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Who rescued who?

I'm an insane lover of animals, and over the years I’ve had many different pets: dogs, cats, ferrets, hamsters, rabbits, birds, fish, tarantulas, turtles, and a wide assortment of reptiles, including snakes, geckos, chameleons, and bearded dragons. Almost every animal I’ve ever taken in has been a rescue. There was always something about helping animals or people that seemed to help me.

Recently, I adopted a seven-pound black long-haired rescue dachshund from an animal shelter. I named her Ellie (because most people who read my name, pronounce it Ellie), and she instantly became my emotional support animal, my faithful companion on my recovery journey. I actually rescued her the same day I got sober from alcohol. She accompanies me to all my AA meetings, sitting contentedly on my lap as I take part in the discussions. I take her almost everywhere with me, and she’s always happy to go along for the ride.

If you come to any of our Sober Colorado Kids meetups, you'll get to meet Ellie. As recovering addicts, we need to surround ourselves with a support community, and for me, my animals are a major part of that. Ellie has an intuitive sense of empathy, and I know she'll be right there beside me to help get me through the most difficult times. Pets aren’t always the right choice for everyone, but in my case, this was a real life “Who rescued who?”

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