Dogs can be a best friend to the down-and-out

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Andrew Johnston, 23, panhandles on Queen St. with his dog Smokey. Homeless since he was 18, Johnston says he’s much happier with Smokey to keep him company. Now he has love in his life, he says.

Some observers are noting a growing number of homeless pet owners in the city. And that might be a good thing.
The way Andrew Johnston sees it, without Smokey, there’s nothing.
“Dogs are better than most people,” says the homeless 23-year-old, petting his golden-haired puppy as he sits on the cold tile stoop of a shuttered Queen St. storefront.

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