Dog show brings awareness to Metro Court programs
September 20, 2018 06:36 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Thirty-seven dogs with polka-dot bows, rainbow tutus or dyed tails to match their owner’s hair, gathered outside the Metropolitan Courthouse Thursday.
The spectacle was part of Metro Court’s annual Fun Dog Show, an idea inspired by Terrence Trasher.
Trashed will soon graduate from the DWI Recovery Court program. He has been breeding dogs and going to dog shows for five years. Trasher said he owes his sobriety to his hobby and pit bull, HJ.
"Drinking and driving isn't gonna (sic) get you nowhere,” said Trasher. “I like to travel and show my dogs throughout the country, and I needed to get myself together so I could continue doing what I love doing.”
The show had a larger purpose; bring awareness to the 11 Specialty Courts and their programs.
"I just wanted to take the opportunity to get the community out and get them aware of the fact that we are doing a lot of great work to help the community, to help people that are struggling with addiction or alcohol issues,” said Edward Benavidez, the Chief Judge of the Metro Court.
Benavidez said the programs give graduates a second chance at a better life.
With the help of the DWI Recovery Court program and his passion for dog shows, Trasher has been sober for almost a year.
"It feels great actually. I don't have to drink no more. I get better things out of life and just, you know. Just feels good,” said Trasher.
Created: September 20, 2018 06:36 PM
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