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Maybelle rescues the man who rescued her

Dogsarefamily_thumb By Dogs Are Family | July 23, 2012 | Comments (91)

Maybelle rescues the human who rescued her

This is one of the most moving submissions we've received so far.

"My name is Maybelle. When I was a sick, stray puppy with nowhere to go, my human gave me a home... you might say he saved my life. As most humans, he has his flaws & at the time a serious drug problem. When he was going to jump in front of the train because he couldn't stop using... the only reason he didn't was because I was with him & there would be no one to take care of me. I guess you might say I saved his life back. He loves me so much he even tried one more time to stop using... he did and so far he is doing just fine. I love my human either way but I LOVE seeing the person he is clean... I like to think I played a part in that."

~ Submitted by Robert Banks


Update April 27, 2013

Robert uploaded some new photos today, and posted an update:

"Some of you may remember me from a post several months ago. At that time I had a few months clean from drugs, something I'd struggled with for years. I found myself not once but twice at the train tracks wanting to jump because I could not stop using. I did not... could not do it because my constant companion Maybelle was with me. My love for her was greater than the pain of living. Since that time I have managed to put together some clean time. I celebrated a year on April 20, something I had not able to do for years. Anyhow, I received so many kind, supportive comments that I wanted to post an update. Maybelle & I are doing well and have grown so much closer over the course of the last year. My life has so much purpose... and it is all because I wanted to live, even if it was just to care for my dog. The power of love is both real & great. I am so grateful for the way my life looks today."

See Rober's full profile here, along with the rest of his photos.

Rescue dog rescues the man who rescued her




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Comments on this Article

Robert, Congratulations on your success! Every day is a struggle, keep love and hope in your heart. I created a profile today because your story moved me so much. Keep up the fight, we are all fighting for something. I wish for you the best in life.
Awesome… Unconditional love is nothing to take lightly… you are so very lucky… All my best and then some...
I can totally relate....My dog is one of the only reasons I stick around.....hugs
life can be complicated and definitely overwhelming at times. Maybelle obviously is helping you see your way to a continued future together. Don't ever give up.. remember how it feels to feel this way about another person or furry or whatever and how they need you, that'll keep you going on days life can get rough around the edges.. hang in there and you'll always be glad you did..so will Maybelle.
Woww!!! Keep it up! You're both doing great! GOD bless you.
Robert, I signed up after reading your story to let you know that you are an inspiration! I'm proud of you and so happy that you and Maybelle have found each other and are taking such good care of each other. No matter how bad things get, you ALWAYS have each other. Don't ever lose sight of that.
I made an account just to tell you how incredibly proud I am of YOU Robert!!! You have shown so much hope and loyalty and love to your life, not just sweet Maybelle! May your journey continue with many more successes! I'm a pray-er, I have added you both to my prayers <3 So very proud of you!
Robert....Whoever, No matter...Person or animal...The love from another being is all we need to get by. To give and receive love is the greatest healer of our souls. Good luck on your journey with Maybelle! <3
Robert, I read your story before... and reading your update made me happy to read your updates!!! It just makes my day reading about you and how you are doing so far. I am also the same as you... It has been about 8 to 9 years now since I stopped drinking and a lot longer for illegal drug. So I am grateful someone else like me has quit and is remaining strong.... it only gets better as time goes on... yes there may be bad days but..... STAY strong and keep on being clean, stay clean and enjoy LIFE..... regardless if they may be bad days.. I am grateful being sober..... I owe it to my son... he is the one that made me realize it is important to be sober and alive to be a good Mum.... I have a complicated life.....but hey.... I have a son... I also have a beautiful 7 year old dog Boomer... they both keep my life interesting and worth being S O B E R !!! lol... only you and I both understand the importance... and keep it up Robert!!!! If you ever need.. just find my profile here... and contact me if you need a friend to listen. I'll be more than happy to listen and talk... :) Just only if you want and or need someone to talk to! Take care and KEEP it up!!! What a wonderful news!!! Congrats! Liz
Such a beautiful and touching story! Please keep us updated and so glad you're doing much better. Sending you warm wishes from TX
You can do it, Robert! With Maybelle's help!
So proud of you Robert. I am so happy that you both found each other, Obviously you two were meant to save each other. I cant even tell you how happy i am that you chose to love Maybelle. You are one lucky man. Stay strong Robert and thank you for loving Maybelle x
Good for you, Robert! I stopped using 2006 and although it is a tough road, trust me it gets better and easier everyday. I don't know if I wouldn't done it without my dog. In the beginning everyday I wanted to go out and "have fun" but I would stay home with her and we would play, walk, whatever I needed to do to get my mind off it. I made it through a couple days, then weeks, then months, and now years. You can do it, get help when you need it, and keep loving your special girl! God Bless
Congratulations, Robert! You have so much to be proud of. What a beautiful and moving story. I'm so glad you have Maybelle, and that she has you. I hope that you continue taking care of each other. The very best of luck and love to you both!
Awesome story. Sending positive energy to you both. Namaste. "And the greatest of these is love."
Thanks to everyone for all the kind, encouraging words. I hit a year clean a few weeks back. Never, ever give up!
Congratulations Robert! It is not an easy thing to do. I quit using as well, in 2004, and like you, I attribute my success to my pitbull Max. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog. I got Max in 2003 and went through a lot before I finally quit. I looked at Max and realized I couldn't live with myself if something happened to him because I was using and could not afford to take care of this precious boy who was there for me no matter what. A year later I lost my youngest son to colon cancer at 20 years old, and 2 years after that, my oldest son to suicide. Know who was there? Max, my sweet baby. Max is 10 now and still the light of my life and life, in spite of everything, life is GOOD! Keep going, it only gets better...if only I could tell you everything...but would take too much time and space here. Again, congratulations. I think sometimes people and/or dogs are placed in our lives for a reason....they are priceless and we can never repay them for all they have given us. Maybelline will be there for you always...
Nice one dude... Much respect for that. You're clearly a nice person (just because someone has a "drug problem" doesn't make them a bad person in my opinion) and I wish you both the best in the world... Keep fighting chap :)
Congrats and thank you for having the courage to stay alive so that you could take care of Maybelle. I've been saved many times over the years by the love of my furry family.
I opened a profile because I saw this story on Face Book and wanted to say I love this story, I wish you all the best in the rest your life,
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