From the November 2013 magazine.

November 2013: Tangled in the Bushes

A newcomer learns from a furry friend how to let his Higher Power lead the way

I had just moved into a sobriety house with two roommates and a pit bull named Otto. Otto was dumb as hell, and I loved him. At the time, I was struggling with surrendering to a Higher Power. I was following my sponsor’s guidance and praying for the openness and willingness, even though I didn’t really understand it deep down.

Just then I heard a strange cacophony coming from outside, and knowing Otto had been tied up out there, I went out to check up on him. When I walked out, there he was franticly attacking the bushes, yelping and barking like mad. He had tangled himself in...