Among a population that has sadly faded into the everyday background in a growing cityscape, Spencer Parks stands out for one big reason when he panhandles near busy intersections.
Duchess, his sweet, 120-pound Staffordshire Terrier mix, stands watch nearby.
“They say don’t choose a dog, let the dog choose you,” Parks said. “She chose me. That dog is my soulmate.”
Because he’s homeless — Parks sleeps in a tent many nights — his options are limited when it comes to caring for Duchess.