Marley was a Rottweiler / pit bull mix that was adopted by Zach Skow in 2002. Skow was diagnosed with end stage liver disease. He says in his Facebook post: “It was Marley who showed me I was worthy of love. Every morning I contemplated suicide, and every morning he looked at me with a blinding affection which simply could not be ignored.”
Skow, who was battling addiction, began attending AA meetings and became involved with Canine Canyon Ranch, a rescue in Tehachapi, California. The more time he spent with the dogs there, the more his own self-esteem built and happier he became. Skow began fostering dogs and when the founder of the rescue planned to move, Skow took over.
Skow renamed the rescue, Marley’s Mutts, after his dog who inspired him to keep going.
In October of 2016, Marley, who was 15, began to show signs of illness. Marley was diagnosed with bone cancer and due to his age, was too old to survive treatment. The only option was to keep him comfortable in his last days.
As Skow writes, “Marley helped me found this organization and, in doing so, has helped countless dogs and people. He has led you all to me; he has led me to all of you…”
Sometimes all it takes is one dog to change a life.