December 21, 2017 Photos by: Channel 4
A recent British Channel 4 Facebook video highlights a homeless man named Andy and his sweet dog Bailey, and has gone viral with over 11 million views and counting.
In the video, Andy shares that he bought Bailey from a beggar on the street when he was just four-weeks-old. Bailey had been drugged to keep him from whining as he was separated from his mom so early, and Andy, who was a drug addict himself, helped wean Bailey. Andy says that since then, he’s not had any class A drugs himself.
Andy continues in the video to share how Bailey is who keeps him going, and makes him work harder to be a better person and you just can’t help but be inspired by the love and bond that the two clearly share.
The video is part of Channel 4’s ongoing series about the homeless, and they also have another viral video that features Andy and talks about the very needed and generous mission of StreetVet, an organization of veterinarians who donate their time and services to care for the pets of the homeless.
Listening to the hearts of the veterinarians who understand how important the relationship the homeless have with, makes me so happy to know there are such giving hearts in this world, and makes me thankful once again that a dog’s love is unconditional.
More, it puts a human side to the homeless, who many often overlook, as Andy says. It’s hard to have something bad to say about a ‘no-good bum,’ when you see them taking such loving care of their dogs, even meeting their needs before they meet their own.
If you’d like to donate to Street Vet, you can go to their site. Many commenters have posted that they’d like to help both Andy and Bailey out, and as of yet, Channel 4 hasn’t given any concrete ways to do so, but if they do, we’ll let you know!
Lori Ennis is a wife, mama and friend to all animals. A self-confessed “Hot Mess,” she lives wherever the Marine Corps takes her husband. Currently, that’s Maryland with her very spoiled Labrador Retriever-mix rescue pups and a ton of saltwater fish just tanking around. Lori’s family has fostered dogs for years, mostly Golden Retrievers, and knows no home is complete without an animal buddy (or seven)!