Stray dogs are a common sight in the notorious Skid Row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles, as are drug deals and homeless people.
A dog named Dinker was wandering around that neighborhood without a home, while a man named Walter Sanders found himself in the same predicament.
As fate would have it, their paths crossed, and now they’re inseparable.
John Hwang, a Los Angeles photographer who documents the lives of Skid Row, had the privilege to meet this inspiring duo and hear all about their special bond.
“He [Sanders] was just raving on and on about how much he loves the dog. And how special a dog he is,” Hwang told The Dodo. “I could tell how much he really cared about Dinker.”
A year ago, Sanders got approved for government-subsidized housing in Skid Row. The room was very tiny with a shared bathroom, but it was definitely a step up from living on the streets. The only thing that was missing was a companion.
So Sanders hit the streets to adopt a stray. That’s when he met Dinker and knew that he’d be a perfect fit.
Sanders took Dinker to his new home and gave him all the love in the world. But unfortunately, sometimes love just isn’t enough. Dinker also needed the care, and Sanders wasn’t financially stable enough to provide him with everything he needed.
But Downtown Dog Rescue decided to help. They offer free pet services and supplies to low-income families, and helped make sure Sanders had everything necessary to care for Dinker.
They gave him a voucher to see the vet, provided vaccinations and neutering, and even gave him a bag full of treats, toys and a harness.
Once upon a time, life was very lonely for Sanders and Dinker out on those streets, but now they will always have each other’s company.
A dog really is a man’s best friend!