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The Marley's Mutts Team

October 10, 2021

Team Member Profile - Jessica Martin

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Written by: Bob Guere

I found Marley’s Mutts after I moved to Bear Valley Springs in 2012. I have 2 rescued dogs and really wanted to help out at a local rescue. I am a regular volunteer and a foster mom. As a volunteer I had been helping at the dog rescue for a few months. One volunteer day, Liz asked if I would be willing to clean the floors since a few of the dogs were still peeing inside. She asked almost expecting for me to say ‘no’ since it wasn’t doing something directly with the rescued dogs, but I didn’t care, I just wanted to help. And it actually became a cathartic and very meaningful way of helping.

You see, my mom died at Christmas time in 2006, and when she was sick with cancer during my high school years I cleaned the floors every week for her, among other things. I saw how much it helped her, leaving her one less thing to worry about. So, I offered to clean once a week to help out. My thought was, if I can do something for you so you have more time to give the dogs, then I’m coming to clean. During that time, Hooch came along and due to several similarities surrounding him and my mom (I will spare the details), he has forced me to confront and deal with my emotions. I know what it means now to wonder ‘who is rescuing who?’ Rescued dogs truly have a lot to teach us about ourselves and life in general, and I look forward to more cleaning and fostering.facebooktwittergoogle_plusfacebooktwittergoogle_plusby






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