From the May 2011 magazine.

May 2011: Freedom's Fight

How a dog showed an alcoholic that every day is a gift

From day one, Freedom was the perfect dog.

I volunteer at a local animal rescue group here in Colorado called the Golden Retriever Rescue of Rockies. We place abandoned, owner-surrendered and/or dogs with medical needs into good homes. I had the privilege of fostering a golden retriever named Freedom, who was brought in because his current owners were moving into an apartment and could no longer care for him.

From day one, Freedom was a perfect dog. He walked well on a leash, obeyed commands, didn’t soil in the house and never barked. After three weeks, I noticed that he was favoring his left leg, holding it in the air...

-- Jim C.

Boulder, Colorado