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How One Precious Rescued Pup Helped This Woman Stay Sober

"She's somebody that just means the world to me."

When Nancy Carr, a writer living in Florida, rescued an adorable boxer named Lucy in 2008, she had no idea the amount of stability it would bring her. 

Carr, who wrote about her experience with Lucy for XOJane, knew she wanted a dog, but she told HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd on Tuesday that she had to "get her life in order" and get sober before she made the commitment.

"It was really just making sure that I was going to be available and that I was going to be able to have enough time with [Lucy] without my other life .. as far as ... getting sober and getting my life together," Carr said. "But prior to that, there probably was no way I was really able to take care of myself, let alone an animal or a pet."

In 2008, four years after she got sober, Carr welcomed Lucy into her life. It was love at first sight, Carr said, and since then, Lucy has helped her stay sober by making her accountable to more than just herself. 

"I was accountable to Lucy," Carr said. "If, God forbid, something horrible happened or I wanted to relapse or not take care of myself and my sobriety, it was really all about Lucy. I couldn't leave her."

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