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I thought someone would have at least asked about the man when replying about his dogs.

Sadly, homeless people are so prevalent that it no longer sparks much of an interest to hear about another one of them.
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I will pull over and give cash to young girls. Oh, that sounds scary, eh? ;-)When my daughter was on her under-aged 'walkabout', and I didn't know where she was or if she was even alive, she was helped by strangers. She had hitch-hiked across country with a group of kids to go to mardi gras. When the adventure was over, rather than hitch hike back, the others bought bus tickets. Sarah didn't have the money, and they left her, broke and alone a couple hundred miles outside of Chicago. She found her way to a major truck stop, and, remembering something I'd told her years before, planted herself in the restaurant.

She watched the truckers come and go, and waited til she spotted one that was polite and considerate to the waitress. {I'd told her once that you could get a glimpse into someone's character by observing the way they treat people in service positions.} She walked over, introduced herself, and explained her predicament. This saint of a trucker not only found her a ride as far west as possible, but gave her $200.00. He said that $100.00 was for her, and the other $100.00 was to buy meals and/or coffee for her and the drivers getting her back to the west coast.

He lined up a driver that was going as far as SLC, and he, in turn, found her a driver to get her to Seattle, where she was going to stay with a friend.
So, yeah, if I see a teen-aged girl panhandling, I'll give her money, or food, or whatever. If I enable a drug habit on the path to try to help a kid that truly needs it, well, I'm okay with that. I've said before that I owe the dog fairy. I also owe the 'trucker' fairy. Thank God he didn't turn away from my kid in fear of enabling a drug habit. I shudder to think what could have happened to her if he hadn't taken a chance on a broke, runaway kid.
Debbie
I also owe the 'trucker' fairy.

Truckers have their own fairy?
Who knew.
Sonofagun...they even wear special hats!
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Anyway, thanks for the nice story, Debbie!

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Maybe I should have said 'ungrateful wretch of a runaway child fairy'. ;-)

I would love to be able to track this guy down, but I'm sure it's impossible. Sarah and I both would like to tell him that she ended up okay, healthy and happy. I don't know how I"d ever be able to thank him enough, other than try to do the same for someone else's kid.

Debbie
After reading all the replies I'm pretty shocked that not a single person has expressed concern over the homeless human ... homeless and someone did that I'd wonder why they had more compassion for my animal than they did for me.

this guy panhandles in a pretty affluent and liberal area. i watch people hand him money all the time. when i stopped the first time to offer some dog food, he was extremely grateful and told me all about how the dogs are his best friends and he won't stay in a shelter because the dogs aren't allowed there. he lives in a local "tent city".
he certainly didn't seem at all upset that i offered dog food instead of money.

i've done the homeless thing, and i can tell you that most homeless people i've known would rather spend all their cash on alcohol and drugs than on anything else. i've offered people food before and had it literally thrown in my face (this from a woman with two kids with her!). this isn't to say i haven't given street people beer before, i'd just rather not hand over cash. after all, i earned it, it's up to me what i do with it.

-kelly
So when people post their "what breed should I get?" questions then they'll only get answers that give breed names ... that 90% of the people here rarely post a reply that contains nothing more than what the OP asked for.

so you'd feel better if everyone was rude and condescending in response to my query?
thanks, that's so nice of you.
-kelly
And one other point like people(street kids) dogs who are treated differently often do become very street wise about cars. ... well. It's often the overprotected dogs that rarely come out OK when and if they escape their very protected surroundings.

Manu was a street dog, before he was purchased from the kids who owned him, and taken to rescue.
i often think that this is part of the reason he's so easy going about noises, kids, cars, etc. he's not nearly as neurotic or fearful as Lola, the dog we raised (way overprotectively) from a puppy.

-kelly
I'd be curious to know if he is willing to accept help and what he's willing to do to obtain ... well. I tend to think that a homeless person would find that issue to be the very least in importance.

he's not looking for a home. he's looking for food and money. i've talked to him before, he's a nice guy, but i'm not about to rent an apartment for him or anything.
he's not going to give up his dogs, they're his best friends, and you wouldn't believe how much this guy loves them. you can see it in his eyes when he talks about them.
i think that the health of his dogs is very important to him. i also think that having the puppies is causing him some hardship, slowing him down, you might say. so he may be amenable to the offer. otherwise, perhaps i can help get the puppies vaccinated and wormed or something.

yes, i'm focusing on the dogs, not the people. we have a very serious homeless problem in the Seattle area. i volunteer at a drop in shelter for homeless teens already. i'm doing my part. this is a totally separate issue, and i'm interested in helping the dogs in this instance. besides, don't you think that keeping his best friends healthy is helping this man?

-kelly
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Maybe I should have said 'ungrateful wretch of a runaway child fairy'. ;-)

Yeah, but all that probably wouldn't fit on a hat.
try to do the same for someone else's kid.

I think that's a great way to go about it.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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