This viral video about a once-homeless man and his dog is melting hearts around the world.
“More than anything it’s company… having another heartbeat that’s on your side.”
The short video, produced by Channel 4 News in London and posted to Facebook on Wednesday, features a man named Andy and his dog, "Bailey." During the 3 1/2-minute video, Andy shares the story of how he bought four-week old "Bailey" from a beggar on the street and how he believes they have saved each other’s lives.
“He saves my life every day… I walk my dog and ten minutes later my mindset’s changed.”
In the viral clip, Andy Hutchins says he owes his life to his dog. Former heroin and crack addict of 15 years, in and out of prison, stealing to feed his habit and, in his own words "no good to anybody," Andy bought Bailey from a street beggar as a four-week-old puppy, still blind, on the day in late 2011 when he left prison for the final time.
"I paid £12 for him and I haven’t touched heroin since," says Andy. "He saves my life every day. I wake up… I think of drugs… but I walk my dog and ten minutes later my mindset’s changed."
A dog can be a life-saving companion for members of the UK’s expanding homeless communities. Earlier this year, spotting an opportunity to fill a vital gap, Sam Joseph and Jade Statt launched StreetVet, the UK’s first non-profit to provide outreach services for homeless dogs.