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 the bushes and only needed to walk back around the other way a couple of times and he’d be free, no problem.

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