Andy’s life was on a downward spiral before he met Bailey.
He was addicted to heroin and cocaine for 15 years, spent time in jail, wound up being homeless, and even contemplated suicide. But then one day he bought a four-week-old puppy from a beggar on the street, and then his whole life began to change for the better.
The pup, named Bailey, has provided incredible companionship that has helped Andy out of his darkest days. Bailey also helps him carry groceries and has helped him meet so many new people.
But Bailey wasn’t the only one doing the rescuing; Andy saved Bailey from a horrible situation as well.
“They had doped him up with valium so he wouldn’t cry for his mum,” Andy told Channel 4 News. “So I’ve had him since then, I had to get him off the drugs, I had to get off the drugs, weaned him, I’ve had him since and I haven’t touched a class A drug since.”
Both of them have saved each other’s lives respectively, and neither would be here without the other.
As a homeless man standing outside watching people walk by without noticing him, Andy began to feel worthless. But when it comes to Bailey, he feels anything but that. Bailey looks to him for food, for love, and for him to play with him.
It’s given him a role, and more importantly, a purpose. A purpose to get up every day and be a good person. He knew that if he were to get arrested again, they would rehome Bailey and he’d never see him again. If he lost his place, he would lose his dog, and he couldn’t let that happen.
Bailey has helped keep drugs off of Andy’s mind and has lifted his spirits. The two of them now live in temporary housing together and are still completely inseparable.
Channel 4 News have posted their story on Facebook, which has since gone viral, melting hearts all over the world.
Watch the inspirational, heartwarming story in the video below:
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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