“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 in San Francisco. I am interested in the dynamics between the street kids and their dogs. Do they have these dogs for companionship? Protection? Psychological reasons? They have their dogs for all those reasons. Many of these kids take excellent care of their dogs and brag about feeding them before they feed themselves. 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. They are with their dogs 24 hours a day and many of them are very well trained. 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 Dogs Project or "Road Dogs", I have been photographing Mikey and his pit bull, Buddha, for about a year now. Spending so much time with him, we have become friends. I want to tell his story through photographs of him and his dog. They are a great team.
- Sophia Germer