The Story of Shey and Jamie
My name is Jamie T. and I am in recovery. I have been clean and sober since 04/17/15. The first time I went into treatment for my addiction was March of 2014. I had to leave my 15-year-old dog, Ginger, at a Day Care Center. I ended up leaving early because I was so worried about Ginger and could not focus on treatment. Ginger passed a few months later and I was devastated which would lead to bad relapse. When I was ready to go back to treatment, I found myself in the same dilemma. I had recently adopted my new puppy, Shey, and did not know where to turn. I had heard about Dogs Matter in a 12 STEP meeting and decided to give them a call. Without hesitation, they came to my apartment and explained the process and the paperwork. I knew without a doubt that Shey was going to be good hands. Shey was picked up on April 15, 2015 and I boarded a plane on my way to treatment at Michael’s House Treatment Center in Palm Springs, California.
During my inpatient treatment at Michael’s House, Dogs Matter sent pictures of Shey playing in the backyard of his Foster home. With that reassurance, I was able to completely focus on my recovery so I could be the best doggie daddy that Shey deserved. After thirty days in rehab, I was on my way home to Dallas and the first stop was to pick-up Shey at the Foster house. Shey bounced in the air like a kangaroo when he saw me and then ran and brought me a stick. I burst into tears knowing I had done the right thing for the both of us.
Shey and I have come a long way in two years. Shey has become an award-winning Dock Dog Diver. His biggest competition was placing first with a jump of 21’4” at the Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs. My biggest accomplishment besides my sobriety is graduating from community college. I now live in Boulder, Colorado, pursuing my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Naropa University. I am a Lead Advocate with Heroes in Recovery and work with recovering addicts and alcoholics at an alcohol education center. Without Dogs Matter, there is no possible way that I would be where I am today. Shey has been a big part of my recovery, giving me motivation, responsibility and unconditional love during the rough days. Shey and I will be forever grateful to Dogs Matter.
Patch is the newest member of the Dogs Matter's family. He is an eight year old Jack Russell Terrier and has been with his owner since he was six weeks old. His owner has been struggling with the disease of addiction and knew he needed help but didn't want to have to give Patch up. Then he found Dogs Matter, who offers temporary foster care so he can get the help he needs without losing what is most important to him.....Patch!
Rocco and Harley!
Rocco and Harley are brother and sister boxers. They came to Dogs Matter while their mom is in rehab to begin her journey to being sober and responsible again. We helped place them in a temporary home togehter. Their caretaker has given them everything they need incluuding food, treats, walks, outings and more. Most of all, their temporary caretaker gives them lots of love. Now, their mom can focus on herself and get well so they can be a family again.
Welcome Home, Tedward!
Dogs Matter would like to celebrate the reuniting of Tedward and his mom, Kelli. Tedward is so happy to be back with his mom in their new home. Kelli has worked hard to get clean and sober, get a job and now move into her own apartment. Dogs Matter was able to take care of Tedward while Kelli could focus on herself. Here is the result....two happy faces. Congrats Kelli and welcome home Tedward!! Dogs Matter could not exist without the generosity of our donors and our foster families.
When Loki's owner made the brave decision this holiday season to seek inpatient treatment to get healthy, she turned to Dogs Matter for help to temporarily foster Loki while getting treatment. Dogs Matter gladly took care of and made arrangements for Loki so her owner did not have to worry and could focus on recovery. After being cared for by Dogs Matter and her foster family, Loki was excited to be reunited with her owner. Dogs Matter helped 20 dogs just like Loki in our first year of service.
As you can see in Spirit's picture on the top, her owner wasn't able to take of her because she couldn't take care of herself. When she made the brave decision to get help, Dogs Matter came and got Spirit and helped her get clean and back in good health. Dogs Matter got Spirit groomed, fed and took her to the vet to get all her shots and medicine to help her feel better. What seemed to make Spirit feel the best was the loving temporary foster family that took care of her. Because of Dogs Matter, she will be able to go and live with her owner again when she is ready. In the meantime, Dogs Matter comes by once a week and checks on Spirit. They bring her food and treats and anything else she needs.
While Shey's owner completed a 30-day rehab program away from home, Dogs Matter stepped in to make sure Shey (a 1.5 years old, half Black Mouth Cur and half Black Lab) was taken care of with a comfortable, safe place to stay. Dogs Matter sent pictures and updates to Shey's owner while in treatment, who was grateful to know Shey was in a safe and healthy environment. Knowing Shey was well cared for while he was away, allowed her owner to really focus on getting better. Shey's owner has now finished an outpatient program. Shey is now legally his service dog and can travel everywhere with him!