Marley was rescued at 8 weeks old from the Mojave Animal Shelter in Kern County in 2002. He wrote on the Marley’s Mutts Facebook page that the pup was so small, he would carry Marley around in his backpack with just his head poking out.
Marley was the first ray of sober hope that Skow recognized. It may have taken a few years, but eventually the power of Marley’s love won.
Skow was presented with a difficult choice in 2008 when he learned that he had end stage liver disease, which meant: get clean, or die.
Skow is very open about his previous struggles and the role that Marley played. He wrote in a post on Facebook:
“It was [Marley’s] relentless love, omnipresent affection and ‘today can be the best day of our life’ mentality which helped me live again. When I had no love for self, but rather great contempt, it was Marley who showed me I was worthy of love.
“Every morning I contemplated suicide, and every morning he looked at me with a blinding affection which simply could not be ignored. He would force me to love myself by showing me how much he loved me. And it worked. I was stubborn and held out as long as possible and nearly lost my life because of it, but it worked!”
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