Everything to Me

The thing about dogs and homeless is that they become more of a family member. My dog - I consider her like my co-companion. I’ve been with her eight years. She’s like my child. I can’t imagine my life without her.

She is everything to me.

She comes first above all other things. She’s what makes me happy and keeps me going.
He’s my family. He’s the person that listens when I talk to him. He’s not judgmental. He’s my therapy animal. He acts like he’s my protection. Which is great, that’s what a dog should do. I take good care of my dog, I give him shots, had him licensed, I’ve done everything I could to keep him. It’s hurtful that people don’t think that I should keep him. He’s my friend.

An Exploration of the Human-Animal Bond in Homelessness