Almost Like a Sponsor
My dog keeps me sober. Or I guess you could say he helps. He doesn’t go to meetings, he doesn’t have a sponsor and he has never worked a step. When he talks I can’t understand a single thing he says. He is very good at listening. I can say things to him that I cannot say to another human being and when I’m done I feel so much better because at least I’m not holding on to it any more. If I want to sleep in I can’t because he needs to go out. If I want to skip work I can’t because I need to make money to pay for the massive amount of dog food I have to buy. I feed him twice a day, walk him 3 times and play with him as much as I can. He has a pretty tight schedule so, now I do too.
He keeps on task, on time and on point. He brings a rigidity and structure to my life that I have never had before. Wanna stay out late? Can’t he needs me. Wanna blow out of town for Vegas? Can’t he needs me. My dog in a way makes sure I am every where I need to be when I need to be there, you see… he needs me.
I need him too. When I’m sad, depressed and worn out, he’s there. He thinks everything is cool and funny and he picks me up when I’m down. Wanna meet chicks? Wanna meet friends? He’s great for that. Feel like rushing into a relationship because you’re lonely? Don’t bother you’ve got you dog like I’ve got mine. There is always something to do with him and he always wants to do something. Boredom, isolation, fear haven’t seen them since I got my dog.
I’ve been a part of his life since he was 3 months old. I have seen him grow, develop, change, fall, get back up, learn, smile and poop. He’s seen me grow, develop, change, fall, get back up, learn, smile and poop. I’ve been worried about him and he has worried about me. I have taken care of him and he has taken care of me. I give 100% for him expecting nothing in return. Well I expect that he won’t bite me. He gives 100% to me expecting nothing in return. Well, he expects treats.
More than Most in Recovery
My dog has never been to a meeting and has no idea that I am an alcoholic yet he has helped me more than a lot of people in my recovery have. Many people in recovery have helped me get to where I am today, but man have hurt me as well and yes, I have hurt people too, But my dog hasn’t. He has steered me toward the right direction every single day. He has never faltered and he never will. He loves me for me and through this relationship I have learned how to treat people better and I have learned the meaning of friendship. My Dog has never seen me drunk and as long as I have God, AA and a dog… he never will.