An alcoholic since his teens, Zach Skow was at the age of 28, suffering terminal liver disease as a result of his alcohol drinking. He lives in Tehachapi, 130 miles out of Hermosa Beach in the State of California, sharing a 16 acre mountainous property with his father, and the dogs of Marley’s Mutts.
In 2009 Zach by his own admission had no will to live. End-stage liver disease made Zach feel anxious, afraid, nervous and he couldn’t sleep. At the age of 28, he was wracked with abdominal pain, bloated, bedridden and wasted, and often hospitalized. Zach was offered a liver transplant, but for that he would have to remain six months sober, and get himself more fit.
Zach had no hope – “I knew I was going to die, I knew I had no future – even if I survived the liver disease, I knew I had no future as a productive human being. He began walking his father’s rescue dogs for the exercise that he needed.
“I started getting better and better each month. Walking dogs every morning kept me alive.”
Marley’s Mutts is named after Marley a rescued rottweiler-pitbull mix that Zach adopted and walked with in 2009, now his second in command, who keeps the dogs in order and brings new pups into line, at the Marley’s Mutts academy for dogs. To recover from his alcoholism, Zach kept walking, adding dogs and finding homes – eventually setting up Marley’s Mutts as a formal non-profit organization.
Marley’s Mutts came to the attention of “O” Magazine, which featured an article on Zach and his remarkable feat of recovery in March 2011.
Zach specializes in rescuing and placing larger dogs, and has also helped to raise funds to save two pups badly burned in a fire, placed in the care of a local vet. With the publicity generated by “O” magazine, Marley’s Mutts has got recognition in many articles published on internet, and has it’s own website.
But as the site warns – if you want to contact Zach it is best to phone – Zach is out and about, looking after his dogs, not spending too much time at the computer.
Zach helps abused and neglected dogs to feel comfortable with humans again, the dogs learn to trust and to become ready for new homes. Zach says that his dogs are “throwaway dogs”, which is how he once felt as a human being – the dogs experience a metamorphosis – and so have I.
From alcoholic to “O” magazine, means having stayed sober for over two years, and having rescued and found new homes for hundreds of dogs during that time. Marley’s Mutts is dedicated to finding loving capable homes for needy down on their luck dogs.
The history of a man and his dog, as being the best of companions goes back for thousands of years. It is a somewhat mystical bond that cannot be quite defined. Dogs are used to help the blind, as companions to the sick, the frail, the aged and people with mental disorders.
There are many stories about the loyalty and devotion of dogs, to their owners, and as family pets, that can put human beings to shame. There is no doubt that if you treat a dog right, it will be a most trustworthy and affectionate companion.
It is said that actors should never share the stage with children or dogs if they want to play the leading role. Marley’s Mutts has so many rescued dogs looking for new owners that it is easy not to see Zach in the picture at all – only the many dogs that he has re-habilitated and trained to be taken into new homes.
For Zach the dogs of Marley’s Mutts have helped him along the road to recovery. Through the dogs Zach was able to find a purpose in life, integrate into the community, open lines of communication, and restore his health.
Zach was able to seize the moment of opportunity, when life seemed only despair, and turned his life around. Recovery from addiction is less about belief but about sheer determination, when perhaps there is nothing else, only the will to live.
Recovery from addiction is no easy thing and for many it can be a slippery path, paved with good intentions – an article in Hermosa Beach Patch calls Zach a hometown hero.
Narconon in California, and in Quebec, Canada provides residential comprehensive support for people wanting to overcome and completely recover from alcohol addiction. The benefits of using a comprehensive, professional alcohol addiction recovery program are that you will be supported and guided through all of the steps that are needed for full recovery.
In particular attention is paid to complete detoxification – as residual toxicity, in the body, can be a major cause of cravings and relapse during the course of recovery. This why exercise is so important in addiction recovery – in that it promotes a return to good health, and eliminates residual toxicity.
Getting into back into the community, and being able to deal with personal issues, without dependence on drugs, is at the core of complete and comprehensive addiction recovery.
Whether you are at day one in making a decision to stop drinking, or have been doing it on your own, for all the professional help you might need to ensure a complete recovery, Narconon is there to provide advice, and all the assistance that you might require – to make your recovery complete.