I told Tom I feel obligated to let Becky’s parents know that they had left campus together. Becky seems like a lovely girl, and she and Tom seem to be spending a fair amount of time together.
He is in college and works part time, so I assume he doesn't have health insurance.
You want to feel you’re moving toward something good in life, rather than forever fleeing the bad.
So I agree with your girlfriend that counseling is a good idea—not to dig into your own nonexistent dog abuse, but to make sure no one ever makes you feel like a beaten-down dog again.
The catch is that he is missing several of his teeth. This completely threw me off on our first date (his profile pictures all featured closed-mouth smiles, obviously).
But I kept seeing him because we got along so well.