A few years ago, this story tugged at the hearts of millions of people with their inspiring journey towards change. Back then, PJ was a recovering alcoholic and drug user. He was sober for two years at the time but he had no job and no accountability which was why he decided to look for a dog to accompany him. He came upon Clove on a Facebook page and when he saw her, he knew he had to meet her.
Clove was pulled by a rescue organization from a kill shelter and at that time, she was looking for her forever home. PJ managed to get a place and the day after he moved in, he got a call from the rescue asking if he could pick up Clove and it was not at all a hard decision for him. But the transition wasn’t easy as they both had it rough in life.
When they finally were home with each other, there was still this awkwardness between them. Clove cowered in PJ’s presence and he could sense how uncomfortable she was with him. But everything changed when they went out for a walk. It was like Clove came alive and she was a different dog from the one PJ picked up a day ago.
And that was the start of their journey. PJ had never tried walking in the woods or hiking a mountain but together, they explored the outdoors. Climbing mountains fully broke the awkwardness and became their common ground. It became a therapy for PJ which he enjoyed with his best friend.
They pushed each other to achieve greater heights and for PJ, Clove also taught him how to be fully present and forgive. Before he had a very negative outlook in life but now he overcame that. Aside from that Clove also helped PJ find someone special.
Now, these two go hiking every single weekend and squeezing in the fun no matter what the weather is. Whether it was stormy or hot, PJ and Clove overcame all of it. With Clove by his side, he knows he will never get lost.
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