Even when falling on hard times, Pete Buchmann made sure his best friend was taken care of.
Having worked since graduating high school, Buchmann never thought he'd find himself one of the 3.4 million Americans without a home. But as was the case with many, when the economy went, so did his job.
"I'm not your stereotypical homeless person," Buchmann told Delaware Online. "I don't drink, and I don't do drugs."
Even still, this past July Buchmann lost first his job, then his car, and, finally, his house. He was forced to move into a two-person tent in the backyard of a vacant house in his neighborhood, but soon realized his living situation was less than ideal for his 9 year old Rottweiler-Boxer mix, Buster.
Bachmann turned to police for help, wanting to find a place for Buster until he could get back on his feet. He had come to Wilmington a year and a half ago, after his sister and sickly mother died within weeks of each other. Having never been married, he had no relatives or children to turn to.