Ben has been living on the streets of downtown Portland with Precious, his 7-year-old Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, for the past four or five years. Ben is an older man who says that Precious loves the attention from people passing by. She’s a calm dog; she didn’t bark or move from her place in Ben’s arms the entire time we were talking.
“You know, we do what we have to do to survive,” said Ben, who gave only his first name. “This one is just so much joyful and giving me so much pleasure to have her, that makes it all matter in the world.”