“He does have a home. It just doesn’t have four walls.” -Kiana replies to someone who tells her he wants to give her happy 3 month old puppy a home.
I am documenting young travelers and their dogs that flow through Haight Street and Powell Street in San Francisco. I am studying the relationship between the street kids and their dogs. Many of these travelers choose to be homeless and most of them are proud. Over time, I have come to realize these travelers are able to take care of their dogs maybe even better than someone with a full time job. The dogs are on a never-ending walk and not once have I seen a dog I thought should be indoors. With the help from the organization VET SOS, transient dogs get the vet care they need for free or very cheap.
As a continuation of the Transient and their Dogs Project, I have been recently photographing mostly Mikey and his pit bull, Buddha. They have been living all over downtown for the past year. People come and go in their lives. By following Mikey's story of struggle with his dog, I am showing everyone else what young adult with drug addiction has to go through every day. Mikey is not the homeless man that yells at random cars going by. He is an artistic soul that needs to get off the stressful streets of SF to continue with his life. Hopefully Mikey, his street sister, Lost, and Buddha all move to Chico. If they do, I will definitely visit them.