Q&A with Tracy Campion
Q: Why did you submit your story to Mutual Rescue?
Tracy: I saw Mutual Rescue’s film “Eric & Peety” and was deeply touched by its message. I thought, “Wow, Jack completely changed my life, too, and he continues to do so every day.” Then Seattle DogSpot posted Mutual Rescue’s call for stories, so I submitted ours because I thought that Jack might inspire others as much as he has inspired me. I was hoping that our story might resonate with people who had also experienced physical trauma or adopted an animal with special needs.
Q: What can we learn from Jack?
Tracy: All things in life should be approached with joy, hope, kindness, compassion, and love. Challenges should be faced head-on and without thinking about one’s possible limitations. You’ll be surprised at what you can do.
Q: Bring us up-to-date on what’s happened in your lives since Mutual Rescue filmed your story last summer.
Tracy: Since then, my marriage ended and one of my senior cats, Murphy, passed away. And through it all, Jack was there. I’ve never felt happier, healthier, or more optimistic than I do today. Jack is a big part of that. We celebrated his fourth birthday in March. He continues to make friends and inspire people wherever we go. Jack recently made friends with another tri-pod pup and he can walk and run with me for six miles now—with breaks in between for both of us, of course! I’m working on a book with animal behaviorist Dr. Jim Ha and, along with Sarah Bous-Leslie, I continue to be the co-publisher of Pet Connection Magazine—a bimonthly publication that focuses on the thriving animal-loving community of the Pacific Northwest.
Q: What three words best describe Jack?
Tracy: Intuitive. Goofy. Joyful.
Q: What are your hopes for “Tracy & Jack”?
Tracy: I hope that our Mutual Rescue film inspires others to adopt special-needs animals like Jack. They’ll completely change your outlook on life and fill you with more joy than you could possibly imagine. I also hope that it reminds people of the healing power that animals have and how much we can learn from them, as we share so much in common.