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Love, Licks, and Fellowship

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Thank you for making “Pets and Recovery” a topic for Lifeline. My name is Chloe V., and I’ve served my local OA as a recovery mascot for many years. At first, I just attended one meeting occasionally, but everyone was so friendly I wanted to keep coming back.

I became mascot to our intergroup when Mommy served on the board. We attended for four years, and I often served as an “ambassador of serenity” at workshops. My primary job was to radiate serenity and give unconditional love.

Since 2012, I’ve attended two OA meetings regularly, and newcomers often say that just seeing me in the circle makes them feel more relaxed and welcome. Sometimes people who need a “pet fix” ask to hold me on their laps. I always say yes—it’s important to do service whenever we can!

I only get to go to one meeting now because the other meeting’s building management decided no dogs were allowed. My OA friends were sad. A few suggested sneaking me in, but working an honest program means following the rules. I’m sad to stay home on Mondays, but Mommy brings home my OA hugs from the group.

I love being an OA mascot, sharing love, licks, and fellowship. Here’s a picture of me during my meeting’s closing Serenity Prayer. My favorite part is when I get to “put my paw in yours!”

— Chloe V., Herndon, Virginia USA

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