Danny a neglected little dog finds happiness with the homeless on the streets of L.A.
Danny runs through the fields of clover and dandelion, romping with joy as he stops to smell the sweet aroma.
Danny thought he was in doggie heaven when he found his new friends. ( The homeless people who lived on the streets in L.A. ) He knew he was sure to get food from the dumpstures where his friends searched daily.
Danny was adopted from an animal rescue by a man named Roger. Roger was a busy man who found that a pet needed a lot of care, in fact more than he was willing to give. Often leaving him caged with just enough food and water to keep him alive.
Oh how Danny yearned to be free to romp and play with the other doggies he watched from his locked cage.
One day a little neighbor boy came to his cage and thought, " You look so unhappy. I wonder if I turn this key it will open the door and set you free? " Sure enough when he turned the key the door swung open freeing Lenny. He licked and smothered the little boy with wet kisses as he danced around with glee.
He began to run. He ran through fields of clover and fields of dandelion and a forest full of trees, stopping frequently to smell the sweet aroma.
When he entered the city streets he felt afraid. Where could he go, would he be picked up by the mean old dog catcher?
He felt so free and happy he soon forgot to be afraid. He stopped outside a restaurant and sniffed the grilled steak sizzling. He was quickly shooed away by the owner. The same thing happened at the doughnut factory, then a back alley caught his eye. He cautiously entered and was greeted by an old woman pushing a Target shopping cart. She reached inside a plastic bag and shared a hotdog with him. He noticed an old man asleep on the concrete floor. He laid down beside him and slept peacefully. When he awakened he was treated with a bowl of milk and a half of a balogna sandwich.
Danny soon began to mill around the alley. He saw people of all races, old men and women, young men and women, families with children. He followed them out to the main street, all were begging for money, some holding signs asking for money for food.
Most of the people passing by looked the other way, sometimes hostile words were hurled at them like, get a job you lazy bum! Occasionally a person would drop change in their cups. The old man would buy a cheap bottle of wine and retreat back to the alley where he felt safe.
One night Danny was awakened with the sound of vile curse words and painful punches from a gang of young hoodlums looking to get their kicks from hurting a homeless man. They beat the old man until he was unconscious. Lenny began to bark and nip their legs. They kicked him in his side causing a skin tear. A police siren scared them away, but all who lived in the alley knew they would return again when they needed a fix.
The old woman with the Target shopping cart nursed Danny's skin tear with an antibiotic salve and a bandaid she kept handy in her cart. Soon he was romping about again.
One day the police came and told the homeless people they had to leave. The city has passed an ordinance, no loitering within the city limits. They all went together and found a place under an overpass outside the city. Of course Danny was bundled up and went for a ride in the Target cart to their new home.
The nights were beginning to turn cool so they found an old barrel to build a fire in. They continued to go into town to look for food and beg for money.
Danny stayed close to the old man, sleeping by his side every night. They shared food and a blanket wrapped tightly around the old man's arm where Lenny slept.
One day a police car pulled up informing the people that a new facility had been opened up to house the homeless. They were all thrilled except the old man. He knew he couldn't take Danny. He asked anyway and was told, " No animals allowed. "
One dark and bitter cold night the old man and Danny were huddled together under the blanket when the old man began to cough. His face turned red and his breathing labored. Danny stayed by his side until he stopped breathing.
The next morning the body was removed to the city morgue. Danny stayed close by only leaving for food and water.
A young woman appeared the next day, thanking them for notifing her her of his death. She was his granddaughter and had tried many times to get him to come live with her, but he refused.
The policeman told her about Danny always being by his side. She looked at Danny and felt a closeness. She patted him and told him to come with her. He felt safe with her and felt her kindness. She asked the policeman if he knew his name and he told her that everyone called him Danny. She looked at him and said, " Let's go home Danny. " He jumped in her car licking and kissing her face. Somehow he knew he'd found a new home and a love that matched his love for the old man who shared all that he had with a runaway dog looking for love.
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