There is no denying the transformational power that dogs can have on their owners, but that doesn’t mean we ever tire of hearing the impact they make.
Sadly, we lost a very important member of the rescue community last month. On December 13, Marley, the inspiration behind Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue and the reason that thousands of dogs have been saved, passed on at the age of 15.
Marley had a very special mission in life, and probably not an easy one. His owner and founder of Marley’s Mutts, Zach Skow, had been struggling with substance abuse issues since he was 16 years old. Skow often talks about feeling like a “throwaway” human that wasn’t deserving of love, and it led him to self-medicate in an effort to cope with every aspect of life.
Marley, a pit bull/Rottweiler mix, was the one who started to change all that for him. Skow told PupJournal:
“Marley represented what I wanted to be and what I had the potential to be — confident, calm, and good with people.”
It wasn’t an immediate transformation. A dog’s love is powerful, but so is addiction.
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