate drugs and people.  After her training, three law enforcement agencies turned her down after seeing her picture.  She was paired with Ryan Millbern and spent her career at the police department in Vail Colorado and the two had considerable success during their time there.  Vail needed a very special type of police dog and Star fit the bill.  For Ryan, it was a dream job that changed his career path considerably.  For Star, it was a brand new life.

Learn More about Ryan and Star

Act Three - Sully the Dock Diving Dog

Sully, a 23 pound Cockapoo, had a rocky start with his first family.  He was growling, snapping and biting, in addition to jumping on furniture and the kitchen counters.  His family sought the help of a professional dog trainer, Kress Walters, who ultimately adopted him.  Kress has helped Sully go on to do some pretty amazing things, particularly for a dog his size. Sully is a four-time World Competitor in Dock Diving and he also climbs trees, rides horses, does parkour and bed bug detection.

Visit Superfly Sully on Facebook

Follow @superflysully on Instagram

18 comments on Episode 1: One Man’s Trash…

  1. Wendy Powell says:

    I have so enjoyed this podcast , just getting to know more about Hugo and Tyler , Ryan and Star , not to mention flying Sully !!! I truly have found that not only are these four legged fur friends ( but they all three had a different job to do, and well) . The first podcast was so good . Thank you Highland Canine for all you do in bringing these types of Canine information to our listening ears. Job well done!

    1. admin says:

      We are so glad that you enjoyed the first episode! Stay tuned next month as we have more great stories to tell!

  2. Silas Perdue says:

    Very interesting podcast full of great stories and fun facts. I particularly enjoyed the flow of the story telling with the added sound bites that made you feel like you were actually there. All in all it was like listening to a Chicken Soup for the soul podcast dedicated entirely to dogs. This episode will lift your spirits and brighten your day!

    1. admin says:

      Thanks so much for the positive feedback. We are so happy that you enjoyed the first episode! Say tuned for next months episode and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our latest news and updates.

  3. Chris M says:

    I love hearing about how people changed dog’s lives and also how the dog’s changed people’s lives. It’s great how much these dog’s lives were impacted by finding people that are perfect matches for them.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Chris. Be sure to stay tuned for our next episode!

  4. William G says:

    It’s good to hear about dogs that are given a second chance, and impacting the lives of their owners for the better.

    1. admin says:

      We’re glad you liked the episode, William.

  5. PPEPower says:

    Great podcast, We need more stories about dogs like these and more people in the world like those who helped these dogs become the best they could be. Looking forward to the next podcast and the exploits of Sully the wonder dog. I have to admit though I am a little jealous of the beard.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for listening to the podcast and we’re really glad you liked it! We have some great stories planned for our upcoming episodes, so stay tuned!

  6. Kate M says:

    Very inspiring. I could feel the emotion behind every story that was shared. This podcast perfectly captured the pure joy and magic that can come from our relashionships with dogs. I liked being able to dig a little deeper into each story with the links above. Beautifully done. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll do next!

  7. Jayne E says:

    The stories told are gripping and touch your heart. A very easy way to take in information that will capture your attention throughout the entire podcast! If you admire or love dogs I would highly suggest giving it a listen!!!

  8. Jennah says:

    Love it! Stories are absolutely heart warming and encouraging. It’s always great hearing about second chance dogs being successful at what their doing. Only suggestion would be to have a better, more descriptive intro of the dogs and their situations before sharing their story; was a little confusing in the beginning.

  9. Danielle says:

    The first episode was truly amazing! Each story was unique and heartwarming and kept you looking forward to the next one. I look forward to the next episode!!

  10. Daniela Carrera says:

    I love it! it really shows how much of a help and commitment a dog can have for a person or family . Dogs have different purposes and highland canine training is doing a great job at matching paws and hands!

  11. Paul Reece says:

    it’s amazing how much of an impact dogs can have on us, and how much we can help a dog as well. I would not have guessed super fly sully had a behaviour problem prior to him being interweb famous. great stories, good flow, it keeps the listener entertained, overall it was done very well. good job guys, keep it up, looking forward to the next ones.

  12. Nicki S. says:

    Loved the first episode. It’s so great to hear stories of dogs getting help and turning their lives around for something great and meaningful. Loved how everyone was interviewed and told each dogs story. Pretty excited to hear more wonderful success stories!

  13. Shane says:

    Awesome 1st Podcast. Can’t wait to hear the next one!

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