T Barnhart, 19, was homeless off and on in Seattle and Spokane for three years. During that time, he had four dogs at different times, which he says helped him a lot.
“Knowing that you have someone to be there 24/7 that you can just talk to and cuddle up next to them and say, ‘Hey we’re pals,’ and you don’t have to worry about them going anywhere?” Barnhart said. “That’s what helps the most.”
Barnhart said he often elected to sleep outside in Spokane so he could keep his dogs with him. Twice during this time, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection