PJ spends every weekend out in the great outdoors with his rescue dog, Clove. Whether rain, snow, sleet, or shine, the pair love being outside, and do everything together.
Since coming together, the pair have undergone a remarkable transformation, and they both have a new lease on life.
Because when PJ first decided to look for a dog, he had recovered from an extremely challenging period of his life, when he was just out of rehab for drinking and drugs.
He went onto Facebook one day and saw a picture of Clove, a dog who had been pulled from a kill shelter by a rescue group. She was in a bad way and needed a home, and PJ was immediately drawn to her.
As soon as he had moved into his new place, he arranged a meeting with Clove and took her home. In the first few days, she was reserved, lacking in confidence, and unsure of her new environment.
But that didn’t worry PJ, as he allowed her as much time as she needed to adapt to her new home.
When PJ took Clove out on her first walk, he realized that she just adored being outside, and she was like a different dog entirely from the one that he picked up from the shelter.
He used this as motivation to start exploring the great outdoors with clove, and they planned trips into the woods and up mountains, as a way of exploring the world in each other’s company.
But most importantly, their trips helped them to heal. They had both gone through incredibly tough periods of their lives separately, and coming together gave them the chance to bond and start life all over again with one another.
They’ve climbed countless mountains together, including Mount Elbert in Colorado, which is the highest mountain in the United States that a dog can actually stand on.
And Clove even helped PJ meet his new partner Racheal, and the two have continued their love for the great outdoors in her company.